OK first off - it is a Yurt...it is not a hotel room - so keep that in mind.
for those who don't know what a yurt is - and many of my friends asked "You are staying in what?" it is basically a glorified ridgided round tent - with electricity. There is no attached bathrooms - but there is a bathhouse within a very short walking distance.
the pictures on thier site are very accurate.
We rented the Safari Yurt for two nights on-line and paid on-line - we arrived after normal business hours but were easily able to find the rafting center (basically across the street from the entrance to Falling waters) and follow the directions on how to get our key and easily obtain our key to our yurt.
The yurt was clean and quite comfortable even though it was warm out as the box fan had been left running. There was a musty smell but that was to be expected since we are in the middle of the woods. My sister had a travel candle she lit up and within a few minutes musty smell was no more. The only problem we ran into was one of the blades for the ceiling fan was chipped which caused the fan to wobble and squeak when we put the ceiling fan on - we really didn't need it as the box fan did a great job at keeping us comfortable so we had it off most of the time...
The Safari Yurt was situated back behind the bathrooms - very easy walk to the bathroom.
The bathrooms were clean and decent - there are about 4 bathrooms with toilet, sink and standup shower - i never had to wait for one and they were cleaned everyday.
Now walking to the bathroom - they do provide you with a flashlight in the yurt but our beam wasn't very strong so we just used the iHandy flashlight app on our iPhones - if you are sans iPhones I would take a nice strong flashlight with you to have on hand. Also speaking of iPhones/smartphones....Verizon you have 3G capabilities - ATT you have E sometimes...sometimes no signal (goes in and out - but that is what I found for most of our trip through tennessee and western NC - not just at the Yurts)....I was the one with the AT&T phone and I was able to use it - just was VERY slow sometimes - so we wound up using my sisters Verizon line for a lot of our searching when we needed too
The yurt was clean, had electricity - a mini fridge, stereo, lights and a coffee maker. The bed was comfy with extra blankets and pillows.
It appeared most of the yurts were rented the weekend we were there but it was quite quiet - I enjoyed reading my book in the evening to the sounds of crickets and bull frogs
My sister and I had a very enjoyable time and would love to go back and bring my daughters
As for the Yurt itself - while the Safari one was nice if I was to rent again I would probably try and rent either 1 or 6 by the ponds so we could have a bit of a view. OR the gorge yurt - it is a little bit away from the bathrooms (maybe 100 yards) and has a number of steps to get up to the yurt but the view is spectacular...so if you are a heavy sleeper and require no 1 am trips to the bathroom I say go for the Gorge Yurt...next the the gorge yurt is the waterfall yurt - which probably has some great views but not as clear as the gorge one. They do have a handicap accessiable yurt as well...
I would also bring with you some bug spray for yourself - they do provide a nice can of bug and wasp killing spray but you might want some OFF for yourself - I did get a few bug bites -but nothing terrible.
Overall I thoughly enjoyed my stay in a Yurt and if I was to come back to the area I would stay here again over your basic hotel....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Glamping at its best, luxurious camping in a wooded setting. Eight Yurt Cabins furnished with queen beds and futons, all linens, mini-refrigerators, coffee makers, charcoal grills, ceiling fans, CD players and wrap-around decks. Featured in National Geographic Adventure, Good Morning America, Atlanta Journal Constitution. Shared but private bathrooms, rafting and zipline canopy tour packages, area hiking, boating, horseback riding, motorcycling and more activities available. Group Lodge available for groups up to 44; bunk bed style with shower in each room, kitchen available for rent. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Falling Waters Adventure Hotel Bryson City