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The Appy Lodge
MarketingGuy from: Mount Juliet, Tennessee
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Oct, 19, 2020 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Fall Break in Gatlinburg
After nearly 7 months without a getaway, a weekend run to Gatlinburg was the best way to get the kids out of the house in a place where they could safely spend time with their grandparents. The Appy Lodge was clean, affordable, and the staff was very friendly — all critical to a good experience. The rooms are just big enough, the beds comfy, and the walk-in shower is a nice amenity at this price point. Add in a mini fridge and microwave and now it’s not just a place to stay, but “livable” for a family of four.
The location is also ideal, situated between Pigeon Forge and the attractions of downtown Gatlinburg. Traffic during our visit was horrible — it can take more than 30 minutes to roll 5 miles and everyone is distracted by the odd architecture and tourist attractions. Having a breakfast restaurant on one side and a miniature golf spot on the other was hugely helpful in avoiding even more time wasted in traffic.
If I have one complaint: There’s only one elevator, and it’s slow. Stay on a lower floor and that issue probably resolves.
We’re looming forward to our next stay, but we’ll be looking for a less busy time of year.
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 15, 2020 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Loved the Appy Lodge
We were nervous about finding an affordable hotel in a busy vacation spot that was clean and comfortable. The Appy Lodge did not disappoint. It was far enough from the action in Gatlinburg that it was quiet and relaxing, but close enough that it took us only minutes to get down to restaurants and shopping. Front desk staff was super friendly and our room was clean and comfortable. The decor in the hallways and rooms is adorable and so fun. We can’t wait to come back someday.
Published Date: Oct, 13, 2020 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Great getaway for our anniversary
We loved staying at the Appy Lodge. It was close enough to downtown without being downtown amongst the crowd. There is a Flapjacks restaurant within walking distance to the hotel. Easy to get up and get ready and not have to drive somewhere to eat breakfast. Hotel staff was very friendly. Room was decorated pretty. We loved all the different paintings of the mountains that were hung in our room. Only downfall I had was the outdoor pool was right outside our bedroom and kids in the pool were loud. Not the hotel's fault though. Outdoor had firepits which we never got to use but it was a nice amenity to be able to use if wanted. We will definitely be back to stay with the Appy Lodge.
- Value: 5
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Service: 5
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 9, 2020 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Thank God we booked the Appy! Downtown hotels in October fight the traffic and crowds. The Appy perched on the edge of town was like retreat from the " packed to the gills" city. Go figure, not many masks on the streets of town in shoulder to shoulder conditions! People don't care!
Easy to jump on the Gatlinburg bypass to the Smokies park. Great spacious room with 2 pools and a whirlpool. Dave the GM and staff were great. A one night stay turned out to be 4!
💯💯 Kudos Appy!!!
1000MileJourney from: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Published Date: Sep, 11, 2020 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Love the rebranding!
My husband and i spent 5 nights at the Appy Lodge during a recent visit to Gatlinburg. We chose the Appy because we'd stayed previously at the Fairfield, the previous brand, and were interested in what it has become, as well as the location.
Overall, our stay was pleasant. The staff were nice, the room was clean, and the bed was very comfortable, although the pillows were only OK. I have a pinched nerve, so I tend to be wary about unknown brands. I did sleep fine though.
I was happy to see they kept the outdoor pool's big slide--lots of fun!--and they kept it open for guests; COVID has made for strange rules and regs. We had a LONG drive to Gatlinburg and a dip after road tripping is most welcome. While we never got a chance to use, they have an outdoor fire pit seating area which did look inviting--we will use next time! And, because the hotel is on the quiet part of the Main Strip, both the pool and the fire pit felt private. It was weird walking past people swimming at other hotels feet from where people were walking about.
Also, hardwood/laminate plank flooring! I love the no-carpet feature in the rooms. Carpet in hotels is a gross concept that hopefully is going to go away industry-wide. Honestly, it was one of the best things staying there. It's so much more sanitary and attractive too.
Most of the downsides or quirks I feel were more COVID-related, such as trash collection and clean/used towel swap. Also, they opted to forgo breakfast, which was disappointing, because we had a friend in town staying in another hotel whose hotel offered a grab bag of continental items. And while not the Appy's fault, it resulted in a bad decision by us to eat at the place next door; I did a review on that awful place, which, if you're staying at the Appy, don't be lazy and go next door!
We definitely recommend the Appy. We will stay there when we come to town again.
- Value: 4
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 4