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“Just Average...Don't pay extra for river view rooms.”

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Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel
Ranked #8 of 78 Hotels in Gatlinburg
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“Just Average...Don't pay extra for river view rooms.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

Nice location, kinda out of the way, yet on trolley route and can walk easily to many town attractions. We had a river view balcony room which actually looks right into a crappy hotel made into apartments with dogs barking. I would recommend city view over river view. The rooms were clean, beds comfortable, fireplace added a little ambiance. The pool and lazy river were nice but small. Overall, an average stay, nothing really special, though nothing really to complain about either.

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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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middlesex nj
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

Pictures make the place better then it really is.I had the room called Spa King.Was under the impression I had a whirlpool,which was part of the tub.Guess it was a whirlpool,but not what i had in mind.The TV was a joke for that size room,it was a 27 inch mounted on a wall,about 9 feet up,seemed so undersized,you had to watch from the couch only,that was a real bummer.The room had a floor type air conditioner and seemed like it was too warm or too cold.The pool and lazy river are tiny.It was clean,with good location but to me for what i paid I could have done better with a condo...pass

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

First of all, loved the room and creek below balcony but I emailed the management regarding problems we had during our stay and was told that we would receive a refund of one night's stay. It's been almost 3 weeks, nothing. I do not like being misled. The pool and lazy river were small but cute. Nice firepits and benches at pool. Several times we had to go to different floors to get ice since machines were out of order on 3rd and 5th floor. Never once saw cookies in lobby, my little niece waited everyday. Funny though that we saw the worker behind the desk leaving for the day with a Styrofoam bowl with 3-4 fresh baked cookies hmmmm. The worse part of our stay was the housekeeping. Not friendly at all and acted as if it was a big chore to clean the room. They actually told the front desk they were gone for day so they wouldn't have to clean the room. Ridiculous. wont bore you with all the details but definitely didn't feel welcome or warm and fuzzy lol I feel like the management didn't take my complaints seriously so I will never visit this hotel again. There are too many hotels in Gatlinburg that will go above and beyond for their guests.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

Loved this place. Room was very clean. Our room was on the river side which I recommend better than parking lot view. Sound of the water was very relaxing. Close walk to downtown attractions and park. Pool and lazy river are on the small side but perfect for kids

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

Liked the location of this Lodge, at the base of the Smoky Mountains, on a rushing river and a short walk to restaurants and shops. The decor was nice, rustic colors and furniture, gas fireplace, flat screen TV, and spa tub in the room. Our balcony overlooked the rushing river below, and out onto mostly trees. There is another hotel just across the river that can be viewed, so book rooms away from the street and down toward the right end as you face the lodge for more tree view. The a/c worked well but was a bit noisy as was the bathroom fan. Pillows were great, bed could use an update but okay. Breakfast was included, waffles, gravy and biscuits, fruit, cereal, etc. Easy access to drive right into the Mountains for exploring.

Room Tip: We stayed on the 4th floor overlooking the river, nice view of trees on the right side.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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murfreesbroro tn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

Every thing was great supper nice front deck people Marketa & Luke were super nice.The first room was on the 5th floor looking at the hotel in back.Ask them if we could change to a lower floor which they did put on third floor tree line it was a lot better and the river sound was great.Lazy river was small but still good it was heated and the main pool the water was to cold.The ice machine didn't work had to go to the fourth floor to get ice.Also the room needed some touch up but very little.

Room Tip: Ask to stay on the third floor or lower on the west side going toward Pigeon Forge.This will put in...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

Standard room, standard breakfast. I just expected more! The pool and lazy river were small. The rooms were clean just not kept up well. I did love having a room with a balcony next to the river! Overall, a decent stay at Bearskin.

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Additional Information about Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel

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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