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“Nice setting, but a little overpriced” 3 of 5 stars
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Riverbend Lodging
470 Hwy 19 South, Bryson City, NC 28713   |  
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Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in Bryson City
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“Nice setting, but a little overpriced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2010

This "mom-and-pop" motel sits right on the river, literally just a few steps outside the room is the Tuckasegee River. A lot of "regulars" tend to stay there and several guests were taking advantage of the grills to cookout and enjoy supper on the banks of the river. We enjoyed sitting by the river at dusk and watching the beaver, some ducks and a nightly visit by a river otter. Fishing or at least feeding the fish with some bread is also enoyable for all ages.

Accomodations were adequate for this type of road-side motel. The room was clean and A/C worked well. Our room had two double beds, arranged in a unique position. Had to ask for more towels, but Jack (the owner, along with Julie) was right on our request. Room had a small refrigerator, microwave and 4-cup coffee maker. TV had plenty of options, which our teenage daughters enjoyed.

Including tax, our room ended up costing approx. $92, which in my opinion is rather high for this type of motel. No AAA discount offered or any other discounts I could determine. There is no continental breakfast included, another reason the $92 seems high for "just a motel room."

Enjoy the ambiance. It's convenient to Cherokee and lots of outdoor activities in western N.C.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2010

We just returned from a trip to NC Mountains and dropped in on Jack at the Riverbend Lodging. We had absolutely NO problems with checking-in, our stay or checking-out. Jack was a true gentleman, very polite and helpful. We did not have any problems at all. Our room was larger than we expected with two double beds, a recliner, table and chairs, microwave, refrigerator, TV and clean room and clean bathroom. Sheets and towels were clean, appeared new and fresh smelling. Nothing stale about our linen or room. We only stayed for two nights but would have been very comfortable here for an extended stay. The deck was right on the river which was very relaxing. There were grills provided on the deck for each room if you preferred to eat in or eat your catch as fishing tackle was available for rent at a very reasonable rate. You could fish right at your own deck, watch the river or the train as it left town. WiFi was available but we were not able to connect, don't know if it was our problem or theirs but it did not cause any inconvenience. I have actually already recommended this motel to a friend.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2010

I was first blown away at how nice and polite jack was over the phone with making reservations for me and my friends. When we arrived, I was not only appreciative of the gorgeous view of the mountans but also with the hospitality at the Riverbend Lodge. The rooms were clean and well kept during our 3 day stay. We were enlightened on the best and affordable tourist attractions. All in all, it felt like home without being home. Jack and Jill are amazing people and look forward to visiting again real soon!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2008

We also had a negative experience when we stopped and inquired about room availability and rates.

We feel that we were treated very rudely and actually felt like we were being talked down to.

Needless to say, we did not choose to stay at this property and would never recommend it to any of our family, friends or business associates.

Stayed August 2008
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2007

I had the unfortunate luck to reserve a room at Riverbend Lodging. Do not stay at this horrible
facility. It is NOT kid friendly. Jack and Julie Wadkins should not be in the hospitality business.
We had just checked in and called to ask for help with the TV. Mrs Wadkins came over
with a very bad attitude and said that we messed it up. All we did was turn it on. Mr Wadkins
called my young nephews everything from stupid to things that I am not allowed to type on this review,. It was the worst experience I have ever had as a paying guest at a motel. He refused to give us a final bill They were so rude and made
our vacation one that we can't wait to forget.
DON'T STAY AT THE RIVERBEND 470 HWY 19 SOUTH BRYSON CITY, NC.

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Additional Information about Riverbend Lodging

Address: 470 Hwy 19 South, Bryson City, NC 28713
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Smoky Mountains > Bryson City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in Bryson City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
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