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“Pleasantly Surprised”
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Wild Bear Inn
Ranked #59 of 92 Hotels in Pigeon Forge
Seymour, Tennessee, United States
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Pleasantly Surprised”
Reviewed 17 January 2014

I found a good price on this through Choice Hotels, and decided to give it a try. The staff is very friendly and helpful. There is free pancakes in the attached restaurant in the morning and they are good, and we got them super fast. You also receive a free box of taffy upon checkout which is a very nice gesture. The staff was willing to work with us running behind and not charge any extra. There is a dollar fee per day for using the in-room safe which is kind of odd to me, but I guess a dollar is worth the safety of my valuables..my only problem is that our safe was a dud or something and my stuff got stuck in it. The manager was very quick to help us, but had to try to reach maintenance since it was late evening, and my boyfriend and I eventually got it open ourselves. The dollar fee was little unfortunate given our trouble lol. But it's all good. The bed was a little firm for our liking, but the pillows were definitely huge. Actually maybe a little too fluffy lol. The location is really good, still in Pigeon Forge but at the end so not sooo busy, and a lot closer to get to Gatlinburg. The bathroom was a little outdated, but I loved it nonetheless. It reminded me of the house I grew up in haha. Anyway, I would stay here again, and recommend it. It's good for the price.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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SmokyMountainResorts, General Manager at Wild Bear Inn, responded to this review, 19 January 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. Our number one goal is to provide clean and comfortable rooms for all of our guests and we take great pride in doing just that. Please accept our sincere apologies for the trouble you experienced with your in room safe. We make every attempt to ensure the safes are in perfect working order so that our guests can have the peace of mind knowing that their valuables are safe and secure. We are glad that you were able to retrieve your belongings and that there were no more problems that impeded your ability to relax and enjoy all that the Great Smoky Mountains has to offer! We wish you well in all of your endeavors and hope to see you real soon!
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69 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

While this is an older hotel, it was very clean and the value was unbelievable. If your expecting the Hilton, or the Westin, this is not the place. You will get an older style motel that is clean, accommodating, and a great price. Are there things that need to be updated, of course. We did experience a small problem with the hot and cold water fluctuating but it was only occasionally. I have stayed at 4 and 5 star hotels throughout the US, but our family really enjoyed the simplicity of this motel and we had great "family time". Some reviews have complained about the pancakes for breakfast, but we enjoyed them and they were the perfect amount. The restaurant and hotel staff was also very friendly and helpful. The taffy they gave us as we checked out just added to the experience!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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SmokyMountainResorts, General Manager at Wild Bear Inn, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
Thank you for reviewing your stay with us. On behalf of the staff at the Rodeway Inn Mountain Skys, we are so very sorry that you experienced fluctuations in the water temperature. We are looking into the issue to ensure that there are no underlying causes that we may have missed. On your next stay with us, please do not hesitate to inform us of any problems that you run into so that we may address those as quickly as possible and hopefully avoid interrupting your vacation anymore than absolutely necessary. We will be sure to share your sentiments with the staff of the Smoky Mountain Pancake House as they will be tickled to know that their hard work is being appreciated. We are looking forward to being afforded the opportunity to serve you and your family again and wish you safe journeys along the way!
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Birchwood, Tennessee
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

I have stayed here two separate times and had great experiences! The staff is always extremely friendly, the rooms are clean and stocked up with supplies and the breakfast is great & good priced! We've never had a problem with anything. Anytime we go up for a weekend getaway it's always my first choice! I definitely recommend it to anyone lookin for a nice hotel with cheap rates!

  • Stayed January 2014
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SmokyMountainResorts, General Manager at Wild Bear Inn, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
Thank you so very much for the kind words of encouragement you have shared. Our number one priority is to provide clean, comfortable rooms to all of our guests and to do so with a smile! We are so happy that we have become your hotel of choice for your visits to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and are looking forward to your return. Until then, we all wish you a wonderful day!
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Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 5 January 2014 via mobile

Our stay at the Rodeway Inn was very unplanned. Well left home with intentions of going to Pigeon Forge a day earlier than our check in day at our cabin and finding just any ole place to lay our head. With thay in mind this place met everything that we were looking for. There were no bells and whistles, but that was good enough for what we needed. We stopped in to check out the rates and we're greeted by helpful friendly staff. Checked in to find very clean rooms, and checked out with a quiet, good night's rest.

The free voucher for the pancake breakfast was a nice compliment that is added. The food and service was average but we left feeling full and welcome. All in all you can't beat it for the price!

End result we found exactly what we were looking for at the Rodeway Inn. If you need merely a clean, safe, quiet, friendly place to lay your head on a small budget, then you should look no further than the Rodeway Inn! We would definitely return!

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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SmokyMountainResorts, General Manager at Wild Bear Inn, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
On behalf of the entire staff, we’d like to thank you for taking time out of your day to share your experience with us! We all take tremendous pride in the work we put into our rooms and it warms our hearts to know all that work is not lost on our guests. We are looking forward to your return trip and will be more than happy to provide you with the same friendly service and clean rooms that you deserve. We all wish you a wonderful day and safe journeys along the way!
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Cookeville, Tennessee
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2014 via mobile

Huge gap around the door. Water pressure was terrible and beyond annonying. You have to spend more time than wanted to simply rinse your hair. The water was backing up in the tub. There was a good 4 inches which was just gross. Bed sucked. Pillows sucked. Free breakfast is just horrible. Its pancakes at a restaurant on the property. Pancakes were gross and the coke was flat. Never again.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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SmokyMountainResorts, General Manager at Wild Bear Inn, responded to this review, 3 January 2014
We’d like to sincerely thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. It is because of feedback such as yours that we are able to continuously provide superior service to all of our guests. We are so very sorry that your stay was anything less than completely enjoyable. Our staff works very hard to ensure that our rooms are clean and in excellent working order. We would like to make sure that you know all you need to do is let us know about any issues you may have with your room during your stay and we will be more than happy to address them for you in a timely manner. We hope that you will consider giving us another opportunity to show you that our guests’ complete enjoyment and overall satisfaction is of the utmost importance to all of us at the Rodeway Inn Mountain Skys. Have a wonderful day!
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Blacksburg, Virginia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 29 December 2013

Shortly after Christmas day we decided to make a spontaneous visit to Dollywood. Well, no dog sitter available so our little dog was included in the road trip. With 4 hours to drive we called enroute to find "dog friendly rooms" were filled up. Luckily other big-name hotels affiliated with Smokey Mounatin Resorts called Mountain Skys Lodge, Rodeway Inn and set us up with a reservation. Saved the day!
We found later that the Rodeway Inn is very close to the amusement park entrance. The room price with dog fee was very reasonable. This building is ten years older than the others in the Resorts group of hotels but is well kept. Dog rooms have artifical wood floors and queen beds, all very clean. Good enough, we were tired, cold, wet and the room was very cozy and warm.
This complex has an outdoor pool and a Pancake Restaurant tucked in between the buildings. Very country, relaxed front porch and homey interior. All the staff were polite and welcoming; our pancake breakfast was at no cost to us, included in the room reservation.
Nice job guys. We would do it again. David

Room Tip: Second floor rooms are handicap accesible but the ramps are steep.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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SmokyMountainResorts, General Manager at Wild Bear Inn, responded to this review, 31 December 2013
On behalf of the entire staff here at the Rodeway Inn Mountain Skys, we thank you for the kind words you have shared! It gives us all such great pride to know that our hard work is being appreciated by our guests. We are especially glad that you enjoyed the newly installed laminate flooring in our pet friendly rooms! We are receiving so much positive feedback on them. We hope the next time you are visiting the Great Smoky Mountains that you will choose the Rodeway Inn Mountain Skys as your preferred lodging provider. Have a wonderful day!
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2013 via mobile

I knew this would be an older hotel and I was ok with that. What I didn't expect was to get zero sleep. U could see light around the entire door & hear every car on the main drag. The room had adjoining doors to the next room. During the night someone tried to enter my room from theirs also someone kept trying to use there key card in my door. Thinking it was there room. There was a large group of boys at 1.30 am screaming outside my room & jumping into the pool. And to top it all off. There was dog poop on the walkway. This was my first & last visit to this hotel

  • Stayed December 2013
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SmokyMountainResorts, General Manager at Wild Bear Inn, responded to this review, 28 December 2013
On behalf of the entire staff, please accept our most sincere apologies for your visit being anything less than excellent. We make every effort to ensure that all of our guests are comfortable and able to rest easily and when something occurs that disturbs them we are more than happy to address the issue(s) as quickly as possible. We were not notified of the disturbance the kids were making until the following morning, so we apologize that they disrupted the peacefulness of our other guests' evening. We sincerely hope that you will allow us another opportunity to show you that our guests’ overall comfort and satisfaction is of the utmost importance to us.
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Property: Wild Bear Inn
Address: 4236 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-4012 (Formerly Rodeway Inn Pigeon Forge)
Region: United States > Tennessee > Sevier County > Pigeon Forge
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #59 of 92 Hotels in Pigeon Forge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Wild Bear Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 116
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Prime Location, Adjacent to the Beautiful Great Smoky Mountains Wild Bear Inn (formerly Rodeway Inn Pigeon Forge, Mountain Skys Lodge) located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is a cozy hotel that offers guests comfortable accommodations in the heart of Pigeon Forge, all within minutes of Great Smoky Mountains National Park - the most-visited national park in the United States - as well as Dollywood theme park, Dollywood Splash Country water park and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. In fact, Wild Bear Inn is the closest hotel in Pigeon Forge to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Adventurers, visitors and families find comfort within the newly renovated Wild Bear Inn at a premier mountainside location along the Great Smoky Mountains. Stop in for a one-night stay or vacation all week to enjoy the amenities, including a pool and on-site restaurant, Wild Bear Pancake House, serving breakfast daily. Choose from a variety of rooms, including a spacious three-bedroom unit all the way to a cozy and quaint studio. ... more   less 
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