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“Dancing Bear Lodge is THE PLACE to stay!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dancing Bear Lodge
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Townsend
Certificate of Excellence
Nashville, Tennessee
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Dancing Bear Lodge is THE PLACE to stay!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2011

Everything was wonderful from the time we checked in to the time we checked out. We stayed in the lodge and it is so beautiful. We received top of the line service from the employees and they were also very helpful and knowledgeable about the area. Our room was comfortable and tastefully decorated. The breakfast each morning was great and we were so surprised that it even included homemade quiche -- and the fresh fruits and jellies and jams were so delicious. Dancing Bear Lodge is THE PLACE to stay when visiting the Smokey Mountains!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank datasmith1
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DancingBearOwner, Owner at Dancing Bear Lodge, responded to this review, 5 October 2011
Dear Datasmith1,

Thank you for you view and "vote" as The Place to stay. We appreciate your feedback.

See you again soon,

Matt Alexander
Managing Partner
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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McLean, VA
Level Contributor
12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2011

We stayed overnight at this friendly, relaxing lodge prior to beginning our vacation at nearby Blackberry Farm. Our luxury category cabin was excellent -- outfitted with a very comfortable bed, leather chairs, wood-buring fireplace (though the August weather was too hot and humid to enjoy it or the jacuzzi on the private porch), modern bathroom and kitchenette. Surrounding the cabins is a trail through the woods, nice for walking our dog. Dancing Bear warmly welcomed our vizsla Henry with prior notice and a reasonable fee (bring your own crate, bed and bowls). The centerpiece of the property is a beautiful Montana-style lodge with a deck for outdoor dining. The food was really good -- creative (a fresh tomato and greens salad topped with fried okra) and well prepared (duck with grits, tea-brined pork tenderloin with succotash). The wine list is well-selected and fairly priced. The cocktails are good, but pricey for this neighborhood (margarita same price as in Manhattan). Finally, for what the dinner service lacked in polish, was made up for in warmth and friendliness. The lodge is convenient to the Cades Cove section of the Smoky Mountain NP offering great hiking and biking trails. Dancing Bear is a good choice or on its own or a perfect combination with a Blackberry Farm getaway. We will return, likely in the autumn when we can enjoy the colors of the season and cooler weather. Thanks Melanie and team.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank KPTraveler
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Naples, Florida
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213 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2011

We came to the Dancing Bear on a Sunday, and have to agree with earlier reviews in regards to the short staffing and amenites. The Lodge is beautiful, but I was rather shocked that the property was so short staffed. Upon arrival, we had several suitcases and bags, and there was no person on hand to help us manuever our goods up two flights of open wooden steps to our second floor room in the lodge. There was no elevator, either. The front desk staff did everything from checking in, to maintainging the breakfast buffet(which could have been a lot better for the money in this category),to doing bartender duty-a seperate bar would have been a lot nicer. Dinner the one night we were able to have it(the restaurant was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays) was wonderful. Why couldn't the breakfast be improved to this quality. We are avid newspaper readets, and the guest book says there is only one paper to be had, and it was not to leave the lobby-that's pretty sad. We noticed the road noise, but it didn't affect our sleeping. The TVs need to be updated for a hotel in this class. We liked the quietness of the location compared to the visual blight in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank steelpanwoman
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DancingBearOwner, Owner at Dancing Bear Lodge, responded to this review, 24 August 2011
Dear Steelpanwoman,

Thank you for your review of Dancing Bear Lodge. We appreciate your feedback. I apologize no one offered to help you with your bags and I have addressed this with our hotel manager. The TV's in the lodge rooms are being upgraded as soon as new cable is run and the digital conversion is complete.

We look forward to seeing you again at Dancing Bear Lodge. Please feel free to contact me directly at matt@dancingbearlodge.com

Best,

Matt Alexander
Managing Partner
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Walland, Tennessee
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2011

What a wonderful place to unwind & be treated like family.....no,even better than that ! Everything was just wonderful...from check in to check out. Chef Jeff is awesome ! Cannot say enough about the way we were treated....just great. Top of the line service.....with that down home feeling we love. Absolutely recommend Dancing Bear Lodge to anyone wanting a bit of pampering while away from home visiting the area....or if you live in the area.....just to enjoy a night away or a fabluous dinner!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Carolyn05758
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atlanta
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15 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2011

We just returned home from 3 nights at the Dancing Bear Lodge where we had a wonderful experience. From the beginning of our stay, the employees went out of their way to make our stay as pleasant as possible. The front desk people were always friendly and helpful. One employee even walked to our cabin to help us with the wifi. Turns out, it was our computer not the wifi that was the problem. The breakfast every morning was very tasty, especially the quiche. They even gave me the recipe for it. The cabin was so comfortable we hestated to even leave.
The only negative was the hiking/biking trail. It really needs some attention for biking, but honestly I don't think anyone goes to the Dancing Bear Lodge to hike or bike the 2 mile trail when there are so many other places in the area that would be better. All in all, we have a great stay, and hope to go back soon.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank FrannieH
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DancingBearOwner, Owner at Dancing Bear Lodge, responded to this review, 7 August 2011
Thank you for your review. Our team loves knowing they have exceeded our guests' expectations. You will be happy to know we have cleaned up our mountain biking/walking trails. The spring storms were tough on them, but they are all cleaned up and ready for enjoyment.

Best,

Matt Alexander
Managing Partner
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Additional Information about Dancing Bear Lodge

Property: Dancing Bear Lodge
Address: 137 Apple Valley Way, Townsend, TN 37882
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Region: United States > Tennessee > Townsend
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Townsend
Price range (per night): ₹ 11,231 - ₹ 19,739
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Dancing Bear Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centered in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Dancing Bear Cabins are known as East Tennessee's ultimate vacation basecamp offering charming Southern hospitality. It's picturesque location and luxurious amenities offer guests an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate after trekking mountain trails and exploring surrounding areas. With 36 acres featuring intimate rustic cabins and countless sports and activities, Dancing Bear Cabins creates a comforting retreat tailor-made for the adventurer in all of us. We welcome our guests to experience the best the Smokies have to offer by reserving one of our charming cabins. ... more   less 
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