The Great Smoky Mountains have some quirky places to stay, including where it is Christmas year-round, but Margaritaville Island Hotel may be the most unique.
Jimmy Buffet’s brand of restaurants, casinos, and hotels has locations throughout Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and the Caribbean. But the Pigeon Forge location brings the atmosphere of the islands to Tennessee year-round.
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Guest rooms overlook the Little Pigeon River or the entertainment complex below, but all have balconies. Rooms are decorated in a tasteful island theme with WiFi, flat-screen televisions, in-room coffee makers, mini-fridges, and a fireplace. Bathrooms have large showers with top-notch toiletries. King and double queen bedrooms are available as well as penthouse suites.
Grab a cocktail at two bars, go for a dip in the rooftop pool, work out in the fitness center, grab a jolt in the coffee shop, and make your own with in-room margarita machines. The hotel’s St. Somewhere Spa is the best around, providing massage and other treatments.
Located within The Island complex, there’s no shortage of activities to do without even getting in your car. Within walking distance are a moonshine distillery, Ferris wheel, countless shops, and restaurants. Attractions like Dollywood and those in Gatlinburg are a short drive away.
And if you’re looking for a more family-friendly experience, the new Margaritaville Island Inn is just across the parking lot. They also have a pool and more basic amenities than the hotel but also has complimentary breakfast.
If You Go
Margaritaville Island Hotel is located at 131 Island Drive, Suite 5118, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863. Parking is included with your stay, but valet costs extra. Rates start at $280 per night for standard rooms on weekends. Book your stay by visiting their website or calling (844) 434-6787.
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Margaritaville Island Hotel Pigeon Forge hosted my stay for two nights as well as a spa treatment, but opinions are my own.