Our choice to stay here was simple - we are Marriott Reward Members, and had the "points" built up for staying at any Marriott-owned chain hotel for 'free'. This one sounded great - good location, but off the main strip, fireplaces and jacuzzis, and a free continental breakfast. Well, it was all that we'd hoped for. Obviously it was a much older hotel that has been vigerously remodeled and upgraded in the last 5-10 years (?) or so. From the front of the hotel, all you see is the parking lot (limited parking, often a problem) and the ugly 4 floors of outdoor hallway access to the room doors. but that is the way 90% of all the motels/hotels in Gatlinburg seem to be designed. Only the very newest hotels, cabins, or condo rental places are built differently. I don't think anyone is crazy about outdoor hallways to walk down from the single elevator, but once we got to our room, it was worth it.
The rooms are fairly roomy, even ours with two queens. The mattresses were comfortable, there were lots of extra pillows to make TV watching comfy, and a rock-surrounded corner fireplace. OK, with the gas flame it was pretty pathetic as fires go, but would be very cozy on cold-weather days. We just had the A/C set on medium, which was quite cool, so had the fireplace on several times - it really only adds heat to the area directly in front of the hearth. Though there was a nice looking jacuzzi, my husband and I rarely make use of them (I guess we're weird)! All the furniture looks pretty new, the carpet was spotless, and the bedding was a more updated style, rather than those chintzy slippery polyester spreads that seem to show lots of dirt and pilling. The only aged looking thing in the room was an arm chair and ottoman, which looked left-over from some different hotel.
As other reviewers said, the bathroom had a dated layout, and would have been rough with four people in the room. The sink is in it's own separate area, with the fridge across from it, directly beneath the "open" closet (ironing board there too). No microwave, but the fridge stayed really cold for our beer and sodas. The toilet and shower room was tiny, and it was a mystery the firt time I looked for the toilet paper. It's behind the door, in a very wieerd placement. But again, this wasn't a great problem with only two of us in the room.
We used the balcony a lot, even during the time it was drizzling out. One of my favorite things to do is sit on balconies or our porch at home and read. here that was great, with the sound of the "river" below (what a joke - it's barely a creek). It was hysterical watching a guy try to fish for the 3-inchers, and he obviously had no idea what he was doing - some free entertainment for us. Also fun to watch the huge Ober Gatlinburg gondolas going up or down the mountain barely 1/4 mile away (but not over us, like voyeurs)!
Best thing, but probebly not important to most guests, was the hard-wired internet connection. We always take our laptop on trips, for staying in touch with family members, reading reviews on this site for restaurants, etc. It was the best internet connection we've ever had in any place we've stayed! There was also a very upbeat and helpful maid on our floor. But the pool is not good for kids - really tiny, but the umbrella table & chairs directly overlooked the stream, which also would have made for pleasant reading or 'hanging out', except for the rain and drizzle we had much of the time. We really loved our location because we could walk anywhere, including our favorite restaurant, Calhouns - see my review of that.
Thumbs up to this hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Old Creek Lodge promises the best that nature has to offer in Gatlinburg with its unique mountain charm located at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At Old Creek Lodge you’ll find state-of-the-art amenities among its traditional mountain craft decor and massive log beams. Downtown Gatlinburg shops, restaurants, and attractions are just outside your door. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Creek Hotel Gatlinburg
- Fairfield Inn Gatlinburg
- Fairfield Gatlinburg
- Gatlinburg Fairfield Inn