Former Grand Hotel site in Pigeon Forge could see big changes

Former Grand Hotel site in Pigeon Forge could see big changes

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A Pigeon Forge hotel once considered "the dirtiest hotel in America" could soon be getting a facelift. A Pigeon Forge hotel once considered "the dirtiest hotel in America" could soon be getting a facelift.
In recent years the Grand Hotel fell into disrepair and has been sitting untouched since last year. In recent years the Grand Hotel fell into disrepair and has been sitting untouched since last year.
The Grand Hotel was once one of the largest and most iconic hotels in Pigeon Forge, but in recent years the combined hotel and convention center started to lose that status. The Grand Hotel was once one of the largest and most iconic hotels in Pigeon Forge, but in recent years the combined hotel and convention center started to lose that status.
By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - A Pigeon Forge hotel once considered "the dirtiest hotel in America" could soon be getting a facelift.

The former Grand Hotel is on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge.

"It was just you know a big part of the community," said Kim Matthews who works at the nearby Moonpie General Store.

In recent years it fell into disrepair and has been sitting untouched since last year.

Now the property has new owners and a chance at new life.

"Obviously the way it sits right now, it's kind of an eyesore," said Bobby Derrick, at Rocky Top Log Furniture across the Parkway from the hotel.

The Grand Hotel was once one of the largest and most iconic hotels in Pigeon Forge, but in recent years the combined hotel and convention center started to lose that status.

"Sitting here getting to look at it every day, there's not a lot happening with it which is surprising. Obviously the parkway here is prime real estate, a lot of tourists coming through," said Derrick.

The hotel was bought at foreclosure last year, and those owners began renovating the building

Those renovations soon stopped, and the hotel's skeleton sat neglected.

It was recently sold again to Chartwell Hospitality (based in Franklin, Tennessee) with plans to turn what is left into a resort style property.

"We were hoping that it would reopen with new management and new owners and everything and it would be great because it is centrally located," said Matthews.

Employees at nearby stores say restoring the hotel could mean a boost for business.

"They can sit there and see our store as well as the stores around us. Certainly it's going to bring more people right here on top of us," said Derrick.

There is no word on when renovations are expected to begin.
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