Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg Review: updated 2024

In one of the best locations for exploring Gatlinburg, the Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg offers a unique blend of mountain charm and tropical paradise.

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Entrance to Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com

We’ve stayed here multiple times, and recently returned for our first stay this year.

In summary: It’s as good as ever, and apart from minor issues, our stay was great. It’s still in our top spot for the best hotels in Gatlinburg. And to clarify: Our stays have been all paid for ourselves, these aren’t sponsored reviews. Note this article contains affiliate links, from which we may earn a commission on purchases (at no cost to you).

Location

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Under the hotel parking area at Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com

This Jimmy Buffett-inspired resort brings a slice of island life to the picturesque town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

One of its strongest selling points is its prime spot at 539 Parkway in Gatlinburg.

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Balcony view Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com

If you’re visiting Gatlinburg, you’ll most likely spend a lot of time walking the Parkway, and this is one of the best spots to be. Heading to our favorite Gatlinburg attraction of Anakeesta? It’s right across the street.

In the picture above (taken from the balcony room), you can see the base station of Anakeesta and the cable car leading up the mountain.

Booking

Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg is bookable on their website, or through other booking channels like Expedia.

Prices vary greatly by season and day of the week, ranging from around $100 for a weekday in Winter to over $300 for a Friday/Saturday night in Summer.

For our stay on a Sunday night, the cost was $219, but offset by a $50 food and beverage credit.

Check-In

lobby view with tropical plants and island decor
Lobby at Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com

The lobby sets the tone for the stay, with its bright, airy design and tropical decor including live parrots.

The parrots are on loan from Parrot Mountain in Pigeon Forge, which is also somewhere we recommend visiting.

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Live parrot in the lobby at Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com

There’s valet and self-parking available. We’ve never used valet, as self parking is very convenient, right around the back next to the pool.

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Parking area Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com

You’ll also need a parking tag, which you can get from the valet or at check-in.

Rooms and Suites

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Double queen room Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com

Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg room types. We stayed in a standard two-queen, which has plenty of room.

island decor hotel room with blue walls and a sailboat
Two queen room Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com

Our room featured:

  • Comfortable beds with premium linens
  • Spacious bathroom with separate bathtub and a large walk-in shower
  • Private balcony Adirondack chairs. Another nice thing about the balconies is they’re recessed, and you don’t see the other balconies next to you.
  • Mini-fridge and coffee maker
  • Island-inspired decor
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Two queen room Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com

Amenities

The outdoor area is one of the best parts of this resort, and our kids favorite. This stay we spent most of the evening out there.

Pool Area

Though we have a pool at home, our kids consider hotel pools much better, and we spent a lot of our stay out here, mostly using the slide.

view of outdoor pool with hotel in background. pool has a spiral slide
Pool view Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com

There’s an indoor pool that doesn’t get used much during the summer, as the outdoor pool area is so good.

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Indoor pool Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com

There’s also a hot tub, a shallow pool with built in chaise lounge chairs (no pictures of those this time), and a splash pad for younger kids.

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Splash pad Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com
outdoor tables, chairs, tvs, and games like cornhole
Outdoor eating area under roof Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com

There’s a large outdoor dining area with a firepit, and games like cornhole.

There’s also several TVs out here to not miss out on any sports games.

Fitness Center

A large gym on the first level includes a cable machine and free weights.

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Fitness center Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com

Dining Options

License to Chill Bar

We love this dining option. As we had a short stay and our kids would rather spend time by the pool than several hours eating out, this let us combine both.

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Drink menu Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com
food menu
Food menu Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com

You can order either poolside with a server or inside at the bar, which has an extensive food and cocktail menu.

Many poolside hotel restaurants only have several items to eat, while there’s a whole menu available here. Including our kids favorite, the loaded french fries.

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Loaded fries Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com

The only (minor) negative from our stay: the four-cheese pizza appeared to be missing all of the cheeses except cheddar, and our son (who loves all pizza) wouldn’t eat more than a bite.

cheddar pizza
Cheddar pizza Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com

LandShark Bar & Grill

LandShark is a family restaurant located on the parkway, in front of the hotel. Serving American cuisine, we’ve been to other locations in this brand but haven’t eaten at the Gatlinburg location.

Joe Merchant’s Coffee & Provisions

Coffee shop Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com

    By the lobby check in desk, Joe Merchant has grab-and-go options for breakfast and light meals. Specialty coffees and smoothies

      Additional Amenities

      Just inside the front door there’s a gift shop featuring Margaritaville merchandise

      gift shop with margaritaville merchandise
      Gift shop Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com

      If you walk back past the pool area, you’ll find some great river views along the back of the property.

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      Outdoor sitting and smoking area Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com
      fire pit with colorful chairs around it
      Fire pit Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com

      We’ve never seen anyone else back here. There are some signs advertising it as a smoking area, but it’s a good spot for some river views also.

      river view from steps above
      River view Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com

      St. Somewhere Spa

      St. Somewhere Spa is a full-service spa offering massages, facials, and body treatments. As we normally travel with our kids, we don’t usually get to take advantage of spas and didn’t use this.

      Value for Money

      Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg is in the upper range for hotels in Gatlinburg.

      lobby with tropical decor at hotel
      Lobby at Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com

      While it’s not the cheapest option, the combination of location, amenities, and unique atmosphere is a great option for people looking for mountain getaway.

      Final Thoughts

      Apart from one food item, we had a mostly perfect stay, and Margaritaville keeps our top spot for the best hotels in Gatlinburg. We’re looking forward to our next stay!

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