Gatlinburg Travel Guide

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Be Happy This Isn't Your Hotel's Pool

July 6, 2012 at 4:44 PM | by | ()

Most travelers who've been to Gatlinburg, TN would agree that it's not exactly a hot spot for luxury hotels...or for much at all now that the 1960s and '70s have passed. And isn't that a good thing? Judging from the sort of average roadside motels that used to host Smoky Mountain tourists in the area's heyday, it sure is.

We recently came across an old postcard from the era, of the Watson's Motel. Watson's was (or maybe still is) a one-story motel with 54 rooms, 21 with kitchenettes and fireplaces, and "some with Color TV."

Curious to see inside a room? Here ya go:

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Glenstone Lodge Has the "Biggest Indoor Pool in the Smokies"

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  Site Where: 504 Historic Nature Lodge [map], Gatlinburg, TN, United States, 37738
March 21, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

[Ed. Note: From high teas to indoor hotel pools in the Smokies, Hotel Maven JetSetCD certainly lives up to her name. Enjoy.]

Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennesee might be known best as the home of Dollyworld, but it's Gatlinburg's Glenstone Lodge which holds the power in this area where gimmicks and indoor pools reign supreme.

The Smoky Moutains aren't exactly a luxury destination, and you can't expect mints on pillows in a region hotly anticipating the spring "Wildflower Pilgrimmage" and "An Evening with Jimbo Whaley." It's not secret that Gatlinburg's hotel offerings are outdated and still survive on depositing a sheaf of pamphlets in the entryway at the nearest IHOP.

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Not Gatlinburg's Best

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  Site Where: Parkway [map], Gatlinburg, TN, United States
July 11, 2005 at 12:12 PM | by | ()

[Editor's Note: Hotel Maven belindai does plenty of family travel. belindai knows what she is getting when she books a Best Western, however, she expects a clean, well lighted place to rest her head--don't we all? So what did you think of the Twin Islands Best Western belindai? ]

Twin Islands Best Western - an Island you would want to voted off of! We were part of a group and the reservations were made for us. I checked out the website and everything looked good...looks can be deceiving.

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