The decision that is the hardest for me to make each vacation, is where we will stay. Choosing the right location with amenities that will entertain the children is very important.
The first time we went to Gatlinburg for a family vacation, I hadn't been in that area for at least ten years. Even back then - I wasn't paying attention to the local resorts, cabins or hotels.
On the advice of friends, we went down there without making any type of reservations. The time of year that we traveled, we were told would be the best for receiving a last minute discount so the hotel could fill the room. It ended up being a fantastic idea! A few places I may have chosen while browsing photographs and sites online - proved not to be the best place for families to stay. A place I never looked into ended up being our choice.
We ended up staying at Marriott's Fairfield Inn and Suites.
It was a beautiful little setting. It wasn't high up in the mountains, just nestled right at its base. It was still pushed back enough to where you didn't feel that you were right in the middle of Gatlinburg.
The cutest little trolley would pick you up right in the parking lot of the Fairfield Inn and take you through town. This was a nice option as parking in Gatlinburg is scarce!
The kids loved the little pool with twisty slide. I think that was probably their favorite part of the entire vacation.
Attendants at the front desk were always very helpful and friendly. That was a nice touch for our first family vacation. I was nervous enough to take my kids hours away from home for the first time. Traveling just isn't something we get to do as often as we would like. It was nice to have smiling faces at the pool, front desk and breakfast bar each day.
If you decide on a hotel during your next visit in Gatlinburg, be sure to check them out!