The Summit of Gatlinburg
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The Sleep Inn was simple, newly renovated, and the price was right. Best part - they accommodated my little doggy who hung out in the room while we were at Wonderworks. Was surprised to find out it was super close to Wonderworks, so that worked out in our favor. It would have been a pain to stay in a more central "Pigeon Forge" hotel and have to travel so far when Wonderworks is near the end of the Strip.
... and brought home as a souvenir for his grandfather!).
Back at the cabin, we discovered the internet was still down. The cabin uses satellite so the rain completely disrupted the signal. We didn't have cell signal either so we had no way of checking the weather radar OR calling the boat rental company (where we had made reservations). We sat around for an hour or so ...
... moved over there and found rocks lining the sides where we could climb to reach the shallow sides of the lake.
Sitting on the rocks, the water looked tempting. We had seen someone swimming earlier. Then Thao spotted a rope swing across the lake and convinced me to swim across with her. We were in t-shirts and shorts...but decided to brave it anyway. The water turned out to ...
Day 4: Riding at Nantahala Village Riding Stables. $22/hr. Motorcycle rental at Sportsbike4rent. $79/4hrs.
We set off early at 9am while the Lys slept in. When we got there (30mins away), we were told that they were all booked up and we could book for the next day. Kicking ourselves for not booking we decided to go for a short walk and then return in case their 10am group did not show up. They showed up at 10:05am. At that point, the owner felt bad ...
... put the little ones in the creek a little lower down so they could skip the faster rapids which scared them. The rest of us loved the adrenaline rush of the first section.
The last section is pretty calm so Phan let Esen ride in his own tube and do the last section 3 or 4 times - which he loved. Before this, he sat in either Phan or Thao's lap.
While Esen was getting his rerides, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Summit of Gatlinburg
Disappointed in the Room, But Had a Good Time
We stayed at the Summit if Gatlinburg in August of 2005. We were a bit disappointed in the 2 bedroom we stayed in.
The toilets were stopped up, had to take a plunger with us each time we went to the restroom. The bathtubs would not drain, the shower curtains had so much mildew and soap scum, we were afraid to touch them. The pull-out couch that my sons had to sleep on had lumps and holes in it, very uncomfortable. The carpet was dirty and had patched holes. The couch and chair were dirty and full of holes, the bottom of the couch was falling on the carpet. No linen service, laundry facilities were very expensive, $1.25 for wash (holds 6 towels) and $1.50 to dry. The barbecue grills didn't work. The whole room was very outdated, needed a clean-up and a touch-up.
The 2 bedrooms did have comfortable beds with new looking mattresses. The swimming pools were in good shape. The kitchen was well equipped, but not so clean.
If you plan to visit the Summit, please take your groceries and supplies with you, it is a long trip up the mountain.
Good stay at the Summit
My family of five stayed at The Summit for 6 nights beginning on July 22, 2005 and we were pleased with our stay. Our unit was very clean and decorated well. The view was fantastic. The pools are small but sufficient for a splash in the morning or at the end of the day. The staff was friendly and helpful. The Summit is located high on a mountain overlooking Gatlinburg. The ride to and from The Summit is one lane and requires some tough negotiating. Be sure to buy food, etc. before getting up there as you won't want to come right back down. I recommend The Summit for for a family stay while in the Smokies, especially when considering the modest price.
Great budget hotel
We stayed at the Summit for the 4th of July holiday. For the most part the room was ok. It was clean and it had a small indoor and outdoor pool with two hot tubs. The price was reasonable as we had children with us. The kids loved swimming. It was great because the room had a kitchen and it reminded us of a small apartment. The down fall to this hotel is, it was very difficult to find using mapquest, the hotel could use some more modern updates, there was no room service the entire time that we were there ( which was 3 nights), no iron in the room, and it was located very high up on the mountain. The view from the balcony was beautiful. However, for the price, I would recommend this hotel again especially for families.
Enjoyed the Stay!
We stayed at the Summit this past weekend (Thurs. - Sun.) and we thouroughly enjoyed our stay. We had the best decorated room and the room was like a small home. The view was good, although we were on the first floor so we had a few tree tops in our way. Other than trying to find it the first time(Mapquest's directions are quite confusing if you're trying to use theirs) it was a great place to stay. However, there was no maid service throughout the stay and to get clean towels or an iron we had to go ask the front desk for them. Overall though, I would recommend the Summit and I would definately stay there again!
Nice, but the quality of rooms varyies
we/i have been staying at the summit for 5 -6 years now, beauitful view, depending on room. The rooms do vary in decor and thus quality.
most are ok to nice, some are real nice.
gordon, new baltimore MI.
We stayed there this past week. We stayed there on Saturday through Tuesday. It was a nice place to relax. We were with 4 other people including our 2 yr old.
We definetely recommend going to get your groceries to cook before you head up to the Summit. And travel during the day. It is tricky to get there.
They do sell Dollywood tickets at their office.
Laundry facilities were nice.
Nice place but needs some upkeep
Just back from The Summit of Gatlinburg and wanted to pen a review. I found the other reviews to be helpful so I wanted to put in my 2 cents.
Overall, I was not disappointed in my stay at The Summit, but neither was I thrilled. Most of the amenities were as described, but a couple were a bit misleading. Here are the details:
The indoor pool is tiny. Adults can get in, but it is mainly intended for children (in my opinion). However, there are two hot tubs in the same room right next to the pool and my wife and I were able to enjoy the hottub while our kids swam. The indoor room is heated, and is warm even when the weather is cool outside. This makes for a good activity even if it happens to be raining. While we were there, the indoor ('kiddie') pool had a high Chlorine content. Even just watching my kids play my eyes began to burn after about 45 minutes from just being in the room with the pool (no ventilation). Make sure your kids bring masks/goggles.
The outdoor pool hadn't been opened yet (even though most of the pools at the hotels in downtown Gatlinburg were open as we noticed) even though the weather was in the mid 70s. In my opinion, the outdoor pool should have been opened earlier.
The 'playground' was just barely a playground. Don't expect much. There is a tire swing and a slide. Nothing more.
The stairwells that lead to the second and third floors in our blgd were dirty. They were eventually cleaned, but even after someone had made an effort to clean them, they still needed to be vacuumed.
On the upside, the views are great. The Summit is indeed on the Summit of one of the mountains surrounding Gatlinburg. If you manage to get a room in bldgs 7 or 8, your view will looking down on Gatlinburg. Of course the view means you must drive up the mountain from downtown, but the trip only takes 10-15 minutes. The drive didn't bother me at all.
There were signs that the management is aware of the needed upkeep. During our stay, there were painters on site during the week giving the exterior of all the bldgs a much needed coat of paint.
The interior of the room we stayed in was dated, but acceptable. A little paint, new carpet (or maybe even a good steam cleaning) and some TLC and the place would be great. All the appliances worked great. It sure was nice to have a full kitchen. Besides, since the place had that 'lived in' feeling (i.e. not everthing was pristine) it made it that much more easy for me to let the kids just have a ball. Eat chips on the couch and that kind of thing.
I know this sounds like mostly a negative review, but the reason I gave it an average rating is the value. We got a really good deal on the price of a weeks stay, so I can't complain too much. What really gets me is that it wouldn't take much to get the unit we stayed in back in really nice condition. Hopefully, the mngmt sees this and begins making plans to give the units a needed facelift.
Hope this helps,
Cheaper price for a reason.
The summit is showing its age. The buildings and units have wear and tear. BIG problem with the pool- the picture of the indoor pool posted on the internet is very deceptive. It looks olympic-sized but is actually only a 12 x 12 square. If you have kids excited about swimming indoors, they will be disappointed. Otherwise- okay place if you are on a tight budget.
Love . . . love . . . love
I went to the Summit for my HoneyMoon in August, through Travel Advantage Network (TAN). They manage their own units and they are kept in the best shape. I would go there again and again. They have amazing views from all the units, all with balconies. The ride to Downtown Gatlinburg is only about a 10-15 minute drive. There are tons of things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. We also drove for about 2 hours in the Smokies. That was amazing. The views from the tops os those mountains are amazing as well. It is a little tricky to get up and down from the mountain at night, but after you do it a few times, you get the hang of it. We found a little "backroad" that we used and made it a little easier. They have an outdoor pool, as well as an indoor pool with 2 hottubs and sauna. Again, I loved it and can't wait to go back with my daughter.
Great View. The Summit is located up in the Mountains of Galinburg. The hotel is higher than the tramway and Ober Mtn. It is also nice for getting away from all the hustle in Gatlinburg and still stay in a hotel. The biggest downfall is finding the place. Make sure you drive during the day as it gets pretty confusing when driving through the twisty turning roads in the Mtns. My wife and I were lost for 2 hrs before we stumbled upon it. Though, we would definetly stay there again.