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The Best Hotels for the Great Smoky Mountains

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park sprawls 520,000 acres across Tennessee and North Carolina, a magical place of dark, dense spruce forests juxtaposed with sunny alpine-feeling wildflower meadows, wonderfully moody old growth forests carpeted with moss and then wide open land which was once farmland and is now rife with wildlife. Because there’s such variety and so much to see the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited park in the US! So choosing the best hotels for the Great Smoky Mountains before you arrive is essential.

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Our Guru’s list of the best hotels for the Great Smoky Mountains includes some wonderful once-in-a-lifetime properties with astounding views and unparalleled access to the park. But if you’re happy to travel a bit further afield they’ve also found some great value, but very stylish hotels and B&Bs, so hopefully there’s something for you on our list.

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The Best Hotels for the Great Smoky Mountains

For a luxury stay

  • The Swag is a 14 room retreat five thousand feet above the clouds. As well as serenity, privacy and wonderful views at The Swag, you also have a hotel tub on your own private balcony, where you might also spot a hummingbird. There’s also plenty to treat your tummy to, with gourmet dining - al fresco if the weather permits, and a range of luxurious, seasonally-inspired picnics.
  • Or you might consider Blackberry Farm, a working farm and larger hotel on the Tennessee side of the park. There are 69 large, but cosy rooms snd suites, a choice of two award-winning restaurants, a spa and a private lake. There’s also a wealth of activities, from paint-balling to birdwatching to kayaking or taking guided nature trails uncovering local flowers and wildlife.

Blackberry Farm

For great value

Old Edwards Inn and Spa

  • The Old Edwards Inn & Spa is a European-style hotel with 84 rooms and a gourmet restaurant. The rooms are extremely comfortable and decorated in natural tones. There’s also a great restaurant and a relaxing spa. Rooms start from £150 per night.

The Best Hotels for the Great Smoky Mountains - Outside the Park

Whitestone country Inn

  • The Whitestone Country Inn in Tennessee is a charming 22 room B&B spread around three converted farm buildings. Rooms are quaint and pretty with wooden beds, bold colours and spectacular views. The Inn is set on 360 of its own acres, on the edge of the breathtakingly beautiful Watts Bar Lake.
  • Omni Grove Park is set on a hillside 10minutes from downtown Asheville and offers spectacular views over the city and the surrounding landscape. Despite it’s size - it has 513 rooms, it manages to feel quite homely. AS you might imagine with that many rooms, they’re quite varied, and a little old fashioned, but with wonderful views. There are some great arts and crafts furnishings and a wonderful list of celebrity guests, including F. Scott Fitzgerald who stayed here for months.

Still not sure which of our Guru’s recommendations for the best hotels for the Great Smoky Mountains might be perfect for you? Contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice, or widen the net to include all our recommendations in Tennessee or North Carolina.

  • The Swag 14 rooms from £365

    Waynesville, North Carolina

    Smoky Mountain retreat 5,000 feet above the clouds is the true meaning of a romantic hideaway. A private hot tub on your balcony adds to the experience here. Hunger doesn't feature with seasonally-inspired picnics, gourmet dining and al fresco setting. Location and views are spectacular!

    Hideaway  -  Above the clouds, stunning views and a notable absense of TVs.
    Birdwatching  -  Hummingbirds can be seen from the comfort of the porch.
    Great walks  -  Nature Trail is a two mile stroll around the grounds.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the Biltmore Estate close by.
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  • Blackberry Farm 69 rooms from £572

    Walland, Tennessee

    Romantic, intimate boutique working-farm in stunning landscape with spa and private lake. Large rooms are home from-home with fireplaces and plush beds. The Barn is award-winning while newly open The Dogwood also makes the mark of unique southern cuisine. Check out the cellar. Activities for all.

    Sights nearby  -  Paintballing for groups is a fantastic way to get active - Games include a protective mask, gun, CO2 and paintballs.
    Kayaking  -  Let the tour guide share stories of flowers and wildlife while taking in the stunning scenery from the lake.
    Birdwatching  -  Birdwatching in the winter months is a great past time.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Omni Grove Park 513 rooms from £269


    Historic and extraordinary landmark hotel in the hills of North Carolina, with fabulous views.

    Conference facilities
    Sit-out Terrace
    Hotel Website
  • Old Edwards Inn & Spa 84 rooms from £153

    Highlands, North Carolina

    A European-style hotel in the mountains that offers gourmet meals and adventures for all. Luxurious, comfortable rooms in natural tones with soak tubs and fine linens. Chef Chris Huerta is a whizz in the kitchen, whipping up gourmet and innovative dishes. Relax at the spa, play golf or explore.

    Great walks  -  The Wild Food Foraging Adventure is all about learning what you can and can't eat in the wilderness.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the waterfalls all around.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Full of character
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  • Whitestone Country Inn 22 rooms from £127


    This charming and characterful B&B resembles a village, complete with farmhouse, cottage and southern lodging. Rooms are quaint and pretty with wooden beds, bold colours and spectacular views. The property sits on 360 secluded acres bordering the breathtaking Watts Bar Lake.

    Fishing  -  Fishing or boating on a 39,000 acre Tennessee lake is available at the inn’s dock.
    Great walks  -  Eight miles of spectacluar walking trails lead throughout the grounds
    Kayaking  -  Use the hotel kayaks and canoes to explore the beautiful lake!
    Back to Nature  -  The property is bordered by Paint Rock Wildlife Refuge.
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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Sunday, 2nd October 2016
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