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8 Top-Rated Resorts in Gatlinburg, TN

Written by Carri Wilbanks
Jul 28, 2020

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Whether you're headed to the eastern Tennessee town of Gatlinburg, the gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, for a family vacation or a romantic retreat, you'll discover there are top resort choices for all styles and budgets of travelers.

If you're coming specifically for the national park, for instance, you will want to check out spots like The Lodge at Buckberry creek, which is just a few miles from all the things to do at Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is designed to resemble an Adirondack-style "Great Lodge" from a century ago. Or consider the Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel, which sits right on a mountain stream and comes with a mix of rooms, including some romantic choices with whirlpool tubs and fireplaces.

Most of the top resorts and properties with resort-like amenities in Gatlinburg are designed to cater to a mix of families, couples, groups, and business travelers. Few have on-site restaurants, but other dining options are usually nearby.

Find the best place to stay on your next getaway with our list of the top resorts in Gatlinburg.

Note: Some businesses may be temporarily closed due to recent global health and safety issues.

1. Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg

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Photo Source: Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg

Just a few minutes' drive from the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and within walking distance of the outdoor theme park Anakeesta, Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg is in a great location for outdoor adventures.

A family favorite, it features a mountain-meets-island vibe throughout. This includes faux palm trees and tropical foliage in the lobby, and beach-style art and colors in the rooms and suites.

Accommodations come in a number of sizes, and families will appreciate the Double Queen or King Family Suites, which have separate rooms with pullout couches for the kids.

On-site amenities here include a swimming pool; a relaxing spa; and a number of dining options, including a grill that does good American fare. There are more dining options at local restaurants within walking distance of the resort.

Accommodation: Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg

2. Holiday Inn Club Vacations Smoky Mountain Resort

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Smoky Mountain Resort

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The Holiday Inn Club Vacations Smoky Mountain Resort is in a central location off Highway 441 and just about four miles from Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park. It is also not far from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is filled with hiking trails.

The resort is a favorite with families, as it offers large, clean, and comfortably decorated one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens, dining spaces, living rooms with pullout sleeping couches, and either a porch or balcony. They also feature free in-room Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and some have fireplaces.

Away from the rooms, you'll find indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a games room, barbecue grills, and a fire pit. There is also a kids' club, with activities on-site, and a fitness center.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Club Vacations Smoky Mountain Resort

3. Bent Creek Golf Village

Bent Creek Golf Village

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If you're hoping to play some golf on your Gatlinburg vacation check out Bent Creek Golf Village, in a wooded setting about 20 miles from the Dollywood Theme Park and near outdoor adventure activities like ziplining and hiking.

Here, you'll find clean and comfortable, good-value, one- and two-bedroom villa suites, which all feature full kitchens, living rooms with pull-out sleeping sofas, fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, and spacious bathrooms with walk-in showers.

This family-friendly property also has an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, games room, fitness center, and the Gary Player-designed golf course on-site. There is no restaurant, however.

Accommodation: Bent Creek Golf Village

4. Park Vista - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Gatlinburg

Park Vista - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Gatlinburg

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Park Vista is in a beautiful mountainous location about a mile from the Gatlinburg Space Needle observation deck and some 11 miles from Dollywood.

This high-rise property is contemporary in design and comes with an impressive soaring atrium and a mix of tastefully decorated rooms and suites. All come with warm hues and balconies with either mountain or town views, as well as comfortable beds.

Book one of the suites for a pull-out sofa in the living room and a Jacuzzi tub. Away from the rooms, amenities include an indoor pool with a waterslide, a hot tub, gym, and low-key restaurant cooking up American fare. There's also a fire pit and a mountain-view deck with great panoramic views for the warmer months of the year.

Accommodation: Park Vista - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Gatlinburg

5. Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel

Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel

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Anyone visiting Gatlinburg specifically for a visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park should check out the Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel as it is only a few minutes' walk to the park entrance and set along a bubbling mountain stream. It also sits on the city's trolley route, making it easy to access town.

The rooms here are contemporary, with black-and-white artwork and colorful wallpaper, along with rustic wood furnishings. The best rooms come with Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, and balconies fronting the stream.

Amenities include a free continental breakfast (but there is no restaurant on-site for other meals) along with an outdoor heated pool with a lazy river and mountain views and a workout room and fire pits.

Accommodation: Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel

6. Baymont by Wyndham Gatlinburg On The River

Baymont by Wyndham Gatlinburg On The River

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Right on the Little Pigeon River and about one mile from the Gatlinburg Space Needle observation tower, the Baymont by Wyndham is another popular choice in town for families, couples, and business travelers alike.

This three-story hotel has a country vibe, and all rooms have balconies fronting the river along with comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen HDTVs, as well as microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffee makers.

The suites also feature fireplaces and in many instances, Jacuzzi tubs. Children under 18 stay free, and a country breakfast is included in the daily rate. There is also an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, workout room, and games room on-site.

Accommodation: Baymont by Wyndham Gatlinburg On The River

7. Hampton Inn Gatlinburg Historic Nature Trail

Hampton Inn Gatlinburg Historic Nature Trail

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Another good-value option in Gatlinburg if you're looking for easy access to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the Hampton Inn Gatlinburg Historic Nature Trail, located just off Highway 441 and only three miles from the popular Rainbow Falls hiking trail in the national park.

The rooms and suites at this laid-back property are clean and comfortable, and most feature excellent mountain and forest views. They also come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffee makers. Book a suite if you're staying with the kids, as these add living space with a pull-out sleeper couch.

On-site amenities include an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, workout room, and fire pit. A free breakfast is served in the mornings, and the property is also dog-friendly.

Accommodation: Hampton inn Gatlinburg Historic Nature Trail

8. The Greystone Lodge on the River

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Photo Source: The Greystone Lodge on the River

Fall asleep with your balcony doors open listening to the babble of the Little Pigeon River while staying at The Greystone Lodge on the River. With a beautiful Smoky Mountain backdrop, all the rooms here have private balconies.

Rooms are clean and comfortable with vintage prints on the walls from Gatlinburg circa the early 1900s. And there are family rooms if you are traveling with kids that give you more space to move around. The hotel recently underwent a $7.5-million renovation, so you can expect everything to be updated.

The hot breakfast buffet each morning comes with Southern favorites like biscuits and gravy and, best of all, is complimentary. This property is located right in town and is within walking distance of a number of attractions, as well as restaurants. A family favorite is Ripley's Aquarium, which is directly across the street.

Accommodation: The Greystone Lodge on the River

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