Margaritaville Island Hotel – A Tropical Getaway in Pigeon Forge

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Margaritaville Island Hotel – A Tropical Getaway in Pigeon Forge. That might be a confusing statement, considering that Pigeon Forge is located in the decidedly land-locked and decidedly NOT tropical Great Smoky Mountains, but Margaritaville Hotel does its best to make you feel like you’re basking in a tropical paradise. Thank you to Margaritaville Island Hotel for my wonderful stay 

Don’t let the tropical vibe throw you, though. You’re definitely in the heart of the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains while you stay at this hotel. While enjoying your tropical-themed stay, you’ll also be in a prime spot to take in all that Pigeon Forge has to offer its visitors. In addition to The Island, the hotel is perfectly situated for visitors to enjoy the mountains, scenic drives, shows, museums, and more. 

Margaritaville Island Hotel Vibe

Inspired by the lifestyle of Jimmy Buffet and his hit song Margaritaville, this hotel is equal parts down-home charm and tropical retreat. You’ll be instantly taken in by the friendly staff, vibrant exterior, and cozy interior. It’s a vibe that immediately makes you feel both at home and ready for adventure all at the same time.

When you pull in to Margaritaville Island Hotel, you’ll be greeted by a huge building featuring large stonework columns, bright, vibrant blue paint with white trim, and the classic Margaritaville sign, a cacophony of color and movement inviting you to come in and leave your worries behind.

You’ll also notice the Great Smoky Mountains stretching off in the background. It’s a combination that is utterly breathtaking.  I was there in early March with somewhat warm weather, but rain and heavy clouds some.

As I stepped into the hotel, I immediately knew that I’d have a wonderful time there.

Make sure you stop for a photo.

The interior features the same combination of tropical and Appalachian, with posters, photos, and other decorations that feature Jimmy Buffet and the island lifestyle dotted all through a space that features wood, stone, and warm lighting. 


The rooms at Margaritaville Island Hotel embrace the same tropicounty (tropical/country) vibe that the entrance and grounds showcase upon arrival. With tropical room colors like blues and sandy creams combined with lots of wood and stone, the hotel’s living accommodations just exude a sense of relaxation and serenity. 

These rooms are a mix of modern and vintage, country and chic, island and mountain. It’s a combination that doesn’t sound like it would work when you read it, but when you see these rooms, you see exactly just how well the design gels to create a space that works on every level.

You’ll find dual rain showers in the bath, granite-topped wood vanities, vessel sinks, and more all through the rooms and suites offered at Margarita Island Hotel.

Stone fireplaces, large luxurious bathrooms, eating nooks, balconies, intimate seating areas, and mini-kitchens make every room feel like a home away from home, and many of the rooms boast wonderful views of The Island, the Great Smoky Mountains, or both. Excellent during the day or night.

I stayed in the Fountain Room which offered a lovely view of The Island Fountain. For even more luxurious digs, the hotel now has brand spanking new Penthouse Suites offering the height of luxury.  A balcony called to me for my morning coffee.

Let’s not forget one last thing that all the rooms have in common: margarita makers! What else would you expect from a hotel called Margaritaville Island Hotel? Bring your own favorite mixes or you can purchase kits.

Room Amenities

Whether you choose a standard room, suite, or penthouse suite, every room is outfitted with standard amenities to make you feel right at home and keep you connected to friends and family so you can share your getaway experience. Amenities include:

  • Stacked Stone Fireplace (Open October Through May)
  • Private Balcony
  • Wet Bar with Refrigerator and Microwave
  • Keurig Coffee Maker
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Dual Rain Shower Fixtures
  • Granite-Topped Vanity with Vessel Sinks and Lighted Mirror
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • 30-Inch Flat Screen HD TV
  • Alarm Clock with iPod Docking Station

I loved these dimming lights.

Margaritaville Island Hotel Amenities

Margaritaville Island Hotel offers a variety of amenities to guests outside of what’s available in-room. From their luxury spa to fine dining, The Island itself, and activities in and around the hotel, there’s something for everyone at this luxurious getaway.

There are plenty of activities to just park your car and enjoy The Island.

St. Somewhere Spa

St. Somewhere Spa is exactly what you need if you’re looking for some serious relaxation. This was a short business trip so a Spa Day is on my list for the next visit.

This spa offers a variety of relaxing massage, facial, mani/pedi, and other beauty options for you to relax and luxuriate on your getaway. St. Somewhere Spa amenities include:

  • Wastin’ Away Signature Massage
  • Couples Massage
  • Margaritaville Signature Facial
  • Margaritaville Minucre and Pedicure Paradise
  • Six Treatment Rooms
  • Locker Rooms with Rain Showers
  • Nail Bar and Mosaic Pedicure Benches
  • Chill Room with Custom Water Feature
  • Retail Shop Featuring Products by Eminence Organic Skin Care, Aveda, Monarch Cypress Robes, and More
  • Full-Service Hair Salon with Makeup Bar and Spray Tan Room

Margaritaville Island Hotel Dining

Whether you want a quick coffee and a bite for breakfast, a tasty lunch or dinner, or a nightcap, the dining options at the hotel are perfect for you. From pup fare to cocktails, you’ll find something that suits your fancy with these delicious dining options. 

Changes in Latitude Lobby Bar

Enjoy a margarita or other mixed drink along with a light meal at the hotel’s signature bar. You can relax and enjoy your meal by the lobby’s stone fireplace or take it outside to the patio overlooking the Little Pigeon River. 

Even a space for relaxing with a fire pit or a game of corn hole.


Chill Bar and Rooftop Pool

Chill Bar is an oasis within an oasis at the Margaritaville Island Hotel. Work on your tan by the pool while sipping a frozen concoction, as the song says, from the bar, take a nap under a cabana, or enjoy a dip in the summer sun. At night, you can enjoy views of the famous Mountain Wheel all lit up and The Fountain Show. 

Margaritaville Coffee Shop

The Margaritaville Coffee Shop is the perfect place to pop in for a quick snack and a drink while you go about your day on The Island. Featuring delicious coffees and drinks along with grab-and-go meal options like breakfast sandwiches, this coffee shop is perfect for both on-the-go movers and shakers and those who want to take a moment to relax with a cup of caffeine and a tasty baked good. 

Margaritaville Restaurant

Get ready for a dining experience you’ll never forget at Margaritaville Restaurant. Perfectly capturing the feel of the song that gave it its name, Margaritaville Restaurant features coastal-inspired comfort food, hand-crafted beverages, and a healthy dose of tropical island atmosphere. This two-story restaurant features multiple bars, a patio overlooking the Little Pigeon River, a fire pit and live performance stage, and of course, delicious food. 

Choose from options like the Cheeseburger in Paradise with Volcano Nachos, Shrimp Louis Wedge Salad, Fish Tacos, Steaks, LandShark Lager Fish and Chips, Jimmy’s Jammin Jambalaya, and so much more. 


Margaritaville Island Hotel Activities

From dining, shopping, and fun activities at The Island itself to all the amazing experiences you can have nearby, Margaritaville Island Hotel has so much to offer both on-grounds and in the nearby area. It’s situated close to everything, making it the perfect home base for your Pigeon Forge vacation getaway. 


The Island

Located just off the Pigeon Forge Parkway and the Little Pigeon River, The Island features all the charm and downhome energy of a contemporary mountain village. Boasting the iconic Smoky Moutain Wheel, a 200-foot-high observation wheel, and The Island is a retail and entertainment center overflowing with shopping, dining, and fun family-friendly activities, it’s the perfect spot to get in a day (or more) of serious fun. 


Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge offers so much that you’ll never be able to do it all in one trip. That’s okay because you’ll want to come back again and again. With its ideal location, The Margaritaville Island Hotel – A Tropical Getaway in Pigeon Forge is the perfect hub for you to do it all. 


Scenic Drives and Sightseeing

  • Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
  • Cades Cove
  • Newfound Gap Road
  • Little River Road
  • Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area
  • Greenbrier Picnic Area
  • Walk Sisters Place
  • Balsam Mountain Road
  • Blue Ridge Parkway

Mountain Hikes

  • Mount LeConte
  • Chimney Tops
  • Clingmans Dome
  • Alum Cave Trail
  • Grotto Falls Trail
  • Ramsey Cascades
  • Laurel Falls
  • Charlie’s Bunion
  • Abrams Falls Trail

Outdoor Adventures

  • ATV Tours
  • Hiking
  • Cycling 
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • River Tubing and Kayaking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Helicopter Tours
  • Zip Lining


  • Dollywood
  • Dollywood Splash Country
  • Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
  • WonderWorks Pigeon Forge
  • The Gatlinburg Space Needle
  • Mini-Golf


  • Titanic Museum
  • Elvis Presley Museum
  • Guinness World of Records Museum
  • Hollywood Wax Museum
  • Christ in the Smokies Museum & Gardens
  • Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum


  • Tanger Outlet Mall (Sevierville)
  • Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Malls
  • Antique Mall
  • Pigeon River Pottery
  • Christmas Place Shopping Village
  • Great Smoky Mountain Arts and Crafts Community


Get Away From it All and to So Much More at Margaritaville Island Hotel

Margaritaville Island Hotel is a great place to get away from it all while getting to so much more. Enjoy a luxurious room and great dining options, and from there, the sky’s the limit. Whether you want to bask in the sun by the pool, hike the wilderness, go shopping, explore museums, take in a show, or anything else that takes your fancy, Pigeon Forge and Margaritaville Island Hotel have something for you and your family.


Who’s ready for the Margaritaville Island Hotel – A Tropical Getaway in Pigeon Forge?

Who’s ready for a vacation – maybe a trip to the tropics or a cruise isn’t planned right now, so a stay here can bring a little of the island life to you.  And remember – It’s Always 5 O’Clock Somewhere.  Cheers.


Are you visiting the Nashville area?  Then make sure you check out the MARGARITA HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE  There’s even a great rooftop bar and restaurant.  

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Happy Travels, 


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