We had been to Buckberry for an office retreat and spent a wonderful weekend three years ago and were very much looking forward to going back. This time, although the rooms had not changed, the food and service definitely had, and not in a good way.
We had reservations for seven people for dinner and the meal took several hours to get on the table. We sat down at 7 and were not served our meals until past 8:45, and the lamb in particular was nearly inedible. When dessert was offered they only had two. We naturally thought this was a choice of two, but nope. Only two portions! If it had been a busy Friday night, I would have given them the benefit of the doubt. However there were only two other tables in the restaurant, one of which had small children playing loud video games.
The next morning, the food was no better and it is hard to really mess up breakfast. When we saw the meager servings on our plates and asked for some toast, we were told that toast was extra. Hmmmm. When we got our bill it was eight dollars.
The only bright spot was lunch because our server, a young woman, was very pleasant.
When we returned to our rooms, it was obvious that someone had gone through our group's personal belongings, and a pair of diamond earrings was missing. As this was a special occasion, no one wanted to return to the lodge for dinner, so we ended up hiring a driver and eating in Gatlinburg.
The only think I can think is that Buckberry Lodge must be struggling financially. That would explain the Groupon deals, the meat that is served well past its prime, the security issues and the understaffed kitchen. To make up for the loss of income, they have chosen to nickle and dime their customers who pay full price. I have recommended Buckberry to several friends in the past, and now I am sad that I can longer do so.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lodge at Buckberry Creek has brought the elegance of the “Great Camps” of the Adirondacks to the pristine beauty of the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Designed to reflect the retreats created in the Adirondack Mountains over 100 years ago by some of the East Coast’s wealthiest families, Buckberry Lodge pampers guests with the true natural grandeur of the Adirondack architectural style. Nestled away high above Gatlinburg, Tennessee, The Woods building offers 14 luxury-suite rooms from 600 square feet to 750 square feet. Rooms feature fireplaces, private balconies, bathrooms with separate showers and Jacuzzi tubs. The majority of our suites have a King bed but we do have a few rooms with 2 Double beds. Rest, recharge, and relax within your suite or enjoy the area attractions of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains. Our property is less than 2 miles from the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and all the beauty it holds. We are also less than 2 miles from Downtown Gatlinburg. There is a firepit which overlooks Mt. LeConte – a great spot to unwind & relax. Although we have experienced a great loss since the November 28th fire, we are very fortunate to have The Woods building to share with our guests. We look forward to welcoming you to The Lodge at Buckberry Creek for your Smoky Mountain lodging destination! ... more less
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