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“Good hotel, try to book in advance” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel

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Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel
Ranked #9 of 78 Hotels in Gatlinburg
Certificate of Excellence
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good hotel, try to book in advance”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

We took a trip for 2 days to the
Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg area and ended up staying 7 days......

Our last day in Galtinburg, we did not have a place to stay. It was New Years Eve and needed a good place. Bearskin had rooms available, but cost a pretty penny due to not booking in advance and the day (typical price hike on holidays).

The hotel was just like their sister hotel, the Old Creek Lodge. Rooms were great and comfortable. My suggestion is to get a jacuzzi tub in the room. The big difference is that this hotel has rooms with creek side decks and city side decks. Opt for a room on the creek side and you'll enjoy the calming creek from your room.

Overall, I would stay again at this hotel if booked in advance.

Stayed December 2013
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Social Circle, Georgia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

Nice place. Clean rooms. Read a review that said not that great. That had me worried cause we never stayed here before. Really nice place for the price. It is located right when you come over the mountain into Gatlinburg.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Lenoir City, Tennessee
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26 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2013

We decided to go to Gatlinburg and spend a anniversary weekend. I booked the Bearskin for a Friday through Sunday stay. The front of the hotel looks rustic and the decorations throughout the place add to the feel of being in a rustic place. The photos are deceiving as the pool, lobby, lazy river etc are not as big as depicted in the pictures, but nice none the less. The free breakfast is nice and includes biscuits and gravy, waffles, different cereals, muffins, doughnuts, juices, milk, coffee and a place to make your own waffle. The breakfast room is on the small size and fills up fast as it is on the 3rd floor and serves the whole place. Our room was on the 3rd floor so we always got some food and drinks and went back to the room to eat. There are 2 elevators just off the lobby so there isn't much of a wait at anytime for one. The parking garage is small but very nice if there is rain.
Our room was called a king spa and was nice size, had a wet bar just inside the room with a small refrigerator and sink. The was a couch that folded out to a bed if needed, a gas fireplace with a timer, a flatscreen tv and a chair in the living room area. There was a "fast internet" connection cable in the table but I never got it to work, I used the wifi when needed and it was always fast enough. The bed was cofortable and the 2 night tables had both had a lamp on it. The bathroom had a large 2 person whirlpool tub with shower. There was a small area to hang clothes with an iron and ironing board.
During our stay the weather was unseasonably warm so we didn't use the fireplace much, and ran the AC the whole time, even though we had the AC on "High Cool" the entire stay it was a little warm in the room, only slept under the sheet. I don't think it would keep up in the hot TN summer temps without some maintenance. Staff was friendly, place was clean and the pool area was well kept. We really liked the gas fire pits around the pool with built in seating, it was nice to sit around at night and unwind.
The Peddler Restaurant next door is great
There is a trolley stop in front of the Bearskin

Room Tip: Front rooms face city, rear rooms face stream. Not all rooms have balcony.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Dacula, Georgia
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8 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2013

Hotel was clean and comfortable. Location is great. We normally rent a cottage or chalet, but since this was a short trip we opted for a hotel. Fresh baked cookies each evening were a treat. We will definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: We enjoyed being on the stream side, fireplace was a nice addition. It was on a timer, so there was...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Lucy326
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Diamondhead, Mississippi
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2013

My husband and myself decided to spend our 20 the anniversary in Gatlinburg. We really lucked out when I found it online. When we arrived Jeannie assited us and actually gave us a better rate plus our military discount! We got there just before noon and were able to get in our room early. The staff was fabulous and the breakfast was plentiful. Everyone was super friendly and helpful. I am a smoker so I would go out by the pool often to smoke and they always offered to turn on the fireplaces for me. I raved about it so much online one of my friends actually decided to do a getaway and are going this weekend. Will definetly stay again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Dissatisfiedchica
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Clemmons, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2013

Stayed here Nov. 11-15, 2013. Had a bus group and used 20 rooms. Found Bearskin Lodge to be Clean, Quite and Comfortable. The staff was friendly and helpful. It is easy walking distance to center of Gatlinburg. Highly recommend this property.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Joel B
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Franklin, North Carolina
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62 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2013 via mobile

Highly recommend. Hotel is very clean. We stayed only one night in the room with fireplace (very romantic). Room was clean and huge. With sleeping sofa. Small fridge and coffee maker. They served cookies and hot apple cider in the afternoon and breakfast in the morning till 10am. Will def be back for another stay, or two...or more

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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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 Romantic Hotel in Gatlinburg
#11 Family 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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