My boyfriend and I stayed two nights at Rocky Waters this past week. Before checking in, we had read some pretty unfavorable reviews saying that the place was dirty, outdated, and had a bug problem. Needless to say we were a little skeptical, but we couldn't say no to the price.
When we arrived, the woman at the front desk was so friendly! We had booked room 101 with a jacuzzi tub and a king size bed. The parking situation was a little funny because we had to go back out onto the road to actually get to our parking space, but we figured it out.
When we opened the door to our room and began to investigate it, we were happy with the conditions. The room is average size, but the HUGE bed and the GIGANTIC tub make it seem small. Plenty of room for the two of us. Also, the balcony overlooking the river is amazing. You could hear it with the door shut and it drowned out the noise of the highway... Very relaxing. There were no bugs, but the comforter on the bed was a little dirty. I'm sure that we could have requested another one, we just didn't want to fool with it. The wallpaper, curtains and paintings on the walls are very outdated and give the room a cheesy 70's motel feel. But, we weren't paying for a 5 star modern microsuite. So this wasn't a big deal. The jacuzzi worked great, the toilet and sinks worked great, too. The fireplace was a little dusty and questionable, but it was nearly 80 degrees both days so we didn't need it. Likewise, I know that we could have requested someone to come help us with it because the people were so nice! It would have been the perfect romantic touch during a winter vacation.
This place is NOT convenient if you want to spend a lot of time out at night. We wanted to drink and not drive, but the trolley service stops at ten. The walk isn't bad at all (little over a mile to downtown where Ripleys and the restaurants are) but when you are inebriated it is much more difficult and seems to be uphill both ways. I would suggest staying somewhere around Redlight 6 if you plan on doing the same.
Other than that it is conveniently located directly across from a gas station and a liquor store. And it would be awesome if you planned on driving to Pigeon Forge and back during the day or using the trolley or your car.
One complaint I did have was that some person was leaf blowing right outside our door at like 1pm and we were asleep. He or she preceded to leaf blow all around the building which woke us up. But, in their defense it WAS 1 o clock in the afternoon, and typical people don't sleep that late.
Overall, the place was nice and clean. The people were very friendly and helpful. We probably wouldn't stay there again simply because it was just so far out of town.
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- Rocky Waters Hotel
- Rocky Waters Gatlinburg
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