On Memorial Day we spent a night at the brand new Margaritaville Island Hotel in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This is such a neat place to stay and I can’t wait to share all of the fun photos with you guys, so let’s get started!
Address: 131 Island Dr., Suite 5118 · Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Phone Number: (844) 434-6787
Here’s the outside of the main building on a sunny Memorial Day afternoon.
There’s lots of fun beachy details sprinkled throughout the exterior and interior of the hotel.
Well that’s good to know!
The main building is situated near the entrance to Pigeon Forge’s brand new area called The Island. It’s full of shopping, music, places to eat, and fun things to do!
We stepped inside the main lobby and found that the check-in process was fast and easy and the front desk attendants were very friendly! We were given a key card with a lanyard and told that we could use it for discounts all around The Island. Don’t you love the fun materials used on the floor, walls, and ceiling?
If you hang a left from the front desk you’ll see a bank of elevators on one side and the entrance to the Margaritaville Coffee Shop on the other. I’ll talk more about the coffee shop in a little bit.
If you go the other way, you’ll cross the lobby seating area which is decorated in subtle seaside colors.
Here’s another view looking toward the front entrance.
Just beyond the lobby seating area is the Changes in Latitude Bar. The bar shares a giant see-through fireplace with the lobby and has more comfy seating, offering a place to just… chill.
There’s also plenty of table seating where you can grab a cold margarita or a light snack to kick off your stay.
There’s also an outdoor patio where you can sip your drink next to a babbling Smoky Mountain creek.
The hotel is directly adjacent to the Margaritaville Restaurant – check out their website for hours and menu information!
After wandering around downstairs we took the elevator to the second floor and made our way to the pool. Before visiting the hotel, I had no idea that the hotel spans across much of the second level of The Island, overlooking all of the shops below. We found this neat bridge that connects two parts of the building.
This was the view from the windows on the bridge thing… all of those balconies are some of the other guest rooms, and the street level is full of shops!
When we got to the rooftop pool deck this was the view looking back toward the fountain. You can see the balconies of the rooms that have fountain views. See the blue roof way in the distance? That’s the Margaritaville restaurant right next to the lobby building pictured earlier, so you can get an idea of how far we walked – the hotel is quite a bit bigger than I thought!
Lots of seating available around the pool, shaded and unshaded.
The Chill Bar is right next to the pool and offers cold drinks, margaritas (of course!), beer, sandwiches, salads, and burgers. If our stay had been longer I could have spent an entire day lounging by the pool and taking advantage of this bar!
Then it was time to go check out our room! We were staying on the second floor and this was the view just as we stepped out of the elevator.
Some seating just outside of our room.
We stayed in Presidential Suite P284, which is located directly above the hotel’s lobby.
We swiped our little card, swung open the door, and this is what we saw. Changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes. Well, we didn’t change our latitude too much to visit this place, but the consistent beachy theme sure helps to make us feel like we did.
Here’s the living area of the room, looking back toward the front door. Isn’t it pretty? I love the colors! The hotel is soo new and everything is extremely clean and in pristine condition. I swear you could almost smell the fresh paint on the walls.
The Presidential Suite is essentially one large room that is separated in the middle by a stacked stone see-through fireplace and an entertainment center with storage. There’s a 40″ flat screen TV on both sides of the partition so you can watch from the bedroom or the living room.
Here’s the view of the couch in the living room area.
And here’s the view from the couch.
Fun themed touches all over the room…
Where is Margaritaville? It’s in your mind…
There are two spacious closets with fun rope handles.
Here’s the inside of the closet closest to the living room.
Look at the cute bed! The headboard says, “License to Chill” and there is a padded bench at the foot. It was sooo cushy and comfortable.
Here’s the view from the bed toward the fireplace and the 2nd TV. The hotel provided a Pack ‘n Play for our baby at no additional charge.
Here’s the view of the bedroom area looking in the other direction. I know what you’re looking at – that bar over there!
Here’s a closer peek. The bar has lots of storage, a mini fridge, microwave, and sink.
There’s a Keurig machine with some complimentary tea and coffee K-cups. If you’re like me and need your first injection of caffeine as soon after leaving the bed as possible, then the Keurig is a must have. Oh, and see the gift set in the lower right corner? You can have all sorts of fun packages pre-ordered and waiting for you when you arrive. This moonshine set came with a big jar of Ole Smoky Blackberry Moonshine and a book about Popcorn Sutton himself.
There was also, of course, a Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker for making frosty margaritas right in your room! You can order chilled fresh margarita mix from guest services.
Here’s the view from the bed looking toward the huge bathroom and the other closet (there were embroidered cotton robes and slippers in that one!)
Now let’s talk about this bathroom – it’s huge! There’s a set of French doors leading into the main vanity area.
Inside is a neato lit round mirror, plenty of shelf storage, and towel racks.
Even the sink was unique and everything was sparkly clean. I’m the kind of person that gets grossed out by things as simple as water spots or smudges on the metal fixtures, but everything at Margaritaville Island Hotel was shiny and gleaming.
There was a tray with the usual complimentary bath products including shampoo and conditioner, shower gel, lotion, two kinds of soap bars, makeup remover wipes, and a vanity kit with things like a shower cap, q-tips, etc.
On the right is a spacious toilet room with its own door, and on the left is this amazing shower!
It has a regular shower head and a rain shower head as well as a bench. I love giant showers!
In the living room area is a set of double doors leading to a spacious balcony that overlooks the entrance to the Island.
Before heading out to explore we took a few moments for some family photos.
What’s one of our top travel tips? Be in the photos. Seriously.
I live in a constant state of sleep deprivation and I feel like my face looks like it has aged 5 years in 7 months, but I still try to take as many photos with Jasper as I can.
So get in front of that camera and forget about how you think you look – you’ll be so grateful for those memories in the future.
“All right, mom, one more smile and then I am DONE!” And trust me, he WAS done after this photo!
Next we headed outside to explore!
First, we wanted to peek inside of the Margaritaville Coffee Shop that’s attached to the hotel.
You can access the coffee shop from the main lobby or through an exterior entrance on the side of the building. There’s both indoor and outdoor patio seating available.
The bakery case is loaded with all kinds of goodies, and though we didn’t get a chance to stop here in the morning, I’m told that in the morning there’s a selection of all kinds of breakfast goodies in the case as well!
One of the larger shops in The Island is Ole Smoky Moonshine. It even has an outdoor stage with live music!
It was a hot and humid evening and Matt and I were dying of thirst, so we popped into the Island Creamery for something cold to drink.
Matt ordered a frozen hot chocolate and I chose a green apple slushie. My drink was advertised as a smoothie but I don’t think any dairy products were added to it when it was mixed up, so I’m calling it a slushie.
Jasper kept reaching for Matt’s cup while we walked around and when we held it to his cheek he let his head roll back and got a look of bliss on his face. He loves touching cold things lately and I’m sure it felt good against his skin on such a balmy evening.
There’s lots of fun things to do with kids (big and small!). You could spend a whole weekend here and never have to leave the area.
We are kids at heart, so the family friendly Arcade City was right up our alley. They have a huge selection of modern video games as well as old-fashioned favorites like skee ball and basketball.
There’s lots of little chain eateries and shops as well as a few larger restaurants like Margaritaville, Timberwood, Dick’s Last Resort, and the newly-opened Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen. Check out this link for a full list of everywhere there is to eat on The Island.
Jasper was falling asleep in his carrier after just a short walk around, so we decided it was time to call it a day and we headed back to the hotel.
After the baby was snuggled up and had fallen asleep in his Pack ‘n Play, we had to give the Frozen Concoction Maker a test drive using the fresh margarita mix that had been left for us in the fridge.
They were delicious! Garnished with a fresh lime wedge in a classic margarita glass, it was the perfect way to enjoy the rest of the sunlight on our balcony. It’s so much fun to be able to make something like this right in your hotel room!
Once the sun set for good, Matt headed down to grab a few quick photos outside of the hotel.
The little train was still choo-chooing along the village streets even after dark.
Back in the room we settled into our PJ’s and decided it was time to give that awesome fireplace a go! It has a dial on the side where you set how long you want it to burn.
So pretty! We settled into bed with the flickering flames as a nightlight.
We had to return to Knoxville super early the next morning, so we rose bright and early to hit the road. I thought the lighting in the room looked pretty, so I grabbed this last parting shot before heading home.
Margaritaville Island Hotel is such a cool addition to Pigeon Forge. I could see getting a group of friends together and having a lil’ weekend getaway at the hotel while having fun eating, playing, and schmoozing around The Island. I appreciated the modern beachy decor, comfy bedding, friendly staff, plentiful amenities, and pristine cleanliness of the rooms and public areas. All in all, a fabulous hotel!
Have you stayed at Margaritaville Island Hotel? Do you want to? Let me know in the comments – I love hearing from you guys!
We were hosted for a night at Margaritaville Island Hotel to give it a test drive and share our thoughts for all of you. As always, all opinions expressed in our reviews are honest and our own. Remember our motto: if it sucks, we’ll tell ya!