My husband and I were glad we chose to stay at the SJ. We drove to Gatlinburg with no hotel reservation and wanted to find a one with a hottub and within walking distance to town. After stopping by several hotels around town we decided on the SJ after seeing the room. The very polite front desk person said they only had one king room available and offered us the key after we asked if we could see it and the pool area. When we walked into the room our first thought was "dated". But, it was clean, spacious, had a king bed, gas fireplace, small fridge, microwave, coffee maker, big jacuzzi tub, flat screen TV, chair, loveseat and balcony overlooking a stream with two chairs and small table. The balcony overlooking the stream sealed the deal. We went back to the front desk told the gentleman we'd take it. He told us they had a deal going on that if you stay two nights you get the third for free, which was perfect for us.
The indoor pool area was nice which included a hottub and sauna (we didn't check out the sauna). Even though the hotel was full, the pool area was never crowded. They also had an outdoor pool which was closed for winter. There was a poolside cafe but we didn't try it since we always ate in town.
The walk to town was down hill and the walk back wasn't bad. I believe it is no more than half a mile and quite doable. There is a pancake place on the same road, very near, that we ate at twice and was very good. When you walk to town, Bubba Gump and the space needle are on the corner.
We normally don't prefer a ground floor room (noise and safety) but loved the stream right below our balcony. The bed was comfortable with plenty of pillows. The cleaning crew were so quiet we never heard them. Other places we've stayed, been waken by the cleaning people slamming doors, etc. Front desk personel were always friendly and helpful.
We enjoyed our stay at the SJ and will stay there again.
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- Also Known As:
- Sidney James Mountain Hotel Gatlinburg
- Sidney James Mountain Gatlinburg
- Sidney James Lodge