My wife and I are from the Knoxville area and stay in Gatlinburg twice a year (Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend). We typically stay at different places just to have different experiences. This year we decided on the Lodge at Buckberry Creek for a long weekend Anniversary stay. For Gatlinburg, this is pricey...so I had fairly high expectations. Here's my thoughts:
The Good -
* Location is very good to get most anywhere. Once you know the back roads...it's very easy to be into Downtown Gatlinburg...from either end of the "strip", and easy to head into the mountains for a hike.
* The setting is nice and the Lodge is what I would have expected...nice, clean, with decor appropriate for this area. In the main Lodge you have a sitting area to just hang out...and in the next room a dining area...as well as dining on an outdoor deck with stunning mountain views. Overall, the Lodge is nice and cozy.
* There appear to be 3 separate building complexes. Ours was on the lower part of the property...and on the bottom floor (road level)...however, the back deck in probably 30 feet off the ground. This building seems to be the most secluded...as looking out our windows we are surrounded by the tops of trees. Frankly...we enjoyed the cozy feel and didn't mind not having any view of the mountains. However, I suggest you make reservations via phone and explain what kind of view you prefer.
* Our room had a living area with sleeper sofa, table and chair...as well as a fireplace. In addition, we had a kitchen area which was very nice. it was very clean and the decor was very fitting for the mountains. We had a king size bed, with whirlpool tub in the bathroom. I don't think any of it was overwhelming...but all was appropriate based on my expectations.
* The Pavilion area is very unique and impressive. It's an area sitting below the lodge, along the creek where you can simply relax or just hang out in a beautiful area. You can walk down the 1/2 mile trail (avoid if you are non-athletic) or you can have the Blackberry Lodge bus (it's more like an Army truck) take you down (and bring you back). This is unique to any other place we've stayed in Gatlinburg. If you go in the summer...take some bug spray. This would be wonderful in the early spring or late fall as there are fire pits and a fire place to snuggle around.
* Our room has a door going out to the back deck...as well as a door that goes out to the adjoining room's deck. This would be great if other friends were staying next door...and if fine on the surface. However, there is a shade on the door (you can see through it) and if the neighbor is on their small deck...they can look in at us sitting in the living room...and even see into the bedroom. This could be easily fixed with a solid blind on that door. We did not like that.
* The living room doesn't have a TV in it. The only TV is in the bedroom. This isn't a huge deal...but we felt it was strange.
* The TV in the bedroom is the old style (non-flat screen). Again...this isn't a huge deal...but even the mid-level hotels have converted to flat screens...and I expected a little better for higher priced accomodations. I will say that the wireless internet did work flawlessly.
* They offer a Continental Breakfast free...but it's not much. Cereal, yogurt and coffee. You can order off a menu...which it seems what they would prefer you do with such a meager free offering. Again...not such a huge deal...but for the price you pay...seems a bit chincy.
* We didn't eat dinner on the premises...so not sure about that.
* Others have complained about noise. I can't say it bothered us much. We have a two story house with kids...so noise above us is the norm. We were on the bottom floor...so you can hear muted footsteps...but to say it was loud seem like an overstatement. We brought a "noise maker" with us...so we slept to the sound of crickets :)
* All in all...we may come back...but will probably do it when it's cooler (highs in the 60's) so we can enjoy the pavilion area more. We weren't blown away...but not disappointed either.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Visiting our rustically, elegant lodge is like stepping back in time, yet with all the modern amenities. Pristine Smoky Mountain views are the focal point of most our 41 luxuriously, individually appointed suites. Each suite offers a fireplace, balcony, cable TV and DVD, queen sleeper sofa, full kitchen, and large bathroom with a whirlpool soaking tub. While staying at our mountain retreat you could easily spend your days enjoying our walking trails, napping in the hammock by Buckberry Creek and enjoying the delicious fare of our restaurant - and never need venture beyond our driveway. And if you are looking to explore our incredible natural surroundings - hiking, fishing, skiing, fine arts and crafts and scenic drives are just minutes away. We'll even pack you a lunch...If you are staying with us on business or just want to let others know about our Great Camp of the Smokies, we provide free WiFi throughout the Lodge. The Lodge at Buckberry Creek offers an unrivaled experience in the Smokies! Winter. Spring. Summer. Fall. Come see for yourself... ... more less
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