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Black Bear Inn & Suites
Ranked #37 of 77 Hotels in Gatlinburg
Lesage, West Virginia
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30 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Huge comfortable rooms”
Reviewed 4 September 2008

Booked a handicapped suite. Room was clean, huge with a living room and separate bedroom. Bathroom was large with a walk-in shower complete with shower seat. Front desk people were courteous, helpful, and always friendly. Bed was so comfortable, we slept without any problems. Only problem we encountered was people using handicapped parking spots who had no handicap tag or permit. We had to park up on the hill. Our stay of four days was made enjoyable by the folks at Clarion. Plan to stay there next time we're in Gatlinburg. It was right on Parkway and close to everything.

  • Liked — Large comfortable rooms
  • Disliked — Parking situation
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Chester, NJ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2008

I stayed here with my daughter and son when we were taking a trip to see the Smokies. We chose it because of the reviews on this site and it's location. We weren't disappointed. The staff was very pleasant and helpful, the room and bathroom were clean and updated and the location was great. It is at the end of the strip - easy to walk up and down but not in the middle of it all where it might have been too noisy. It is also just before the entrance to the park which was very convenient (but don't let them tell you you can walk into the park - it's near the entrance but not near the ranger station and there aren't any walkways).

I would definitely stay here again.

  • Liked — Location, room condition
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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2 Thank DilNJ
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Tennessee
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46 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2008

I have stayed at this hotel before & always enjoyed it. this time was also a very good stay. we stayed(hubby & I ages 39-43) August 3,-5th 2008
we had a King room. it was clean & the beds were comfy & we requested a back side room because they are quieter. the parkside is noisy with traffic going all hours of the night.
we had a fridge & microwave and a balcony.
the pool is in another building but was nice with pool towels. & a hot tub.
the breakfast was decent. bagles, pancakes, cereal, muffins, etc. wish they would get sausage & bacon & eggs. on the weekends they serve gravy & biscuits & eggs. wasnt there for that.
only thing I didnt care for was they had blinds on the door leading to the balcony & even with the blinds closed it was still too bright in the early morning for my taste. now the king suites are 2 rooms & not like that.
all in all it was a nice quiet vacation & I would stay there again & prob. will.

  • Liked — comfy beds
  • Disliked — no breakfast meats & too bright in the morning
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank littlerockertoo
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Gastonia, NC
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45 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2008

We were very pleased with the accomodations at the Clarion on the Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. We usually stay in a chalet, but we decided to come down a night early, so we booked a room here. The front desk staff was nice, and we were waited on promptly. The chose a standard room with two double beds, the room was very clean, and the beds are super comfy. I loved the little balcony overlooking the strip. The room had a fridge in it, as well as a closet to hang clothes and full ironing board, which were some nice perks for a standard room. The furniture also looked nice, not typical cheap hotel room furniture. The only downside was the pool is not attached to the hotel, you have walk outside and across the parking lot to get to it, but it is covered and has a nice jacuzzi. However, they were painting the day we were there, so we did not get to enjoy, but did get to walk in and look around. We went in the middle of the week, so we got a reasonable rate, but I noticed that it can get a little pricey. This hotel is highly recommended.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — No Complaints
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank AshNC23
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Melbourne, Florida
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97 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2008

We found this hotel to be very clean and well kept. Check in was a breeze. We did not make reservations ahead of time but did not have any problems getting a nice room with a balcony and king size bed. There was also a mini fridge. The location is on one end of town however we were able to walk to pretty much everything in Gatlinburg. The only complaint was the breakfast. The 2 mornings we were there they did not serve any hot food. I don't care for cereal and stale bagels. I know it's complimentary & it's "continental" however I expected it to be a little better. We didn't try the pool however it looked clean and there were a few people using it. I would stay here again when visiting the Gatlinburg area.

  • Liked — Clean Room
  • Disliked — Breakfast
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank bornwithwheels
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Indianapolis, IN
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2008

After reading negative reviews on a hotel we had already booked, we searched & booked a 3 night stay at clarion in gatlinburg (mon-wed). Thank you, Crystal, from Clarion, for your patience and help in booking our room at the "last minute"! We were VERY pleased with our stay! Modern, clean, 2 queen-bed room with fridge & microwave. Very comfy bed / pillows. Enjoyed our room at the back of the hotel, facing the pool. Nice, covered pool outside; didn't mind the short walk at all, but might be chilly in the winter. Liked the balcony, the in-room safe, and the continental breakfast. Breakfast eating area not very large; didn't accommodate us on our last morning when a LARGE group had booked a stay. Otherwise just fine! The hotel offered a free lunch for each guest each day of their stay. Choice of PB&J sandwich or Turkey & Cheese sandwich with chips, apple & water. You just had to put your order in the night before. This came in very handy the day we went to the Park. Enjoyed this hotel being situated at the "quieter" end of Gatlinburg's Parkway. Nicely decorated hotel and entrance! Nice employees! Very reasonably priced for what we got. Convenient ice / vending machines. Easy, safe parking. Easy walking access to the restaurants & shops. Just across the street from the Tram. Would definitely choose this hotel to stay at again! L. (indpls.)

  • Liked — cleanliness, location, modern/up-to-date/tasteful decorations, price
  • Disliked — difficult accommodations in breakfast area for large groups
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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3 Thank LJEB
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nashville,tn
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2008

Stayed at this hotel many times. Small rooms, light sleeper should stay somewhere off the strip, and do'nt count on breakfast after 8:30AM

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — size of room and breakfast
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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Thank semiretiredbuilder
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ResvMgr, Reservations Manager at Black Bear Inn & Suites, responded to this review, 31 March 2010
Thank you for taking the time to send a review to Trip Advisor. Our hotel is located right on the main Parkway through downtown Gatlinburg, so we are convenient to restaurants, shopping, and attractions. Every room here has a balcony, and guests can choose a room with a balcony on the front overlooking downtown, or on the back overlooking our parking lot. Since the rooms on the front overlook the Parkway, it can be a bit loud due to car and pedestrian traffic. However, many guests love to watch people and events, so the noise is worth the tradeoff. We now offer a full/hot breakfast, featuring waffles, made-to-order omelets, bacon or sausage, hash browns, fruit, pastries and more. This is served from 7:00 am to 10:00 am, allowing guests to start their day right!
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Property: Black Bear Inn & Suites
Address: 1100 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (Formerly Clarion Inn & Suites)
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Region: United States > Tennessee > Sevier County > Gatlinburg
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Gatlinburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Black Bear Inn & Suites 2.5*
Number of rooms: 130
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Clarion Inn & Suites Gatlinburg has a sleek, stylized look! From the lobby to rooftop Penthouse Suites and every room in between. Start your morning off right with a delicious full, hot complimentary breakfast including omelets cooked to order and Belgium waffles. The Clarion's location is ideal for everyone! Interested in a scenic drive or hike? The hotel is located only 100 yards from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited park in the Nation! Want to walk or take a Trolley around downtown Gatlinburg and experience the town's many popular attractions and wide array of restaurants? Not a problem! Clarion Inn & Suites is located right on the Parkway! Thinking about driving to Pigeon Forge to visit Dollywood, Dolly's Splash Country, Titanic Museum Attraction, shopping at Tanger Outlets or seeing Pigeon Forge's many theaters and dinner shows? Clarion is only a short drive away from Pigeon Forge. Clarion Inn & Suites Gatlinburg is "Definitely a Cut Above!". We hope to see you in the Smoky Mountains soon! ... more   less 
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