Actually, the name of this resort has changed to Smokey Mountain Resort now that it's part of the Holiday Inn timeshares.
We exchanged through RCI for a 1 BR unit. The unit was very spacious. Our living room/dining/kitchen area looked out onto a wooded mountain, and we could see the sky tram from our little balcony. We were on the 7th floor. The three main buldings make a triangle surrounding the pool and hot tub. It looked like one of the buildings was still undergoing internal construction, but we heard no noise.
The unit itself was very nice, large ceramic tile and low pile carpet on the floors. The bath was roomy and had a large whirlpool tub combined with a shower, and a large granite vanity. The stacked washer/dryer was off the bath. The bedroom had a comfortable king bed and a TV. There was a full kitchen with a regular smoothtop range and a compact size dishwasher, granite countertops. There was also a gas fireplace with a rock surround. The TV was above the fireplace. Our outer door opened into a small foyer, and the outer door of the unit next to us opened onto this same foyer, which was not a problem. The outer foyer door to the corridor also locked. The units did not have a connecting door. The bedroom window faced the outside corridor overlooking the pool area. The unit was very clean and well supplied, although we had to look for the extra towels that were under the bathroom sink. There were also four pool towels, but they were rather thin and small. Bath amenities, coffee, and dishwasher detergent were supplied, as well as one use of laundy detergent.
The resort has its own free parking deck with elevators and luggage carts. The location is an excellent one, just a couple of blocks from the main, heavily trafficked street in Gatlinburg, but there was very little traffic on our street, making it easy to come and go. There is a pancake house and gift shop right across the street from the resort. Check in was fast and easy, and we were allowed to just leave our key cards in the unit for quick checkout. There was no housekeeping service or towel resupply, and there is a $35 housekeeping fee per week, which has not been the norm for the other RCI exchanges that we've done. There was a wired, free Internet connection near the dining table.
Many accommodations in Gatlinburg are rather dated, but this is a fairly new resort and one we highly recommend. The only negatives I can think of are the $35 housekeeping fee, no towel resupply or housekeeping services during the stay, and the balcony was only about 4 feet wide, giving the feeling (if you fear heights) that you were out on a little ledge with a railing. It had a small table and two rocking chairs that barely fit. Wireless Internet would be nice, too, but the wired connection worked fine. To my knowledge, there is no spa or on-site restaurant, but there are many restaurants nearby.
All in all, a very nice condo, and the location can't be beat--in town but on a quieter street with a wooded view out back, on the side of town closest to the national park.
Gatlinburg is at the edge of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, and Pigeon Forge (Dollywood) is only about 6 or 7 miles away. Downtown Gatlinburg is one little shop after another, with some local attractions such as a wax museum, aquarium, Ripley's, etc. Lots of pancake houses, souvenirs, and ice cream/candy shops. There is a trolley but we dd not use it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located steps from downtown Gatlinburg and nestled below the breathtaking views of Smoky Mountain National Park, Smoky Mountain Resort is in the heart of it all! This popular and easygoing family resort offers the perfect location as well as an array of on-site amenities such as indoor & outdoor pools, hot tubs, fitness center, billiard room, an activity center and more. When you're ready for sites, you need only walk through the gates of the resort and you're in downtown Gatlinburg, where you can enjoy the area's best dining & shopping. If you are looking for fun adventures for the family, you've come to the right place. From mountain hiking, to white water rafting, to 1,300 feet aerial rides above the city, Gatlinburg has something for everyone! And don't forget the large variety of attractions available for the family to enjoy. After a busy day, return to Smoky Mountain Resort to rejuvenate in your spacious one or two-bedroom villa. All villas feature fully equipped kitchens, a separate living room & dining room area, a queen-size pullout sofa sleeper, an over sized spa tub and separate shower, a fireplace, a private screened porch, washer and dryer, plus televisions and a DVD/VCR player for those evenings in. Imagine having all the room you need to enjoy the things you love most about a great vacation! * Please note that the resort does not offer daily housekeeping services. Housekeeping services are available at the property for a fee. ... more less
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- Holiday Inn Club Vacations Gatlinburg-Smoky Mountain Hotel Gatlinburg