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“Won't be back” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel

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Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel
Ranked #9 of 84 Hotels in Gatlinburg
Certificate of Excellence
Edwardsport
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Won't be back”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

This place uses a lot of their terms for amenities very loosely. The pool is extremely small, the lazy river is more like an outline of a pool with concrete in the middle, and "on the river" is looking at the small shallow part of the creek that runs through town directly across from some other ugly building. I can see beer cans and lost sandals on the other side of the fence from my balcony. The people on the floor below me are constantly smoking and it funnels right up to our door.
Upon checking in we gave the clerk our debit card which was denied. She slid the card back across the counter and told my wife that "apparently you spent too much because it was denied." We obviously would not have came from Indiana with no money. We paid cash and the next day decided we didn't want to be here any longer and cut 2 days off our stay. And after calling our bank they told us the card was denied due to the large amount and being out of state, so.... I don't appreciate a hotel clerk giving me financial advice when I make more than she does. And the breakfast is, eh.....
On the upside this place is quiet, within walking distance of a lot of places we like and the fireplace feature was cool. And it has decent shower heads, which is hard to find it seems like. But, we skipped out on this place 2 days early to go stay in Nashville so I wouldn't recommend it. I will take satisfaction in knowing I was finally able to get their wifi to work so I could write this review though.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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7 Thank Grant W
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la vergne, tn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

I stayed at the Bearskin Lodge this weekend and it left such an impression that I am writing my 1st ever hotel review. My room was clean and spacious. I didn't hear a peep from any other rooms. The bed was so comfortable and the whirlpool tub was huge! All of that was great, but best of all, they are very trustworthy. I left my diamond engagement ring in my room and the housekeeper turned it into the front desk. I will most definitely return next time I'm in Gainburg !!

  • Stayed April 2013
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1 Thank susan w
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

Very nice really enjoyed our stay. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Breakfast could use some yogurt and boiled eggs. The heated pool and fire pit area were fantastic. We will be back and will recommened this place to all our friend's.

  • Stayed April 2013
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2 Thank dcrc2
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Greenwood, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed our spring getaway for 3 nights. Our room at the Bearskin Lodge was very clean and spacious. Our room was street side with hot tub and fireplace and on the 5th floor. At check-in we were offered a choice of the 3rd or 5th floor, which I thought was very considerate because I like the higher floors and most of the time it is not offered you have to ask. The breakfast was a sufficient "continental" breakfast. If you want a "DELUXE" breakfast, it is not, but we were very pleased. The breakfast area was very clean but on the small size, but we always tried to get there early before the regular gathering time. We are early birds anyway. We will definitely return to this hotel, because of the cleanliness and friendliness. Our first priority for a hotel is to be clean.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank SANDY6149
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Maplesville, Alabama
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

This is a beautiful property. The staff were very welcoming and friendly. Clean room, comfortable bed, nice balcony. The only downside to the hotel is the size of the breakfast room and the breakfast itself. It really left a lot to be desired, so we had to go out for breakfast each morning. Other than that we had a great stay!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank onesailorswife29
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Dickson, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I travelled to Gburg with her parents and we wanted to stay close to the strip. We settled on this hotel even though there were some bad reviews.
Glad we did! We chose the King on the river with jacuzzi and fireplace. The room was very spacious and had been updated recently. The fireplace in the corner is a very nice touch. I did not care for the 30 minute timer that they placed on it but i do understand why it is on there. It actually will warm the room very well. We thought the bed was quite comfortable and slept nicely. I think the TV would be better mounted on the wall up a bit higher. There are plenty of chairs available to use in the room too.
The balcony is small but nice. There was plenty of room for us to sit out and listen to the river run. The hotel across the river will become an issue at some point I'm sure but it did not bother us or our stay.
The breakfast is the typical continental type you will find in hotels. It was good and sure beat leaving to pay for a busy restaurant. They had some fruit too.
Location was great. It is one road off the main strip so you can leave your car and walk everywhere!
Try it...I think you will be glad you did.

  • Stayed March 2013
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2 Thank SandnSun67
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

At the very end of "the strip" in Gatlinburg, you'll find the mountainesque Bearskin Lodge located on the river. The winter rates are a bargain. We go for several days in February for our anniversary. Though the lobby is small, the photo ops are plentiful. Many rooms have in-room whirlpool tubs and fireplaces-cozy, & relaxing. The rooms are nice, always clean, & spacious. Breakfast is included. You can walk next door to the Peddler Steakhouse-not to be missed.
Looking forward to our trip next year!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank phyllishjones
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Property: Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel
Address: 840 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3133
Location: United States > Tennessee > Sevier County > Gatlinburg
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Family Hotel in Gatlinburg
#11 Romantic Hotel in Gatlinburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 96
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