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Rocky Waters Motor Inn
Ranked #49 of 78 Hotels in Gatlinburg
Reviewed 25 October 2010

Decor was outdated. The bed was unusually high and bouncy. The tile in the bathroom floor was buckled and uneven. Things just appeared to be generally not well maintained. The hotel is in a part of town where a lot of businesses have closed. You have to walk some distance to get to the heart of Gatlinburg's business district.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2010

Rooms were outdated with vingcard locks and old furniture. Traffic noise was deafening, Staff was very rude and desk clerk made the comment that she could not believe that we got the room for what we did, she would have quoted us much more. You have to walk to a separate building for the continental breakfast which consisted of a muffin or a biscuit and was not worth the walk. The pool was gross. The hottub that someone had commented on before had been boarded up. The view over the creek was directly above the sewer line that ran along the side. For $115 a night, we could have done much better and we have before. We decided to sleep in the car next time before staying there again. lol

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 September 2010

I wasn't sure what to expect from this motel from the mixed reviews. I am a well traveled person and am pretty picky. I will say that this is not the Ritz - so don't expect it. The rooms are outdated and they definitely could use a remodeling, but they are clean and comfortable. Our room had a microwave, fridge, very clean bathroom and clean beds. I checked for bugs - of course - and there were none. There is a screened window that you can open at night to hear the water outside, which is very nice for sleeping. All in all - this motel is a great budget option. I prefer the location because it's not directly downtown. It's about a two block walk to downtown Gatlinburg - and if the walk is too much you can take the trolley. I think that if we were to stay directly downtown traffic would have been unbearable - so to me this was a good location. Easy in and easy out.

Now for the city itself - I think it's very touristy and super congested. Also restaurants are very expensive - so feeding a large family will cost you. I wanted a quick get away that was a bit more secluded - so the next time I visit I will probably rent a cabin in the hills somewhere nearby - but if you just want to check out Gatlinburg and the national park - this is a great option.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 July 2010

It was far from everything and right next to the road very dirty. Pro on river nice staff and yeah the pool sick and nasty next to a moldy broke hottub

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Reviewed 10 June 2010

I'd be careful booking this property; it's photos and descriptions are from long ago. It now is in poor condition, located just a few feet from a busy highway, former neighboring businesses are boarded up; other Gatlinburg attraction are some distance away; room is not clean; furniture is dirty and broken; noise from adjacent room can be easily heard; office is rarely staffed. You get the idea. With so many other fine accomodations available in this area, give Rocky Waters a pass.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2010

Located down at the bottom of the hill in Gatlingburg across the street from the famous Hilbilly Golf. This area is off of the main drag but is still close enough to walk the streets of Gatlinburg, or you can take the trolley! We took the trolley to Dollywood which is located over in Pigeon Forge (2.00) saved a lot of money from parking at Dollywood which is at least 10.00 per vehicle.

This is an older motel. Nice balcony over the creek. Lighting is not very good, it is pretty dark in the evenings. Room was clean, comfortable, had tv, phone, microwave and coffee maker.

One thing that I was surprised at was the lack security. Although we felt safe, there were no chains on the doors and the keys to the doors were the plastic flat pieces with the holes in them unlike the modern electronic keys now used by most motels. The back door at the balcony and the door between the room next door only had a single deadbolt and bedroom lock.

Overall, the room was fair for the price for Gatlinburg, probably better than most, but you get what you pay for, it is a little rustic and outdated, but hey, you can't beat this one for spending a night or two!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2010

My husband and I stayed at Rocky Waters on our Honeymoon, August 1975 and have stayed there many times since then, although not recently. We did stay there for one night, May 22. It was a good trip. Room was clean, listening to the river outside is wonderful! Any upgrades they have made have been minimal. Problems with hot water also, but wasn't a big problem. Room rate was good. Would stay there again.

Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Rocky Waters Motor Inn

Address: 333 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-4963
Region: United States > Tennessee > Sevier County > Gatlinburg
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #49 of 78 Hotels in Gatlinburg
Price Range: £47 - £143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Rocky Waters Motor Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 36
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