Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort opened in 2015 as part of a planned $300 million expansion plan.
The resort has 309 guest rooms and suites, as well as a full-service salon and spa.
Pretty cool guitar sculpture right up front. It makes me nostalgic for the old Heavy Metal Garden at Hard Rock Park.
Rocking chairs on the front deck are part of the resort’s attempt to make the place feel like home. Or like a Cracker Barrel. I think they were going for “home,” though.
Surprisingly small check-in area, but the folks there are pretty on the ball. That said, if there’s two groups ahead of you, checking in might be miserable. I want to give special attention to that exceptionally nice video-mural they have behind them. It changes every few minutes, and each image is breathtakingly beautiful.
I’ve never really been a “hang out in the lobby” person, but there’s a lot of real estate available in the lobby if you are.
But let’s cut to the chase and follow the butterflies to our room!
At first glance, the room seems pretty nice.
We didn’t ask for a room with bunk beds, so that was kind of weird. We had only requested a king room, so I don’t know if this is normal for those room types or if we just somehow ended up a family-style room. At least I learned an important lesson about alcohol and top bunks: they go together like pig and elephant DNA.
All I need is this lamp. The ashtray, and these matches, and the remote control, and this paddle game, and this lamp. That’s all I need. I don’t need one other thing, not one.
Man, I almost feel guilty for using the teepee.
So while the room is nice, parts of it feel rather cramped. As you can see here, counter space is extremely limited.
Drawer space is also at a premium, which is annoying if you’re the kind of person who likes to unpack their luggage (we’ve recently adopted unpacking, and I love doing it now). I appreciate the mini-fridge, but two drawers here are just too little, especially if you’ve got four folks in the room.
There’s also this recessed cubby thing when you first walk in that offers two more drawers, but it’s just not terribly practical. Sufficient for two people, but pretty weak for a family.
This little TV tray thing is a freaking disaster waiting to happen. I just can’t imagine wanting to have coffee brewing on something that’s essentially right at the level of a child (also, I wouldn’t want water bottles that you can be charged for at that level either!).