We have been to Gatlinburg many times and use to be 'cabin' people, but with the higher rates and fees we just prefer hotels now. We did stay in a cabin last year and a couple nights in a hotel but we split the cabin with my parents.This year were on a budget so we are staying at Clarion Inn Pigeon Forge (we are here now) and love this hotel! Looks brand new! Love the bathroom and shower, has everything you need plus a great breakfast selection! Food is hot, freshly made omlets and waffles. Really good! Pool plus indoor and outdoor jacuzzi. We have a small balcony also. Four nights and our total was $377 (plus the free breakfast) and free wifi, cabins usually have that though.
Tough choice! But you will enjoy no matter where you decide!
I should say I'm picky about cabins so the cheap ones just don't cut it for me I don't like carpet and outdated cabins. I'd rather stay in a hotel than outdated cabin but that's me.
Edited: 1:40 pm, November 12, 2012