This is not a review of this particular resort but of the getaway promised by Holiday Inn to entice you to join their Vacation Club. After my experience I don't think I will ever stay at a Holiday Inn for the rest of my life. They promise you a getaway weekend and make it sound like you will be staying at one of their resorts. You get a discounted room as long as you agree to attend one of their sales pitches. So, I paid the $199 for a trip to Gatlinburg. First of all they don't tell you there is an additional fee of $99 if you go during peak season which is basically all summer. My plan was to take my son who is in college for a weekend trip while he was on break. Well, guess what that was peak season so it cost me an extra $99. Then it turns out we are actually booked at a Holiday Inn in Pigeon Forge. Let me tell you, Pigeon Forge IS NOT Gatlingburg. This hotel was way outdated and a complete disappointment. We arrived on a Friday evening after a 3 1/2 hour drive from Nashville. Once in Pigeon Forge which is tiny it took us another 20 minutes to go the 1 1/2 miles to our crappy Holiday Inn Hotel. I specifically asked for 2 beds and our room was a king. Of course the hotel was "sold out". Turns out, this hotel is about 7 miles from Gatlinburg. The traffic was so backed up we didn't even attempt to go to Gatlinburg that evening. My 2 hour sales pitch was at 11:30 Saturday morning so most of Saturday afternoon was wasted because I was not about to invest in their vacation club after my experience on Friday. So, we actually ended up with 1 1/2 days to spend in the Smoky Mountains. I had spent a lot of time researching things to do in Gatlinburg and we were able to do maybe half. This trip wasn't worth the airfare. Shame on Holiday Inn for marketing the way they market these so called getaways. Never again, you have lost a customer.