$57 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Sep 28, 2014 Check-out: Sep 29, 2014

Sidney James Mountain Lodge

3 stars
610 Historic Nature Trail Airport Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
2.9
out of 5
168 reviews
Great place for a nice place to stay.

The only complaint I had was the walk to the strip was too far for older people with health... See full review

  • Nannygan
  • May 28, 2013
sydney james

The staff were great. Very friendly. Our room was large and nice. Would definitely stay again. See full review

  • jilltwinmom
  • Mar 31, 2014
Family-owned Gatlinburg hotel on a peaceful mountain stream
The Sidney James Mountain Lodge has been family owned and operated for three generations. The Gatlinburg hotel is located just off the Parkway overlooking a peaceful stream and is next to Mynatt Park. Most of the 180 rooms have private balconies, and there are two cozy cabins. The hotel is within walking distance to shopping and sightseeing. There are three pools -- one indoor, one outdoor and one small pool for children -- and a poolside cafe offering breakfast and lunch and non-alcoholic drinks for reasonable prices.
Highlights
  • Family owned and operated Gatlinburg hotel for three generations
  • 180 rooms, most with balconies
  • Three pools and a poolside cafe open for breakfast and lunch
  • Near most major Gatlinburg attractions and just three blocks from the convention center
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet service
Location
The Sidney James Mountain Lodge is located just off the Parkway on a mountain stream. The Gatlinburg Convention Center is three blocks away and Mynatt Park is next to the hotel. Gatlinburg attractions such as Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies are nearby.
Rooms
Rooms options at the Sidney James Mountain Lodge include double rooms, king rooms and Jacuzzi suites with extra space. Courtside rooms open to the pool and some are pet-friendly (fees apply, call for details). King rooms have seasonal wood-burning fireplaces. There are two cabins available for rent, both with private patios for cookouts. Wi-Fi Internet access is free.
Features
An outdoor pool entertains Sidney James Mountain Lodge guests in the summer, while an indoor one, plus hot tub and sauna room, pleases in the cooler months. An adjacent park offers plenty of room for a picnic. The 500,000-acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park is nearby. The hotel is in downtown Gatlinburg near many shops, restaurants and attractions, which guests can also reach by trolley.
Dining
The poolside cafe serves breakfast and lunch basics, while non-alcoholic hot and cold beverages are available.
Transportation
  • McGhee Tyson Airport (27.6 mi/44.5 km)
Attractions
  • Gatlinburg Convention Center (0.3 mi/0.5 km)
  • Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies (1 mi/1.6 km)
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park (2.9 mi/4.7 km)
  • Pigeon Forge (8.4 mi/13.5 km)
  • Dollywood (8.5 mi/13.7 km)
  • Dollywood's Splash Country (8.5 mi/13.7 km)
  • Wonderworks (11.1 mi/17.9 km)
Business
  • Meeting facility for up to 85 people
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet access

Hotel Map

35.7032 -83.5167
Nearby airports
McGhee Tyson Airport, (TYS), 45.40, MI, SE; Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport, (GKT), 16.20, MI, SE;
Area description
City Center

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Sidney James Mountain Lodge Rooms

Deluxe
Creekside 2 Double Beds Smoking
Standard
1 King Bed with Jacuzzi Smoking
Standard
2 queen beds creekside
Standard
Jacuzzi mini suite
Standard
Creekside Single bed
Standard
2 queen beds courtside
Deluxe
1 King Bed Club Level Non Smoking
Deluxe
1 King Bed with Seasonal Fireplace
Standard
Courtside 2 Double Beds Smoking
Standard
2 queen beds Courtside with balcony
Standard
Courtside Pet Friendly Pet Fee Extra
Standard
Courtside 2 Double Beds Non-Smoking
Standard
Economy 1 Queen Bed
Standard
1 King Bed with Jacuzzi Non Smoking

Amenities

  • Indoor pool
General
Air conditioned
Pet friendly
Activities
Indoor pool
Jacuzzi
Sauna
Golf
Boating
Fishing
Dining
Restaurant
Coffee maker in room
Room service
Family plan
Services
24 hour front desk
Maid service
Security
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Room
Television with cable
AM/FM alarm clock
Hairdryer in room
Microwave
Cribs available
Fire place

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
03:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (168)

Ratings and reviews for Sidney James Mountain Lodge

Overall score

2.9 / 5
5.01.0
168 out of 168
Amenities:
3.1
Room cleanliness:
3.3
Hotel staff:
3.7
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3.6
Value:
3.3

64% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
Crown Point, IN
May 23, 2009

Not the nicest place in town

The room that we received was in a half basement, between the laundry facilities, and an office. It should have been a room that was only used when they reached full occupancy. Pictures look much better than reality.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
3
Value:
3
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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Courtney Well traveled
Clinton, Oh
May 20, 2009

unbeatable location for the price

friendly staff and amazing pool walking distance to town

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
jeffreyallan
cincinnati,ohio
May 12, 2009

"cheap"

it was a half mile walk fome strip,shower was bad(hot-cold,whistling,poor pressure),lot of kids there,sauna never got hot,hair dryer didn't work,cheap furniture and t.v.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
2
Value:
3
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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
kvaj
Atlanta, GA
May 10, 2009

Not that great

No internet access in rooms. No breakfast but there is an overpriced cafe onsite. Needs updated to keep up with the other motels on the same road. Very old and outdated.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
3
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Downtown Gatlinburg is a short walk but in order to get back to motel, you must climb a very long, very steep hill.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Cary, NC
May 4, 2009

reasonably priced

The room was fine. the door to the toilet was not working. We called the first day we arrived. Nobody came to fix it. We stayed for 3 days.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Decatur
Dec 8, 2008

very nice place to stay!

the staff was very friendly and the entire place was very nice. great hot tub! loved it!!! will come back in the summer...

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Nightlife tip: Long walk from hotel

just a little walk to shopping, food and night spots.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Kennesaw
Nov 23, 2008

if only I had more time

We arrived later in the afternoon, so we went shopping and eating, and never even checked out the pool, sauna, or hot tub. I was disappointed about that, but our time was short. The room was nice, but the t.v. was a little old. All in all it was very pretty.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

excellent pancake house with friendly staff. beautiful scenery lots of people, and lots to see.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
USA
Oct 14, 2008

A long hike

The Sydney James is an older property, so some of the perks I am used to in newer hotels were missing. The sink is crammed in the bathroom with the toilet and shower, and the shower leaves a little to be desired. Other than the grout in the shower, the room itself was clean and comfortable. However, it is a LONG WALK from the hotel to the main drag in Gatlinburg. You can do it, but if you have little kids, be prepared for some complaining!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
2
Value:
5
Shopping tip: Long walk from hotel

The Log Cabin pancake restaurant is just a few blocks away, and it is good...though a little pricey. Get there before 9:00 am in the morning, or be prepared to wait...and wait...and wait!

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Blountville
Oct 13, 2008

Quiet and Romantic

Upon arring in town early (way before check in) I checked with staff about parking our vehicle at the hotel. They were very gracious and allowed us to park in front of our room for which we were very thankful as parking was very limited in town. The room was clean and beautiful and very quiet even though we had neighbors upstairs and on both sides, we didn't hear a thing. The pool area and hot tub were nice but there were unsupervised children running and the sauna was out of commission. The cafe was not appropriate for a hotel of this type and the girl working that night had her children there with her so we declined to eat there and made the long walk back downtown for a meal. All in all it was very nice and I would stay again if in the area! P.S. The desk staff was the best!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
3
Sightseeing tip: Long walk from hotel

Plenty to do and see, Log cabin restaurant is the best but get there early. Also, if you go out at night, the walk down isn't too bad but when you get tired from all the fun catch a ride back...it's uphill and seems much longer!

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
USA
Sep 28, 2008

In a good location

The Sidney James Mountain Lodge was worth the money. It was in a clean area of Gatlinburg and was just a medium walk to the parkway where most of the entertainment and restaurants were. The lodge itself seems a little dated but was clean and was well maintanenced. The pool was a little disappointing, it was not catered to young children at all, but was unique and aesthetic.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

There is a good mix of shopping within a medium walk. There was a grocery and a pancake house on the same block which was convenient since we had small children.

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