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Clarion Inn Dollywood Area
Ranked #5 of 91 Hotels in Pigeon Forge
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
“Great Place to Stay”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We stayed here for one night this past weekend. It is conveniently located within walking distance to a lot of the attractions on the strip. Has a great indoor pool and outdoor water play area. The rooms are extremely clean and comfy! Great breakfast and fabulous staff. Will stay here again!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Scott_Ellis, General Manager at Clarion Inn Dollywood Area, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
We appreciate your comments and for choosing us to stay with. We hope you will always find your stay clean, comfortable, and cozy, with a friendly staff. It is always our goal to create the best stay possible and most all of our customers think we are doing something right. We hope your next stay will be even better than the last. See you again soon!!
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Aurora, Illinois
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

So, I never thought I'd be so impressed with a Choice Hotel. This has to be one of the best properties we have ever stayed at. We checked in late in the day so wasn't sure what we'd get. We were put on the fourth floor looking West. From the balcony looking south we could make out the Great Smoky Mountains. Looking directly out from the balcony we could see the Tacobell/Gas Station and a Kroger Grocery store. The location was perfect for a Pigeon Forge hotel. Plenty to see and do within a few minute walk. Our room was well kept, clean and looking new. We liked the faux wood entry way followed by the bathroom with water closet. Near the back (by balcony) their is a door (not sliding glass) that lets you out onto the balcony (this area is tiled). The beds were very comfortable to us.

Next big surprise was the free morning breakfast. This has to be one of the best spreads we have seen for a free breakfast. Items everyday for us included, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, wafflels, fruit bowls, cereal, various breads and donuts and freshly made omeletes (select ingredients of onions, green peppers, ham and cheese).

All of the employees we came across were extremely friendly and wishing you a great day.

We will surely be back.

Room Tip: Upper floors have better views.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Scott_Ellis, General Manager at Clarion Inn Dollywood Area, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Many people are surprised by this Clarion Inn and it also being a Choice Hotel. Most all Choice Hotels are mid priced hotels and do not have the number of services and amenities that our hotels offer. The hotel obviously has a breakfast that bar none no hotel anywhere includes in the price of their stay. Even the big boys like Marriott, Hyatt, and Hilton charge you a fair amount for the amount of choices and breakfast you can acquire at our place. Then comes the complimentary massage chairs and the free Ipads that the adults and kids seem to love that No hotel has without a charge. You also have to be at a more upscale hotel to receive an onsite Spa and most people that love our hotel that stay in those type of hotels give us a 4 out of 5 stars without even looking around to realize what kind of amenities or services we have or how many of them we have. We have had people that have stayed with us as many as two and three times that don't realize we have an onsite spa or that we have room service from calhouns restaurant next door, or that we have horse drawn carriage service next door to waldens landing and the restaurants there. Just a few of the things that we have and not to mention all the concierge services in piurchasing attraction and show tickets to the area. We are so glad you noticed many of our services and amenities and that the family enjoyed their stay. We look forward to your next stay and we will always have Something New and Something Different at the Clarion Inn.
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Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

We stayed after reading reviews over 4th of July weekend. Breakfast was great. Hotel staff really nice. They show that customer service is important to them. Clean rooms. Enjoyed massage chairs n family enjoyed slide n pool. Location was great. Walked to a lot of places since traffic was really horrendous. While we were there looked at rooms at other hotels(2 & 3) on trip advisor n I must say, would chose to stay at the Clarion again. To be fair, I would stay at one of the other ones we looked at if Clarion wasn't available. Overall, nice n relaxing n clean n great breakfast. Would definitely stay again! ! Lots of businesses offered military discounts. We were impressed with Pigeon Forge n their honor for the military.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Scott_Ellis, General Manager at Clarion Inn Dollywood Area, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
We appreciate your choosing us as your go to hotel and we do have many amenities that people like, especially the broad array of choices we have in our breakfast. Yes, there are many good hotels to stay in here in Pigeon Forge that are clean, comfortable and have good breakfasts that are included in your stay. We have recommended the Inn on the River, The new Hampton, the Marriott Springhill, and Music Road hotels to many people when we are full. They are the best comparable to price, breakfast and what a family vacationer would be looking for. There services are good but some may not be as broad as ours. So yes, there are good go to hotels should you have not made a reservation in time and we are full. Thank you for your insight and we look forward to your next stay in your visit to the smoky mountains.
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

My husband and I just got home from staying at the Clarion Inn. I have been staying in Pigeon Forge for years and chose this hotels because of how great the reviews are. The breakfast had lots to offer which was nice. The pool was great there is a water slide that is very fast, a lazy river, and a very large hot tub outside then a pool and hot tub inside. We went swimming in the morning and were the only people there other than the gentleman cleaning the pool area. The room were spacious and nice with different pillow options for you. The only thing we can complain about is the noise level. We had a connecting door in our room and we could hear everything the other family was saying (even them singing nursery rhymes to their children). We have small children ourselves so understand that they are not exactly the quietest but at 11 at night it started to get bothersome. Also around two am a large group came back and decided to use the hallway as a gathering place. I am a light sleeper but my husband sleeps thru lightening storms and it woke him up and he spent hours trying to get back to bed. While the guests are not the hotels fault more soundproofing could be helpful. The padding on the bottom of our door was hanging off which might have been part of it. The front desk was helpful and checkin/checkout was simple. Also bring bug spray in the summer we opened the balcony just briefly to look and went to bed and we both woke up with mosquito bites while sleeping.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Scott_Ellis, General Manager at Clarion Inn Dollywood Area, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
We are so sorry you had a bad experience and a bad stay!!!! We are hoping that we will have another opportunity to meet you. Please note that our guests' satisfaction is first and foremost!!!
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Seneca, South Carolina
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

My family and I have been visiting this city for 8+ years and have never stayed at such a nice hotel as this one. Friendly staff, spacious clean room, nice bathroom, comfortable beds. Nice indoor/ outdoor pool area. It was such a great stay that we stayed and additional night that wasn't planned. Good location and great, great, great ,great breakfast!!!!!!!!! Already made reservations to stay at this hotel again on our next trip which is in december. Can't wait to go back!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Scott_Ellis, General Manager at Clarion Inn Dollywood Area, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Thank you for your review and I am glad you liked our breakfast!!!! If your family likes bacon, sausage, biscuits, gravy (chocolate and white gravy) fresh cut fruit daily, a chef to cook omelets your way, pancakes, waffle's, with smoky mountain syrup to go with it , then you have come to the right place!! We will say that our breakfast room and our free massage chair room get the biggest work out! Unless you are around the pools and slide area in the hottest part of the day when they are handing out the free snow cones by the pool! There are so many of our guests' that have said, "Can we just move in during the summer!!!" I don't know what to say to that then this, ":It is your Home away from Home and you are welcome to stay as long as you like but we still have to charge you by the night. They normally say, I wish I could charge my teenager by the night for our vacation!!!!!" Don't worry Mom and Dad we will always save you as much money as we can with our ticket and show savings at our front desk. The best time to get your tickets for shows and attractions is in the evenings when it's not as busy! Thank you for staying with us and we look forward to your next stay.
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Osgood, Indiana
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

My family and I decided on this motel because of the ratings and we wasn't disappointed. We usually take vacations in our travel trailer because of the beds and cleanliness of our own. But this motel is by far the best we have stayed in. The staff was great and the GM was talking to the guests each morning at breakfast time. The rooms were by far the best I have stayed at. We stayed for 6 nights and I know the linen got changed once, the floors were vacuumed every day, and the cleaning staff were very nice, especially Claudia. She left us a little heartwarming note at the end of our stay that made our day. The coupons at front desk are really money saving coupons so don't be afraid to ask for them. The breakfast was the best we ever had at a motel. The gentleman cooking omelets was very friendly. Great, Great stay!

Room Tip: I liked the view in the front because you can see the Ferris Wheel and Dolly's fireworks at dark...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Scott_Ellis, General Manager at Clarion Inn Dollywood Area, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Thank you for choosing us as your vacation destination and for staying at our hotel. We always try to have something for everyone and pleasing families is something that is important to us. Making great memories while on vacation is something that families remember and carry with them for the rest of their life. We are always adding to the hotel and you will be pleasantly surprised the next time you vacation with us. There are new changes coming this winter that our guests will love. We look forward to your return visit and if your ever in Marion Indiana I can tell you that there is a very clean, nice and comfortable Comfort Suites there. Let Karen, the GM know that Scott sent you. See you soon at a Choice Hotel for your next stay...
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Our first stay was a short one night stay at Christmas before we moved into our long week stay cabin. We could no believe how nice this hotel was for the price and the brand. Very well run, fantastic customer service, bent over backwards to make our stay comfortable and memorable! We came back in early February to see a concert and stayed the weekend. It was just as nice, service was impeccable and price was right. I still am surprised with what you get at this hotel with this brand. Very unexpected, but very welcome and pleasant surprise!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Scott_Ellis, General Manager at Clarion Inn Dollywood Area, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Thank you for your review and your surprise comes as no unexpected response as the Choice Hotel system is kind of sneaking up on the competition with their concepts of what a mid level and/or cooperate / leisure traveler should be. The problem with the market place is that they are so busy spending money on advertising that they forgot one thing..." That the greatest form of advertising is the Guest themselves!! I am not so sure that even our CHOICE UMBRELLA that has sooooo many Brands in the mid level pricing market has forgot that themselves too!! We are glad you choose us and if you think that you are surprised now, just wait!! The Clarion Brand is bringing people together and will be the upscale Brand of Choice Hotels in the future. If you want to see an example of that then come visit us after next Spring. We look forward to seeing you then!!!!
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Property: Clarion Inn Dollywood Area
Address: 124 Waldens Main Street, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-4270
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Location: United States > Tennessee > Sevier County > Pigeon Forge
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Pigeon Forge
#2 Romantic Hotel in Pigeon Forge
#2 Family Hotel in Pigeon Forge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Clarion Inn Dollywood Area 2.5*
Number of rooms: 93
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
New hotel opened April 2010. Located at Waldens Landing, which includes several fine dining restaurants, shopping and miniature golf. The perfect place to stay for both business and leisure trips. Has an in-house Spa and free WIFI and breakfast included in stay. ... more   less 
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