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“They host MINIs on the Dragon”

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Fontana Village Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fontana Dam
Certificate of Excellence
Alexandria, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“They host MINIs on the Dragon”
Reviewed 6 January 2012

I go once a year for a week with about 500 other MINI Cooper owners. We rent a cabin and enjoy exploring the area and of course driving the Dragon portion of route 129.
Fontana is really fun and the staff is so helpful. The restaurant is pretty good too.

The cabins are basic and clean. They are not fancy, but this isn't a place you go for a fancy cabin. The rooms in the lodge are probably nicer if you are looking for that. The cabins are fun for groups and save you money with the kitchen facilities.

The area is stunningly beautiful and a lot of fun to explore

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2012

I have stayed at the lodge over New Years three times now and it keeps getting better each time. The lodge is 3.5 hours from Atlanta so it's an easy and very pretty drive. The lodge/resort is not fancy, but it's quaint and clean - very much what you'd expect from a mountain lodge at such reasonable prices. The food is quite impressive, and the New Years Eve party in the renovated rec center was a lot of fun (decent band, about 200 people there). I definitely recommend Fontana Village Resort for a weekend getaway.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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2 Thank Gwin H
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Sevierville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2012

We were looking for something new to do on New Years Eve... Found Fontana Village here on trip advisor and decided to give it a try...

We called New Years Eve morning to see if anything was left available.. To our suprise there was! Not the best of rooms but on last minute it was nice. We got a Garden (non-pool facing). It was clean and quant not overly nice but not a hole in the wall. They offer smoking and non-smoking rooms, due to the last minute reservations we (smokers) were placed in a non-smoking room, no big... We visited the lodge to check in and it looked to be very nice, decorated to the extent that it should have been but not to much. Rooms attached to the lodge seemed to be the preferred choice for return guest...

We got the New Years Eve Party Package - 250ish for a one night stay at the room, dinner at the lodge restaurant for two, two passes to the party/fireworks show, and breakfast at the lodge the next morning... Not to bad but not a great deal either!

The Party - It was what seemed to be semi-formal but with no dress code. Cash bar was in place, we arrived early and started to get drinks, ($6 shots of Scotch / $6 glasses of wine) the glasses of wine were servered in a very small plastic wine glass souvenir glass and the scotch was servered in a throw away plastic water cooler glass???

It was decorated with taste and as couples started to arrive we noticed that it was a family safe party with anyone (including persons under 21) allowed in the door. We have a 4 year old little girl and our as family as they come, our little one was with a family member some 2 hours away. But to drink in the presents of 3- 13 year olds mingling along beside you on New Years was less than desirable....

The Resort - Thumbs up (except NO AT&T Verizon cell reception)
The Food - Buffet style and rather good
The Room - Middle of the road and very clean
The Party - Good but could have done without kids on New Years Eve
The Fireworks - Nicely Done Fontana Village!

Room Tip: Seems to be the lodge connected rooms were repeat guest first choice.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Mindlock
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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2011

This is a great hotel if you are planning a quiet retreat or if you are like us and you want to drive your car on Deal's Gap. Fontana Village is located in a very picturesque area of North Carolina, very close to the Tennessee border. We have stayed in both the rental properties and the lodge. Our choice now is to stay in the lodge rooms. Fontana has all sort of things to do on their property from pools, fitness room, ball fields, massage therapy and so forth. It's pretty much self contained which is a good thing because once you are up on the mountain, it's pretty much a ride to get to civilization.

Rooms are very nicely appointed and the entire hotel is very clean. When you stay at Fontana, the only cell phone service that will work is Verizon and it will be in a hot spot on the property. Internet access is within certain areas of the hotel. This is a place that you go to stay and if you are looking for a place to *disconnect*, it pretty much can happen here.

There are some great drives in the area and the staff at Fontana is very helpful and will gladly set you up with a map and tell you about some of the roads. We take our Miata there every year for an annual meet up with other Miatas, but we would definitely go here on our own just to enjoy the surrounding scenery. Very highly recommended!

Dining in the Mountainview Bistro is the very best! We always enjoy having meals there. A lot of creativity goes into meals there

Room Tip: We prefer staying in any of the lodge rooms.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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1 Thank islandgirlejfan
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Orlando, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2011

We are a "beach" couple... but this resort *could* make us mountain-people.

Room Tip: The cabin was luxurious - gorgeous granite countertops, beautiful/relaxing views, super amenities...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Fontana Village Resort

Property: Fontana Village Resort
Address: 300 Woods Rd, Fontana Dam, NC 28733-7603
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Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Fontana Dam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fontana Dam
Price range (per night): ₹ 8,956 - ₹ 10,953
Hotel Class:3 star — Fontana Village Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 199
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fontana Village Resort, a year round destination resort, is set amidst the pristine beauty of the Nantahala Forest of western North Carolina, gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Village has a wide range of accommodations, including rooms in the intimate settings of The Lodge, suites, cabins in the forest, as well as RV & tent camping on Cheoah Lake. Add conference space, complimentary wi-fi service, restaurants and lounges, General Store, gift shops, outfitters, pools, marina, fitness center, mountain bike shop, miles of on-site trails suitable for biking and hiking, and it's easy to see why Fontana is a Great Smoky Mountain Destination. The resort offers an assortment of dining options including the Mountview Restaurant and the Wildwood Grill offering resort-casual dining and event catering. The Pitstop offers a fast fare menu for guests or travelers on the go. If watersports are on your itinerary during your stay, the Fontana Marina, located on the beautiful 30 mile long Fontana Lake, has an assortment of different watercraft rentals and equipment available. The Marina's ship store offers a complete line of tackle, light groceries and snacks and anything else guests might need for a perfect day on the water. ... more   less 
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