Shame on the Grove Park Inn

Shame on the Grove Park Inn for charging $10 for self-parking. Every year it has been a tradition in our family to go and see the display of gingerbread houses and other holiday decorations. We bring our out-of-town guests who enjoy shopping in the Grove Park Inn stores, buying refreshments and, most importantly, seeing the gorgeous views of Asheville.

I realize the hotel was recently sold and changes were made, but this decision to charge $10 for self-parking just seems like an attempt to discourage locals from coming to the inn. Why would locals encourage their out-of-town friends and family to stay at the Grove Park Inn, or why would any person or group choose to host an event at the Inn when guests would be charged $10 to self park?

Perhaps the inn needs to remember who supports its restaurants and stores during the "off" season when the hotel is sitting half empty! I did not want to disappoint my family, most especially my 9-year-old granddaughter who traveled across the state to have a memorable Thanksgiving. So I paid the money.

I just feel sorry for the locals who couldn't afford the extra money for parking and turned around and left! I know they were very disappointed.

— Debi Nevel Drecksler

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