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Old Creek Lodge 3.0

Gatlinburg, Sevier County, Tennessee

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Pros

  • Central location close to downtown attractions
  • Walking distance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Large rooms with gas fireplaces and balconies with mountain and creek views
  • Heated outdoor pool
  • Updated bathrooms with large walk-in showers
  • Free parking -- some covered spots
  • Free hot breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Pool is small -- with limited lounge area and unappealing location by the road
  • No restaurant or bar on-site
  • No fitness center

Bottom Line

Location is everything at the mid-range Old Creek Lodge. It might be short on amenities, but it's convenient to downtown Gatlinburg yet still feels tucked away, thanks to the views of the mountain creek behind the hotel. Just off the parkway, it's on the trolley route and is within walking distance of all the main tourist attractions, including Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the convention center. The rooms are large with nice bathrooms, and each has a gas fireplace and private balcony. The same independent owners run several other hotels in the area, including the The Bearskin Lodge down the road -- which is closer to the national park and has almost identical rooms, but the views are better at the Old Creek Lodge.

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Scene

Mountain lodge with striking tree bark walls

Interiors incorporate the Smoky Mountain craft-style decor found throughout the area, and elements like tree-back-covered walls in the breakfast room make for an authentic lodge experience

The Smoky Mountain craft-style decor so common in the area is in full effect here. Log furniture, rough-cut stones, and exposed wooden beams prevail inside the small lobby and throughout the hotel. The added touch of tree-bark-covered walls make for a seemingly authentic rustic lodge experience. The interiors may be a bit dark, but they aren't short on character. The old creek out back provides a natural backdrop that's hard to beat. Most guests are tourists in the area to visit the mountains.

Location

South end of Gatlinburg, off the parkway

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A resort town bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is known for its mountain views, hiking, fishing, rafting, and skiing. Old Creek Lodge is on River Road right off Gatlinburg's touristy Parkway with restaurants, shopping, and entertainment close by. Nearby attractions within walking distance include the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Ober Gatlinburg Tram, the Space Needle, and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Dollywood theme park is about a 25-minute drive, and Knoxville is an hour's drive away. Expect at least a three-and-a-half-hour drive to Nashville.

Rooms

Large, with great bathrooms and private balconies

The spacious King Suite with Jacuzzi and Balcony Overlooking Stream includes a whirlpool tub and gas fireplace

Log furniture and woodland print wallpaper add a rustic twist to the contemporary decor, giving the rooms some Gatlinburg charm. All the rooms are on the larger side, with gas fireplaces set in the corner. Some rooms have whirlpools. Bathrooms are nicely updated with large walk-in showers that have a built-in tiled seat and massage showerheads. Private balconies overlook the creek out back and offer views of the mountains beyond. All rooms come with coffeemakers, mini-fridges, microwaves, and free Wi-Fi.

Features

Outdoor pool, deluxe continental breakfast, nice outdoor patio on the creek

The hotel is light on features: a small outdoor pool provides a few lounge chairs, but one side faces the street

A bit short on amenities and missing the convenience of a fitness center, restaurant, and guest laundry, the Old Creek Lodge does have some natural features like a bubbling creek. The heated outdoor pool is small and has only a few lounge chairs, there's no hot tub -- one side faces the road. A free deluxe breakfast with hot food (waffles, biscuits, and gravy) is served in a charming rustic room, and a small outdoor patio offers additional seating. Parking is free, but covered spaces are limited. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel.

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Address

680 River Rd, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738-3129, United States

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