The Best Hotels With Jacuzzis and Hot Tubs to Book in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

You'll want to relax in the hot tub or around the fire after a busy day exploring Gatlinburg
You'll want to relax in the hot tub or around the fire after a busy day exploring Gatlinburg | © Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg / Expedia
Photo of Doug Murray
2 December 2021

Want to soak sore muscles after a day in the outdoors? These Gatlinburg hotels with a hot tub or jacuzzi – bookable on Culture Trip – are what you need when you come looking for adventure. Surrounded by slopes on all sides, the Gateway to the Smoky Mountains offers just about every outdoor activity you can think of, from hiking and mountain biking in the nearby national park to mountain coasters, a scenic SkyBridge and crazy golf. It’s a great place to come looking for the weird and wonderful, too: there’s even a museum dedicated to salt and pepper shakers. If you prefer something more highbrow, take a stroll to the many galleries and craft workshops in town.

Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg, for frozen margaritas

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The hammocks and fire pit are on the riverside and there’s a covered terrace with a fireplace for cool nights – but even up here in the mountains, the island vibes are unmistakable. The outdoor pool has a double loop waterslide for kids, and you can chill in the indoor pool or hot tub. Get yourself pampered at the full-service spa, before relaxing in a lounger, signature frozen margarita in hand. Grab a taco, spicy chicken wings or a cold brew at the four on-site eateries or hit the popular Chesapeake’s Seafood and Raw Bar nearby. The Downtown Gatlinburg location means you’re within walking distance of all the main sights.

Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg, for riverside views

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It’s all about a peaceful stay here, on the edge of town in a quiet riverside location, but you’re still only a few minutes’ walk from family-friendly attractions such as Mysterious Mansion, Hollywood Star Cars Museum and Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, and adult-friendly draws such as Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery. Perks include an indoor saltwater pool, flooded with light from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Alternate between soaking in the outdoor hot tub – also saltwater – and relaxing around the fire pit while enjoying the views. Want more privacy? Book a suite with a fireplace, whirlpool and balcony overlooking the Cliff Branch River.

The Lodge at Buckberry Creek, for mountain views

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The style is Adirondack old camp but the setting is pure Smokies, high above Gatlinburg. You’ll need a car to get here, or to drive 10 minutes to Downtown’s many dining options and visit nearby attractions such as Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook and Gatlinburg SkyBridge. Whip up breakfast in the kitchenette, then enjoy it on the balcony as you look at Mount LeConte and plan how you’ll conquer it. This is a Gatlinburg hotel with a jacuzzi of your very own and the toiletries are luxurious Molton Brown. After your soak, wrap up in the complimentary bathrobe and relax around the gas fireplace before retiring.

Gatlinburg Town Square by Exploria Resorts, for Downtown convenience in Gatlinburg

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The fountains and waterfall out front will get you right in the mood for exploring the nearby nature trails and the banks of LeConte Creek. Mingle around the indoor or outdoor pool or hot tub, shoot some hoops or play cornhole with other guests. The studios come with a mini kitchen and fireplace, while the condos also have their own private hot tub. If you don’t feel like self-catering, Downtown’s steakhouses, breweries, BBQ joints and pancake houses are an easy five- to 10-minute walk away.

Laurel Point Resort, for mountaintop panoramas

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A steep and winding road takes you to this mountaintop resort with its exceptional views of mountains and forest: you might even spot a bear from your private balcony. Each self-catering, two-bedroom condo also comes with fireplaces, two bathrooms and a jacuzzi. After a riveting game of giant Jenga, sweat it out in the sauna, float in the indoor heated pool, soak in the hot tub or relax around the fire pit. You can get supplies from the convenience store just up the road, or grab some pizza pie from Ski Mountain Pizza down the street.

Hampton Inn Gatlinburg Historic Nature Trail, for sightseeing

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One of two Hampton Inns in Gatlinburg – the other one is Downtown on the main drag – this hotel is located on the banks of LeConte Creek: within an easy walk from such Downtown sights as the Gatlinburg Space Needle and Sugarlands Distilling Company (for moonshine tastings), but far enough away for peace and tranquility. Many Gatlinburg hotels with hot tubs are self-catering, but this Hampton Inn offers a hot buffet breakfast spread or, on weekdays, an on-the-run breakfast bag. After a dip in the indoor pool, you can gaze over the creek from the outdoor hot tub.

Edgewater Hotel Gatlinburg, for traveling with kids

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On the banks of the Little Pigeon River, this hotel on the edge of Downtown Gatlinburg has the perfect location for visiting the city’s attractions, especially if you’re traveling with kids. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is just up the road and there’s a Victorian-style haunted mansion right next door. Vibrant carpeting adds pizazz to the cream-colored rooms, and though the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant of its own, you’re just a few minutes’ walk from local grill-bars and wineries. Outdoor and indoor pools allow for year-round swimming and to warm up, you can just jump into one of the poolside hot tubs. If you prefer a private soak, away from prying eyes, book a room with a jacuzzi.

Crossroads Inn & Suites, for proximity to Downtown Gatlinburg

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This simple, family-owned Gatlinburg hotel with a hot tub is located conveniently close to Downtown. Rooms lean towards spacious, with crimson runners on beds a welcome splash of color. If you come during the colder months, book a room with a seasonal fireplace or a jacuzzi – or splash out and get one with both. When it’s warm out, the outdoor pool spouting jets of water is the place to cool down: the fake-palm-tree-cum-fountain adds a whimsical touch. Breakfast is grab-and-go snacks but you can get coupons for discounts at the pancake house next door, or else dine out at the Smoky Mountain Trout House or Chesapeake’s Seafood & Raw Bar down the street.

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