We booked our 1BR/1BA condo for two nights on Orbitz. For the money, I would recommend the Laurel Inn.
Krissy checked us is and made us feel more at ease because the googlemaps directions to the place left us lost and frustrated and ready to go somewhere else had we not already paid for the room. NOTE: NEXT TO THE STREET LIGHTS ON THE STRIP, THERE ARE STREET NUMBERS. The street number 8 is the street to turn up the hill towards the Laurel Inn (you can only turn one way). Googlemaps didn't have a street name (or number) in the directions off the strip.
We were in room 210, which was clean and comfortable enough but outdated. The TV's need replaced with newer models. They both had to be 15-20 years old. And the VHS player....I would recommend the staff remove it. I haven't used a VHS since my kids used to watch Barney over and over again in the 1990's. With the utensils, cookware, etc., you can bring basic items to cook a meal if you'd like, which was nice. All and all, I will say that it's obvious that they keep the rooms clean and maintained and for the money, you can't ask for much more than that.
The location of the Laurel Inn is tucked away about 3/10th of a mile up the hill. There are wooden steps you will need to navigate (5 flights, 68 steps total) to get to ground level from where you can cut across a couple parking lots, walk down a street about a quarter mile and you're on the strip. The return trip though, is up hill/steps. The positive to this is that you then won't have to deal with traffic, construction, or parking in town (most places were charging $5 for public parking unless you were a customer).
A HUGE plus to this location is that it's on the end of town closest to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. If you've never been to the park OR to Gatlinburg, the contrast will shock you. Driving the strip out of town past street #10 you will immediately leave the carnival atmosphere of Gatlinburg and enter DIRECTLY in to the beauty of the park. It was like going straight from a state fair-like environment to heaven, actually.
Unfortunately, the ambiance of the Laurel Inn was bruised the morning of our departure when we noticed mattresses had been discarded in to the parking lot. This, and the fact that someone parked their poorly maintained pick-up truck up against my front bumper. Call me picky but if every 15 minutes something irrates you, it's time to go home and considering this was a 2nd leg to our trip and the first leg was perfect, our time to leave couldn't have come soon enough.
That said......the Laurel Inn is average but clean and well worth the money and the Park was outstanding.
I would recommend the Laurel Inn.
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