One of the most beloved hotels in the South, the Grove Park Inn Resort is also one of the most haunted. The Pink Lady is the hotel’s most famous ghost and she has been haunting the hotel for more than half a century. There is not much detail about who the Pink Lady is. It is said that she is the ghost of a young woman who fell to her death in 1920 in the Palm Court Atrium. It is said that she fell to her death from Room 545. A contractor hired to repair the hotel felt the presence of the Pink Lady and got cold chills on his way to the atrium, as well as a tugging on his ear, he ran as fast as he could be terrified. Needless to say, since then has never attempted to enter the room again. Many similar reports have also been made of strange feelings and the sensation of being touched.
Guests have also reported having encountered the Pink Lady. A female guest reported hearing guests checking in to the room next door at approximately midnight and felt that her hand was being held. It was not her husband since he was on the other side of the bed. The sensation of the warm hand then suddenly disappeared. She asked the front desk clerk the next morning and was told that there was no one in the room. She was told that she must have held the hand of the Pink Lady.
Other reports of the Pink Lady typically involve a pink mist that has been seen to flow along the hallways of the hotel and its grounds. There are countless paranormal occurrences that all center around the Pink Lady, but one thing that people often say is the spirit seems gentle whoever she is.
Grove Park Inn Resort was built by Edwin Wiley Grove and Fred Loring Seely, his son-in-law. Grove owned the Paris Medicine Company. When he got sick, his doctors sent him to Asheville, North Carolina to recuperate. They believed that the state’s climate would benefit him greatly. Grove acquired properties and construction of the hotel then began and was completed in just 11 months and 27 days. The hotel’s furnishings were purchased from Roycrafters of New York.
During the 2nd World War, the hotel was used as a center for Axis diplomats. The inn was then used as a recovery center for sailors. The Philippine Government, during exile, also used the Presidential Cottage. In 1955, the Grove Park Inn was then purchased by Sammons Enterprises. Its new owners, Mr. & Mrs. Sammons has extensive renovations done to the hotel and promoted it. In 2012, the hotel was acquired by KSL Resorts.
Situated two miles from downtown Asheville, North Carolina Grove Park Inn Resort gives guests Southern hospitality and charm. The inn has charming rooms and suites which have views of the beautiful fairways and mountains in the surrounding area. The historic Main Inn will help you feel the unique character and vintage details of the rooms. Club Floor accommodations are perfect for couples who are on a honeymoon or couples who are looking forward to spending quality time with one another. The concierge service is also ideal for business travelers.
All rooms are large and have spacious living areas. Bathrooms are spa-like with 7-jet hydro showers for a waterfall effect. One thing which makes the hotel exceptional from others is the fact that four-legged friends are welcome in the Grove Park Inn. Guests have several options when it comes to restaurants.
The Blue Ridge Dining Room offers creative, fresh and sumptuous cuisine from Southern America with products sourced from local farmers. The restaurants’ award-winning seafood buffet is a must-try. For people who enjoy good food and great scenes, Sunset Terrace is recommended. The classic steak and seafood restaurant offers breathtaking views of the sunset. The award-winning Horizons Dining Room offers contemporary American cuisine from the a la carte menu.
- High-speed wireless internet access
- Complimentary toiletries
- In-room dining
- Clock radio
- Pay-per-view movies
- Daily housekeeping
- Iron & ironing board
- Spa facilities & treatment
- Telephone with voice mail
Things to Do
Asheville has been named as a “must-see” destination by Frommers. Visitors to the city will enjoy a variety of activities. Asheville is a place with the best blend of culture, nature, music, and art. The streets of Asheville are lined with art galleries, fine restaurants, historic buildings, eclectic shops, and excellent architecture. Visit the Asheville Art Museum, an architectural masterpiece built in the 1920s or the Grove Arcade which features tours, live music, and an outdoor market.
Biltmore Estate is America’s largest home and a National Historic Landmark. It has 250 rooms, century-old gardens, a charming winery, and historic exhibits. An 8,000-acre backyard is a great place for rafting and horseback riding. People who enjoy gaming can go to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. They have digital Blackjack and Baccarat tables, a Poker room and video poker slots.
- Mountain view two double bedrooms start at $289
- Mountain view king rooms start at $309
- King bed property view rooms start at $269
- Two double beds property view rooms start at $249