Carr's Northside Cottages & Motel
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Good Value - Clean, Quiet, Spacious: Will come again !
We stayed at Carrs this past Febuary in their #8 Honeymoon Suite. Carrs is up the East Parkway of Gatlinburg. It includes a motel, several cottages and townhouses, all on the same property. It is older, but seems to be well kept. There is an outdoor pool, and also included is a playground and picnic area which makes it great for families, Something you don't normally see at motels. Our room was for 2 people only, but they have 1,2 &3 bedroom units available.
The location is away from the main part of town and about a 10 minute walk, but the walk back is uphill and a bit tiresom. You can however take the Gatlinburg Trolly for 25 cents. We normally just drove into town and parked at one of the many city parking lots/garages. I think the location was ideal for our needs.
Our room was I guess considered a Cottage however there was another room below us which was vacant at the time. The room was probably twice the size of a normal sized motel room and included a comfortable King bed, 2 person Jacuzzi, Stone Gas fireplace and sitting area with 2 chairs & TV & VCR (movies are available at the front office), large dresser and mirror, small desk, full kitchen and table, 1 bath with shower and tub separate from the Jacuzzi. There was also a large balcony overlooking the stream which was very nice. You could also walk down to the stream and there was a walking bridge that you could cross to the Parkway.
Carrs has an unusual maid service. It is not supplied unless you ask for it, however this was no problem, as we just told the front desk we wanted our room cleaned each day and it was taken care of. The front desk was very helpful and nice. It is obviously a family owned place.
I cannot speak for Carrs other rooms and cottages since this is the only time we have stayed here, but I have stayed at many places in Gatlinburg over the last 40 years and I must say that what we got for $98 a night was a much better value than most motels in the area.
I would definitely stay here again and recommend it.
Old but clean and reasonable.
This place is a 6-8 minute walk to downtown or you can take the Trolley which you wait forever on but the blue line is only a quarter.
Carr's is an older place with motel rooms,apartments,townhomes & cottages all on the same property.The grounds are large but could be kept up better .The motel rooms are clean but in desperate need of a remodel and there are no phones,clock radios or coffee pots in the rooms so be forewarned about getting a wake-up call.Ask for a newer room when making a reservation and you will be fine.The cottages (405- 412)are $20 more than a room but well worth the extra & are very cozy with a fireplace.The staff here is very nice & I will definately return.BTW The weekday rates are 20% off their regular rates.Great place to stay,just stay away from any room in the 100-300 romm number section.They also have a website under Carr's Northside Cottages.
We recently returned from our first trip to beautiful Gatlinburg staying at Carr's Cottages. First off, I just want everyone to know that although Carr's is in Gatlinburg, it is on the outer edge of downtown. It is out of the way of traffic, which is nice, but not within walking distance to many of the attractions, at least not for us with two small children. What we did was drive to the parking garage at light three and then walk, or you can take the trolley.
We rented a two bedroom apartment, and the price was extremely reasonable - $108 for the weekend and $88 for the weekdays. The apartment seemed clean, but outdated; the carpet was somewhat dirty, vacummed, but not really cleaned, but that could be because of the wood-burning fireplace, which was huge and stone and actually very nice. There was free firewood and kindling, and we had a fire every night we were there. We placed a blanket over the couch before we sat down, because it was rough and pilled and worn. Our stove did not work, and our toilet kept running; we were unable to flush it half the time. Water pressure was okay in the bathtub, and we always had hot water when we needed it. There was also an area for guests to do laundry, which was nice.
The kid's playground really was not much of a playground at all. Some old swings, an old basketball net, and some bars to swing on...that's it. There was an area for playing horseshoes and also an area for the kids to run around. The area behind the motel by the brook was nice, with picnic tables and chairs and big rocks to sit on. I think I saw some firepits back there as well, for guest enjoyment.
All in all, although the price was hard to beat, we will probably stay someplace else our next time in, closer to downtown, so we can leave our car and just walk everywhere we want to go. There are good points and bad points to Carr's; your satisfaction with the place will just depend on what you are looking for...
We had not been to Gatlinburg in about 20 years, so I checked Trip Advisor for recommendations on where to stay. The reviews for this motel raved about how great it was. We thought it was okay, but felt that it certainly didn't rate the reviews given. The price was reasonable, so no complaints there. The stream runs by the motel several feet away, but we could still hear it a little with the windows closed. The weather was a bit cool when we were there, so perhaps more people enjoyed this motel during warm weather when you can have the windows open and hear the stream better.
The rooms are clean, but very basic. The blankets are long overdue to be replaced. Also, in our room anyway, the water in the shower would get very hot and then suddenly turn ice cold. That will wake you up! It happened every time someone took a shower. There also are no hair dryers or coffee pots in the rooms. There was a recliner in the room that didn't look very clean to me, but another chair was vinyl and comfortable. The carpet was a dark color, so it was hard to tell how clean it was.
This motel is situated in a good location for exploring the area, but you still must use your car or walk to the trolley stop.
I would recommend the motel for those on a budget or trying to save some money to spend on the many attractions in the area. But understand that you really do get what you pay for...a basic, mostly clean motel room with no frills.
We'll Be Back!
Just returned from Gatlinburg. There are so many lodging choices, it seemed a bit overwhelming at first. So thanks to those of you who left such wonderful reviews of Carr's. We stayed in their log cabin for three nights and loved it. It's perfect for a couple: nice big room, queen-sized bed, jacuzzi, gas fireplace, kitchenette, front porch with table, chairs, and swing. Everything was clean and comfortable. The staff was friendly and helpful.
There's a trolley stop nearby, but we were able to easily walk into town. It's nice and close to everything yet set apart at the same time. Sitting on our porch, all we could hear was the babbling brook that runs alongside the property. You'd never know you're so close to all of the action in town.
The only negative experience we had there was rather benign and had more to do with a grumpy neighbor than Carr's. The log cabin is at the back, left side of the property. Right next door are a couple of privately owned cabins. We arrived after dark and misinterpreted the directions to the cabin. We mistakenly parked next to one of the privately owned units. We decided to leave our car where it was while we walked to find our unit. As soon as we located it, I ran over to move the car. (It was parked incorrectly for possibly two whole minutes.) When I reached the vehicle, there was a man standing there, all [--] that we dared park on his property. It appeared that he had already called the motel office to complain. Oy vey! I understand that he doesn't want strangers parking on his property, but like I said, it took us two minutes to correct our mistake. I apologized. But all he could do was point to a sign. Yes, there was a sign. But the sign was at a T of sorts in the lot (one way went to Carr's units; the other way went to the privately owned units) and it does NOT have an arrow telling people which way is the correct way for Carr's. When there's a choice of two directions, a sign without an arrow is pretty darn useless.
A place to get away and relax
Just returned from a wonderful 5 days at Carr's. I have been staying at Carr's for over 40 years and loved each visit. Carr's is the place to go if you really want relax and not be bothered. The staff are friendly and helpful, no maid service unless you request it (noone to bother you when you want to sleep late or lounge aroiund), if you need fresh towels just stop by the laundry room. No phones in rooms, but we go ther to relax not to hang on the phone. Rooms are always clean, kitchen units always functional, nice pool and hot tub. There is a play area for the family along with a grill area for cooking outdoors. Very peaceful and secluded from the road, yet the trolly is just across the creek. Great place to take the family and save some money. Close to a grocery store so you're able to do some cooking in one of the many units that have kitchens. Would not stay anywhere else. Keep up the good work!
I have been staying at the Carr's since I was twelve, I am now twenty years old and still stay there to this day! My boyfriend and a friend of ours were all off from work for a weekend in March and wanted somewhere to go and stay just for a night so since he had never been there before I decided to take him and our friend. The first place I thought of was Carr's since it is amazing and the view is awesome. Well when we got there they wanted to stay in something nicer than a hotel room so we got one of their Chalet's for the night I believe it was 116. It was amazing!!!! There were two bedrooms one upstairs and one downstairs, two balconies, fully stocked kitchen, dining room, jacuzzi tub that was very big, two baths, nice pull out couch in the living room and a fireplace!! It was one of the best times I have ever had in Tn. and mostly because of our Chalet and the view was just amazing and the staff was more than friendly!!!
Carrs Best Deal in Smokies
Carrs Northside Cottages is a family owned facility that we have stayed for last 20 years..rooms by creek are nice..nothing fancy but clean , grounds are the best thing going for them..nice playground, outdoor heated pool it used to be deep though but they made it shallow a big dissapointment, but has a nice hot tub, great rates and just a great relaxing place..
Im 51 years old our family started going to carrs when i was
around 10 years old ,allways first class and feel like part of family
very good memorys ,Go there once and you will allways go back .
Had a great time
when we stayed at Carr's Cottages. We have been there several times and the rooms are always clean and the staff is helpful. We usually stay in a room with a kitchen; the kitchen is clean and everything in good working order. There is an area with a grill and picnic tables and a coin-operated laundry area. It is convenient to a trolley stop. The pool is very nice - large and clean. There are no telephones in the rooms - only in the chalets, but we just used our cell phone. The grounds are clean and well-kept.
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