Park Vista Resort
We were going to "just check it out" and we ended up "checking in!" The Park Vista Resort is literally above everything else. The structure is impressive from street level and even more so when you actually see how big around it stands on the mountains side. You will see when you take the steep climb and tight turn drive to the hotels panoramic setting.
Driving up to the Park Vista Resort, we initially parked under a large timber frame structure attached to the front entrance to the hotel. We loved the amazing views, the ambiance of the hotel and the very helpful staff. When we checked in, we were about to ask for a balcony view when we overheard the receptionist tell the person in front of us that every room has a private balcony and a view!!
Once inside the expansive open area, we were awe struck. In this beautiful lobby, you can look straight up and see 15 floors of open atrium. What a sight! We really loved the feel of the open design and the big glass elevators. We especially took advantage of the entire lobby area with its large TVs, reading area and several computers for the guests just sitting all out in the open. We also spent some time just relaxing on the comfy chairs and taking in the view and the bird aviary. They also offer a small but very nice bar area in the lobby.
When we took the amazing glass elevator up to our 11th floor room, we were again in awe. It looked like a spiral as we looked down. Our room had a double queen bed and was spacious, clean and comfortable. It was equipped with a small refrigerator, flat screen television, coffee maker and very comfortable feather down duvet and pillows. The coffee in the room was very good.
The bath area counters were granite and the rich warm room colors were so pleasant. Opening the curtains to the balcony confirmed our reason for staying here. The panoramic view was spectacular. We saw the Smoky Mountain National Park as well as Gatlinburg. We were taking in the views remembering that a few short hours ago; we were stuck in traffic and couldn't find parking in the city.
The Park Vista Resort has a feel of an upscale, serene hotel, but seems to cater to all ages including kids. We checked out the pool area and much to our surprise it was beautiful. It had been landscaped to look like it was outdoors, with a waterfall, rock, stones and plants...all inside! The area actually had three separate pool areas with several water slides for the kids.
The bottom area of the pool had a small but unique beach type entry area. And the large pool was quite big with a whirlpool adjacent. They also have a wonderful playground for the kids located outdoors with plenty of seating for the great views. We also took advantage of the exercise room because it was well equipped and offered clean towels and fresh water from a dispenser. Maybe tomorrow we’ll skip the exercise room and get our exercise climbing this hill!!
If you’ve ever been to Gatlinburg area, you quickly realize that parking in the tourist area is very limited and expensive! Now, the location of this hotel is less than five minutes from Gatlinburg's downtown. However, one must remember to figure in that the hotel is located up a very very steep hill. It is possible to walk to the shops and attractions but the up and down climb is quite a challenge.
How fortunate the guests of Park Vista Resort are able to ride the city trolley for a nominal fee, and it stops right in front of the hotel. Plan accordingly because it only makes stops every 20-30 minutes in front of the hotel!
The breakfast buffet was more than enough to eat. And of course, it’s an all you can eat buffet so come hungry! They offer eggs, sausage, bacon, grits, biscuits, pancakes, fruit, yogurt and pastries. Plus they have an omelet and waffle station for made to order.
The staff was extremely polite and always willing to answer our silly where is this and what are questions. Plus, we won't forget the delicious chocolate chip cookies that are available to guests offered to us on several occasions by various staff. For us, staying at the Park Vista was worth every penny and every minute. The multimillion dollar renovation was gorgeous. Next time we visit Park Vista Resort, it will be in autumn so we can take some amazing photos of the leaves changing colors.
Park Vista Resort
705 Cherokee Orchard Rd
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
800-421-PARK or 865-436-9211
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