I read the MANY positive reviews of this property before making a reservation. You could say what I read influenced my first impression, and you would be right: I went in with very HIGH expectations.
We love the Choice Hotel chain and this is DEFINITELY one of our new favorite locations. We were visiting on a quick Christmas overnight getaway with our children and wanted to be near Christmas Place. This location was fantastic. In spite of being so close to all of the hub-bub of Winterfest in Pigeon Forge, the hotel area was not overrun and loud. When we were ready to rest, we retired to a quiet and restful room.
The check-in clerk was very friendly. The room was lovely, clean, and spacious. We arrived just past the "Meet and Greet" snacks and reception in the lobby (from 7-8 p.m.), but lemonade and coffee were kindly offered. Our children enjoyed a late night swim in the pool and Hubby enjoyed the water basketball goal. I was grateful for the offering of loaner books in the lobby and am working on convincing my husband that we need to go BACK so I can finish reading the other half of that novel. :-)
Breakfast was grand! There were omelets, waffles, sausage, bacon, biscuits and all the essentials, and the fresh fruit cups were such a pleasant surprise! Every staff member I encountered greeted me warmly and everything was very neat and accessible.
I'm not sure why it was there, but the step stool behind the door in our room was PERFECT for our smaller children to use to wash hands/brush teeth in the bathroom. I always find myself dragging an armchair into the bathroom for them to stand on to access the sink. They thought this step stool was in the room just to make things easier and safer for them, and I let them believe that to be true.
We'll certainly plan to stay at this location on future visits to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg. You've won our hearts and our business!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New hotel opened April 2010. Located at Waldens Landing, which includes several fine dining restaurants, shopping and miniature golf. The perfect place to stay for both business and leisure trips. Has an in-house Spa and free WIFI and breakfast included in stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Hotel Pigeon Forge