Now open: The Wayback

The Wayback, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, is now welcoming guests to Pigeon Forge, TN with a brand new hospitality experience inspired by a relaxed and casual lifestyle of yesteryear and an always-sunny take on a mountain getaway. A destination in and of itself, The Wayback is perfect for travelers who seek an amplified vacation experience featuring a taste of nostalgia—full of captivating local color and character—with all the modern amenities that create a carefree atmosphere.

The Wayback is a part of the Tribute Portfolio, one of Marriott Bonvoy’s hotel brands that features a collection of characterful, independent hotels all united by a shared passion for sincere service, captivating design and vibrant social scenes. Located directly across from Pigeon Forge’s “The Island,” this immersive getaway is perfectly situated for guests to walk the city or explore the beauty of the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

“The Wayback offers a singular, bespoke vacation experience in Pigeon Forge and East Tennessee—the likes that have never been seen in this region before,” said Mahavir Patel, CEO, Aatmos, the hotel’s developer. “People flock to Pigeon Forge in search of a good time, and that is precisely what The Wayback offers—a lively, playful environment presented in an effortlessly laid-back way. We look forward to welcoming back long-time visitors and are also excited to invite new faces to our spirited oasis.”

Inspired by the retro roadside motels and mid-century modern architecture of Palm Springs desert paradise, The Wayback surrounds guests with bright colors, funky artwork and an active poolside scene. The hotel defines itself as an oasis of originality amidst the dynamic scene of downtown Pigeon Forge.

Designed with a social and extroverted layout in mind, the lobby, pool area and restaurant are all adorned with large seating areas and bold color patterns that create the fun and playful spirit The Wayback is truly about. The hotel is designed to attract an energetic clientele and offer a space for adults who appreciate design, poolside activities and food and beverage.

Serving as the antithesis to the exciting and electric public spaces, The Wayback’s guestrooms offer a peaceful ambiance through muted palettes, streamlined furniture, rounded edges and soft hues. When it comes time for a private moment, the serene rooms serve as a calm and tranquil nest for guests to recharge and unwind.

Paloma Cantina is the hotel’s new restaurant and bar where modern comfort foods get a fresh cantina twist, providing familiar and popular local options with an imaginative south-of-the-border flare. Instead of a traditional egg’s benedict breakfast, diners will be presented with Paloma Cantina’s Barbacoa Benedict; brisket, poached eggs, adobo hollandaise, grilled sourdough and sazon breakfast potatoes. Paloma Cantina patrons will be delighted by the high-quality food within a casual, laid-back setting. The restaurant also features a full bar with an extensive and innovative cocktail program, as well as a wide beer and wine selection.

Paloma Cantina can be defined as a delight for the senses where guests are encouraged to celebrate life, indulge in delicious cuisine and connect with friends. The social layout of the restaurant creates a buzzy atmosphere for groups big and small. Equipped with custom-made furniture and decorated with funky pops of color, Paloma Cantina is a one-of-a-kind concept that blends sophistication with a unique playfulness.

Providing a new, one-of-a-kind experience in Pigeon Forge, The Swim Club offers an upscale venue for guests to embrace the fun and soak in the mountain sun. Throughout the day the lively pool deck will thrum to the beat of The Wayback’s signature playlist while grown-up guests sip on specialty cocktails from the only vintage Airstream Bar in Pigeon Forge, and The Swim Club’s tacos, salsas, ceviche and tostones are perfect to dine by the pool. For the ultra-exclusive experience, patrons can reserve one of four private poolside cabanas with 55” TVs, DEDON luxury loungers and personal drink service.

When the sun goes down and the stars come out, The Swim Club transforms into an adults-only playground offering a mingle-and-mix environment for guests 21 and older, with seasonal programming and special events. The Swim Club’s evening social hour debuts in true fall fashion with Solo Stove wood fire pits, a telescope for star gazing, serape blankets handmade in Mexico, s’mores and pours (spiked cider, tequila hot toddies) and a hot chocolate program.

The Wayback prioritizes guests’ comfort offering amenities such as Beautyrest Black Napa luxury mattresses, Malin + Goetz bath products, robes and slippers, complimentary Boxed Water and an in-room coffee bar. Upgraded rooms are equipped with a fireplace and larger showers with double showerheads. The hotel boasts a fully equipped gym featuring state-of-the-art equipment, ensuring guests can maintain their fitness routines. As Guests can enjoy priority dinner reservations at the renowned Paloma Cantina restaurant or enjoy a lighter bite poolside at The Swim Club.

The Wayback provides complimentary high-speed WiFi, allowing guests to stay connected throughout their stay, as well as a dedicated concierge to assist with any inquiries or requests, delivering an individualized and seamless experience. Furthermore, on-site parking is provided for ease to explore the mountain town of Pigeon Forge.