Stayed here for one night January 26 for a short visit to the Smokies. This hotel is really quite good. The location is a single block away from the main touring strip in Gatlinburg. The room itself was wonderful. I had a standard room with king bed. The room contained a fireplace and the room and bath were excellent.
Contrary to what some people think, breakfast is not complementary. You can either purchase the bed-and-breakfast package, or you can pay for breakfast separately. When I made reservations, I selected the bed and breakfast deal, which cost me $10 more than a straight room reservation. Having said that, I did not eat breakfast there. More on that in just a bit.
If all you are concerned about is the room, this hotel will suit you well. It has polite staff, adequate and free parking, fitness room, indoor pool, and excellent rooms. The only downside is the restaurant.
My wife and I decided to eat dinner at the hotel for convenience sake. I normally do not like to eat at hotel restaurants (mostly because of the premium prices they tend to charge), but I have made exceptions to the rule. My wife got a decent chicken marsala dinner with a side of burnt break (black on the bottom). For myself, I had ordered the fish & chips dinner thinking that it would be the Gatlinburg equivalent of the famous English combo. To people who know, English fish & chips is really just fried fish with a side of french fries - they call french fries chips. Well, the chef decided that fish & chips must include real American chips, so they served me a plate of scorched battered fish on top of a heaping plate of potato chips. The fish was truly scorched, a dark brown battered exterior that was hard as a brick and I had to crack open to get at the hidden fish. The chips were potato chips.... they may have been home-made, but they were chips none the less. What a meal.
The dinner turned my stomach enough that I refused to face the dining area for breakfast, even though I had already paid for it. Maybe I missed a good breakfast, but restaurants usually upset a customer just one time to lose them for life.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg hotel in Tennessee is conveniently located on River Road less than 100 yards to the entrance of The Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Our hotel offers the natural attraction of the mountains and sounds of the nearby creeks. Come visit higher ground at our Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg. We are proud to be the very first hotel in the state of Tennessee to pursue our LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification, with many 'green' features including a chemical-free saltwater pool and hot tub, pervious hand-laid brick parking lot, in-room recycling and much more. Whether business, vacation, or weekend getaway brings you to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, our courteous hotel staff looks forward to welcoming you to our new home. ... more less
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