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.
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I have a Freshman and have stayed here 6 times. LOVE IT!!! You feel like a resident in a NYC high rise... the doorman knows you. Price is good.... LOVE THIS PLACE. Great location, beautiful view.... Bar is amazing
We come from Las Vegas with a background in hospitality and Vegas can learn a few things from the staff here. Everyone knows the guest name, they ask a question and actually listen to the answer. Front desk Elizabeth, concierge Sara, valet Ethan, Sam manager, and many more housekeeping, dining all fabulous! Our room was spotless, and beautiful. We had great views of Knoxville. Close enough to walk to the market, the stadium, the river, great food and entertainment. True southern hospitality at the Tennessean!
We cannot say enough about the quality and professional, courteous service this hotel staff offers. The room was terrific, food was delicious and the stay could not have been better. Thank you so much for your hospitality!!