I just got back from a week with my husband, 8 yr old daughter and 6 yr old son. We enjoyed our stay in the hotel. We are owners within Holiday Inn timeshares at Orange Lake/Orlando. This was our first visit to this hotel. Check in was very fast, front desk personnel very friendly and helpful. There was no pushy sales presence like there is in Orange Lake. Our 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom was on the top floor/10th, with a great view of the rushing stream behind the complex. The unit was nicely decorated, very clean. I had read some comments about carpets being worn, but ours seemed fine. The unit had everything we needed. The master shower was oversized and had great water pressure. Internet acces is not wireless, but it ran at a decent speed.
The hotel is in a great location, walking distance to the walking tourist section of Gatlinburg. It is an uphill walk getting back to the hotel, but for my kids it was no problem, even at the end of a long day. The hotel is also in a great location to the national park. The hotel has a small snack shop (only pepsi products~not my first choice), and is across the street from a small general store and a pancake house.
The indoor and outdoor pools are both small but nice. The fitness room is really nice. The equipment seems new and in good shape, it would be nice if there was a little better open floor space for floor exercises, and if there was a water cooler, but other than that it was great. The resort tries to cater to kids with a crafts/activities room, and a full schedule of activities for littler kids. We would definitely visit again.
What I liked best: hotel location and cleanliness
What I liked least: nothing of note
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located steps from downtown Gatlinburg and nestled below the breathtaking views of Smoky Mountain National Park, Smoky Mountain Resort is in the heart of it all! This popular and easygoing family resort offers the perfect location as well as an array of on-site amenities such as indoor & outdoor pools, hot tubs, fitness center, billiard room, an activity center and more. When you're ready for sites, you need only walk through the gates of the resort and you're in downtown Gatlinburg, where you can enjoy the area's best dining & shopping. If you are looking for fun adventures for the family, you've come to the right place. From mountain hiking, to white water rafting, to 1,300 feet aerial rides above the city, Gatlinburg has something for everyone! And don't forget the large variety of attractions available for the family to enjoy. After a busy day, return to Smoky Mountain Resort to rejuvenate in your spacious one or two-bedroom villa. All villas feature fully equipped kitchens, a separate living room & dining room area, a queen-size pullout sofa sleeper, an over sized spa tub and separate shower, a fireplace, a private screened porch, washer and dryer, plus televisions and a DVD/VCR player for those evenings in. Imagine having all the room you need to enjoy the things you love most about a great vacation! * Please note that the resort does not offer daily housekeeping services. Housekeeping services are available at the property for a fee. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Club Vacations Gatlinburg-Smoky Mountain Hotel Gatlinburg