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Rocky Waters Motor Inn
Ranked #47 of 78 Hotels in Gatlinburg
Bridgewater, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great to be on the river”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

The price was reasonable and the room they showed us was nice, but the one we got wasn't as nice. We had actually spent two nights at another motel and decided the bed was so uncomfortable that we booked here...the king bed was comfortable and clean. The room was ok though I never really felt like it was truly clean, but that might just be me. Ceiling was peeling off. If this place would spend some money to give it a good cleaning, with the beautiful river right out the balcony, they could fill the place nightly. I just felt like they could give it some tlc. Don't get me wrong though, it was nice for the money. We just needed a clean bed to crash on after a long day of touring.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Taylorville, Illinois
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Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

We took a chance on this place out of the blue; went in to ask room prices and clerk said $69 which was below the $100 plus i expected so we booked for two nights. He went outside to show me the parking spot and noticed our collector car and said to wait a minute because he wanted to switch our room to the assigned parking spot in front of the lobby. He said he would be there all night and would keep an eye on it for us. The new room happened to be an upgrade to a jacuzzi and fireplace but at no extra cost. That was so very nice of him and totally unexpected. Three things are the most critical to me with hotels: cleanliness, safety and service. This place had all three.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Barrington
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Stopped for a night on our way through town. The room was very spacious with a king bed and a balcony overlooking the river. The sound of the gentle rapids below was very relaxing. Although the room was a little bit dated, it was layed out well and was well appointed with a mini frig, microwave and coffee maker. It appeared you could get adjoining rooms too if you needed. It even had its own carport parking area. Locarted on the edge of the busier town center, it was quieter and just a short walk to town. A very good value for the price and I would happily return for another stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Akron, Ohio
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202 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2013

Some of the Tripadvisor reviews of this motel were brutal, so I guess I took a chance when I booked online before actually seeing the place. The price was right, and the bubbling brook was as advertized.

This is not exactly "downtown Gatlinburg". Quite conveniently located just north of the congestion zone of the real center of G'burg, you probably will not have any problem with traffic up here. Want proof? The free city parking lot across the street is never even half full. The Rocky is located right on the Parkway, Rte. 441, the main drag, and is complete with a Trolley stop out front.

We checked in early on May 29, 2013, no problem. We asked for a non smoking "No Smoke Smell" room and that was fine. Otherwise a little air freshener air spray helped a slightly musty odor (when you drive everywhere on a budget you will learn to pack for all sorts of contingencies). We got a 'king' with no fireplace, and it was quite large with lots of free floor space. There was a refrigerator which worked well, coffee maker, microwave, good hot shower and clean bathroom. The air conditioner was the typical below the window unit and of average noisiness. There was an old fashioned 27 inch TV (prior disclosure noted in their literature) with lots of cable stations. Like who's going to spend a lot of time in a motel?

Out on the private balcony, the river's rushing sound is about all you can hear, but not loud enough to keep ME from falling asleep in their balcony chair immediately after arriving and settling in. Granted, the street sounds come in the from the street side, especially the loud motorcycles. But I never heard a lot of extraneous sound through the walls of our room except for some loud music and screaming from drunken bikers next door on Friday night from 12:50 Am until around 3:00 Am. Just our luck to hit Gatlinburg on the weekend of the HOGS Motorcycle Invasion.

The Rocky Waters is a budget motel. We expected it to be shabby but it was not real bad. Assigned parking was good although a larger SUV takes two approaches to get it in, between the columns, under cover. The ICE Machine was superb!! The front desk personnel were very helpful. Why pay more, for a place to flop? A lot of the places we stay at are like this but cost more money.

There are a lot of motel choices around here. The next time we go to Gatlinburg we'll probably try some other motel.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Temple, Georgia, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 28, 2013

We arrived at 10:00am knowing checking in wasn't until 3 pm, And the front desk clerk let us go ahead and check in early. Which I am glad he did. The room was on the very end of the hotel which the partking was hard to get to since we was driving a full size truck. Wifi did not work we were to far away for it to work. Overall the room was in good shape I do believe the bathroom floor was heated which was great. The jaccuzzi tub was nice to come back to since we were rained on after walking threw Gatlinburg. Really was a good room to stay in.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 24, 2013 via mobile

away from the downtown traffic but close enough to walk to everything. clean average hotel room. great low rates. all room have a private balcony over looking the river. parking needs to be a little more organized.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Concord, North Carolina
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31 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed May 11, 2013

Front desk very nice and helpful. Comfortable bed, other furniture kind of old. Assigned parking. Close to trolley stops. Private balcony over the river was great. We will stay there again. It's on the Pigeon Forge end of town right across from Hilbilly Golf.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Rocky Waters Motor Inn
Address: 333 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-4963
Location: United States > Tennessee > Sevier County > Gatlinburg
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Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #47 of 78 Hotels in Gatlinburg
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Rocky Waters Motor Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 36
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