Hotels in the Smoky Mountains Near Cherokee, North Carolina

by Joanne Thomas
Smoky Mountains scenery

Smoky Mountains scenery

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With the only North Carolina side Great Smoky Mountains National Park entrance located on the road north out of Cherokee, the town and its scenic, mountainous surroundings make an ideal base for exploring the most-visited national park in the United States. The handful of hotels in and around Cherokee tend to be basic chain hotels but in beautiful natural surroundings.

Baymont Inn and Suites

Baymont Inn and Suites is about a mile from downtown Cherokee and minutes from the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Its guest rooms feature marble vanities, a microwave and refrigerator. Suites and connecting rooms are available to accommodate families and groups. Guests receive complimentary continental breakfast, as well as free wireless Internet access. The hotel's facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and guest laundry facilities.

Ramada Limited Maggie Valley

Ramada Limited Maggie Valley is in the mountains to the east of Cherokee, four miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway. In addition to the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park, attractions near the Ramada include the Cherokee Indian Reservation, the Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park, the Cataloochee Ski Resort and Jonathan Creek, which rushes alongside the property. The guest rooms offer views of the Smoky Mountains from private balconies. Room rates include a daily continental breakfast and wireless Internet access. The hotel features a heated indoor swimming pool, hot tub and fitness room.

Best Western Smoky Mountain Inn

The 58-room Best Western Smoky Mountain Inn is in Waynesville, a scenic mountain town located about 25 miles east of Cherokee. Local attractions include the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, historic Biltmore House and numerous arts and crafts stores, as well as opportunities for golfing, hiking, white-water rafting and horseback riding. This hotel provides views of the Smoky Mountains throughout the property. Room amenities include premium cable, a microwave, a refrigerator and high-speed Internet access. A complimentary continental breakfast is provided. On-site amenities include a seasonal outdoor pool.

Comfort Suites

Located in the heart of Cherokee and less than a mile from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Comfort Suites is a convenient lodging choice for park visitors. One of the modern hotel's attractive features is a river within walking distance from the property where guests can go trout fishing. It also features a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a sun deck and a hot tub. There are several restaurants close by. Hotel guests enjoy several complimentary provisions, including a daily continental breakfast, which is served in a sunny conservatory, copies of "USA Today" and high-speed Internet access. The light and airy guest rooms feature classic-style decor and include microwaves and refrigerators.

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