Gatlinburg is the main gateway town to the Tennessee side of Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Whether you plan to hit the hiking trails, go for a scenic drive, or just hole up in a comfortable Airbnb, the places listed below will be be perfect for your trip.
We have carefully reviewed all of the Airbnbs available in the area and hand-selected a shortlist to help you find the best Airbnb cabins in Gatlinburg, TN. Most of the properties listed here have hot tubs and all are the perfect place to cozy up after a day on the trails – or all day!
One thing to keep in mind – property owners recommend 4WD vehicles in most of this area – especially in winter,
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Note that this guide was originally just focused on airbnbs, but I have revised and updated it to include other vacation rentals so that it includes more and better options.
Our pick for the best Airbnb, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
We love the Superb Smokies cabin for 8. In a spectacular setting, this well-appointed cabin is just 3 miles from central Gatlinburg.
This top Airbnb near the Smoky Mountains is the best among a great bunch of Great Smoky Mountains Airbnbs. With a luxurious finish throughout, this Airbnb near Gatlinburg with hot tub ticks so many boxes. This makes it our number one among the best cabin rentals in Gatlinburg, TN.
Best Gatlinburg Airbnbs Comparison Guide
These quick reference tables are here to help you decide between different Airbnbs in Gatlinburg.
Airbnbs vary in terms of their type, price and guest ratings. To make it easier to decide between Airbnbs, the following table lists each place’s key features, so you can see at a glance the main benefits of each.
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|Property||Photo||Type||Pets||Guests||Rating (/5)||Price & Availability|
|Scenic Smokies||Cabin||No||2||4.9||CHECK NOW|
|Park Panorama||Cabin||No||4||4.8||CHECK NOW|
|LeConte Living||Cabin||No||6||4.8||CHECK NOW|
|Superb Smokies||Cabin||No||8||4.9||CHECK NOW|
|Two Mile Cabin||Cabin||Yes||4||CHECK NOW|
|Downtown Dream||Cabin||Yes||4||5.0||CHECK NOW|
|Waterside Farmhouse||House||No||6||4.9||CHECK NOW|
|Fork Farmhouse||House||No||6||4.9||CHECK NOW|
|Terrific Treehouse||Treehouse||No||4||5.0||CHECK NOW|
|Swing Seat Treehouse||Treehouse||No||4||4.6||CHECK NOW|
|Treeside Townhome||House||No||4||5.0||CHECK NOW|
|Water Park Property||Apartment||No||8||CHECK NOW|
|Elevated Chalet||Chalet||Yes||4||4.8||CHECK NOW|
|Fishpond Cabin||Cabin||Yes||5||4.8||CHECK NOW|
A quick overview of the Airbnb, Smoky Mountains, TN options
When choosing the best Airbnb, Tennessee, Gatlinburg we have searched according to location, then narrowed only the best down to a range of different types. Our focus is on those that look great, are well positioned and attract great reviews from fellow travelers.
Types of Great Smoky Mountains Airbnb Properties
There are five main types of places to rent in Gatlinburg, TN. Which type you will choose depends on other factors listed below. So, let’s take a quick look at the types available in the Gatlinburg area.
Many of the vacation homes in Gatlinburg are cabins. Inside, these can offer anything from accommodation packed with character to high end luxury vacation living.
Airbnb Smoky Mountain National Park options also include apartments. Sometimes these are located on a resort, offering access to swimming pools and other shared on-site facilities such as gyms and hot tubs.
Another type of Airbnb in the Smoky Mountains is the chalet. An example of unique places to stay near Gatlinburg TN, the chalet listed here occupies a lofty position, giving guests sweeping views over the mountainous landscape.
If the best Airbnb in Gatlinburg for you is a large one, then a house may be the right choice. Often offering more space for a family or group, a house may be split over a couple of levels.
Treehouses are a popular type of Airbnb in this area, as there is a dedicated treehouse park in the area, close to Norton Creek. A stay in one of these offers a different kind of holiday experience.
Your location can have a huge impact on the type of holiday you can have, so it’s important to consider this carefully. Gatlinburg is a very popular place to stay in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park area, which is why we provide this separate guide to the Airbnbs available in or near this part of Tennessee.
The Best Airbnb Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals
Scenic Smokies Cabin for 2
This is surely one of the best cabins in Gatlinburg, TN for couples. In a peaceful position near downtown Gatlinburg, it is just 3.6 miles away from the center.
A special feature of this cabin is the hot tub on the outdoor private deck, offering panoramic views over the Smoky Mountains. Inside, it is set up as a spacious studio with a complete kitchen area. There are hardwood floors, walls and ceilings throughout.
Of all Gatlinburg cabins near downtown, this one gives guests the feeling of getting away from it all, while being with easy reach of downtown amenities.
Park Panorama Cabin for 4
Looking for downtown Gatlinburg cabins, but want a more peaceful position? Like the previous listing, this Airbnb Gatlinburg cabin is only a few miles from the town center. As it is larger, though, this property can accommodate up to four guests in comfort.
The studio has one King bed plus an additional sofa bed, making this a great choice for a family of three or four. It also has a covered rear deck with hot tub, so guests can make the most of those stunning panoramas over the Great Smoky Mountains.
LeConte Living for 6
Run by a superhost, this Airbnb in Gatlinburg TN is also near downtown, yet far enough away for guests to enjoy perfect peace. Like the owner’s other cabins in the area, this cabin also has its own hot tub, so guests can soak away their cares while enjoying superb views of the Smokies and Mount LeConte.
Previous travelers love the convenient location of this top pick of Airbnb Tennessee cabins – as well as those stunning views. With two double rooms plus a King sofa bed as well as two bathrooms, there’s plenty of space in this cabin for six.
Superb Smokies Cabin for 8
This luxurious cabin for up to eight guests is ideal for those searching for cabins in Gatlinburg, TN that are near downtown. The central part of town is just three miles away, yet there are breathtaking mountain vistas from this contemporary cabin.
If you want to combine deluxe living with amazing views and proximity to downtown amenities, then surely this top choice among Gatlinburg cabins on Airbnb is the one for you. With three double bedrooms plus a sofa bed, it can sleep up to eight in ultimate comfort.
The Best Airbnb Downtown Gatlinburg, TN
Two Mile Cabin for 4
Airbnb Gatlinburg cabins don’t come much close than this one to downtown. This makes it ideal for anyone who wants to be close to the attractions and amenities of a town center while enjoying beautiful mountain scenery.
The natural surroundings are best appreciated from the vantage point of the two front porches or the hot tub. Inside, this cabin has flatscreen TVs and a large games room with pool table. For those who enjoy a good walk, you can be downtown in around 40 minutes – or are just moments away by car.
Downtown Dream for 4
Nestled between the Smoky Mountains and downtown Gatlinburg, this cabin really does offer the best of both worlds. Downtown can be reached via a ten-minute downhill walk, while to travel there by car takes just moments.
Is this the best Gatlinburg Airbnb with hot tub? Possibly – like other rentals in the area, it does have one – but this one has an indoor jacuzzi bath, too. A highlight of staying at this cabin is the swing seat on the back porch, from which you can hear the running of the nearby creek.
Waterfront Farmhouse for 6
iF your group of family requires cabins in walking distance to downtown Gatlinburg, check this one out.
Belonging to an Airbnb Superhost, this farmhouse is right by the waters of Roaring Fork Stream, just 0.7 miles from downtown. With a luxurious finish, this cabin features Smart TVs in various rooms, a covered hot tub and two bathrooms. With a sleek interior, this farmhouse property has a cool loft area, too.
Fork Farmhouse for 6
Seeking Gatlinburg cabin rentals that are just walking distance to downtown? This one fits the bill, being under a mile from the center of Gatlinburg.
Centrally located Airbnb cabins in Gatlinburg, TN are hard to find, but from this one you can walk everywhere. It also occupies a delightful position by Roaring Fork Stream. The interior is rustic yet contemporary, with lots of natural wood enhanced by sleek lines and pops of color.
The Best Airbnb Gatlinburg Treehouse
Terrific Treehouse for 4
Looking for an Airbnb treehouse for an entirely unique kind of holiday? This one is a beautiful example near Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains.
In a secluded location, this peaceful retreat among the trees has a huge deck so you can sit and soak up the soothing views over the surrounding woodland. The luxury accommodation comes with amenities like high end linens, room darkening shades and cable TV.
Swing Seat Treehouse for 4
This treehouse is one of the best places to stay in Gatlinburg for couples seeking a romantic retreat. Positioned in the lower grove, this treehouse is close to Norton Creek.
A key feature is the spacious swing seat beneath, so guests can while away the hours listening to the rush of the nearby creek. There are Queen beds in the loft and master bedrooms. Guests of this property can use all the amenities of Treehouse Grove, which include hammocks, grills, picnic tables and fire pits. There are hiking and walking trails nearby, too.
The Best Airbnb Gatlinburg, TN with Pool
Treeside Townhome for 4
If you require an Airbnb in Gatlinburg with a pool, then take a look at this resort property. The immaculate, modern townhouse is located just outside Gatlinburg, and guests can use all the amenities of the resort in which it sits. These include a well-equipped gym, hot tub and swimming pool.
The one-bedroom vacation home enjoys a peaceful position among the trees, close to other townhomes at the complex.
Water Park Property for 8
Looking for an Airbnb in Gatlinburg with indoor pool? This resort apartment goes one better – it has an indoor water park as well as heated outdoor pools. There is also mini golf, zip lining, hot tubs, playground, gym, restaurants, stores and more.
Perfect for a family, this could quite possibly be the best Smoky Mountain Airbnb for a family as then kids will never get bored. With on-site grills, fire pit, liquor store and a spa, there’s also lots to keep adults occupied.
The Best Airbnb Gatlinburg: Pet Friendly
Elevated Chalet for 4
It’s worth the uphill climb to reach this chalet for four. It is also just 3.7 miles from downtown Gatlinburg, and close to the Dollywood theme park too. The tram to the town center is just a mile away, too.
Like many other vacation rentals in the Gatlinburg area, it also has a hot tub. Pets are welcome in this mountain chalet, with the owner providing blankets for them. The raised position of this chalet means it gives guests magnificent views over the surrounding mountains.
Fishpond Cabin for 5
This pet friendly Airbnb near Gatlinburg, TN is a great find for any fan of fishing. It’s also ideal for anyone who likes to live by the water. In fact, guests can enjoy soaking in the hot tub here, too.
The cozy cabin is also just 10 minutes from downtown Gatlinburg by car. There is a king-sized bed plus an additional pull-down bed that is stored in the wall during the day. An extra cot sleeper is also provided. A well-equipped kitchen, snug fireplace and that spring fed-private pond make this a one-off property near the Smokies.
Which is the best Airbnb, Gatlingburg, Tenn for you?
We rate all the Airbnbs listed here very highly – as do numerous satisfied travelers. To read more reviews, click on the links below each listing.
Which is the best Airbnb for your vacation will depend on factors such as the size of your party, whether or not you have a pet, if you want to self-cater or be close to restaurants and stores, and the amenities you are looking for. Whether you’re a couple looking to spend most of your time outside, a family looking to self-cater and keep the kids happy or a group traveling together, we hope this guide makes the selection process a little simpler and faster.
Wherever you decide to stay, I hope this handy guide to selecting the best Airbnb in Gatlinburg helps you to have an incredible trip.
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