I debated on whether to give this place two or three stars. We did want to stay in a cabin setting so we could enjoy our loud family (nine of us total) and not disturb anyone else. Does that mean we traded a cabin setting for clean conditions and our usual creature comforts? Perhaps I should have adjusted my expectations. The location is great! Very close to Silver Dollar City. Pretty much right on Table Rock Lake. We saw deer and other wildlife. There was a little country store within walking distance. We were never disturbed by other guests--barely even noticed them.
Our cabin, which was a Timber Top Cabin, was in major need of some updating. The first words out of my 12-year-old’s mouth when she first walked into the unit: “It smells like old people!” It did have a musty smell to it that you quickly got over. The floor was not level, so all of my 10-month-old's toys rolled from one end of the floor to the other. It was quite funny actually, and provided a nice challenge for him. But after 30 minutes of crawling around, his knees and hands and feet were black. Disgusting! My guess is the carpets have never been shampooed and the linoleum has never been mopped. They did provide a dirty mop to use. But what's the point of that? You're just spreading dirt around instead of getting rid of it. There was also a dirt devil vacuum cleaner to use, but it was useless in sucking anything up. The beds were very hard--probably a good thing if you prefer firm mattresses. I can't comment on the pillows. We brought our own. The blankets were old and thin. The towels were a modge podge of old, worn out towels to newer, rough like sandpaper towels. The showers were disgusting (rust and mold). I liked their system of providing clean towels and other supplies daily, but they were a little stingy when it came to trash bags, paper towels and toilet paper.
The metal spiral staircase is very narrow and steep. I refused to let my two-year-old travel it alone. But it has to be narrow and steep to maximize the space. I appreciated that there was an outer staircase to access the second floor. It made it much easier to get our bags into the sleeping rooms. The size of the cabin was actually pretty spacious. I was pleasantly surprised. With nine people in one space, I never felt crowded. There were two four-top tables to eat at plus a patio table and chairs.
It was really nice that each section had its own outdoor pool. They aren't heated, though, and so the water was freezing. Perhaps we are not really the outdoorsy type of family, but it was too cold for me. The hot tub was great!!! The one indoor pool could use some help. It has that astroturf-type of stuff around it. I don't understand that at all. It traps the dirt and makes it impossible to clean if the area is constantly wet. At least with cement, you can sweep with a broom even if the cement is wet. Anyways, the indoor pool could have also used a good pool filter. The water was filthy. Lots of debris floating around in it, and I could see lint and hairs floating on the surface of the water. Not my cup of tea.
I appreciated that the resort provided family activities and food, even though we never took advantage of that. I liked the WiFi, and it worked well for me unlike some other reviewers. The staff was SUPER nice, so that was never an issue. I’m sure had they been notified about our “supplies” issue, it probably would have been rectified, but after being gone all day long and returning late at night with cranky kids, I simply didn’t want to take the time to make that phone call. That was my fault—not theirs.
This is probably a great place to stay if you enjoy the outdoors and are used to roughing it. I am not. We noticed one guest in the next cabin over chose to set up a cot outside and slept in that overnight. He probably had a great time! Some members of our family chose to walk the hiking trail. Just keep this in mind. Ticks are very bad this year. They came back covered in them.
Overall, I would have been really happy with this place if the towels and blankets had been newer and the floors had been clean. That would have earned them a five-star review from me. Next year we will be staying somewhere else. When we originally made our reservations, we tried to stay in a Timber Oaks cabin, but those were not available. My husband was under the impression that those cabins were recently updated. Maybe they are also cleaner. But the towels still would have sucked.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tribesman Resort is on a wooded cove on Table Rock Lake. We are 6 miles from Branson and only 2 miles from Silver Dollar City. We have 1-6 bedroom cottages and apartment style units in settings ranging from wooded to semi wooded. We have 4 outdoor pools, 1 indoor pool, 2 marinas with boat and slip rentals, nature trails, seasonal family fun recreation programs, game room, and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tribesman Hotel Branson
- Tribesman Resort Branson