With its gorgeous location just on the border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee is the ideal destination for outdoor lovers… or, indeed, anyone who wants to witness the kitsch wonder of Dollywood for themselves. If you’re planning on visiting, hold fire on booking your hotel until you’ve considered our review of the ten very best hotels in Gatlinburg.
10. Emory House 8 Bedroom Home
Granted, this is a house rather than a traditional hotel, but as places to rest your head go, it’s more than worthy of your consideration. Combining modern comforts (including a fully equipped kitchen, a mini playground, a whirlpool, air conditioning, free WIFI, free parking, and barbeque grills) with easy access to the best of Gatlinburg and the surrounding area, it’s ideal for large groups of friends or families.
9. Black Fox Lodge Pigeon Forge
Located just 6.2 miles from the center of Gatlinburg is the delightful Black Fox Lodge Pigeon Forge. Comfortable, clean, affordable, and set conveniently close to all the major attractions of the area, you’ll struggle to find fault with either the accommodation or the amenities, which includes everything from flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, coffee makers, hairdryers, and microwaves in the rooms, to gardens, picnic areas, pools, and a fitness center in the wider complex.
8. Berry Springs Lodge
Located around 12 miles from Gatlinburg’s center, Berry Springs Lodge makes an ideal option for couples looking for a romantic spot away from the hurly-burly of the city. Thanks to its prime position, guests are rarely short of things to do and see, with Smoky Mountain National Park, Dollywood, hiking, shopping, horseback riding and more besides all within striking distance. The accommodation itself is warm, cozy, and homely, with just enough luxurious flourishes to keep you feeling on the right side of pampered.
7. The Park Vista
Located less than a mile from Gatlinburg’s center, The Park Vista makes a great choice for guests looking to combine comfortable, luxurious accommodation with a first-rate location. Rooms are cozy and well equipped, with items such as flat-screen TVs, work desks, minifridges, and free Wi-Fi coming as standard, Elsewhere, guests can avail of the onsite business center, fitness center, and swimming pool. Although a car is recommended for exploring the area properly, those without one will find the hotel’s trolley service a godsend for enjoying the surrounds.
6. Bearskin Lodge on the River
For visitors looking for an accommodation that offers easy access to the best of Gatlinburg, Bearskin Lodge on the River is a first-rate option. Situated at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there’s a world of outdoor adventure on its very doorstep. When it comes to the accommodation itself, you’re unlikely to be disappointed. Rooms are spacious and well equipped with mini-fridges, coffee makers, hairdryers, and custom hickory furniture. Elsewhere, you’ll find everything you’ll need for a supremely relaxing, luxurious stay: a first-rate fitness center, an outdoor pool, fire pits, free WIFI, and a superb (not to mention complimentary) breakfast.
5. Holiday Inn Club Vacations Gatlinburg-Smoky Mountain
It may not have all the frills and whistles of some of the more exclusive resorts in the area, but for clean, comfortable rooms, affordable prices, efficient, friendly staff, and a perfect location on the Historic Nature Trail and close to all the attractions and sights of the bustling downtown, the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Gatlinburg-Smoky Mountain) is hard to beat.
4. Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort and Spa
Situated in a stunning location just moments from Great Smoky Mountains National Park (not to mention the kitschy paradise that’s Dollywood theme park), Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort and Spa offers easy access to all the very best of Gatlinburg. The hotel itself is just as impressive as its location: expect cozy, comfortable guest rooms kitted out with all the mod-cons you could either want or need, and a first-class range of amenities that includes an excellent spa for grownups and a world-class indoor water park that’s guaranteed to go down a treat with kids.
3. Riverstone Resort and Spa
The gorgeous, homey décor of Riverstone Resort and Spa will make you feel right at home from the very first moment you arrive… which isn’t to say it doesn’t have an exquisite range of luxury touches to make you feel truly pampered throughout your stay. Whatever you want, the team of friendly staff is on hand to deliver it, while the range of amenities on offer (which includes an insanely relaxing spa offering every type of body treatment, massage, and facial imaginable) is guaranteed to leave you feeling rejuvenated and revived.
2. Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
If you like a hotel that comes with an ample share of amenities, prepare to be delighted with Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Whatever kind of facility you need, you’re likely to find it in this exemplary resort, whether it’s a swimming pool, a fitness center, an onsite restaurant, or a business center. Just as praiseworthy as the facilities is the location: with key attractions like Ripley’s Aquarium within just yards of the hotel, it’s the perfect base for exploring the best Gatlinburg has to offer.
1. The Lodge at Buckberry Creek
The Lodge at Buckberry Creek isn’t like many other hotels. If you want to stay in a huge, ambiguous resort where guests are just a number and where staff members are rarely the same from one season to the next, stay somewhere else. If you want to stay in the kind of place where guests return year after year for the quality of service, the personal touches in the welcome, and the friendly, familiar staff, then you won’t be disappointed with The Lodge at Buckberry Creek. Throw in the outstandingly placed location for outdoor activities, the highly individual “Adirondack-style” décor, and the divine, deep soaking tubs that come in each room, and you’re looking at the kind of accommodation you’ll never want to leave.