My family (2 adults, 2 children) stayed here on June 14th-15th of 2006. It is one of the last hotels on the "main drag" of Gatlinburg and is in a great location. It was far enough away from all the stores that it was very quiet but yet everything was within walking distance. As someone else posted, the convenience stores across the street are very handy.
When we arrived, we discovered that the hotel was having their carpets cleaned so there were hoses from the vacuums and carpet cleaners to maneuver the luggage cart over. That was probably the worst that we dealt with while we were there. It was in the evening (4 ish) and it appeared they were just finishing up.
We checked into the room rather quickly and loved the room. We had a standard double queen room to start with then our children found out the hotel had jacuzzi suites. So being the wonderful father he is, he checked for availability. There was one open so we took it and boy are we glad we did! It was a king jacuzzi suite, 2 rooms. The girls slept on a fold out sleeper sofa in the main room which had a tv and a fireplace. We stayed in the bedroom which had the jacuzzi and tv. Upon arrival to this room (316), my husband realized they did not have a "non-smoking" logo on the door as the other room did. But the room was so clean and there was no odor of smoking.
We also had a balcony that overlooked the parking lot with a slight view of the Smokies. You can also request a balcony that overlooks the noisy and congested city. We requested a rear one because of all the noise on the front side. It was so quiet in our room (except when a nearby room runs their water) and the beds were very comfortable.
Breakfast was ok, it was a continental breakfast with the addition of frozen omellettes and frozen pancakes (the omelletes were not that good but the pancakes were delicious). Get there early because the eating area is somewhat small compared to the size of the hotel. This is all they serve-there is no restaurant on premise. Which is OK because you are surrounded by restaurants. Right across the street is a Texas Roadhouse (which we ate at both nights because it was so delicious and the staff was very friendly and fast).
One thing we were a little upset with was the housekeeping. We had left the hotel around 8 in the morning to go up into the mountains. We arrived back at a little after 1:00 expecting to relax a little before hitting the stores. They had not even touched our room yet! So we went to the convenience stores and bought some lunch stuff and ate in the breakfast nook of the lobby.
The girls loved the pool, even though it is not inside the hotel itself. It is an enclosed pool with a retractable roof and is just a few feet from the back entrance to the hotel. It is probably the same size as an inground pool one would have at your own house. The depths were 3-5 feet and was never really crowded. The water was very warm and according to my daughter it was warmer than the hottub at the pool.
A main reason we stayed here was the free internet access. It was easy hook up and the connection was great.
We will definitely stay here again if we ever come back to Gatlinburg.
- 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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