Best Hotels For Budget Travel In Gatlinburg

Traveling to the Smoky Mountains may be your dream whether you have a lot of money for travel or not, and you should try not to let the expense of enjoying the Smoky Mountains prevent you from having a great trip. Then, here are some of the best budget travel hotels available in Gatlinburg in 2023.

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Source: Instagram, posted on December 28th,2022, Westgate Smoky Mountains’ official profile

1.   Westgate Resorts

There are three Westgate properties in the Smoky Mountains, with the largest, the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Water Park, offering 356 villas, and the smallest, the Wild Bear Inn, offering rooms with either queen or double queen beds.

Many people decide to stay at the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort (pictured above) when they have decided to travel to the mountains. Although this can be a great option, you might believe that Westgate resorts are all incredibly pricey. This is not the case, though. Their Wild Bear Inn is a cheaper option that may allow you to stay well within your budget. The prices for the Wild Bear Inn start at $79 a night and allow you to enjoy comfortable accommodation with amenities such as a hairdryer and a television. Not only this, but you might be able to get your stay for even cheaper by deciding to sign up for their loyalty program, which is free to join and through which you might be able to get discounts on your stay. You may also be able to get discounts for various reasons, such as if you are a Tennessee resident or an AAA member. Then, you should look at the options that are available at to ensure that you find the correct one for you.

Gatlinburg river inn
Source: Instagram, posted on March 1st, 2022, Gatlinburg River Inn’s official profile

2.   Gatlinburg River Inn

Located on Hemlock Street, the Gatlinburg River Inn is just over an hour away from the nearest airport and is in view of the Smoky Mountains.

For an affordable option, Gatlinburg River Inn is a great choice as it can allow you to enjoy all of the basic facilities that you need, such as a comfortable bed, while also enjoying luxuries such as a pool and hot tub. Not only this, but the Gatlinburg River Inn is also in a prime spot for exploring the surrounding area and many of the free and inexpensive things to do around Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains, including many exciting dining options that can get your tastebuds tingling.

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Source: Instagram, posted on January 3rd, 2023, Sidney James Mountain Lodge’s official profile

3.   Sidney James Mountain Lodge

The Sidney James Mountain Lodge has 186 rooms and cabins, including economy rooms and even economy Jacuzzi rooms.

Another budget option for the vacation of your dreams is Sidney James Mountain Lodge. Not only do they have a range of affordable accommodation available, but the longer you stay, the cheaper you will be able to stay, with discounts for consecutive nights. You can also save if you book directly with Sidney James Mountain Lodge. This will allow you to do the Smoky Mountains on a budget.


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