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Bales Motel

221 Bishop Lane, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Kingston, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We arrived in Gatlinburg and tried to find a room but there was some ball tournament and all rooms everywhere had been booked, including the neighboring town Pigeon Forge. We checked the side roads and saw a sign that said Bales Motel and went inside to check it out. We were greeted by a nice elderly lady and told us... More 

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Grundy, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was so happy to finally get back to what we call our second home Bales Motel for the summer trip. I was told by the welcome center that it closed down and would not be open any more I was heart broken and was going to make the trip this year. Then I started looking for a motel with... More 

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Joelton, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I've stayed at Bales for years! 20+ to be exact! The thing I like most is the comfortable down home feel that it has. Plus the fact that when you arrive or speak on the phone, you are most likely speaking to someone of the Bales family! If you're looking for lodging with all the amenities of a 5 star... More 

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Grundy, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We have stayed at Bales Motel for over 20 years.It is the best place ever and the kids and myself love the pool.The rooms are great just what we need .Everyone is friendly. We had to stay at a different hotel this past summer and NO ONE liked it .My room was never vac.and we stayed 3 days and at... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The Bales is great! It's family owned and run and they have nice accommodations at a very affordable price. They are far less expensive than the chain motels and hotels and the rooms have more space and amenities! They also still use real keys! It has a nice outdoor pool and short walking distance to downtown Gatlinburg. We've been staying... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

It was a base hotel,we felt safe,room was clean. Price was exceptional. It was not planned rather just stop along the way. Although outdated,we would certainly stay here again. I did recommend this hotel to friends.

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Covington, Louisiana
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Checked in on 5/24/14 went to the room and then checked out. The ceiling was leaking water on the luggage that we brought in. The A/C barely worked and had a plastic pan under it because it obviously leaked too. Old dirty carpet, hard old beds, this place needs to be completely redone. Was charged for one night because they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014 via mobile

Bill and Ms. Nicole are wonderful. They treet you like family. The rooms are a little outdated but when in Gatlinburg who stays in their room. the pool is a great bonus especially for the price.. We make it a point to come back every year just as we have for the last 10 years!

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Lady Lake, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

My family has been staying withe the Bale's for 25 years. The motel is located downtown and within walking distance to all attractions and restaurants. The owner, William Bales, is a descendant of the original families in the Smoky Mountains. If you go to the Roaring Fork Motor Trail you will find the Ephraim Bales cabin. He is a direct... More 

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Laurens, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Quiet, clean rooms. Very nice staff and owners. Location of this motel is very good. We always walk downtown to the Villiage and to all the shops and eaterys. Close to trolley stations. We have been coming to Gatlinburg for 10 years or more and ALWAYS stay with bales motel. Its our home away from home. Not fancy or brand... More 

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