Sidney James Mountain Lodge

610 Historic Nature Trail / Airport Road, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 37738, United States
(2 star hotel)
#17 of 121 hotels in Gatlinburg
Good (3.0 out of 5.0) 7 reviews
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A Perfectly Located DUMP

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 22, 2012

The Sidney James Mountain Lodge has a great location - 2 blocks off Stoplight 8 in Gatlinburg. Easy walking distance to the G'burg attractions. We checked in around 11pm (it is a 4 hour drive from Franklin, TN), and the man who checked us in stated that, since we booked through a 3rd party, we were given the "basic" room, and we could upgrade if we liked. He said that most people who look at the room come back and want an upgrade. That made us nervous, but we were not here for a romantic weekend away; we came to hike, so we just needed a clean, safe place to store our stuff and to sleep. Well, at least it was safe...

The room is in serious need of updating. The faux wood fixtures (A/C cover, etc) were peeling apart, there were marks and gouges in the walls (see photo), the bathtub needs to be refinished (see photo), and there were disgusting stains on the box spring (see photo). There were only two pillows, and they were so flat, it was like we had none.

The day we checked out, we noticed there was what we percieved to be a bullet hole through the front door - or else it was a peephole. Either way, we were creeped out.

We are not prissy - we don't need the lap of luxury wherever we go, but we would NOT stay here again.

Unique Quality: There are two pools (one indoor, one outdoor), and the rooms have a mini-fridge and microwave. Great location - two blocks from main drag of Gatlinburg, one block from restaurants.

Directions: Stoplight 8 in Gatlinburg

Infected HOT TUBE

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 12, 2010

The hotel was awful and the room keys are used over and over and does not provide any protection. If you lose your room key and some one else find it they can easily break into your room. Besides, that my family had to go to the doctor and get medication after receiving a rash and infection from there hot tube.Think twice about staying here. Also, its a mile and a half walk to the strip. I will never go back here and would advise others to do the same.

Check room before paying

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 20, 2007

We saw good reviews, so made phone reservation for within 10 days' stay. We arrived, paid up front as we usually do, but our trip to the room showed dingy dark hallways, marginally clean overall, pool chlorine smell very strong, even away and up a floor, and a view of the parking lot and construction across the road. We decided not to stay, and went directly downstairs and told them why. We have never done this before and have traveled alot over many years. They said they had no other rooms, but only credited us one night and have fought the other night. Capital One has been with dispute for 4 months...but the clerk said, it doesn't matter, we always win... meaning they were going to get money from us no matter what and they really didn't care if we were satisfied or not. We were not belligerant or anything else. Sidney James staff was very rude and did not care. We found another place we had stayed before within 30 mins fortunately and had a wonderful stay there. We like to try different places since we visit Gatlingburg frequently. Take it from us....there are too many places there to waste your time or money with Sidney James Mountain Lodge!

Unique Quality: None...

Directions: Off main street thru Gatlinburg on the Historic Trail, pretty far off the beaten path.

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Not a bad place to stay

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 16, 2007

We chose this place because of the creekside rooms that are available.
Our room, although having a pretty view of the creek, was a little worn down.
It did appear as if the hotel was going through a remodel though.
We did enjoy our stay here and would come back.
The pool area was newly fixed up and was great!
Parking was tight, but we always had a spot nightly and our car was safe and not tampered with.
The room had a mini refrigerator.

Unique Quality: Pool area is great, especially for children.
Nice views.
Walking distance to a pancake house, mexican restaurant, and a mini mart.
Close to Smoky Mountain National Park entrance and most other area attractions.
The creek sounded wonderful as we slept!

Directions: Highway 441 all the way through Gatlinburg then left on Airport road.
The hotel will be about a mile up on the right.

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Very Cheap

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 6, 2006

This Hotel is about 1/4 mile off the main road it has indoor pool, Hot Tub, Sauna the rooms and fixures are a little older but hey how much time are you in your room in Gatlinburg Right

Unique Quality: indoor outdoor pool, Hot tub sauna

Directions: straight up the road from the space needle

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Awesome indoor pool, right on the river

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 15, 2005

I've stayed here many times.

The location is great, views are great! It's not the cleanest place on the earth (not a freakin Hilton or anything) but it's different. And, location location location...

Unique Quality: It's got an awesome cave-like indoor heated pool, hot tub, sauna... nice outdoor pool, and private balconies right on the stream. You can walk to the Pancake Pantry from here, walk to No Way Jose's (a funky little Mexican restaurant that serves margaritas by the pitcher), and the aquarium.

Directions: Up Airport Road, on the right... has nice parking area

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We like the Sidney James Motor...

by written on August 26, 2002

We like the Sidney James Motor Lodge on Airport Road. It's at the edge of town so the traffic is minimal. There's a mountain stream that runs behind the Lodge. In addition to the Motel, they have two cottages that sit away from the main building. One has a hot tub on the porch. A very nice way to work the kinks out after a day's worth of hiking, or shopping! There's an indoor and outdoor pool and a hot tub and cafe. I highly recommend this place for couples and families.
We paid $120.00 per night for the two bedroom cottage which has a full kitchen, living room with fireplace, two bedrooms, and a private porch with your own hot tub. I think you can get a $5.00 off per night coupon off their web page.

Unique Quality: When we checked in, we were told that bear sighting are a daily occurrance, but I didn't see any the week we were there.

Directions: It's at the edge of town on what used to be called Airport Road. Now it's called Historic Trail Road or something like that. My bet is that locals still know it as Airport Road.

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Address: 610 Historic Nature Trail / Airport Road, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 37738, United States

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Amenities at Sidney James Mountain Lodge

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Fitness Center
  • Free Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Kids Activities
  • Suites
  • Free High Speed Internet

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