If you want your own space during your stay in the Smoky Mountains, need a kitchen, or are traveling with a large group, a cabin may work much better than a hotel room for you and your party. Cabins are available literally everywhere around the national park in every city and town that surround the peaks of the towering mountains.
You can often get amenities here that you simply cannot in a hotel room such as kitchens, home theaters, hot tubs, pool tables, grills, home theaters, and so much more. What might be surprising is that you can rent a cabin for about the same amount of money as a single motel room (and sometimes less).
There are dozens and dozens of companies that rent cabins in the Smoky Mountains area. Not surprisingly, some are better than others. I will have some more information on trusted companies below. Below are some things to keep in mind if you decide that a cabin is the right for you:
- Cabins usually have a deposit due at booking. This can be anything from one night’s stay all the way to the full amount.
- Cabins often have minimum nights stay. Often companies will not even rent to you unless you stay a minimum of three nights, especially during peak times.
- There are often extra fees for cleaning. Be sure to calculate this in the cost of the cabin to make sure it is worth it. Sometimes these fees can be ridiculous. READ THE FINE PRINT BEFORE BOOKING.
- Some places allow pets and many do not. Those that allow pets are a great option for those that like to bring their furry friends along. Be advised that there is almost always a pet fee or additional cleaning fee. In addition, if you bring a pet into a cabin that is not pet friendly, the fees can be very, very high.
- Cancellation windows are generally much smaller than hotel rooms. Most hotels will allow you to cancel 72-24 hours before the trip with no penalty. Cabins cancellation policies generally are in weeks before the trip rather than days. There is often a forfeiture of the deposit or the deposit plus an “administrative fee” if you cancel outside the window. More on this fee below.
- Administrative fees can be anywhere from 0-100 dollars. Find out what those fees cover and if it is worth it to stay there with the added cost.
- Ask about specials and look them up on the internet. There are specials available at almost any time of year for cabins. These can range from a night (or two) free when you book a certain stay or free passes to restaurants and theme parks.
- Find out where the cabin is located BEFORE you book. They will always give you a general idea online whether the cabin is secluded, whether it has access to a community pool, and more. However, if you don’t know exactly what you are getting you have a much higher likelihood of being disappointed when you arrive. In winter months, you will want to know about how steep roads are to access the cabin. Sometimes the roads become about impassable, especially when you are driving a Civic. Know before you go. If you can’t make it to your cabin due to weather, the companies often will not honor that as an excuse and will bill you anyway.
- When a cabin says it is “close to” attractions, hikes, or towns, find out exactly what that means. For example, a Wears Valley cabin generally does not offer easy access to the national park. You will have to drive a distance to get there.