Rumors have been circulating the last couple of months that Marriott is interested in buying The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa.
Nobody’s talking. Could it be possible? Sure. The Grove Park Inn is owned by Sammons Enterprises, a Texas-based corporation that has its hands in a number of businesses and industries. The hotel was a favorite retreat of Elaine Sammons, who would come and hang with her dogs after her husband’s death.
Mrs. Sammons died in 2008, which cut a strong link to Sammons Enterprises. In the meantime, the historic Grove Park Inn, which once sat atop Asheville’s resort scene, has seen increased competition from the newer Biltmore Inn. There tough economy isn’t helping anyone. And the trend in boutique hotels may also be putting pressure on the grand resort – in the last few years, Asheville has seen the opening of the Hotel Indigo, The Bohemian and up next is the Aloft.
What are you hearing?