Good food at the lobby bistro, serving breakfast and dinner
Modern, 24-hour fitness room with cardio and weight-training equipment
Game room has arcade games, pool, and air hockey
Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
No full restaurant on-site
Breakfast not included in the room rate
The 137-room Courtyard Marriott at Pigeon Forge is an excellent mid-range hotel that offers vacationers a cozy vacation spot near sights and family entertainment in central Pigeon Forge. Rooms are contemporary and comfortable, with modern amenities like microwaves, flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges. Two heated pools -- one with a lazy river -- are a big draw, and the 24-hour fitness room, hot tub, and mini-market add a lot of appeal. There’s no restaurant on-site, but a bistro with breakfast, light meals, and coffee for purchase is a convenient option. For comparison, families can check out Music Road Resort Hotel for it’s more kid-oriented pool and free breakfast, though it’s farther from entertainment venues.
Quality amenities, particularly outdoors, and a pleasant, warm design
The Courtyard Marriott in Pigeon Forge does well by the brand with quality amenities, comfortable spaces, and an overall experience that keeps guests very happy. The lobby has a rustic, modern look with warm brown and yellow tones in the carpet and furnishings, next to lovely stone accent walls and a cozy fireplace. Sectional sofas, leather chairs, and divans create plenty of seating areas, which are well-spread around the large room. Outside, a lovely courtyard with fire pits and a pool that has a lazy river are popular for lounging and dining. The grounds are limited, but well-tended. The Courtyard brand is a business-friendly class of hotel, but this location draws mostly leisure travelers -- both couples and families with kids -- who appreciate the modern feel and affordable rates.
30-minute drive from the Smoky Mountains, plus shopping and family entertainment nearby
This Courtyard Marriott is in Pigeon Forge, a small town just north of the Smoky Mountain range in Tennessee. It is near the main road that goes through town, tucked behind a couple of restaurants and with a small river that has a walking path out back. It is a five-minute walk to a grocery store, and a six-minute walk to an outdoor shopping mall. There’s also lots of family entertainment nearby. The Track is a six-minute walk and offers mini-golf, race cars, and an arcade. Dollywood, a fun amusement park for kids, is a 10-minute drive from the hotel. For nature lovers, it is a 25-minute drive to Gatlinburg, the last town before picking up various roads and trails through the Smokey Mountain National Park. The hotel is a 14-minute drive from the tiny Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge Airport, and a 50-minute drive from McGhee Tyson Airport, a larger hub.
Fresh, appealing rooms with large flat-screen TVs, microwaves, mini-fridges, and kettles
Rooms are appealing and comfortable, though unsurprisingly generic in design. Color schemes are primarily cool gray and white tones, with warm orange/brown accents in behind-the-bed murals. Queen- or king-size beds have quality linens, thick blankets, and extra pillows for a comfortable sleep. Pullout sofa beds are available for an extra guest. The hotel opened in 2016, so the design is fresh and amenities are modern. All rooms have a 49-inch flat-screen TV, which comes with movie channels and streaming video services, as well as a microwave, mini-fridge, iron, kettle with free coffee, and USB ports by the bed to charge devices. Some rooms have a balcony overlooking either the courtyard and pool or the parking lot and surrounding town, with the Smoky Mountains visible in the distance. Mostly white bathrooms have a granite countertop, and either a shower/tub combo or shower stall. A hairdryer and light-up mirror are provided, and free Paul Mitchell toiletries include soap, shampoo, conditioner, and make-up remover wipes.
Relaxing outdoor pool and lazy river, plus a 24-hour bistro, fitness room, and indoor pool
An appealing list of amenities makes this a solid pick for all types of travelers in the Smoky Mountains. The pool with a lazy river is a highlight, especially for kids. Though both are small, when taken together there’s enough space for guests to swim, plus there are a good number of gray lounge chairs lining the stone patio. It’s a lovely spot, surrounded by trees for a semi-private feel and several little garden sections throughout, including in the center of the lazy river. A heated indoor pool and a hot tub are open 24/7. The fitness center, mini-market, and bistro are also open all day and night, making this a good pick for night owls.
The hotel does not have a full restaurant, but a bistro in the lobby offers breakfast, snacks, and a light dinner -- none of which are included in the room rate. Seating is in the lobby or outside at the fire pits provide cozy spots for a drink or evening meal. A desk with two computers in the lobby makes up the business center, and there’s an arcade with a few video games for kids. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel and on-site parking is free.
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