This our favorite place to stay in Gatlinburg. It lies on a stream. It is a family owned operation. Rates are reasonable for the area. Owners and staff are very nice and accommodating. They had a fire in Nov 2016 that closed them down for several months. My wife and I have been staying there about 30 years except for a couple of hiccups.
We stayed in the motel part. It is older but probably the cleanest I have ever stayed in. The balcony facing the stream was beautiful and relaxing. We had to pool to ourselves and it is plenty big. It is a short walk to downtown but you feel like you are away from all the noise. It's so peaceful and quiet. We don't stay anywhere else in Gatlinburg.
Everything about our stay was wonderful. It's an older place, but very well kept. Everything was freshly painted. The rooms were clean, well-lit and spacious for our family. We stayed in motel room 10. Our balcony overlooked the stream. We were only a short walk from the pool. We stayed over a very crowded 4th of July weekend, but the pool was never crowded. Many times we had it to ourselves. If your looking for fancy and pampered, this isn't your place, but for our family, who just wanted to get away, it was everything we wanted. A short ride or walk from the strip, but you felt like you were off the beaten path, hidden away. We felt at home at Carr's and we'll be back for sure.
We booked here after struggling to find affordable space, close to town for the 4th of July weekend. Pictures online were limited so wasn’t really sure what we’d be walking into. Location of Carr’s was great, easy in and out, close enough and easy access to downtown without being in the middle of the crowds. When we first turned on the road was immediately turned off by the house on the corner with tons of trash everywhere. What is up with that?! Really shines a negative light onto the property. Check-in was a breeze. Property has a variety of rooms, cottages, cabins etc. Other than the main hotel in the center the parking is awful! 501-507 did not have enough room for parking unless everyone were driving a standard car. Even then it’s going to be tight. There’s a sign saying you can park by the office but that’s at the opposite side of the property. This group of rooms is away from the rest and not on the same side as pool etc. View of the stream here isn’t the best and there isn’t stream access here but it does have a patio and grill which is nice. Upon arrival we were impressed with the space. 3 queen size bedrooms and 2 baths. Main living area had plenty of seating and could have easily fit 3-4 full/queen air mattresses in here. All of the furniture, including the beds were very uncomfortable. Mattresses are firm. Kitchen appeared stocked but we opted not to cook and were missing wine glasses. I’ve never stayed anywhere in Gatlinburg that didn’t have them so found that odd. Everything was clean with exception of the ledge under the bathroom sink. Can tell it’s often overlooked. You must take your garbage to the dumpsters up by the pavilion/laundry room. This wasn’t noted anywhere I had to call and ask and who wants garbage in their car. Pool area was clean and spacious. Seemed like a great place for families to hang out. Kids really enjoyed it. Both evenings a bear visited the area by the stream and footbridge in the center of property but we missed it. We explored and the layout of the property is goofy. We hoped to find a layout with easy access, view and parking that was ideal in hopes of booking for August but just couldn’t find it here. Disappointing considering it does have that old Gatlinburg charm I remember as a child. We were able to see the fireworks from here which was an added bonus! …
Our family has vacationed at Carrs for over 40 years. We have always found it to be a clean, quiet, restful place to stay. It isnt far from downtown Gatlinburg, but you feel as if you are in a secluded place. The kids always loved to play in the river that runs through their property.