I've stayed at several Gatlinburg hotels and the Clarion is my favorite so far. The other brand name and local hotels I've stayed at are okay, but a bit worn and dated. Most hotels in Gatlinburg seem worn to me, such high traffic I guess.
The Clarion may seem far our as it is between lights 9 and 10 near the entrance to the national park, but it is definitely very convenient to downtown.
We had a 1 bedroom family suite with two queens and a pull out sofa. The family suites are the end units, at the end of the hallway. We stayed in #602, overlooking the parkway and the Park Grill restaurant. The King suites are in the middle of the the hotel just off the elevators and the regular rooms are in between the family suites and the king suites.
I really liked the the end and highest unit, as it was very private. Someone said it was "eighties" in another review, and the furnishings were pretty traditional. But the bathroom was immacuately clean, and I am very picky. The entire unit was clean, fridge and microwave almost brand new.
The staff were friendly, the indoor pool is oddly in the parking lot, the grounds were very well-maintained, security guards were present all the time.
Other reviews complained about the breakfast, but I thought it was pretty complete. Every day there is pancakes, muffins, bagels, toast, cereal, fruit, Krispy Kreme donoughts, etc. Then each day there is additional items like biscuits and gravy and scrambled eggs or hard boiled eggs, etc. And yes, there are those yucky hot pocket things on Wednesday or Tuesday, but we were there on a weekend so I didn't have to experience that.
Bathroom had one sink, water pressure was good, plenty of comfy pillows, curved shower rod, in-room ac/heat units do blow on you at night. Two tv's in suite. No separating door between living area and sleeping area.
Two little grocery markets and a package store across the street.
We loved the Clarion and will stay there again. This is not a five star hotel or the Four Seasons, but for the area, it is the best I have found so far, especially considering the location is absolutely ideal.
- 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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