Gatlinburg, Tennessee is primarily a destination for travelers exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park; there hiking trails, horseback riding, water tubing, and fishing are all popular outdoor activities. We visited the city’s top hotels to see how they stacked up against the competition and find out which were the best of the best. As of now, there’s only one stand-out hotel for a particularly posh stay in Gatlinburg, but we’ll keep updating as that changes. Check out the best luxury hotel in Gatlinburg and get inspired for your Tennessee getaway!

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The Lodge at Buckberry Creek

Gatlinburg, Tennessee, United States

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. The upscale restaurant is one of the best in eastern Tennessee. It has two full-time chefs who specialize in seasonal, regional cuisine and host the occasional wild game dinner.