Most travelers head to Gatlinburg, Tennessee because it acts as a gateway into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, popular for its hiking trails, fishing, horseback riding, and water tubing. We visited the top hotels in Gatlinburg — from cozy chalets to rustic lodges — to compare their guest rooms, amenities, and level of service, and find out which were the best of the best. So if you’re looking for a charming, unique boutique experience while in Gatlinburg, you’ve come to the right place. Check out the best boutique hotels in Gatlinburg and start planning your getaway!
Designed like a luxury retreat from a bygone era, this hotel is the real deal in Gatlinburg, offering an authentic mountain lodge experience without sacrificing any comforts. It's an ideal location for travelers who want rustic seclusion while remaining close to downtown Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. A car is necessary, as nothing is within walking distance, but the heart of downtown is only a few minutes' drive away. The rooms are large, with each individually decorated with a fireplace, whirlpool tub, and private balcony. Lawn games and scenic trails are the hotel's main activities. There's a renowned restaurant with regional cuisine, numerous spots to enjoy the views, and many hearths to gather round.
Location is everything at the mid-range Old Creek Lodge. It might be short on amenities, but it's convenient to downtown Gatlinburg yet still feels tucked away, thanks to the views of the mountain creek behind the hotel. Just off the parkway, it's on the trolley route and is within walking distance of all the main tourist attractions, including Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the convention center. The rooms are large with nice bathrooms, and each has a gas fireplace and private balcony.