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“Best Hotel for Touring Great Smokey Mountains National Park”

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Black Bear Inn & Suites
Ranked #37 of 78 Hotels in Gatlinburg
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“Best Hotel for Touring Great Smokey Mountains National Park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2005

I stayed here for a weekend visit in the fall of 2004 with my husband and son. If you want to see the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, this is the BEST place to stay because you are right at the entrance to the park. If you stay in Pigeon Forge, you will have to fight traffic for at LEAST 15 minutes before you will get to the park, so if you're going to see nature, stay in Gatlinburg and save yourself a lot of time and hassles.

We didn't have to fight traffic because we were right at the park entrance.

Also, the breakfast was excellent and FREE. There was plenty to eat, they replenished constantly, and there were hot items, too.

The room was fine...clean...large. We had a suite with a jacuzzi, so our teenage son had his own space and his own television which helped us all to have a more enjoyable trip. We had a refrigerator which was great for keeping some cold drinks and juices on hand.

There is a small grocery right across the street from this hotel which we always like because we save money on purchasing snacks, etc.

You have to take your own food/drink into the national park if you go because there is NOWHERE to purchase anything inside the park and it takes hours to tour, so take along a cooler and picnic basket.

The Clarion staff was great/friendly/helpful. This is not a plush place, but for the price and the convenience, it is a great hotel.

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Additional Information about Black Bear Inn & Suites

Property: Black Bear Inn & Suites
Address: 1100 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (Formerly Clarion Inn & Suites)
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Location: United States > Tennessee > Sevier County > Gatlinburg
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Gatlinburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Black Bear Inn & Suites 2.5*
Number of rooms: 130
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Clarion Inn & Suites Gatlinburg has a sleek, stylized look! From the lobby to rooftop Penthouse Suites and every room in between. Start your morning off right with a delicious full, hot complimentary breakfast including omelets cooked to order and Belgium waffles. The Clarion's location is ideal for everyone! Interested in a scenic drive or hike? The hotel is located only 100 yards from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited park in the Nation! Want to walk or take a Trolley around downtown Gatlinburg and experience the town's many popular attractions and wide array of restaurants? Not a problem! Clarion Inn & Suites is located right on the Parkway! Thinking about driving to Pigeon Forge to visit Dollywood, Dolly's Splash Country, Titanic Museum Attraction, shopping at Tanger Outlets or seeing Pigeon Forge's many theaters and dinner shows? Clarion is only a short drive away from Pigeon Forge. Clarion Inn & Suites Gatlinburg is "Definitely a Cut Above!". We hope to see you in the Smoky Mountains soon! ... more   less 
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