Where to Stay in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Start planning your stay in the Smoky Mountains!
Apr 13, 2022 at 8:00 AM in Where to Stay
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in the Smoky Mountains, is one of America’s favorite family fun destinations. There’s tons to do and see, no matter what you and your family enjoy doing while traveling. Museums, adventures, entertainment and shopping all abound.
However, amidst having all that fun, you do have to find somewhere to stay during your Gatlinburg trip. While cabins and private home rentals are popular in the region, if you want to stay somewhere with all the resort amenities and experiences that so many travelers prefer, you’ll want to go with one of our top picks for where to stay in Gatlinburg.
Situated in downtown Gatlinburg, Old Creek Lodge offers a fantastic location, plus the feel of a rustic wilderness locale. You’ll feel as if you’re staying in a remote cabin out west, rather than in a centrally-located, modern resort.
Amenities include free WiFi (a must for posting all those great vacation photos), in-room jacuzzis, fireplaces and more. There’s an outdoor heated pool, for taking a dip even when the Smoky Mountains are covered in snow, plus grab-and-go breakfast for guests each morning.
Park your car at the lodge and leave it there, as you’ll be within walking distance of some of the best sights and sounds in Gatlinburg; anything that’s further than that is reachable via a quick trolley ride.
Nicknamed “The Appy Lodge,” this lodge is recognizable by its bright, lumber-jack-red hue. Offering the best of rustic luxury in Gatlinburg, The Appalachian Lodge provides a range of guest rooms, some that even offer in-room fireplaces, whirlpools or balconies. Most, though, can fit up to four guests, so they provide enough room for the average family.
Amenities include grab-and-go breakfast, free parking, and both indoor and outdoor pools. Better yet, each guest receives a free downtown parking pass, so you can come and go from the property without worrying about incurring any additional parking costs. So long as you stay within downtown Gatlinburg, you’re covered!
For tons of fun without ever leaving your hotel, though, try the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort. In addition to suite-style villa accommodations that offer separate bedrooms perfect for families, the property also offers a full water park (with 60,000 square feet of all-weather fun), dining options, a spa and a fitness facility. There’s even a mini golf course on-site and seasonal and holiday activities are offered.
Found the perfect place for you and your family to stay during your Gatlinburg adventure? For more help planning what to do, see and experience, check out our Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Discovery Map guide, available in both digital and print formats. In addition to activity and hotel recommendations, you’ll also find recommendations for where to eat, drink and shop. It’s an invaluable resource for planning your next trip!