For a 2-star hotel, this place is better than I expected. The location is great - central Gatlinburg, easy walking distance to tons of restaurants, the Sky Lift, Ole Smoky Moonshine, and lots of other attractions. Plus parking is free (for 1 car). Their breakfast selection is limited and 100% carbs - toast, waffles, instant oatmeal, and weird-tasting donuts, plus coffee/tea/juice. With all the pancake houses in town, you've got to go out to breakfast at least one morning anyway!
Our room had 2 queen beds, one of which was comfortable and one that felt like a sack of springs. Luckily we were just 2 travelers sharing a bed. When we arrived, 2 of the 3 lights in the room had burned out bulbs. The front desk replaced those for us quickly. The staff overall were pleasant and helpful. The room was relatively clean, except for a swarm of fruit flies that seemed to be living in the sink. I liked that the room had a sink inside the bathroom as well as outside - made it easier for 2 people to get ready in the morning. The bathtub has jets and I guess you can use it as a whirlpool. I didn't try that. The tub has a sort of seat-thing in in that sticks out from the wall and impedes your movement while showering. The only other problem we had with the room was a lack of electrical outlets for our personal electronic devices. There isn't even an outlet next to the table where one would presumably use a laptop. The hotel does provide free wifi with decent speeds.
So overall, if you go in with low expectations, you might be pleasantly surprised! The rates were affordable for traveling at the peak of leaf season. But if we went back to Gatlinburg again, I might try to stay somewhere with a higher star level.
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