This is our third trip to Fontana. It is true that you get what you pay for. The first time we stayed in a one bedroom log trailer (willow). It was pretty new and pretty nice. The second time, we stayed in a two bedroom Laurel cabin. It was ok, but kinda old. The cable didn't work and there were exposed wires in the ceiling. It was clean enough. It was up on hill with no parking. Since we had an SUV, we could make our own.
This year there were no Laurels available, we stayed in the Dogwoods. It was aptly named. It was barely acceptable. It had a noticeable tilt to the house which seemed to get worse while we were there. I do believe I discovered a new species of arachnid while we were there. It was infested with 8 legged animals. The fridge was a tiny hotel room one. The bathroom reminded me of some 15$ an hour motels. It is also BYOAC. Bring your own airconditioner, which we did. The mattresses are shot.
The restaurants are overpriced by about 25 percent compared to the surrounding tourist cities. The store is unbelievably overpriced. They have a list of activities that is more like a guideline for when an employee feels like it. Things like bubbles for the kids and softball for the kids only happened if you made it.
On the pluses:
It is a great location. The temperature is consistently 10+ degrees cooler than South Carolina. The three pools are nice. The new pool and lazy river is a big hit with the kids. The food is very good even though it is expensive. There are some activities for kids and adults.
The prices are ok. You can get a excellent cabin for 100-150 a night if you get it anywhere but Fontana. Whereas Fontana is 150+ a night for a nice cabin. The more expensive cabins are very nice. We went walking in the evening and got a good look at some of the unoccupied cabins.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fontana Village Resort, a year round destination resort, is set amidst the pristine beauty of the Nantahala Forest of western North Carolina, gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Village has a wide range of accommodations, including rooms in the intimate settings of The Lodge, suites, cabins in the forest, as well as RV & tent camping on Cheoah Lake. Add conference space, complimentary wi-fi service, restaurants and lounges, General Store, gift shops, outfitters, pools, marina, fitness center, mountain bike shop, miles of on-site trails suitable for biking and hiking, and it's easy to see why Fontana is a Great Smoky Mountain Destination. The resort offers an assortment of dining options including the Mountview Restaurant and the Wildwood Grill offering resort-casual dining and event catering. The Pitstop offers a fast fare menu for guests or travelers on the go. If watersports are on your itinerary during your stay, the Fontana Marina, located on the beautiful 30 mile long Fontana Lake, has an assortment of different watercraft rentals and equipment available. The Marina's ship store offers a complete line of tackle, light groceries and snacks and anything else guests might need for a perfect day on the water. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fontana Village Hotel Fontana Dam
- Fontana Village Fontana Dam