Family Owned. Since 1957
with a passion for quality service
In 1957, Carl Gillette started the Gillette Motel. It began as a simple six rooms alongside his family home. Raising the family with two businesses – Gillette Motel and Gillette Plumbing and Heating/Air Conditioning – kept all involved very busy. As Gatlinburg continued to grow up around them, Gillette also continued adding to the Motel, until the last addition in 1974 brought it to where it is today.
Gillette Motel now spans a block long and contains 80 rooms. But unlike many chain motels, not all the rooms at the Gillette are exactly the same. Every room contains the usual amenities, hairdryers to mini fridges and microwaves, but many have their own special charm: some feature jacuzzis, seating areas, a private balcony, etc. And then there is the Gillette Suite, where the Gillette Family lived for a time. The Gillette Suite features a fully equipped kitchen, spacious seating area, and an optional attached suite with locking door between. Now, this family favorite is available to our guests.
Gillette Motel as it appeared in early 1960's.
The motel is still owned by Mrs. Gillette, making it one of the few motels in town with the original owners! To this day, Gillette’s priorities are cleanliness and treating their guests like members of the family, all at an affordable price. Many of our guests return every time they are in town, and many have been making Gillette their “Home Away From Home” for years!
With a prime downtown location on Historic Nature Trail Road across the street from the Gatlinburg Convention Center & Mills Auditorium, the Gillette Motel is just steps away from Gatlinburg’s best restaurants, shopping and entertainment.