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Park Vista or Bear Skin Lodge

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Park Vista or Bear Skin Lodge

We've narrowed our choices down to the Park Vista or the Bear Skin Lodge. Any opinions of either? Do you like one better than the other? Has anyone stayed at both of these as to compare?

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I loved the Bearskin Lodge. I would pick the Bearskin if for no other reason that you can walk anywhere in Gatlinburg, and its near all the good places to eat. Always very clean and the rooms on the stream are very nice.

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I stayed at the Bearskin Lodge and really liked it. It was very convenient to downtown and quiet because it's on the street behind the parkway. The beds were really comfortable and the staff was very nice. They have an outdoor pool and a lazy river type thing, but it was winter when we were there, so didn't use it. Don't have any experience with Park Vista.

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I too have stayed at Bearskin but it's been a few years. I would choose it any day over Park Vista because of it being located in town. It's so nice to be able to walk everywhere. Some of the best restaurants will be right out your front door.

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I agree with the others....Bear Skin if for no other reason than the proximity to town. We enjoy walking to the Parkway in the evening. During one stay, when they were pretty slow...the willingly upgraded us to a fireplace/balcony room for free! But if you are wanting an actual lodge...this is definitely a hotel and feels like one. It is decorated in the lodge look, but just a glorified hotel. Either way, we love it! This trip we will be trying out their sister property, Old Creek Lodge.

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Stay at the bearskin lodge approx twice a year. Love the place nice for the cost. Good prices. For the first time we are trying the fairfield inn in gatlinburg not because any problem with bearskin lodge but wanted to try something new and have a nice pool which hope will be open April 23 through April 27. Hope we aren't disappointed with the switch

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