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LaQuinta Inn – Pigeon Forge, TN

Amid the many rundown motels in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area is a rare jewel–clean, well managed, fairly new, and just off the noisy main highway. Although not easy to find (enter via the Long John Silver parking lot) it was worth the search. For those doing a little research, this property was formerly a Guesthouse Inn.

The property was close to Dollywood and Bennett’s Barbeque, it’s reasonably priced, especially with the coupon in the lodging booklet available at the Tennessee Welcome Center. No, I don’t work for the company and had never heard of the LaQuinta chain before my family and I took a mini-vacation to the Smokey Mountains last fall. We picked up the coupon booklet, checked out and rejected about eight other establishments before finding a picture of LaQuinta in the booklet. It looked promising, and after driving past the inn several times (it’s back off the highway) we finally spotted it and were impressed with the lobby and friendly desk personnel.


Hampton Inn and Suites – Pigeon Forge, TN

Hampton Inn and Suites on the Parkway, also referred to as River Road even though it is not near River Road, had dirty suites. We paid $1,088 for four days at the end of the season. Kitchenette was equiped with two pots, one frying pan and four plates. A call for additional kitchen equipment was ignored. Room, also, had no facial tissues at check-in. The kitchen floor and bathroom floors were dirty. The breakfast buffet wasn’t worth bothering. There were two adults and two children. The rooms were supposed to handle 8-10 people, well the kitchen could not even handle four of us. We enjoyed our stay at Pigeon Forge, but do think it is very commercialized and hard sell. Nothing is cheap! We had made reservations at this hotel, but they were switched to lesser accomadations at check-in to oblige a frequent visitor.