Hello trip advisor readers, We are Mark & Becky from Indiana and we want to take the time to tell everyone about our recent stay at the Gatlinburg Inn on June 1st and June 2nd.
A mentor of mine taught me the purpose of a memory is to replay the past, and that a dream is to pre-play the future. The next generation of the Maples family is doing just that!
We both love to see history preserved and I must say that the Maples family would be proud to the changes that are taking place at this wonderful old hotel.
Since 1937 the family has built a reputation and a landmark in the area, we met Jack, one of the owners/grandchildren in the parking lot today and complimented him on the outstanding service of the staff and the progress of the early renovations that are taking place here.
American owned and operated cannot have a price attached to it!
I remember walking by this place when visiting with my parents in the early and mid 70's and admiring it, I'm now 47 and reminisce of my earlier years to the area.
The decor is a great reminder of the years past as well as the pictures on the wall in the main hall of it's earlier years and changes been through.
For those of you that say it's dated you would be correct, however they have been adding modern touches, new carpet, drapes, bedding, flat screen tv's and wireless internet are a few early ones. We heard the bathrooms are on the list too and cannot wait to see them finished.
Those of you that might have read reviews that it's noisy, get over it, we stayed in room 127 and heard creaks in the floor, faint sounds from above or next door, but that's the character and charm of an older 1940 something hotel.
We had a nice view overlooking the Sky Lift and the river road from our balcony last night and had the best nights sleep since being on the road since Saturday May 24th.
We felt like part of the family around the staff and owners.
For those of you that visited years ago I have to tell you that they now have a great hot breakfast served up daily, my advice is get up early and enjoy.
Take some time, sit on the front porch and enjoy the view and hospitality.
The hotel has served the area for many years and has been well maintained and is now seeing a metamorphosis that will preserve it's place hopefully for the next seventy plus years as a true Gatlinburg landmark!
Mark & Becky Eldridge
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