THE TENNESSEAN Hotel
What We Love
- A suite at a freshly minted luxury hotel in downtown Knoxville, with a breakfast optionDining on the Drawing Room’s artisanal charcuterie, and sipping a creative cocktail
- Picking up a coffee and a Volunteers tee at Fairgrounds, before a game at the stadium
- Noticing all the cartography-inspired details in the high-end décor
- Being right next to World’s Fair Park, in a structure built for the 1982 World’s Fair
What To Know
- Market Square and Old City are within walking distance
- Valet parking is mandatory—there's no self parking option
- Free WiFi is available
- The hotel is pet-friendly
The structure that houses all-new THE TENNESSEAN Hotel was built for the famed 1982 Knoxville exposition – one of the last great world’s fairs in America. Today, after a stint as the administrative headquarters for the State of Tennessee, it’s transformed into one seriously stylish hotel, with a sleek, urban aesthetic, inspired by regional geography and the work of Tennessee craftsmen. A breakfast room becomes a sophisticated dinner and cocktail lounge in the evening, and you’ll find touches of marble and framed map prints throughout the high-end interiors, among other chic design details.
Should you like to explore the surrounding city’s culture, you’re within three blocks of the heart of downtown. Shops, theaters and more than 90 restaurants and bars are just a short walk – ask the butler-trained concierge for recommendations. Nature is also within easy reach, thanks to hour-away Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and if you’d like to continue learning about the world’s fair, outside of the hotel, you couldn’t be much better located. The hotel literally backs onto World’s Fair Park – hence naming its second dining outlet, a coffee shop that doubles as a convenient vendor of Volunteers gear, Fairgrounds.
Accommodations are as sleek and sophisticated as the rest of the hotel, with carpeting that references the regional Tennessee landscape, plus details like a plush pillow-top mattress and fine bed linens. Coffeemakers are by Illy, and bathroom soaps by the finest local purveyors.The Executive King King suite measures 647 square feet, which encompasses two king beds, a sophisticated sitting area and a capacious bathroom with a shower and a tub. You’ll have even more space (875 square feet, to be exact) if you opt for the Panoramic One Bedroom suite. This spacious abode includes separate living quarters, a king bed, a sleeper sofa and a stunning city view of downtown Knoxville. Up the luxe factor further in the one-bedroom Governor’s suite. This 1,646-square-foot pad boasts panoramic views of the cityscape and Worlds’ Fair Park. You’ll have one king bed, a large powder room and an adult sofa bed. This suite comes with added perks, such as daily breakfast (which you can opt to enjoy the suite) and six hours of daily butler service. In addition, you’ll have a roomy living area with a gas fireplace, a baby grand piano and an elegant dining area.
If you’re staying in, pick between The Drawing Room – a breakfast spot that becomes a dinner destination and cocktail lounge in the afternoon and evening, serving local produce, artisanal charcuterie and whiskey cocktails – and Fairgrounds. The second option is a coffee shop, selling to-go eats and drinks, along with Volunteers gear for games at the nearby stadium. More than 90 other dining choices are within just a few blocks, thanks to your downtown location.
Downtown Knoxville is packed with restaurants, bars and shops and sees 40 festivals a year. It’s also known for World’s Fair Park, which is right next door to the hotel, and several historic theaters that are within walking distance. Roughly 45 minutes away by car is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, if you prefer hiking to city slicking.
How to Get There
Knoxville suffers from lack of interesting hotel choices and I was happy to stumble across this hotel recently while briefly in town for work.
Location is fun. Right across from the Sunsphere. Yay!
The staff across the board was professional, helpful, warm, and efficient.
The room is handsome and modern and uncluttered. Huge bathroom. Comfortable bed.
They have a small restaurant and bar with a small-plate-heavy menu.
Will gladly stay here again.
I did chuckle at the name. It’s “a personal luxury hotel”. I’m in the “luxury” business and that’s a bit of a head scratcher.
Fantastic Experience! One of the best hotels you can stay, a real joy! Try the smoked Old Fashion in the drawing room. Staff was great and walking distance from the best parts of Knoxville. I wish every hotel was this good.
This hotel is truly luxury from the second you pull up. The staff is so incredibly kind and helpful, especially one young man working valet who every day asked what we were up to and gave the best suggestions. I have to say he made it worth the extra $27 a day to valet park. From the outside to the inside of this hotel, every thing is so modern and beautiful. Real attention to detail. Housekeeping staff was even so kind and escorted us to the business center. Although housekeeping left some old kiwis and a energy drink in our fridge from a previous guest, they made up for it by not skimping on the chocolates and the soaps. Not your average soaps BTW, even these are luxury. Plus she left us the cutest handwritten message thanking us for staying. I would say this hotel is worth your money every time. We felt like royalty every day we walked in and were sad to leave our beautiful room to go home.
Excellent hotel with VIP service and directly across from the Tennessee Conference Center and The Tennessee Museum also walking distance from the university sports stadiums. Personal service beginning with luxury car airport pick up.
The Tennessean is one of the best hotel experiences we've had as a family. The property is conveniently located, beautifully appointed, and overseen by friendly and helpful staff. It was also an exceptional value. I recommend the hotel highly; we will stay there again if we return to Knoxville.