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River Lodge South Motel
Ranked #84 of 92 Hotels in Pigeon Forge
Reviewed September 16, 2013

Just stayed here 9/6/13 & 9/7/13.. -- cobwebs, spiders, carpet worn, no lightbulb in nightstand lamp, no hairdryer, no coffee pot, commode wobbled, shower curtain torn, no security chain on the door, lid was broken off the air conditioner unit, no iron, no ironing board -- grounds are not maintained [they could be beautiful], cigarette butts everywhere, elevator filthy -- front desk won't answer phone -- they sit outside the office-- office personnel very pleasant but full of excuses, their computer was down, "you'll have to wait until the cleaning lady comes after 9", someone else ?? must have taken our reservation because they could not find it, left a homemade sign on our room 'do not disturb' because we didn't want anyone in our room, came back in the evening .. the sign had been removed & our room cleaned, .. .. but our friends next door did not get cleaned & they had a 'do not disturb' sign on their door that they didn't leave--
room patio was dirty and the 2 chairs were too dirty to use .. need i say more .. no, we did not get a special rate .. it definetely needs more than a little TLC .. raking in the big bucks & not putting one cent back into the investment .. can't see how they'll ever stay in business .. too much competition & lots of nice places there.
We paid $312.06 for 2 nights

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

The carpet was dirty. My grandchildren went bare footed and their feet got filty. There were roaches in the bathroom in the sink and the bath tub. They were on the carpet next to the door. Both my husband and I seen the bugs. Outside the chairs were dirty. Spiders and spider webs on both. The room smelled. The air conditioner made a terrible noise. There were two stacks of bedding stacked in the parking lot entrance. The man checking you in was rude.

Now the plus. My grandchildren loved the ducks.

Room Tip: Go somewhere else.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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4  Thank Carolyn R
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We only stayed one night unplanned due to a road closure. I was worried because the outside looked a little run down but the room was spotless. No hair dryer or iron that I saw but we never use those anyway. I would stay again. I like the set up of the room, the bathroom acted as a partition between the beds so they are semi-private. The view is not spectacular but there is a nice creek where we saw some ducks.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

A friend recommended River Lodge South as an affordable place to stay to help us budget more for activities for our children. When we pulled up into the driveway, I was wondering what we had gotten ourselves into. The inside was so much better than I expected from the looks of the outside. The rooms were clean and comfortable. Yes, it is an older motel, meaning there are upgrades that would be nice, but if you are looking for a clean place to stay that is affordable, I highly recommend it. We really didn't spend much time in the room except to sleep anyway.....we packed our trip full with activities because of the money we saved on lodging. I highly recommend River Lodge South for families on a budget. Also, Gail left our daughter a "birthday surprise". How thoughtful! Thank you!

Room Tip: Microwaves are not standard amenities.....request one when booking. We were on the bottom floor and...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Booked through 3rd party, looked to be a nice motel but turned out to be a crappy place. The air conditioner was not on when we walked in the room so it smelled like moldy smoke. There was a back door for the patio which had goose feces all over. This motel was very outdated, the front desk sometimes wasn't open until 8am. Place reminded me of a motel in a scary movie.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

River Lodge is a quiet kept secret! It's affordable, clean, quiet and has decent ammenities for the price. All rooms come with a balcony overloking the river. There is also a picnic area alongside the river that has picnic tables and BBQ grills that can be used. The picnic area is visited daily by ducks and sometimes a rooster! The motel has an outside swimming pool which is noce when the weather is hot. The motel is local righty on the strip so it is accessible to most attractions. There is an array of stores in boutiques within walking distance and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat. Some of the attraction right across the streett include go karting, putt- putt, children's amusement park, and concessions. Across teh parkway is indoor skydiving which is quite an adventure for the adventurous! There is a beautiful waterfall right around the corner. Last but not least, the motel has the BEST STAFF ever. They are friendly, kind, polite and courteous! They go out of their way to make you feel at home! Well worth every cent spent and saved!

Room Tip: Choose non-smoling if possible
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Speshelone
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

My husband and I went to the Pigeon Forge area for our Anniversary, and picked (somewhat at random) the River Lodge South Motel. Our room was on the bottom floor and had a back door leading out to a picnic area and river. Every morning there were dozens of ducks and geese that would gather out there. They were beautiful and boy, did they love bread! (side note: several stores in the area sell "duck food" [corn] for about a dollar)
Our room was comfortable and clean, nothing spectacular, but it was nicely decorated and had a cold, small refrigerator. The motel is situated far back from the main road, so it is very quiet at night, and dark... which lead to one of the best night's sleep I have had in a long time! The guy at the desk when we checked out was very friendly and talkative. We really enjoyed our stay.

Room Tip: If you don't want the ducks/geese to knock on your door and wake you up, ask for something on th...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 3251 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-3421
Location: United States > Tennessee > Sevier County > Pigeon Forge
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
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Ranked #84 of 92 Hotels in Pigeon Forge
Price Range: $87 - $111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — River Lodge South Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 13
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