I've stayed at this hotel twice. The first time, I was with a buddy and we were drunk the whole time (Spring Break), so it wasn't so bad. The only thing I remembered on my first stay was that I walked in with my friend behind me and saw only one bed. I quickly backed out of the room and got a new room with two beds. I like my friend, but not that much.
The pool was fun, because it has a fake tunnel/mountain motif. Big deal. I did notice it was possible to jump from the second balcony into the pool, I just never got the guts or drunk enough to do it.
I think because of the great weather and the good times I had, I decided to stay there again with my girlfriend...sober.
I didn't really have too much of a complaint about the room. I don't expect much from rooms, just a place to rest between activities. It was dingy. Our "stream" was a ditch, but I already knew this.
My brother and I went to the pool and had a decent time in the murky pool. That is until my brother pointed at my chest and said, "What is that!?!" Looking down, I saw what could have been a mop string or a tampon. I'll go with a mop string so I won't be traumatized. The water was so murky you couldn't see the bottom. I probably could've spotted the object if the water were clearer. So for all the people excited about the pool, don't be!
The management was my next complaint. I realize these guys are getting a plethora of different people and have built up a bad attitude. The only thing I want is a key and a place to voice my concerns if I have any. It was because of the Sidney James that I realized that most hotels in the "tourist trap" portion of Gatlinburg realize that even if you didn't like your stay, there will be another unsuspecting guest tomorrow. They got your money tonight.
My situation involved a group of twenty year olds outside the room with what I thought were paint guns. It turned out to be those yellow nurf pellet guns they sell in town at every other store, however I thought these guys were playing Commando with paint guns and shooting at the rooms. I called management and told them they might want to ask these people to stop shooting around the hotel.
The reply I received was, "Frankly sir, I don't care." This statement carried a sarcastic-laced tone that made me look like the bad guy for trying to save the walls and windows of the hotel.
That's the whole point. They don't care. They know people will still come.
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- Also Known As:
- Sidney James Mountain Hotel Gatlinburg
- Sidney James Mountain Gatlinburg
- Sidney James Lodge