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“Literally Stands Above the Rest” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Park Vista - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Gatlinburg

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Park Vista - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Gatlinburg
Ranked #13 of 78 Hotels in Gatlinburg
Woodstock, GA
1 review
“Literally Stands Above the Rest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2010

Our family of four took a spur of the moment mini-vacation to Gatlinburg and stayed at the Park Vista for two nights. I can be a bit of a hotel snob, so as we were driving through the touristy section of town, I became nervous as a lot of the hotels looked a bit sketchy. But driving up to the Park View took away any worries. I can't say enough wonderful things about this hotel! It has the look and feel of a quiet hotel for business professionals, but they cater to families too. The rooms were good-sized, the beds were fluffy, white, and AMAZING, and since the hotel is a round high-rise, every room has a small balcony with a view. While it is located on a very steep hill set-back from the downtown activities, the trolley rolls right up to the door to pick up guests.

As soon as we pulled up to the entrance, the porter introduced himself and asked if we needed assistance. Upon check-in we were given free breakfast vouchers (Sign-up for the Hilton Honors program online.) and complimentary cookies--warm, gooey, and delicious. My two little boys were instantly impressed with the rapid pod-like trio of elevators and the case filled with entertaining, colorful birds. They also enjoyed the indoor pools (yes, plural) and water slides (again, plural). The pools ranged from a beach-access style 1' deep with a little waterfall, to a 3-5' section with a large, leafy tree water slide. Since it was an especially hot weekend in July, they didn't get a chance to enjoy the playground right outside of the poolroom. The exercise facility is adjacent to the pool and has plenty of nice equipment.

Everyone on staff was very helpful and radiated that Southern hospitality that you love to experience in the South. The bartender was a doll and the Omelet Guy was fantastic! While the luxurious dinner buffet is expensive, $22 per adult/$7-10 per child, there are menu options that are comparable to major chain restaurants.

The only negative comment that I can make is that the bathrooms are very tiny. The standard shower-tub combo takes up 2/3 of the space leaving a couple of inches on either side of the toilet, and no shelves. That's it. This place is gorgeous. I don't understand why anyone would complain.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2010

Just got back from spending a week at the Park Vista Hotel. We had a wonderful time there. Fantastic views of the Smokies and Gatlinburg. You are right in the mountains yet only a half mile to town. We booked 2 family suites for our party of 11. Each suite has 2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths. There is a King in one room and two bunk beds in the other. The kids loved their room. It was like being at camp. Each room had a large Flat Screen TV. The Hotel was in great shape - almost everything was new. New carpet and furniture. There were a few minor things still being remodeled but all the main items are done. The pool is fantastic. The kids spent every evening there and did not want to leave. Even after spending all day at DollyWood's Splash Country. The staff is very friendly and the cleaning crew is constantly working. We ate at the breakfast buffet every morning. The only drawback is waiting for the Trolley. It is supposed to come every 20 minutes or so but we often waited 40 or more. You can drive the half mile to the center of Gatlinburg but parking downtown can be difficult. Also, parking at the Hotel can be tough if you get in late - so once you had a spot we did not want to leave. Walking there is even tougher because the Hotel driveway is VERY steep. We did it one day as a hike :).

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Thank bocawork
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Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
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35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2010

Just returned from weekend getaway with the family! Check in was easy, children liked the cookies. Luggage carts were available, no valet or service attendant at the front door. We booked a king suite with the getaway package (inclusive of breakfast) and requested upper floor with a city view and we received just that. 10th floor room with two balconies and great views of downtown gatlinburg and the mountains. Room was very attractive with comfortable furniture. Large flat screen tv's in each room. Children didn't even mind the sofabed, very comfy. Restaurant was nice, service was a little slow during breakfast. Pool area was great for the children, being indoors was not a favorite of my wife and myself, however I did go down the slide a couple of times! Outdoor area was well manicured with a play area for the children and very comfy outdoor seating to sit and relax and take in the views. Lobby has computers with printers for use at any time, we did not purchase the wifi, our Iphones worked just fine anywhere in the hotel. We loved the open architecture with the glass elevators. Lounge was open daily and into the evening with more outdoor seating. Very nice gym with new equipment, fresh towels and cold water. Our only legitimate complaint was the parking on the weekend nights, the hotel does host receptions which made for limited parking spaces if you take your car out at night (take the trolley or walk if you are in shape). You will see a few construction workers about the property, they are close to finishing, most of the inside was complete. Painting on the exterior was beginning during our stay but not any bother to us. We have have not reason not to return to the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Delaware, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2010

Upon arrival we were met with a parking lot that was filled beyond capacity and could not finda place to park. Construction crews were still working on the building even though their website clearly stated the construction was to be over by June, 2010.

There were no luggage carts and no bell-hops available. The lobby area was not complete and the furniture, as the attendant stated, was ordered but had not come in. When we checked in we were told that no rooms were availble even though we booked via the internet. Once we told her we had booked via the internet and had confirmation in hand she quickly gave us a room.

The pool area was large but trying to find it was an excursion in and of itself. There is one door leading into it from off the main lobby. The area is nice if you have children but the pool is only 4 feet deep. The arcade was closed to renovations.

The newer rooms are great and the view is not bad. The walls of the hallways AND ceilings were cheaply renovated and sprayed with popcorn texture and then painted over.

The Vista dining area was nice but breakfast was very busy and the hotel seemed to need more help dealing with the crowd. It would make business sence to have adequate help when your hotel is allegedly filled to capacity. For a city like Gatlinburg that sees 5 million people yearly I would think there would be. Again, construction hampered going onto the balcony to have breakfast or dinner.

The cleanliness of the facility was ok and we noticed crews cleaning at night. The location of the building is good as it is down the street from the main strip and Trolley service runs every 20 minutes or so depending on traffic. The quality of the rooms was good with the newer furniture. The price of our three night stay was close to $700 for a King room. We felt this to be high as we could have stayed in a new cabin for less the amount with fewer people and a hot tub and game room.

Bottom line: The hotel was 90% renovated; It was obvious they exceeded their June 2010 construction completion date; The prices were way too high; The desk staff was unfriendly and a bit rude; The hotel needed more help in the dining area; The hotel needed more bell-hops and carts; The hotel needed more parking.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank dcso075
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Lexington, KY
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2010

Renovated 2010 with nice size, beautiful rooms, granite tops, quality furnishings, great beds, kind of Craftsman meets Moderne style, really perfect for Gatlinburg. This hotel
sits up a short steep drive with views overlooking Old Town Gatlinburg and the Smokies, and the shuttle makes it convenient so you don't have to look for parking in town. It is about 12 stories around an interior atrium with glass elevators, a more urban style than I expected in Gatlinburg. The indoor pool complex has a big water slide in the
deep pool and and toddler water slide in the not-so-deep pool, also a whirlpool. The food is pretty good, too. Right now, the prices are around $100 per night, a good value.
The hotel drive is right next to the Scenic one way loop and GPS tells you to take it; don't fall for that.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Thank tabascothomas
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Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2010

Hard to separate the improvement from what is was two years ago from the quality that is offered today. Although the renovation continues our room was excellent. The views as always magnificent. The lobby area and restaurant totally redone. Very enjoyable!

  • Stayed July 2010
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mwestend
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NY
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188 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2010

I was supposed to stay in the fairfield inn north, which also looks nice, but got a great rate here, and I heard they were completely remodeled in the rooms. The room is very nice. the mountain view was beautiful, and we saw a deer eating across from the parking lot, from our room about 6 pm. The rooms are a little small, and the halls still need some updating in my opinion. I like that it is off the main strip. Room is very tastefully done. I would stay here again, and I'm very picky about hotels.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Park Vista - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Gatlinburg
Address: 705 Cherokee Orchard Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3613
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Location: United States > Tennessee > Sevier County > Gatlinburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Gatlinburg
#2 Business Hotel in Gatlinburg
#14 Romantic Hotel in Gatlinburg
#20 Family Hotel in Gatlinburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Park Vista - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Gatlinburg 3*
Number of rooms: 312
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Park Vista a DoubleTree by Hilton Gatlinburg hotel is known for its spectacular views and exquisite service. Overlooking the beautiful Smoky Mountains National Park and the quaint city of Gatlinburg, each guestroom has its own private balcony with amazing views. Conveniently located on the City’s Trolley Route, The Park Vista is only minutes from the many restaurants, shops and attractions that downtown Gatlinburg has to offer. And if your adventures include a visit to Dollywood Theme Park or a day of Outlet Shopping we are only minutes away! All guestrooms include a 42” flat screen television, refrigerator and wireless high-speed internet access. Other hotel amenities include:• In-room Dining• Business Center • Complimentary Wireless HISA in public areas• Spectacular Indoor Pool / Water Park• Outdoor Playground & Arcade• State-of-the-art Fitness CenterEnjoy your favorite beverages and appetizers, expertly created and served in our own Firefly’s Patio Lounge. Or relax and enjoy an enticing menu of freshly prepared Southern-inspired selections at The Vista Grill, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. With just over 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space as well as an executive boardroom, our professional catering and convention services team will insure a flawless and memorable experience for your next sales meeting, seminar, luncheon or social event. Whether your next visit to Gatlinburg involves a meeting, leisure or both, our friendly staff will always welcome you to The Park Vista a DoubleTree by Hilton with our signature, warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie and true southern hospitality. ... more   less 
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