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Zoders Inn & Suites
Ranked #12 of 78 Hotels in Gatlinburg
Certificate of Excellence
Suwanee, Georgia
Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

We have been staying at Zoder's over the MLK Weekend for 15-20 years. The staff at the front desk, especially Jaime and Carla are always responsive and helpful. Caesar, the resident talking parrot in the front office is a big hit with young and old alike. They have three included snack/meals...a decent but typical breakfast assortment, wine & cheese in the evening and later for cookies & milk. Mrs. Woody, who runs the food bar/recreation building has been there for 35 years and is always a pleasure to speak with and most helpful. The housekeeping staff are always friendly and helpful. The indoor heated pool with waterfall and whirlpool makes it a great family place. Also in the Rec building are two racquetball courts and exercise equipment. The Tower Suites are excellent for 2 families and sleeps 8. There are also suites for those who want a separate bedroom. My only complaint for the last few years is that they have been upgrading remodeling rooms for a couple of years, and those include new flat-screen TV's in regular lower priced rooms. It makes more business sense to me to replace the old heavy TV's that have terrible pictures with new flat-screens in the more expensive rooms such as the Tower Suites and Executive Suites, especially with TV's being priced so low nowadays as families gather in the Suites to share televised ball games, etc. Those Suites are in need of furniture replacement and upgrading/remodeling as things look worn and furniture sags. Right in the heart of the city and just a short ride to Pigeon Forge. This is a family run hotel on six acres that has been there for 70 years that recently broke off their relationship with Best Western which I believe was a smart move. We were saddened to hear that the son of the original owner, Lin Zoder suddenly passed away the week before. Zoder's remains in the family as the grandchildren of the original owners have taken over.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Maryville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

We had a great stay. This place is wonderful. The room was bigger then most apartments. We went for New Years Eve with another couple. We had one room for all 4 of us, but each couple had their own room and bathroom. The creek running through the place was wonderful. I wish it would have been warmer we would have left the sliding door open to hear the creek. Maybe next time. They served wine and cheese between 5-7 pm that was great. The indoor pool looked inviting, but it was cold outside and we were there to celebrate New Years Eve, again maybe next time.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

Good value for the money but I wouldn't go there again because the place looks old.
This place sit on top of a nice river but the rooms and the service looks out dated.
Very poor breakfast, pathetic cookies and milk time.
The kitchen was well equipped and we got big nice room to fit 2 families.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

I decided to book a hotel in Gatlinburg at the last minute for New Year's Eve 2013. Most hotels were booked, but this one still had 1 room left. Although it was more than what I normally pay, I decided it was worth it not to get a DUI. I was actually very happy with my room. I had a 2nd floor with a balcony & it also had a small fridge & a coffee maker. The room was clean and the hard floors seemed to be heated, although I doubt they were. They also had a free breakfast, but I didn't make it. The only negative was the parking. It was so packed that night that I couldn't park near my room, but it was only a short walk to my truck. All in all, I was very pleased & I would definitely recommend them.

Room Tip: I would choose a room that overlooks the stream. Hearing the water was very relaxing.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 January 2014 via mobile

What a great little place to stay in Gatlinburg. All their rooms are located on a stream. It is really nice to sit out on your balcony and relax and listen to the stream run. Our room was very clean. If you go in the winter you'll love the fact the the bathroom has either heated tiles or a warming lamp. My husband loved this! They server wine and cheese every evening at five as well as cookies and milk before bed. Their free breakfast isn't the best I've ever had but decent. They usually offer bagels, biscuit with gravy, cereal, juice, coffee, oatmeal, grits, and fruit.
They also have an indoor heated pool which we never took advantage of. The biggest down fall we experienced was the amount of traffic and difficulty getting in and out of their parking lot.
Overall, we loved Zoder's Inn and will stay again.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Reviewed 5 January 2014 via mobile

We stayed for 4 nights in a suite. First morning there were ants in the room, cleaning person also discovered them And manager gave us 50% off each night. Room was noisy and near the road but pool was okay as was cookies and milk, wine hour. Ok.. but rooms also need nicer tv's. Still a motel.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Sevierville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

Can't say enough about Zoder's! We are regular visitors to Gatlinburg and have stayed most often at Riverhouse. Decided to try Zoder's since Riverhouse closed their outdoor hottub. WOW! Were we impressed! With extras like continental breakfast, wine and cheese happy hour and cookies and milk at bedtime, it's hard not to feel like Zoder's really cares about you! Yes, it's an older property, but so well maintained and clean! Bob works his tail off doing just about everything on the property ("except windows!" LOL!) and Marsha took such good care of us always making sure our room was clean and stocked with anything we might need. The pool area is so warm and cozy, hot tub, exercise area and just off that is the happy hour /dining area where Miss Darnella made us feel like two big kids being coddled by their Mom, we wanted to bring her home with us, she is just a dear! We will DEFINITELY plan to come back to Zoder's, it's in the heart of old downtown Gatlinburg and a fun place to use as a starting point for walking exploration.

Room Tip: So many choices for rooms, make certain to thoroughly research the website before booking!!
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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ZodersMgmt, General Manager at Zoders Inn & Suites, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
Thank you for your compliments and kind comments. Bob, Darnella, and Marsha as well as the rest of the Zoder's Inn & Suites staff strive to make every guest feel like family while they are here and I am glad that we meet your expectations.! We hope to see you again real soon! Sincerely, Jamie Holland, General Manager
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Additional Information about Zoders Inn & Suites

Property: Zoders Inn & Suites
Address: 402 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3008
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Region: United States > Tennessee > Sevier County > Gatlinburg
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Gatlinburg
#24 Family Hotel in Gatlinburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Zoders Inn & Suites 2.5*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the main parkway in Gatlinburg, Zoder's Inn & Suites is the perfect place to stay for singles, couples & families. Zoder's Inn, secluded as it may be, is located in downtown Gatlinburg just four blocks from the main shopping area. The beautiful Roaring Fork Creek runs directly through our property and provides a great sense of peace and tranquility. Our six quiet acres are outside of the hustle and bustle, but still convenient to anything you may have on your itinerary. We are also on the Gatlinburg Trolley Route, if you wish to relax and soak in the sights of downtown. We hope to see you and look forward to your stay at Zoder's Inn & Suites! We are a smoke free property!! New for 2016, we have a new pavilion for guest use. ... more   less 
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