My elderly mother and I stayed at Jack Huff's for two nights while visiting the Gatlinburg area.
The motor lodge is very centrally located right in the heart of town. We felt a bit uncertain about the property at first - it is an older motel, with the decor a bit dated - but the bathroom was recently nicely updated. The lighting was a little odd, with no table lamps next to the bed - instead there was a bank light over the headboard...so Mom had to sit up under a floor lamp near the door to read so as not to disturb my sleep. Our 1st-floor room had front and back doors, with the back door opening to a breezeway where the vending and coffee is kept. (No breakfast is offered at this motel.)
I chose Jack Huff's over another nearby motel because the website indicated that all the rooms have Lazy-Boy recliners...my mom finds a recliner helpful as she often has trouble sleeping lying in bed. The room did have the promised recliner, but the upholstery was dingy and the recliner seemed as if it was built for a very short, tiny person...the seat was very, very low to the ground. Mom was tired and decided to try it anyway, and she did immediately nod off. But when she awoke, she could not get up out of the thing because it was so low to the ground (elderly often have trouble getting up off of low seats) and I had to help her up - she declared then and there that she would not use the chair again.
Despite the trouble with the recliner, by the next day we ended up feeling much better about the motel than I initially feared we might - and all in all we ended up having a pretty nice stay.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Jack Huff`s Motor Hotel Gatlinburg
- Jack Huffs Hotel
- Jack Huffs Motel