Oh my goodness, Gatlinburg Falls Resort is one of my favorite places that I’ve stayed on a family vacation. Last month my husband, our pack of kids, and I all went to Gatlinburg for a short getaway. We debated on whether to get a stand-alone cabin from a vacation rental agency, go back to Wilderness at The Smokies, or finding somewhere new to stay. Because I’m an adventurer, I got in touch with Gatlinburg Falls to ask them about reviewing their property (which looked AMAZING on the Gatlinburg Falls website) and they graciously agreed to work with me.
One amazing thing about the Gatlinburg Falls property is that it’s SO CLOSE to downtown Gatlinburg. Having stayed in Pigeon Forge before as well as a cabin way out in the woods near Sevierville (both are near Gatlinburg), it was such a treat to spend less time driving to and from other locations we wanted to visit by staying so close to everything. Gatlinburg Falls combines the best of both worlds: guests stay in an actual cabin with porches, hot tubs an some of the other “must-have” amenities travelers look for when they search for a cabin for a mountains vacation but they also have the benefit of convenience by being so close to the downtown area.
Checking in for our stay was seamless, quick, and pleasant, which are deeply appreciated qualities for a tired Mom that’s been in a car with four kids for 6 hours. I walked in to the Gatlinburg Falls Resort lobby, which was beautifully rustic in decoration, and was immediately greeted by the gentleman at the front desk. He checked me in almost immediately and gave me a piece of paper. I kept waiting and finally asked him where I could get the key to my cabin. He laughed, then showed me the code for keyless entry on the paper he had handed me! These cabins use coded keypad entry, so guests don’t have to worry about losing keys or trying to unlock the door while carrying a kid (exhausted from having fun in Gatlinburg).
Our cabin was truly AMAZING. Three floors of beautiful rooms filled with comfy but attractive furniture, and a great view of the mountains made my kids go crazy with excitement when they saw what lay before them.
Thankfully I managed to take pictures of the our Gatlinburg Falls cabin (we stayed in Five Star Lodge) before they completely went wild and “tried out” everything, but I love seeing the pictures of them enjoying the vacation, because that’s why we went in the first place! Five Star Lodge has five bedrooms and will sleep up to 18 people.
We kept talking about how much fun it would be to come here with another family (or two) and share the cabin over Spring Break!
Unfortunately it rained for the majority of our trip, but being in the Gatlinburg Falls cabin saved our tails on that. Bored kids on a rainy day is bad enough when you’re at home, but when you’re on a rainy vacation things can be horribly horrific.
The Five Star Lodge provided PLENTY for us to do and enjoy while it was too yucky to go outside. The bottom floor is a dedicated Game Room with an IN-HOME THEATER!
The kids thought having a movie theater*complete with comfortable stadium seating) in the cabin was so awesome, and my husband certainly didn’t mind watching football games on the huge projection screen in there.
Air Hockey, Pool, Pinball, and standing arcade games made this stay so much fun and enabled my husband and I to relax more than we do at other places, because the kids could easily entertain themselves.
The bedrooms were spacious and contained very comfortable beds (and I’m picky about mattresses when I stay somewhere) and the housekeepers sweetly made towel animals then set them on each bed to welcome us to Gatlinburg Falls.
Some bathrooms are nothing to write home about, but the ones in the Five Star Lodge were terrific! Each shower had vertical shower sprayers in addition to the overhead spigot. It felt so good to climb in that hot shower with the massage-like sprayers on my back after we finally arrived or after tromping around downtown and being cold from the weather. The living spaces contained nice flat screen TVs and a huge, inviting fireplace in the main family room. One of my favorite moments from this trip was climbing into the hot tub on the balconied porch alone at around 11PM the first night of our stay. It was so relaxing to soak in the hot tub and enjoy the chilly night air on my face while looking at trees while my kids and husband slept.
If you’re thinking of taking a trip to the mountains for Spring Break (or any time of year) I highly recommend you call Gatlinburg Falls Resort for your lodging. You’re entire family will undoubtedly enjoy it, and you won;t break the bank staying there. They also have romantic cabins for two (hint, hint to my husband) that would be great for a Valentine’s getaway or a honeymoon.