Beautiful views and easy access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park brings many couples to Gatlinburg, Tennessee year round. We visited the city’s top hotels and evaluated which lend themselves best to an amorous getaway — taking in mind the comfiness of the beds, the ambience of the public spaces, and convenience of location for venturing into the park. Many also have whirlpool tubs and fireplaces if you choose to stay inside the room. Take a look at our picks for the most romantic hotels in Gatlinburg and start planning your love-filled vacation!
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.
The rustic Chalet Village consists of private cabins in the gorgeous foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Close to ski resorts, golf courses, and hiking trails as well as attractions like Dollywood, these cabins allow guests to comfortably stay in or go out and enjoy what Gatlinburg and the nearby towns have to offer. Ranging from one to eight bedrooms, all units are differently styled but remain consistent in their charming, cozy feel (although some find it a bit kitschy).
The three-pearl Bent Creek Golf Village is a time-share property situated on an 18-hole golf course set in a forested landscape. Features include indoor and outdoor pools, a hot tub, a gym, a game room, barbecues, and basketball and volleyball courts. The hotel offers 84 apartment-style units and cabins with flat-screen TVs, fireplaces, kitchens, and forest views from balconies or screened porches. Some also have whirlpool tubs. Note that daily housekeeping isn’t included and cell phone service can be spotty, as can the property's free Wi-Fi.
Riverhouse at the Park is a proudly old-fashioned, well-maintained budget property on Little Pigeon River, an easy walk to downtown, and beside the national park’s entrance. Free homemade donuts and coffee are delivered in the mornings to the property's 50 retro cabin-style rooms with stone fireplaces, mini-fridges, microwaves, and whirlpool tubs -- many with riverfront balconies. There are a clean outdoor pool and hot tub, a laundry room, and coffee in the lobby, but no in-room coffeemakers or on-site gym.