"America's Dirtiest Hotel" gets new owner in Pigeon Forge

"America's Dirtiest Hotel" gets new owner in Pigeon Forge

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The Grand Resort Hotel and Convention Center in Pigeon Forge closed in November. The Grand Resort Hotel and Convention Center in Pigeon Forge closed in November.
"The way he done people, he did them wrong." worker Alvin McFall said of former owner Ken Seaton. "The way he done people, he did them wrong." worker Alvin McFall said of former owner Ken Seaton.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - A well-known Sevier County hotel that recently went into foreclosure has now been sold.

The Grand Resort Hotel and Convention Center in Pigeon Forge closed in November.

The hotel has gone through some tough times. It was built in 1981 in preparation of the World's Fair in Knoxville, but has declined in recent years.

In addition to the foreclosure, it was also named "America's Dirtiest Hotel" by TripAdvisor in 2011.

Alvin McFall, who worked at the hotel, says the former owner, Ken Seaton, was the reason it closed.

"The way he done people, he did them wrong." said McFall. "He done me wrong. I'm glad he lost it."

According to a new deed on the property, the hotel was purchased in January by Kiwishe-Stoller Acquisition USA, LA, a Texas-based company, for $6.9 million.

City officials were confident it would sell.

"That property is right in the center of town," said Pigeon Forge tourism director Leon Downey. "It's a very strategically located piece of property."

Downey says the hotel is one of the largest hotels in the city, with more than 400 rooms.

The new owners are not saying what they will do with the property.

"I've heard different things," said Downey. "I heard the hotel will be renovated. I've heard the hotel will be torn down. I've heard the convention center will be torn down, but no one has told me definitely what the plans are for the people who purchased it."

McFall hopes the Grand Resort Hotel will come back to life.

"It can still be used if the right person gets a hold of it," said McFall.

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