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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Chattanooga, Tennessee

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BLWitt
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lady Bugs Galore”
Reviewed 14 January 2016 for a stay in December 2015
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We spent 4 nights at this property and I will share both pros and cons...
pros:
Plenty of sleeping space for our family, Beautiful Views, Nice fenced area for traveling with dogs, Pool table, reasonable rates and friendly owner.
Cons:
It was lady bug season and they were everywhere. It REALLY became annoying. Water is well water and smelled. Not very appealing for showering. House is at top of a VERY steep, winding road. With our van loaded with people , dogs and luggage, we couldn't make it to the house until everyone and dogs got out and husband drove up, hot tub didn't appear to have any chlorine in it. Door didn't shut completely and blew open during middle of the night, mattresses uncomfortable.
Bottom line is it is very budget friendly if you don't mind bugs and well water. Get a good running start to make it up the drive, especially if it has been raining a lot.

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Liked best: Pool table
Liked least: Well water and millions of lady bugs
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
16 Jan 2016
I do apologize for any difficulty with the driveway. We have a rear wheel drive sedan, a front wheel drive Altima, and our cleaning lady has a minivan and we have never had any issues going up or down the driveway. Though it IS steep and bumpy in places, and some of our guests mention this, we've not had anyone not be able to get up it before. I do give people an advance heads up in our rental rules (before booking) that the water is well water, and has a funky smell. The water has a high mineral content that's beneficial, if on the smelly side. I hear old Dad Taylor down the hillside from Viewtopia lived into his 90's drinking it every day. ;-) We haven't had the door blow open before that I know of. You have to shut them tight because we get some strong winds up there. We regularly put chlorine in the hot tub. There's buildup on the sides of the hot tub from the well water (Well water strikes again!) that looks weird but is harmless, and chert from the ground near it gets in when people step in and out. Every year local agriculturalists release millions of ladybugs as a natural form of insect control. Unfortunately hundreds of them make their way inside homes in the local area. It's something we put up with to enjoy this beautiful place. A couple who stayed at Viewtopia told us that ladybugs have flooded them multiple times when they've stayed in Gatlinburg at certain times of year, too. They like light-colored houses that have lots of windows and light, which we have plenty of at Viewtopia! :-) They are harmless and stay mostly around the windows. We have talked to an exterminator about them, and he said the best thing to do is just vacuum them up. We always vacuum up any we find on the day of your arrival, but there is a good chance you will see more coming in during your stay. We have been renting Viewtopia as a vacation rental for over 7 years with hundreds of guests and have had almost all 5-star-reviews on another site during that time. Ladybugs aren't at the house all of the time, but it's hard to predict exactly when they will be there. They come in late fall to hang out inside for the winter, and leave in spring.
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“Perfect getaway - amazing views!”
Reviewed 25 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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person found this review helpful

This was a perfect vacation rental for us. The lower level (one king bedroom) was like an in-law suite, complete with a full kitchen and a second TV. The upper level had two queen bedrooms and two full baths. People with limited mobility could easily stay on the upper level and not need to worry about steps. There is even a step-in shower in one of the bathrooms. Lots of glass doors and windows to enjoy the scenery. The whole house was very comfortable, spacious, and welcoming. There were several decks and patios to enjoy the cooler temperatures and beautiful views. The road up to the house is steep and gravel, but the two vehicles we had (Honda Pilot and Toyota Prius) were able to get up and down with no problems. The view from the top is definitely worth it!!

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Travelling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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