The Lodge at Buckberry Creek
What To Know
- This hotel was closed after a fire in Nov. 2016. We will update our content when the hotel reopens.
- Dependable free WiFi
- Free on-site parking
- Staff is very knowledgable about the area and specific hiking trails
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With a stay at The Lodge at Buckberry Creek in Gatlinburg, you’ll be in the mountains and convenient to Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Smoky Mountain Brewery and Amazing Mirror Maze.
Treat yourself to a stay in one of the 40 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring fireplaces. Your bed comes with Frette Italian sheets, and all rooms are furnished with queen sofa beds. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Kitchens are outfitted with full-sized refrigerators/freezers, stovetops, and microwaves. Cable programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature jetted bathtubs and rainfall showerheads.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a fitness center or take in the view from a terrace and a garden. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, where you can enjoy drinks at a bar and dine alfresco (weather permitting). Or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily from 8 AM to 10 AM.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include laundry facilities and coffee/tea in a common area. This hotel has 4 meeting rooms available for events. Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
We stayed at the lodge for our honeymoon in early July, 2018. We had not visited before the fire, and were a bit nervous about what to expect. Buckberry turned out to be the absolute perfect place for us. First of all, the view of Mt LeConte from the balcony (and bedroom) was stunning. The room itself was beautifully furnished and decorated and extremely comfortable with a full living room, small kitchen and bedroom. Plus an amazing soaking tub that was used every day after hiking. There is no longer a restaurant, there is currently no phone or cable, but we really didn't need any of that. Cindy provided us with a wifi hotspot within 10 minutes of our request that was perfect for checking our emails and looking up things to do. (No video streaming). There were also board games and DVDs available to borrow. The location is perfect as it's literally right outside of the national park, and best of all, you don't need to drive through town traffic to get to the park. We even saw a mama bear and her cub out beyond our balcony. You can hear a little construction going on at one of the buildings in the distance but that stops around dinner time and we were out most of the day anyway. We highly recommend a stay at Buckberry and are rooting for the Buckberry team as they aim to rebuild the property!
Not sure I get the last couple reviews. This place was exactly what my wife and I were looking for. We wanted to stay in a place with great views, away from all the hustle and bustle of downtown Gatlinburg, and in a place where we could “unplug” for a bit. Buckberry checked all the boxes! Yes, the fire did destroy some of their amenities, like an on-site restaurant, but I found they were pretty upfront with what they offering. If you need things like WiFi and cable TV, maybe this place isn’t for you! Just understand what your reserving before you actually make a reservation...
Anyway, our room was great! It had a wonderful living room with a gas fireplace, a full kitchen, a spacious balcony, and a huge bathroom with a soaking tub, dual sinks, and a separate shower. Basically anything we could have wanted! There were even little things, like extra pillows, an extra blanket, bath robes, and a full ironing board that were nice when needed.
The property itself was nice as well! One morning we even saw a momma bear with four little baby cubs rummaging through the wooded area. It was super cool to see.
The only criticism I have is the kitchen supplies. They do need to adequately stock their kitchen better. They gave us only two plates and one bowl. One bowl for two people? There’s also no frying pan, so making eggs or bacon in the morning was not an option. Utensils were light as well, as we only had a few forks and spoons. Not sure why you’d offer a full kitchen but not provide the necessary things for people to use it. This was a minor inconvenience and did not affect our overall visit, but it is something I would have liked to have known before arriving.
We were very surprised when we arrived at The Lodge at Buckberry Creek that we were the only ones there. There is no office or personnel on the property. Our room was great. The scenery was beautiful but it was a little spooky that no one else was working or staying at the Lodge. 3 other cars eventually arrived. I have reread the website and unless you really read everything carefully do you realize that you are renting a room like and AirB&B with the lockbox on the door. There is not internet so unless you print out the confirmation, you will not be getting into your room. I have stayed in many types of hotels with limited services but I was very nervous staying in a lodge in the mountains with bear around without a connection to the outside world. Like I said, the room/apartment, was beautiful. Sitting on the porch was nice compared to the chaos of Gatlinburg. But our first impressions were not good. I think the lodge at Buckberry Creek needs to be more up front with their guest that you are alone in the woods. I realized that the restaurant was gone even they show a nice dining room on their website. The fire that destroyed many buildings in the area, was a year and half ago, I do not see any signs of the other buildings being rebuilt. If you want to get away from it all, this is the place for you.
We were excited when we got into the Buckberry lodge after the fire. The rooms were delightful, just as always. However, it goes downhill from here. We stayed for two nights, no maid service, no tv and no Wi-Fi. You had to go to Gatlinburg to eat. The resort needs to improve. They still charge same rate as before.
Had a lovely stay at the Lodge at Buckberry Creek. Cindy made us feel very welcome and went out of her way to make this a great stay for us. She even got us some tools so we could make some s’mores at the bonfire. Our room was cozy with the fireplace and we had what we needed to make some meals. The location was great as it is close enough to town for convenience but far away enough that you don’t feel like you are in a tourist trap. The views were beautiful as well. It will be nice to visit again once this place is built back up again!