It's like slipping into a parallel universe where everything is 100 times better than here. From the moment we met the kindly attendant at the entrance who gently directed us to the parking area to the last look over our shoulder as we drove away, every second was relaxing and rejuvenating.
Although over 100 years old, the Inn is in no way rough or rustic. Instead, it is arts and crafts style at it's very finest. The public areas are light and airy, even though there are giant rock fireplaces and columns of boulders everywhere. Our room was huge and a delight to the senses with a really comfy bed and a great shower.
Every single staff person we came across was amazing. The parking guys, the desk guys, the elevator operators (that's right, they even operate the elevators for you!), the waiters, the retail shop people, even the clean-up crew, they were all amazingly friendly and helpful without being all over you in an I'm-looking-for-a-really-nice-tip sort of way. We are usually pretty anti-social, but everyone made us feel like a friend and we found ourselves pleasantly engaged in conversation much more than is normal for us.
And the food, don't even get me started on the food. I would need to dig through a thesaurus to find enough superlatives to cover it. Fresh, perfectly prepared and nearly guilt-free good for you. Really. Fantastic.
Granted, all this wonderful awesomeness comes at a very hefty price. We stayed here one night for our 40th anniversary, so we splurged. This hotel cost 4 times what we paid at the last place we stayed, but in all fairness, the last place we stayed had a tiny room, cold danish for breakfast, and our room was broken into while we were out. Staying at the Grove Park was a powerful antidote for that horrible experience and totally worth every penny.
We would recommend the Grove Park Inn to anyone and intend to visit again as often as we can.
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