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“Loved Dancing Bear Lodge” 5 of 5 stars
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Dancing Bear Cabins
3.5 of 5 Lodge   |   137 Apple Valley Way, Townsend, TN 37882   |  
Hotel amenities
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Tennessee
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Loved Dancing Bear Lodge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2008

We stayed at Dancing Bear to celebrate our anniversary. It is a beautiful setting in the woods and trails to walk. The landscaping is beautiful. The cabin was extremely comfortable and the interiors lovely, but more than that it has an enchanting quality about it. You really don't want to leave to go to the Lodge, except that the restaurant is the best restaurant I have experienced. The food is excellent no matter which of the wonderful choices you make. It's obvious that the wine selections were carefully chosen and are excellent.
Then when you walk back to your cabin in the woods, you can enjoy the hot tub in complete privacy. It is very romantic.

We will definitely book a room or cabin again this year.

  • Liked — Comfort, privacy, relaxation, great food and wine
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Houston, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2008

My wife and I just returned from a 3 night stay in one of the 1 Bedroom cabins at the Dancing Bear Lodge and this was one of our most romantic vacations ever. We were pleasantly surprised with all of the amenities in the furnished cabin. Although it had a rustic decor and provided quiet seclusion, the cabin was equipped with a flat screen television, wireless Internet, an old-fashioned fireplace with plenty of wood and fire starters, an indoor jacuzzi tub, shower/bath, king size bed, full size fridge and kitchen, coffeemaker, outdoor tables/seating, swing on the back porch and most important an outdoor hot tub on our deck.

The property itself is gorgeous, being set on a wooded hillside in the Smokies, and is a nice change of pace from a concrete parking lot that you are going to get elsewhere in Townsend. The main lodge houses the restaurant and breakfast area--where they provide the deluxe continental breakfast each morning.

We had dinner in their restaurant one night during our stay and were impressed with the menu and the quality of the entrees. The duck served over celeriac was delicious. However, the wine list was average and the desserts were limited and not recommended. Next time we will just order another round of port.

Overall, we loved our experience and recommend this property to any vacationing couple or family looking for a unique experience near the Smokies.

  • Liked — Luxurious accommodations in a quiet, rustic bed-and-breakfast cabin
  • Disliked — There was nothing we disliked about our stay
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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nashville
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2007

I stayed at Dancing Bear lodge in Oct. 2007. The lodge itself was beautiful and i never wanted to leave. I ate dinner my first night there and Woodrow was my server and not only was the food great but he made it a point to talk and get to know me which makes the experiance even more gratifying. Everyone at the lodge is very helpful and willing to do anything for the guest. I would highly suggest if you are staying in townsend stay ay dancing bear.

  • Liked — The rooms, service
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2007

We stayed at The Dancing Bear on 10/22/07. It was the best nights sleep we've had on a vacation. The feather bed was amazing! I have to say that was probably the best thing about the lodge. It's a very nice place and our lodge room was clean. The staff wasn't too impressive. They need to hire some help with better customer service skills. This place is a little overpriced, but we may be back just for the feather bed.

Stayed October 2007
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Atlanta, GA
Top Contributor
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43 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2007

We just got back from two nights at the Dancing Bear. We were worried after reading some of these posts but I dont know what everyone's problem is. We stayed at the lodge and it was gorgeous. The room was huge and the bed was to DIE for! The service was excellent and the food was superb. The marshmellows were not old and the FREE breakfast was good. There was bagels, fruit, yogurt, muffins, scones, cereal and coffee and juice.

If someone is looking to read a complaint the only thing my husband and I could come up with is the rough body towels and the fact that the river is actually on the other side of the street. Yes, you can hear the road (which does stink) but we had our AC cranked all the way down so we could enjoy the incredible feather bed. The staff was very accomodating. We would return, especially to sleep in the bed!

There is nothing to do in the 'town' of Townsend but there is a cute store area at the bottom of the driveway. And we went to Cades Cove and hiked.

  • Liked — the bed by far
  • Disliked — rough towels
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nashville
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2007

Stayed in the LeConte suite which is billed as the most luxurious on the lodge website. It was not as advertised (did not have two bathrooms or a hot tub). It had recently been renovated but had the least expensive sink faucet available, low budget kitchen cabinets and appliances, and smelled musty (possible mold).
The lodge itself is beautiful but the property is up a hill above the main highway, separated only by a small tree line. One could hear the trucks and Harley motorcycles rumbling by until late at night - not the quiet retreat for which one comes to the mountains.
The continental breakfast was below the standard of a Hampton Inn. Found the dinner to be excellent, if slightly pricey for the neighborhood.
In summary, overpriced because of its location and amenities. Visit the lodge for its architecture, furnishings, and evening meal, but stay at a more secluded property if you are going to pay these prices.

  • Liked — Lodge architecture, dinner meal
  • Disliked — Location and amenities
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2007

New place, lots of problems, unprofessional.

There were too many problems and issues not being resolved. Asked for a manager, and was advised to call every day. No msg taken nor delivered.

Month later was able to contact Blackberry Farm who relayed info to management. Received a call from a sarcastic mgr who made excuses for the staffs lack of assistance, but, didn't allow me to interject one word. Finally told me to contact Blackberry Farm if I didn't like it. Not good!

1) they don't like children and are not geared for them. (Was expressed to me too many times)
2) they promised internet, it didn't work the whole time i was there.
3) they promised microwaves, didn't have any although requested at reservation.
4) water tubs are not cleaned from last occupant.
5) refrigerator don't make ice, and freezer is not cleaned. too frozen for anything to be placed in there.
6) Air conditioning/climate control - several cabins the air crashed, and they insisted you keep it at a certain temp...it was hot!
7) Continenetal breakfast - they ran out an hour and a half prior to thier closing of breakfast, and didn't add to it.
8) No waste baskets available. When requested brought outside trash can.
9) Tried to charge me twice for things that I already had a receipt for.

Regretted stay there.

  • Liked — This place didn't have what it advertised, unclean, not appropriately set up in rooms. Had to work to hard to get an iron and iron board, and a trash can.
  • Disliked — No matter where you stay, there may be a problem or need. But, it helps to have customer service oriented people willing to help. Management didn't care a bit. Way over priced for lack of service.
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Dancing Bear Cabins

Address: 137 Apple Valley Way, Townsend, TN 37882
Location: United States > Tennessee > Townsend
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Townsend
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Dancing Bear Cabins 3.5*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centered in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Dancing Bear Cabins are known as East Tennessee's ultimate vacation basecamp offering charming Southern hospitality. It's picturesque location and luxurious amenities offer guests an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate after trekking mountain trails and exploring surrounding areas. With 36 acres featuring intimate rustic cabins and countless sports and activities, Dancing Bear Cabins creates a comforting retreat tailor-made for the adventurer in all of us. We welcome our guests to experience the best the Smokies have to offer by reserving one of our charming cabins. ... more   less 
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