Newfound Lodge is not upscale, but is charming in a rustic way. The staff is friendly and the rooms are worn but clean. You have a coffee pot, a small fridge, and a private baloney overlooking the beautiful Oconaluftee River with two rocking chairs to watch the tubers float by. I have found that the majority of the hotels in Cherokee are very old and lack insulation making noise notable from the busy roads and neighbors a nuisance. This is not a problem at Newfound. We usually book a room on the second floor so that we are not bothered with footsteps from above or people walking pass our sliding glass door that opens to the baloney. The first floor has a wooden walkway with children running up and down it on their way to the river. I have learned from past experiences not to leave wet swimwear on the baloney to dry because other guests have stolen my son’s trunks! The pool is located across the road and you have to share it with another hotel. It is too crowded, so we always play in the river.
The downside is the room doesn’t have a microwave. The bathtubs do not have plugs, so plan on a shower or bring your own plug. The tub and sinks are clean. They supply you with a package of coffee, but if you want more you can pay 50 cents for extra.
This establishment allows pets and in the past, I have been bothered by guests leaving their barking pups unattended while they gamble half the night at the casino. More then once, I have been bitten by fleas from the previous occupants. If I could change one thing about Newfound Lodge, it would be to bar pets from the establishment.
The choices are limited in Cherokee and again, New Found is not a four star hotel, but it is far beyond any of the Choice Hotel in the area. The price is reasonable and located in a safe area. The day receptionist and maids for the 2011 season were the friendliest they have ever hired. (Experienced problems with the day receptionist during over summer 2010 stay). Dairy Queen is across the street and at night we walked the children over for ice cream.
- Also Known As:
- Newfound Hotel Cherokee
- Newfound Motel Cherokee