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 was in Knoxville for an event at the Sunsphere (which is across the street from this hotel) and my client put me up here. The staff is great, from the valet parking to the front desk, to the lounge.
My room was very nicely furnished and a nice size. It's modern, but not over the top, with lots of outlets and a refrigerator (not a mini-bar). The bathroom is a nice size and the shower is huge!
Gage, our waiter in the lounge, was great in helping with our bourbon selection (they have 95 to choose from).
My only peeves are that I hung my towels (as requested on a card in the bathroom to save water) and my towels were still replaced. And the thermostat only goes down to 67, and it has a motion sensor, but it's located in the entry hall, so it can't sense you in bed. It got too warm during the night.
My husband and I are well-traveled both professionally and personally. We have stayed in hotels all over the world and have high standards. This was our first stay at The Tennessean and we were in town to give an engagement party for our daughter. We stayed in a Panoramic View King which was spacious, well-appointed and very comfortable. The bed was excellent, the shower was extraordinary for a hotel room, the furniture was smart and functional. This was not the most luxurious room ever (with the exception to the shower!) but it we appreciated the space and the functionality. The staff were all wonderful, without exception, and really made our short stay very pleasant. Will definitely stay here again.
Cozy boutique hotel with nicely appointed rooms and attentive friendly staff. The hotel is a short walk to Knoxville’s historic Market Square which has many restaurants and shops. It is also near the convention center and UT campus.
Me and my sister and our spouses had the pleasure of staying overnight at this wonderful hotel. I was looking for a different type of hotel, where we could stay for my sister's birthday. The reviews were really good, and the staff lived up to the excellent reviews. The rooms were beautiful, and the staff made sure that we had a very pleasurable experience. They provided restaurant recommendations, and even provided shuttle service to the restaurant. We were greeted by the Assistant General Manager, Sam Carlton, who was very personable, and welcoming. I can't think of a bad thing to say about it. It was our first time there, but we all agreed that we would be back.
Beautiful room and bathroom. Free WiFi and great channels on the television. Location great for conference center, world fair and university.
Very cordial staff.
Downside- limited menu at the bar , have to pay for parking, no complimentary breakfast.