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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Park Vista Resort
- Park Vista Motel Gatlinburg Tn
- Park Vista Gatlinburg
- Park Vista Hotel Tenn