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The Retreat At Center Hill Lake
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Smithville
Reviewed August 15, 2017

If you are looking for a place to relax, this is it. The rooms are clean, the facility is nice, WiFi worked great, and there is easy access to boat dock. Be ready to climb some stairs, but the view of the lake makes it worth it. The staff was super friendly and I look forward to our next trip out here. It's also only 15 minutes from town if you need to make a quick trip back because you forgot something.

  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 13, 2017 via mobile

My family of 6 had a great time at The Retreat. We had everything we needed in our 2 bedroom cabin, even a washer/dryer! and the staff was very nice and accommodating. It was very hilly but thankfully they let us use their golf cart to get us to and from places around the facility. The views were gorgeous, the lake beautiful and relaxing. Had a nice time with our church family, visiting and enjoying the nice grounds. Looking forward to coming back again!

Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 11, 2017

We had the best time at Center Hill Lake! It's so nice to be so close to the water and have access to a great boat dock with plentiful slips! The kitchen was well stocked with cooking needs. We brought our ice cream maker and had fun with our kids! The dock has been nicely redone. The staff was super friendly and lent us salt and an extra measuring cup for our feast. We highly recommend The Retreat at Center Hill Lake!

Room Tip: Willow cabin is closest to the boat ramp and has a great lake view
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  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 10, 2017

5 friends and I stayed here for Wakefest a few weeks ago. We had 3 rooms. Each of our rooms were clean and quiet. Every room has a full sized refrigerator, , WIFI, stove, microwave, and toaster. Dishes were provided as well. We were there specifically for Wakefest so we were out on our boat for most of the trip, but we did visit the pool one night. It was clean and refreshing. The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. The hotel is definitely old, but it's so clean and the age only helps it charm. This hotel is definitely worth the cheap price we paid if not more. I recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a little retreat to Center Hill Lake. The views are beautiful and the Retreat at Center Hill is where you should stay!

Room Tip: Beautiful views!
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  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 28, 2017 via mobile

Until now, the last time we stayed here was a couple years back before ownership changed hands. The location was, and still is, amazing. What has changed, though, is the staff's friendliness, the cleanliness, and the general updating that's done/being done to the property. The changes are great and we'd recommend this location for anyone looking to stay at CHL.

Stayed: July 2017, traveled with friends
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Elizabeth T, Public Relations Manager at The Retreat At Center Hill Lake, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2017

Thank you for the review! We are so glad you came back and are seeing the changes. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed July 23, 2017 via mobile

Great place to get away. Very clean and quaint. Fantastic base for fishing, hiking and boating on the lake or Caney Fork. Close to Smithville. Staff nice and helpful.

Plenty of parking, boat ramp and hiking trails on campus. Close to the Craft Center and Hurricane Marina. Location is remote but close to town.

Stayed: July 2017, traveled with family
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Elizabeth T, Public Relations Manager at The Retreat At Center Hill Lake, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2017

Thank you for the review! We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed July 13, 2017

We really enjoyed our stay at Center Hill Retreat on the 3rd and 4th of July. The Schmeling family who manages the property are gracious and accommodating. Many thanks to Whitney Schmeling. She took us on a tour of the property and she was very kind and knowledgable.

Room Tip: All rooms are great.
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  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled with family
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Elizabeth T, Public Relations Manager at The Retreat At Center Hill Lake, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2017

Thank you so much for your helpful review! We hope to see you again soon!

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Additional Information about The Retreat At Center Hill Lake

Address: 358 Relax Drive, Smithville, TN 37166-7351 (Formerly Lakeside Resort)
Location: United States > Tennessee > Smithville
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Smithville
Price Range: $84 - $240 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Retreat At Center Hill Lake 2.5*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Formerly known as Lakeside Resort, Timothy Hill took over operations in April 2016. Timothy Hill is a New York based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides residential services to at-risk youth, and Christian retreat centers for churches, families, groups and individuals. The Retreat at Center Hill Lake is situated on 139 acres of US Army Corps Land, ten minutes east of Smithville, Tennessee. Conveniently located just six miles off the I-40, the Retreat boasts sweeping vistas of Center Hill Lake, one of Tennessee’s most beautiful lakes. What to Expect: The Retreat has numerous accommodations spread out across the hill stretching down to the lake. Each accommodation is self-contained and linen is freshly made up prior to your arrival. Each accommodation has a refrigerator and cooking facilities to enable guests to prepare meals in their own room. Some food items are available for purchase in the office, and the nearest grocery store is a short drive away. Catering is available for large groups but must be booked in advance. The Retreat at Center Hill Lake does not provide daily room service, but our friendly staff will be happy to meet any needs you may have. Due to its location, cellular network coverage is limited, but free Wi-Fi is available across parts of the campus, including most cabins, all Lodge Rooms, Conference Rooms and Dining Villa. The Retreat is an alcohol, tobacco and drug free campus. ... more   less 
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