Advancements in travel technology have changed the way people plan vacations, and these improvements have also affected what folks expect from hotels — an evolution from simple motels where travelers can rest their weary heads. Visitors are seeing that hotels are buying into the technological leaps, providing amenities that draw travelers as much as the attractions they’re visiting.
Take, for example, Gatlinburg’s Greystone Lodge, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. When its predecessor, the Greystone Hotel, first opened in the ’60s, rooms were equipped with neither phones nor televisions. But today’s guests enjoy modern accommodations in rooms that include flat-screen TVs and WiFi access. The Greystone Lodge is completing a $7 million renovation, committing to delivering luxurious amenities to visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains.
Of course, visitors flock to the area to enjoy the many activities in and around Gatlinburg. And in addition to its modern amenities, Greystone Lodge still offers convenient accommodations on the Little Pigeon River, in which you can still enjoy the generations-spanning tradition of fishing.