The cozy Tennessee town of Gatlinburg, with a population barely over 4,000 people, is famous as the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The cozy, charming town attracts nature lovers, active outdoorsmen, and families looking for an all-American retreat.
If you want to visit Gatlinburg, you can find the best budget hotels in the area among the below list; don’t let the price fool you, though; they have amazing amenities to offer both you and your family!
Enjoy Family Fun at the Sidney James Mountain Lodge
If you’re traveling with children, the Sidney James Mountain Lodge offers affordable fun with both an outdoor and indoor pool, a children’s pool, and a sauna and spa tub to help you relax while your kids splash around in the water. Then enjoy the great outdoors in the hotel’s picnic areas and use the BBQ grills to whip up a snack. Explore the nearby Smoky Mountains during the day, and come back to the hotel for a great dinner in the on-site dining area, before retiring to your room to relax with the TV, free Wi-Fi, and in-room tub.
Take in the Mountain View at Edgewater Hotel – Gatlinburg
For travelers who want scenic mountain views to greet them when they wake up, a stay at Edgewater Hotel in Gatlinburg is just what you need. Families can enjoy year-round swimming in the indoor and outdoor pools and a family game and arcade room, while business people can make use of the 7,000-square-foot foot conference space. Enjoy the free Wi-Fi and private balconies of your room or upgrade to a suite with an in-room fireplace and Jacuzzi. If you want to explore downtown Gatlinburg, almost all shops and restaurants are walking distance away!
Get Pampered at Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa
If you want to splurge for a little extra pampering, book a room at the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa. Rent villas ranging from studio size to five bedrooms, and let the whole family enjoy the fun of Wild Bear Falls Water Park, with water slides, a lazy river, and even a tree playhouse! Hike the great outdoors of the Smoky Mountains, or retreat to the hotel for a round of on-site mini golf or a treat at the ice cream shop.
See the Great Outdoors at Zoder’s Inn & Suites
Zoder’s Inn & Suites has more than 6 acres of land and plenty of picnic areas that all its guests can enjoy. What the inn is most known for is its hospitality, with wine and cheese nights and even milk and cookies before bed. Take a walk through the nearby Village Shops, or get adventurous and go rafting or try the ropes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The Suite-Only Lodge at Buckberry Creek
Explore the waterfalls and beautiful flower-filled fields of the Smoky Mountains while relaxing in luxury at the Lodge at Buckberry Creek, which offers only suites for its guests to book. Rough it in the outdoors on hiking and biking trails, and then retire to a room with Italian sheets, designer toiletries, and jetted soaking tubs. Grab a meal at the hotel’s top-notch on-site restaurant as well.
Photo by Mark Austin.