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Lakeview at Fontana
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Bryson City
Certificate of Excellence
Cookeville, Tennessee
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28 reviews
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“Wonderful spa experience”
Reviewed May 9, 2014

We love it here. We've been twice and planning a 3rd trip. The rooms are clean and spacious. The granola bar is great but you can choose to go to Bryson for breakfast as well. I love the wine hour and sitting on the deck. We take our kayaks and paddle on Fontana lake. We got to see the Smokey Mountain train go by. They took pictures of us on the kayaks and we took pictures of them on the train LOL! The spa is too die for and the different massage choices make it special. Don't forget to check out the little gift shop.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Charlotte, NC
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

Our second trip was just as good as the first. I have been here with a group of 3 women (in our 30s) in November 2012 and again in 2013. We wanted to do a quick long weekend trip for Charlotte. We LOVE this place! The service here is great, you can relax or be active hiking. Our favorite part is probalby the wine happy hour with mustard spreads each evening. Both times we've stayed here we've met other visitors and ended up staying late chatting with them. Everyone is always so friendly. Our typicaly day is wake up, go down and get the wonderful french press coffee, then head to yoga. The yoga is not hard it is just very relaxing. For someone that typically does lots of cardio, this is a nice change. After yoga, we had back to enjoy the wonderful breakfast. Sometimes we then follow this by a hike or maybe just a walk around town. THere is a nice crepe restaurant in town we enjoy too. It's a great place to just go back to the room after a hike and take a nap or read. The first trip we enjoyed massages and facials at the resort, but decided not to do any of those the second time around. We would all rather just relax and sip wine!! We thoroughly enjoy Lakeview and I hope to return again!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Miami
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Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

When you want to get away from it all but still enjoy modern luxuries, this is the place to do it. Our three day stay, included perfect accomodations in cottage #1, breafast each morning, happy hour each evening, and dailly spa services. Most importantly, the customer service was fantastic.

Our cottage was the first one upon driving up the hill into this quaint resort. Check~in was smooth and pleasant. The cottage has a small kitchen with full size refrigerator, 4~person dining room table, living room, 2 bedrooms (1 queen bed and the other with 2 full beds) and bathroom. This cottage was quaint and comfortable for three ladies. The accommodations were comfortable and spacious.

Each day we looked forward to breakfast. Since our purpose for this trip was to relax and, we really took advantage of our morning coffee time. French~pressed coffee, yogurt, pastries, toast and bagels were the staple each morning. The room and atmosphere was so cozy that we spent 1~2 hours each morning in this ritual before we headed out for the day. Happy hour each evening was also relaxing and included wine, bugs, fruits, cheese and crackers. We enjoyed taking our treats outdoor to the deck overlooking the lake. The view was amazing.

Each day we enjoyed spa services which we selected prior to check~in. We were impressed with the spa at this resort. It was quaint and relaxing. Collectively, we experienced various massage and body therapies such as the All in One massage, Relaxation massage, bamboo massage, hot stones massage, sugar scrub and green tea detox massage.

First, the positive. My favorite service was the green tea detox. This is a must do treatment. The hot stones massage was also very relaxing. Unfortunately, all other massages, although differently named, were very similar. The same two therapists were present throughout our stay. They were very sweet and professional. We would have like, however for the treatments to be actually be different since they had different names. This is definitely something they can improve upon. Apart from my detox therapy, which was done by a different therapist, we felt that overall the I th we therapists could work on improving their services.

All in all, we still rated this location highly because the location, customer service and ambience were magnificent. A special thanks you goes to Paula and Eddie who went above and beyond to make us feel welcomed!

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

My friend and I did the 5-night 'Girls Night In' package which includes your room, four 50-minute spa treatments of choice, morning breakfast (lots more than just pastries as advertised) and free access to all yoga classes. The staff here are wonderful! Tanis is hands down the best masseuse (pun intended) in the Southeast and easily one of the best in the country. Cathy Wood's yoga is for every body type and skill level, and the perfect way to start your day. Tetia has nailed the concept of 'rustic chic.' Cannot wait to return!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Floyds Knobs, Indiana
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

We had a fabulous girls getaway weekend . The accommodations were great, staff was fabulous. I completely enjoyed the spa treatment(had the all in one massage). The morning yoga class was very therapeutic and relaxing. I will most definitely recommend Lakeview at Fontana to all. I plan on going back there in the spring. Thank you for a great experience!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

We stayed at Lakeview for two nights while in town for a funeral. It was just lovely. Private room overlooking a gorgeous lake (that was made even more special because it was October and the leaves were gloriously beautiful); truly serene. Well appointed and clean rooms with nice linens, good shower, etc. Best (really the best!) part of the experience was strolling across the courtyard to the breakfast room where we found french pressed coffee prepared by a thoughtful staffer and a really outstanding spread of different danishes, bagels and cream cheese, yogurt, fresh and dried berries and other toppings, toast, fresh OJ, etc., etc. Setting for this breakfast room is thoroughly inviting and relaxing; you enjoy your breakfast, read, and gaze out over the beautiful lake.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Augusta, Georgia
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

I stayed three nights for the first time with 3 friends and we are already trying to figure out when we can return! Such a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives!! It was like staying with family, without the drama!!
LOVED the common area where breakfast and happy hour were served! So inviting and comfortable, and everything was delicious. Amazed that in this day and age anyone can operate on an "Honor System" for extras one can get if needed (bottled water, snacks,etc)!
We zip lined for the first time and had the best time ever! Great way to start the day...and we ended the day with everyone taking a turn in the spa. No one was disappointed...my favorite was the Warm Bamboo massage.
Two of us stayed in the main building and the other 2 stayed in a detached suite. Both had everything we needed, although the detached suite had the perk of more "isolation" and less neighbor noise.
It IS an older resort with tons of character, but as many reviewers have said, don't show up expecting anything over-the-top or you will be disappointed. I found the simplicity of the entire resort refreshing....relaxing. Simple, but lovely.
Lots to do from shopping to hiking, zip lining to biking, horseback riding to kayaking/rafting, and plenty of friendly locals! The brewery is a must if you are a beer drinker! (bring your own food-they serve drinks only!!) Christmastime offers the Polar Express for families...
Can't wait to return!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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lakeviewatfontana, Owner at Lakeview at Fontana, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
We're thrilled you enjoyed your visit, appreciated the uniqueness of our property, and experienced everything we have to offer.

As a recent guest stated... "The setting of course promotes relaxation, but the ambiance created by the owners and staff is what really sets you apart. Lakeview at Fontana is a quiet, kind, trusting, retreat."

Like you, most guests find our trusting nature (easy check-in, very few policies, honor system) to be an unexpected and comforting surprise.

We look forward to your next visit!
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Property: Lakeview at Fontana
Address: 171 Lakeview Lodge Dr, Bryson City, NC 28713-5953
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Bryson City
Amenities:
Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Bryson City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Lakeview at Fontana 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small-scale & casual, Lakeview at Fontana evokes a quaint Mediterranean-meets-Greenwich Village ambiance; complete with charming courtyard, gourmet coffeehouse, yoga studio, and spa. Rooms and suites offer the perfect refuge for those who prefer their mountain breezes scented with the rich aroma of a cafe mocha. Or anyone whose idea of a fine afternoon is mountain biking or hiking followed by a hot stone massage. The surrounding 45 acres reveal an outdoor pool, a scenic hiking trail, and, of course, spectacular views of Fontana Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains. ... more   less 
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