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Jack Huff's
Ranked #3 of 78 Hotels in Gatlinburg
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 19, 2011

If you are a serious hiker and you want to experience some of the lore of the Smoky Mountains, you really should stay at the Jack Huff Motor Lodge. In the 1920's Jack Huff built a 20 x 24 foot log cabin on the top of Mt. LeConte that was the forerunner of today's LeConte Lodge. Jack and his wife Pauline operated Mt. LeConte Lodge until 1959 when they opened the Jack Huff Motor Lodge in Gatlinburg. Their daughter Cookie runs the Motor Lodge today. She can tell you marvelous stories about growing up as a child and spending her summers at LeConte. There are framed black and white photos of the early days of the park adorning the walls of the Motor Lodge Office.
Everything that the other reports are saying about the Motor Lodge's cleanliness, friendliness and quiet accommodations are all very true. For those reasons alone this is a great place to stay. But let me tell you about the Jacuzzi Room: After a strenuous hiking trip you will really appreciate sliding into one of the two high-powered jacuzzi tubs that are in a peaceful cedar-paneled room near the office. This is our favorite lodging choice in Gatlinburg. We've stayed here for many years and we really appreciate the well maintained facility and friendly staff.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 16, 2011

We have stayed in Gatlinburg several times, and this is the first time we have stayed at Jack Huff's. We loved it! The rooms are large and are kept very clean. Our room had a refrigerator and a microwave. They also have free wi-fi access from your room. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The location is quiet when compared to the parkway hotels. We were about 1/2 block from the main strip and could walk anywhere in town. The best part of the location was that the motel is directly behind the back entrance to the Village, so we could walk to the Donut Friar for donuts every morning.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 9, 2011

Don't let the outside scare you. Yes, this place is old but it has been kept up very well. This place is extremely clean and is very reasonable in price. We were able to park at the motel and walk everywhere we went from there. I will most definitely stay here again and recommend this motel. Also hit the donut friar and the smoky mountain brewery while you are here!

  • Stayed: April 2011
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Reviewed April 3, 2011

Great stay! Very clean rooms! We loved the location! We were looking for a nice, clean place to stay for the weekend - we found it! We wanted to stay close to the shops in Gatlinburg because we like to go down there and walk around. This was close but not on the main strip. We originally planned to stay at Zoder's Best Western but they would not let us have a king room because we had a three year old with us (even with a portable toddler bed). They did us a favor! This place was closer to the location we were looking for and had a microwave, refrigerator, flat screen tv, and we really liked the dressing area with additional sink that wasn't in the bathroom - that was good for washing sippy cups and for two people getting ready. It was also really nice that we actually had room. There was plenty of room for our three year old to play without us feeling all cramped up. It was a really enjoyable trip. Wish we could stay longer. We will be back! We are extremely pleased! When you check out places on the Internet you can never be sure that it's really as it appears until you get there - this one was a great find!

  • Stayed: April 2011
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Reviewed March 31, 2011

Great rates and great location. Just behind The Village and is in walking distance of the shops in Gatlinburg. Nice Staff and Very Clean Rooms.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2011

Really enjoyed our stay. We really like how close the motel is to the main road and the Village. Great to go to the Village for Hot Choc. and a donut to bring back to the room before finishing getting ready for the day. Our room was very clean and the hosts were really nice and helpful. Thanks for another great stay.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2011

Made a 4 day trip to Gatlinburg with my brother to visit the Smoky Mountain National Park. I was blown away by Jack Huff's.

Now of course, we had a good laugh about the name when we booked it (sound it out and you'll get the idea). But, wow, this place is great. Those chain hotels can shove it.

It's not much to look at from the outside and sort of tucked on a side street right off the main road, but you'd be a fool not to stay here.

We arrived around 830 pm, tired from driving all day from Cleveland. We were checked in within 5 minutes and were switched to one of the newer rooms with better beds and flat screen TVs! If you come before memorial day, the place is dead and they will gladly switch you over when you arrive. We did not even have to ask.

Rooms were spotless, with well working climate control ( I like my rooms very very cool) I could not find the wireless password, so I dialed 0 for the front desk. Without even asking me what I wanted, the man working at the desk says the "password" and goes "enjoy your night", laughing. These people are mind readers I tell you. Oh, and the wireless was fast, reliable, etc.

The beds were very comfortable, and the flat screen TV was great for catching baseball games in the evening after a long day of hiking. Of course, we picked up a couple of six packs from the store down the street (great beer selection).

We wanted to get an early start the next morning for a big hike. Coffee was near the stairs in a shelter and was fresh, hot, and extremely flavorful. I was ecstatic. Subway was right next door, so we grabbed a couple sandiwches with our free coffee and hit the trail. One of the friendly proprietors also recommended a hike that we try the next day in the park, which ended up being amazing! We were the only people on the trail.

Hot tubs were clean, piping hot, and well working. It was still mid-may so a bit chilly for the pool, but chairs were available and the water was clean.

We returned each day to clean rooms, with new towels. Water pressure was good as well. Word to people on here....get over the towels. They are clean and dry you off... do you wipe your butt with silk too?

Anyway, stay here if you can. Most places in Gatlinburg are dumps and very expensive. The managers ( I think there are two or three and are related), are friendly, helpful, courteous, and make a mean pot of joe.

Thank you! We will be back next time we visit the Smokies.

NOTE: do not eat in Gatlinburg unless its subway. Go pick up some stuff for sandwiches at the grocery to the east or go to dinner 10 minutes away in Pigeon Forge at the Brewery.

Stayed: May 2010, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Jack Huff's

Address: 204 Cherokee Orchard Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3539
Location: United States > Tennessee > Sevier County > Gatlinburg
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Gatlinburg
#1 Best Value Hotel in Gatlinburg
#4 Romantic Hotel in Gatlinburg
Price Range: $45 - $98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our location can't be beat. Conveniently located just a half block from downtown adjacent to "The Village" and the "Famous Pancake Pantry". One block from Ripley's Aquarium. A Gatlinburg tradition since 1960, and still owned by Jack's family. We offer free High Speed Wireless Internet, refrigerators, microwaves, lazy boy recliners, jacuzzi tubs, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards. Enjoy our outdoor heated pool with a slide and children's wading pool, and our two indoor hot tubs. ... more   less 
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