We just got back from 4 nights at the Misty Mountain Lodge at Elk Springs Resort. We are veterans of cabin getaways, coming to Gatlinburg once or twice a year for almost 20 years now. We normally stay up in Cobbly Nob due to the quality and privacy of the cabins there but decided to try Elk Springs since we took a large family group this time and wanted to be closer to downtown.
The cabin itself was very nice and clean, well laid out, and accommodated us quite well. It was a little less sparsely equipped than we are used to, as we had to pick up cooking pans and some other cooking items at the local Food Lion which we usually find in the cabins we stay at. Check in/check out was effortless. The WiFI worked flawlessly and was nice to be able to investigate attractions we were planning on visiting.
My largest complaint was the how closely the cabins have been placed to each other. The builders have done a nice job maintaining the natural feel of the landscape but most of the cabins have been built on top of one another and their is very little privacy compared to what we are used to in Cobbly Nob.
My other complaint is that the way in which the garbage is handled is attracting bears - large bears. Each cabin is equipped with a plastic Rubbermaid container and inside are two plastic garbage cans, without lids. The container is latched using ones of those cheap carabiners marked "not for climbing". I went out for an early morning jog only to find a very large bear ransacking our garbage on the cabin's front porch. The container was still latched but since it's simply Rubbermaid, the bear had easily pried open the bottom door. And the lack of lids on the cans was sure to spread the scent more. Also... the cabins do not garbage disposals, causing you to throw more food in the garbage, compounding the problem. Most of the cabins we've stayed in before had steel containers with steel cans and lids. I've emailed Elk Springs and made these recommendations.
If the lack of privacy doesn't concern you, I would recommend Elk Springs if they address the garbage concerns. The cabins and landscape are nice and accommodating for being so close to downtown.
- Also Known As:
- Elk Springs Hotel Gatlinburg
- Elk Springs Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Luxury Cabin Resort in Gatlinburg featuring 1-5 bedroom cabin rentals with Hot Tubs, Pool Tables and Home Theater Rooms. ... more less