Grand Resort Hotel & Convention Center
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... most likely deviate from the planned route. However, much to my bitter disappointment we will not be diverting to Chattanooga to ride the incline. Oh well, a reason to comeback to Tennessee someday.
After DC we hired a car from Knoxville and headed to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. We stayed in a town called Gatlinburg and the only way I can describe it so that everyone understands.... It's like being at Disneyland without the rides but all the attractions and fast food restaurants that you could think of. It had so many mini golf places, Ripley's believe it or not attractions, cars from movies, old fashion ...
... below it. Now something was making the empty dirty bag dance up and down. I assumed a rodent was chewing on the handle straps, but when I got closer I saw that a little deer mouse was trapped inside the bag. Its futile attempts to scurry up the slick plastic to freedom were causing the noise.
“Oh you silly thing,” I whispered. “How did you get in there?”
I carefully let the mouse out on the floor of the shelter and it tottered off drunkenly ...
... the afternoon. (I napped, Chris read a computer book or something)
Tonight we had the Sach's over to our campsite for some Spaghetti Bolognese (or however that is spelled) Chris showed off his caveman fire building skills and also managed to throw away the brand new unopened box of Graham Crackers and Marshmallows we had purchased that day. Thank you very much sir.
... drive to the trail Marc inquired what our longest hike to date had been (Worrying question i thought). We informed him that 6 miles had been our longest. "O" he said "Today we are doing 8 miles". Poor Marc and Louise, I didn't have the heart to tell them that they should probably have chosen a shorter hike to be their first one. My concern grew for our hiking companions further as we started our walk. Me and Les had come prepared:
2 liters ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Resort Hotel & Convention Center Pigeon Forge
What a complete disappointment this hotels was!! The property is not maintained very well. Here are just a few of the noticeable problems with the hotel!!!1) Glass doors within the inside of the hotel were cracked and taped up with masking tape. 2) The so-called " wirlpool " was in the middle of the lobby and on top of that, the heater for the wirlpool was broken. 3) The internet site says they have 3 full buffets daily, well the truth is they only have breakfest. 4) The so-called reflection pool is nothing more tham a small pond to throw coins into and clearly not to swim in. 5) The rooms were poorly maintained and the lightbulbs were burned out in the lamps. 6) If you want ICE, YOU BEETER BRING QUARTERS, BECUASE YOU PAY 25 CENTS for a bucket of ice. 7) What a joke this hotel is and stay away !!!
Grand was Good!!
The Grand is a fine place. We had no problems with our stay at all. The room was fine. Beds were clean , Had a coffee pot, iron and board, microwave, fridge and cable tv. Had a nice view of the river. Believe me , We have Stayed in a whole lot worse hotels that cost more then the GRAND. This was just a pretty much standard room. The people at the front desk were nice. Some friends of ours had a suite. It was very nice. It had a big screen tv , a kitchen area , it even had two bathrooms. Nice room. All in all , the Grand is a fine place to stay and we'll probably stay there again.
I agree Grand-Sucked
I agree with the review on the Grand in Pigeon Forge. We arrived very late, on a /Fri so there were no rooms to be had anywhere, except at that dump, the desk clerk gave us a AAA rate of $99, wow we slept in the room for 4 hrs. We were given a coupon for breafast and were 5 mins and were refused. Rooms weren't grand either. Don't stay here ever!
The youth group from our church choose this hotel last December because we were attending a conference next door. I WILL NEVER DO IT AGAIN! The place was terrible! And I mean terrible! Forget service - it does not exist.
Worst Hotel in Pigeon Forge
I booked this hotel on Expedia and it was given a 4 star AAA rating. I didn't do any research, trusting the Triple A rating. The room was filthy, the coffee pot was corroded, bathroom unclean, no clock, irons, blow dryers, TV didnt work, lamp broken, carpet filthy, and on top of that it smelled. Nothing like the internet description. When asked about the amenities they replied that people steal so they stopped offering clocks, irons and blow dryers. I checked out the next morning with no refund or discount. I plan on contacting the management...if there is any at all. They are part of the Family Inns which also get awful reviews. I moved to tThe Willow Brook Lodge, it was wonderful, friendly and clean.
Not that bad
After reading the present reviews i was kind of skeptical about staying there, but altogether it wasn"t too bad. I understand they have new management and are trying to straighten out the problems. The room was clean, the breakfast was good and the staff was very accommodating.
The word "Grand" means different things to different people. But when you see the word "Resort" you expect a little more than what you'll receive at the Grand Resort. Our room on the 3rd floor smelled clean enough but there was soap scum in the bathtub and the bathroom floor grout was pretty gross. Other than that most people expext a resort to offer things like a hair dryer - not one in the whole "resort". TV remotes that actually had working batteries is usually expected at a "resort". An when I stay at a "resort" I usually don't expect to have the hot tub right next to and in plain view of the only dining area!
Worst hotel stay in my life!
Please don't stay here!! Stay anywhere else, for any price! There was blood on the sheets!!! Fresh blood!! Not to mention the ceiling in the bathroom poured....not dripped.....water from the bathroom above, and the 'large indoor jacuzzi' was not even warm, it was colder than old bathwater....and crowded. We fought with the desk clerks to get a new room when we found the blood on the sheets. They would not give our money back, but agreed to give us a free breakfast for the trouble, and then recanted the next morning. It was horrible. It was the worst use of $109.00 imaginable. And the staff lied. Outright lied!!!
We had a room reserved at the Grand Hotel and Resort, which was a misnomer. The only thing grand were the grandfathers dressed like Johnny Cash driving Cadillacs. This place is apparently some kind of hub for gospel music. There were two girls sleeping on the benches in front of the ice machine (which cost a quarter to use). This place was crowded and dirty. There were tons of people with no shirts on and smoking cigarettes. When we checked in, our first room had a broken air conditioner and was smelly. We went to change rooms and this took about 15-20 minutes. We got moved from the first floor to the third floor way on the other side of the building. It was far away from the elevator.
Please don't stay here!
When I entered my room, there was a piece of ceiling on the toilet. I brought my laptop/modem to dial-in. No phone jack! The phone was really old and directly wired into the wall. They advertised free breakfast. I asked about my free breakfast and was told the owner changed his mind.
I pointed out breach of contract since it was on the web when I booked the room. No free breakfast! I asked to switch to a room with a phone jack. Response: "I'll see what I can do. Can you come back in 2 hours?" I said, "No, I'm checking out now."