24 BEST HOTELS & RESORTS IN TENNESSEE YOU’LL LOVE

Tennessee may be best known for its musical heritage and Great Smoky Mountain scenery, but the state is also home to a number of hotels and resorts that are re-defining contemporary luxury.

Whether you see yourself tending to the fireplace in a rustic chic log cabin, or enjoying the weather at a rooftop bar, Tennessee has the home away from home you’ve been dreaming of.

Whether you’re scaling summits to the east, exploring downtown Memphis to the west, or taking things at your own pace anywhere in between, the following resort destinations have the details covered, so all you have to worry about is choosing the next hike or spa treatment.

Pack your bags, here are 24 hotels and resorts in Tennessee that are perfect for your next escape!

24 BEST HOTELS & RESORTS IN TENNESSEE YOU'LL LOVE
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GAYLORD OPRYLAND RESORT AND CONVENTION CENTER

If you plan to make Nashville your home base while visiting Tennessee, don’t miss the Gaylord Opryland Resort, one the city’s most memorable and convenient lodging options.

Made up of atriums, gardens, and walkways all under a glass roof, the resort ’s center resembles a small village. Guests can stroll among vibrant flora and greenery on their way to their favorite hotel bar, the on-site spa, or a gourmet restaurant. Suspended over indoor waterways, a series of lantern-lit bridges and footpaths connect different areas of the resort, making it easy to navigate and a pleasure to stroll through. 

Accommodations range from standard guest rooms overlooking the interior atrium to deluxe suites featuring a small living room.

If you’re looking for an all day activity that doesn’t require you to venture past hotel grounds, consider the Gaylord Opryland’s SoundWaves Experience Package, which grants you access to one of Nashville’s premiere family attractions. Featuring both indoor and outdoor thrills, the water park is not to be missed, especially since it’s only steps from your hotel room.

Cabana rentals, a basement arcade, and common areas open only to adults are available throughout the resort, meaning you’ll never be left wondering what to do with your free time. 

The Gaylord Opryland is located just north of Nashville International Airport and provides easy access to the city’s most popular neighborhoods. 

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BLACKBERRY FARM

Located just south of Knoxville, Blackberry Farm is a Tennessee hillside hideaway known for its farm to table philosophy, homestead charm, and luxury lodging.

With an emphasis on the property’s history and foothills location, Blackberry Farm incorporates natural bounty into every step of the guest experience, from gourmet meals to local wine. Among other talented artisans, the Blackberry Farm team includes a chef, livestock professionals, and a preservationist, all providing fresh ingredients and culinary insight to your menu. This means your breakfast, lunch and dinner experience will be seasonal, carefully prepared, and sustainably sourced from the property. 

When you’re not enjoying a meal, you’ll find that staying at Blackberry Farm is an adventure of its own, with spa services, biking, fishing, and hiking opportunities available on-site. Other unique offerings include archery, wake surfing, exploring on horseback, and the Farmstead Field School, a learning experience that introduces you to the plants and processes that make Blackberry Farm special.

After what is sure to be a busy day, retreat to a cozy historic room, amenity-rich suite or the serenity of one of the farm’s cottages or 3-5 bedroom homes. Your comfort is a priority, especially since you’ll likely want to take on a hike in neighboring Great Smoky Mountains National Park, only a 20-minute drive away. 

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BLACKBERRY MOUNTAIN

Overlooking Miller’s Cove, Blackberry Mountain is another venture from the local Beall family, who are also the force behind the aforementioned Blackberry Farm. Guests have the choice of staying in a Watchman Cabin, Mountain or Azalea Gap Home, or Stone Cottage, which incorporates locally sourced materials.

Cabins treat you to a private heated limestone pool, while full homes include a full size kitchen, two fireplaces, and a screened porch. For a truly private experience in a green oasis, book one of the resort’s sunny Treehouses, which come equipped with floor to ceiling windows to help you feel like there’s no barrier between you and the foothill wilderness. 

While the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a short drive away, you won’t have to venture far to connect to the great outdoors. Joining activities like climbing and off-roading, Blackberry Mountain’s Arbor Adventure guides you through a rope course suspended in treetops as you take in the scenery from above.

If you’re traveling with the little ones, Camp Blackberry will keep them engaged with their incredible new surroundings as you tour a local winery or head to the spa. 

RIVERSTONE RESORT & SPA

Just north of Gatlinburg, the gateway to the Smokies, RiverStone Resort & Spa allows you to see what it’s like to live in a condominium at the foot of the mountains, steps away from a full service spa. Furnished and tastefully decorated, each condominium is spacious enough for a couple or family. The resort’s Smoky Mountain cabin is available as an additional lodging option. 

Riverstone’s spa is one of its biggest draws, and a full selection of massages and skin, face and nail treatments awaits.

The resort is located in Pigeon Forge, which offers more top notch dining, shopping and local events than you might expect from the small community. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is easily reachable by car, and nearby Gatlinburg is a must stop for museums, eateries, and even local Ghost Walks. 

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THE PEABODY HOTEL

If it’s your first time in the city, booking a room at Memphis’ Peabody Hotel sets the scene for your entire Bluff City trip. Established in 1869, the original Peabody was replaced by the current building in 1925, ringing in the age of jazz and blues music. Today, the historic hotel still carries an air of gilded elegance mixed with contemporary hospitality.

Renovated luxury rooms and suites are stocked with modern amenities while maintaining a bygone grandiosity, while a full-service spa, located within the hotel, offers quality services, including the lauded Vichy Shower Bed treatment. The famous Peabody ducks, a hotel tradition, have been keeping guest company since the venue’s early days. 

Hotel restaurants include the Capriccio Grill and Chez Philippe and serve classic French, American, and casual fare from award-winning chefs. In between meal times, guests can also choose from a deli and dessert shop, afternoon tea venue, and on-call room service. Scheduled for Thursday evenings throughout the summer, the Peabody’s Rooftop Parties feature live music, refreshing drinks, and an atmosphere that rivals any Downtown Memphis bar floor. 

The Peabody is located a short walk away from the Memphis riverfront and the downtown district’s major attractions and dining destinations. 

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DOLLYWOOD’S DREAMMORE RESORT

Head a few minutes north of Pigeon Forge and you’ll come across Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort, a comfy classic minutes away from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While easy access to the park is one of the resort’s main draws, it’s also a short drive away from both Dollywood Theme Park and the Splash Country Water Park. Rides, restaurants, and a guaranteed adrenaline rush make both parks an all-day destination. 

An indoor and outdoor pool and hot tub are perfect lounging areas for lazy mornings, while the on-site spa and Southern restaurant beckon. Wind down with an evening around the fire pit or catch a dinner show (the show schedule is updated regularly and can be found on the resort website). King, queen and poolside patio rooms are available for booking, along with spacious cabins. 

Resort guests with tickets to the theme parks and/or waterpark enjoy special perks like priority access, free transportation, early entry on Saturdays, and more. Be sure to check out DreamMore’s Resort offers before booking your stay.

As close to secluded mountain trails as it is to non-stop family entertainment, Dollywood’s DreamMore is a perfect in-between for your next visit to Tennessee. It’s truly one of the best resorts in Tennessee.

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THE SEWANEE INN

Overlooking the University of the South campus, The Sewanee Inn is a slice of elegance unassumingly set amid southern Tennessee’s rolling hills. Offering over 40 rooms and suites, the inn also includes a Gil Hanse-designed 9-hole golf course, on-site restaurant, and easy access to local eateries and businesses. Complimentary bicycles, fitness center access, a hiking trail network, and a concierge service are available for hotel guests. 

Local attractions include Tims Ford State Park, Lost Cove Cave, and Sewanee’s Natural Bridge, and downtown Chattanooga is only an hour’s drive away. Easygoing, yet boasting all the vibrant quirks of a college town, Sewanee makes an ideal headquarters for exploring southern Tennessee and even northern Alabama. 

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THE INN ON THE RIVER

Located on the banks of the Little Pigeon Forge River, The Inn on the River puts you within walking distance of shopping, dining, and entertainment venues, as well as attractions like the local Hollywood Wax Museum.

Your choice of accommodations includes queen and king rooms, some of which include private balconies and fireplace access. Amenities include an indoor and outdoor pool, a hot tub large enough to fit the whole family, riverside picnic areas, and outdoor grills. A trolley stopping right outside of the inn can take you around town in minutes, right after you start your day at the inn’s complimentary breakfast bar.

On chilly nights, cozy up around the inn’s outdoor fire pit before heading into the lobby for a midnight cup of hot chocolate or tea from the 24-hour selection. Winding down with a movie before heading to bed? The inn’s complimentary evening popcorn is a small touch that makes you feel right at home in Pigeon Forge.

Be sure to check out inn offers, like complimentary activities, exclusive attraction tickets, and romance packages to get the most out of your stay. 

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GRADUATE NASHVILLE

Located steps from Nashville’s Centennial Park and Music Row, Graduate Nashville is one of the city’s most popular hotels, and for good reason. Inspired by the sights and sounds of Nashville’s music heyday, this pet- friendly hotel’s selection of rooms and suites takes decor seriously, with vintage touches around every corner. 

Guests can start their day at the lobby’s Poindexter Coffee before heading out, and be back in time for a rooftop dinner at White Limozeen. Cross-Eyed Critters Watering Hole is also on-site for late-night karaoke. You’ll want to re-visit White Limozeen during the day to dip your feet in the Governor’s Pool, while sipping a hand-crafted cocktail. Be sure to book pool access and table dining in advance to secure your spot on the rooftop.

 To complete your experience, valet parking is available for an extra fee. Take a look at the Graduate’s special offers, which include the Head Over Heels Special (sparkling wine, anyone?), and Fuel to the Flame (keep your gas receipts)!

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THE HERMITAGE

Always a historic experience, staying at Nashville’s Hermitage Hotel has just become even more exciting thanks to a full hotel redesign honoring the building’s 110th anniversary. Having opened its doors to Nashville’s elite guests in 1910, The Hermitage has represented Southern luxury for over a century without skipping a beat. 

Completed in July 2022, the redesign included restoring the hotel’s original Beaux Arts architecture and iconic interior, which includes the lobby, Hermitage Hotel Ballroom, and all guest rooms and suites. 

The hotel’s new chapter has been considered in its full scope, from the most painstaking restoration effort to the smallest tweaks. Each guest room has become more versatile, allowing space for relaxing, working, and dining in privacy. Local art pieces, luxury bedding, and even staff wardrobe accents all complement the hotel’s fresh look- and one another. 

Drusie & Darr, a new-American eatery from renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, joins the Pink Hermit Cafe in bringing two innovative dining and gathering spaces to a Nashville classic. 

Booking a night at the Hermitage is like stepping into a slice of history – and witnessing it unfold as the hotel settles into the 21st century. 

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OCOEE RIVERSIDE FARM

Just outside of the tiny town of Benton, Ocoee Riverside Farm is a family venture bent on sharing Tennessee farm life with guests from all over the country.

The Farm offers four choices when it comes to lodging, including the two story Riverside Cabin, three amenity-rich covered wagons, and the most comfortable barn loft you’ll likely ever encounter. During your stay, you’ll have the chance to take a farm tour, explore on horseback, paddle a kayak, and more.

Your time at the farm will be highly individualized, making your experience so much more than a hotel stay. If you have time for a day trip, the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee is a little over an hour’s drive away. 

SOUTHALL FARM & INN

For a farm stay minutes away from downtown Nashville, consider Southall Farm & Inn, a 25-acre property where connecting to both the land and the moment is a priority. You’ll have over 60 rooms and suites to choose from, along with cottages for those seeking privacy and more space. A heated outdoor pool and farm lake give you plenty to do outside, while an onsite home goods and accessory boutique adds a luxury retail element to the classic inn experience. 

Being a working farm, Southall carries an innovative and process-based spirit that can be felt in every part of the guest experience. The Greenhouse, Apiary and Gardens directly contribute to Chef Tyler Brown’s menus, while the farm’s apple orchard sets an idyllic setting for a day out on the neighboring lake. Two restaurants serving seasonal, hand-crafted meals join a pool bar and The Rambling, Southall’s outdoor cookout. 

A daily activities schedule, culinary classes, farm tours, outdoor adventures, spa treatments and wellness sessions keep you engaged at your own pace. Though you’ll likely be inclined to spend entire days enjoying Southall, Nashville’s city center is less than an hour away from the inn. 

HOLIDAY INN CLUB VACATIONS SMOKY MOUNTAIN RESORT

To stay at the doorstep of the Great Smoky Mountains, consider the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Smoky Mountain Resort on your next visit to Tennessee. The resort is located in Gatlinburg, a lively entryway to one of America’s most beloved national parks. Your accommodation choices range from 1- to 4-bedroom villas, most of which include fireplaces, fully kitchens, spa tubs and secluded porches. 

After checking into your temporary home, spend a day or two settling in before hitting the trails. The Holiday Inn boasts an indoor and outdoor pool, game room, hot tubs, and Splash Hollow, an indoor water playground perfect for the kids to enjoy when it’s too rainy or chilly to swim outdoors.

Gatlinburg itself is walkable enough to spend a weekend exploring; stop by the Hollywood Star Cars Museum, Gatlinburg SkyLift Park and Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery before heading back to the resort and planning your national park outing in the comfort of your room. 

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THE RESORT AT GOVERNOR’S CROSSING

Another Pigeon Forge favorite, The Resort At Governor’s Crossing is the perfect pit stop for the whole family. Expect kid-friendly activities, spacious condos with room for up to 18 guests, and plenty of spaces to enjoy together throughout your stay. 

The resort’s summer Butterfly Experience invites guests to tour an aviary dedicated to Painted Lady butterflies, a unique photo op that rings in the warm weather. An indoor and outdoor waterpark, game rooms, playgrounds, and fitness center are yours to enjoy during the day, while Firefly Cove’s fire pits, charcoal grills, cinema and leisurely hammock area help you relax as dusk rolls in over the mountains. 

The Resort at Governor’s Crossing is located conveniently close to Pigeon Forge’s major attractions and eateries, and puts you within easy reach of the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

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BIG CYPRESS LODGE

For a chance to stay at one of Memphis’ iconic riverside structures, book a premier room or suite at Big Cypress Lodge, located within the Bass Pro Shops Pyramid just north of downtown. Taking an indoor-outdoor approach to Southern hospitality, the Lodge offers rustic luxury, an extensive list of dining options, and on-site adventures to kickstart your Memphis getaway. 

The hotel’s Sky High Ride invites you to take in the views from the tallest free-standing elevator in the United States, while the rooftop deck perched on the very top of the pyramid treats you to a nighttime panorama of the city. For an evening filled with friendly competition, try your luck at the lodge’s Fishbowl Bowling lanes, set in an underwater environment with live sea creatures meandering around you. 

A fitness center, spa and bar and lounge area keep you as active or pampered as you prefer, while the on-site concierge is your best resource for city tours, excursions and local recommendations. Big Cypress Lodge is within walking distance of some of Memphis’ best nightlife destinations and music museums. 

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WESTGATE SMOKY MOUNTAIN RESORT & SPA

With choices ranging from 1- to 5-bedroom villas, Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa offer fully stocked interiors within contemporary log homes, allowing you to settle in among the comforts of home.

Located just north of Gatlinburg, the resort is centrally located between Pigeon Forge and the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A waterpark, zip lining facility, spa and fitness center offer plenty to do in between touring the park’s summits, hiking areas, and scenic overlooks. 

The Roaring Fork and Southern Comfort eateries are your go-to’s for hearty meals at Westgate (kids’ meals at Southern Comfort are free of charge). The resort’s Mountain Top Pool Bar, Lobby Bar, and Marketplace are also available for all your grocery and poolside needs. Keep an eye on Westgate’s special offers to make the best of your booking. 

THE TENNESSEAN PERSONAL LUXURY HOTEL

While Knoxville doesn’t usually get as much attention as Memphis or Nashville, it’s a great headquarters for any national park itinerary. The vibrant city is home to a growing arts scene, a popular Old City district and the University of Tennessee campus. 

The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel, located downtown, takes on city living with a highly refined approach, offering elegant rooms and suites with your needs in mind. Valet Parking, Black Car Service, and in-room dining are just some of the amenities you’ll have access to at the Tennessean. 

Between gourmet dining at The Drawing Room, and specialty tea service offered by the hotel, venture out to explore the area’s restaurants and riverfront. The hotel is located right across from Knoxville’s World’s Fair Park, a green oasis with walking paths and the Sunsphere observation tower. 

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WILDERNESS AT THE SMOKIES RESORT

Located in the community of Catlettsburg, just north of Pigeon Forge, Wilderness at the Smokies Resort is a family-friendly option featuring water park access included with your stay.

Lodging ranges from condo suites to full size villas, and the three on-site water parks are one of the resort’s biggest draws. After booking a private indoor or outdoor cabana, it’s easy to spend an entire day tuning out as you and the kids take turns enjoying the rides. 

A number of restaurants, snack bars, and grills offer everything from light bites to hot dinners, and all the highlights of Pigeon Forge are minutes away. After you’ve explored nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park, arts and crafts, gift shops, and the resort’s Adventure Forest family center can fill up any empty schedule.

Wilderness at the Smokies overlooks the Sevierville Golf Club and the Little Pigeon River between Sevierville and Catlettsburg. 

THE PRESERVE RESORT

Headquartered in Sevierville, The Preserve Resort is your ticket to a cozy mountain stay in a modern yet cozy cabin of your choice. Enjoy access to a full kitchen, an on-site steam room and sauna, outdoor pool, and even a wedding chapel, for those looking to tie the knot against a Smoky Mountain backdrop.

The resort prides itself on its quiet Wears Valley location, worlds away from the busy centers of Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, yet just as close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A stay at The Preserve Resort allows you to enjoy eastern Tennessee on your own terms, get quality rest and enjoy precious mountain views uninterrupted from the comfort of your private cabin.

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THE DWELL HOTEL

Chattanooga’s Dwell Hotel re-defines your experience in this unassuming southern Tennessee city. Bringing a vintage touch to a Civil War-era building that has been welcoming guests since 1909, The Dwell is an intimate boutique destination with 16 rooms to choose from and an unmistakable mid century-meets-21st century appeal.

With names like The Tropicana, The Europa, and The Pink Lady, guest rooms speak for themselves, in both eye-catching detail and subtle touches. After sleeping in, don’t wait to head down to Syrup and Eggs, The Dwell’s heart and healthy brunch restaurant.

After discovering downtown Chattanooga, look forward to a hand-crafted cocktail at Night Pearl, the hotel’s on-site tiki bar.

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CARNEGIE HOTEL

Johnson City’s Carnegie Hotel evokes the former glory of a late 19th century hotel that was lost to a fire in 1910. Inspired by its predecessor, today’s Carnegie is dedicated to an elegant, sophisticated approach to the boutique experience. From the queen room to the presidential suite, guest accommodations are defined by wood accents, warm lighting, and versatile layouts that double as workspaces and lounge areas. 

Be sure to stop by the spa for an unforgettable treatment and sample the menu at Wellington’s, the hotel’s breakfast and dinner restaurant. Throughout your stay, be sure to stroll downtown Johnson City, explore Pisgah National Forest, and make the drive to Cherokee National Forest and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

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WHITESTONE INN

If a classic lakeside experience is not the first thing you expect from eastern Tennessee, the state’s Whitestone Inn will change your mind. Overlooking Watts Bar Lake, the stately inn embodies the notion of a country home, with a number of rooms available within the main Farmhouse, red brick Schoolhouse, and quaint Entrance Barn. Individual cottages are also available for booking. 

The lake is an important part of your stay at Whitestone, and you’ll likely want to get out on the water or stroll along its shoreline. Canoes and kayaks are available for guest use, and an 8-mile trail network runs across the property. Tennis courts, a fishing pond, and disc golfing area are among other activities offered on-site. An outdoor heated pool and hot tub are a great way to warm up as the sun goes down over the hills and the day cools off. 

The inn’s restaurant keeps you covered with beautifully prepared Southern-inspired meals — you can even take your favorite recipes home with you and try to recreate the Whitestone taste at home.

The inn is located about 50 minutes from Knoxville and just over an hour’s drive from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

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THE RUSSELL

Located in a restored church, East Nashville’s The Russell hotel is stunning at first sight. Trading the bustle of downtown for the vibrancy and residential feel of Edgefield and East End, The Russell is a full introduction to Nashville.

There are over 20 boutique rooms to choose from, many of which retain original architectural treasures dating back to the construction of the church, which was built over a century ago. Colorful on the inside and stoic on the outside, The Russell is an example of an innovative way to repurpose a landmark structure.

The hotel is also heavily involved with its community, and part of your booking contributes to Nashville’s fight against homelessness, thanks to The Russell’s Rooms for Rooms initiative. 

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THE DIVE MOTEL & SWIM CLUB

The Dive Motel and Swim Club is a retro-themed, casual option for anyone who loves classic Americana, no-frills, comfy lodging, and poolside cocktails. Open to the public, the motel’s pool and bar are a beloved haunt, meaning you’ll feel like a local while enjoying either. 

Twenty-three motel rooms feature hand-picked, themed decor, and the Dive’s special Party Switch, which outfits your room with a disco ball programmed to match any of the Dive Radio’s four channels. Whether you’re hosting a solo dance party in your room or enjoying mingling at the pool, The Dive is the place to be, especially if you’re lucky enough to be guest.

Lodging options range from King Pool Rooms to Penthouse and Honeymoon suites, all of which have their own color scheme, unique design elements, and re-imagined 1970s personality. 

Located steps away from the neighboring Dive Taqueria, this eclectic motel is tucked into Cumberland Heights, about three miles from downtown Nashville. 

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