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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This was the nicest hotel hands down that we have ever been to! From checking in to checking out! Comfortable beds to beautiful shower! Loved everything did not want to leave! Will definitely be back!
This was, hands down, the nicest hotel I have ever been in. The staff is first rate. If you like a classy, quiet, and like to be spoiled, this is the place for you. They make you feel like royalty. Their "shuttle" is a luxury car. I was so amazed that I am still on cloud nine!
The Tennessean staff will make your feel like you are home. The experience from checkin to leaving was enjoyable and has made them my go-to location in Knoxville. The friendly staff will take you around the city in the personalized SUV. And Varnell, a member of their dining staff, will make you, and each member of your party, feel like a valued guest of the hotel. He is a testimony to their entire staff!
My husband and I were in Knoxville over the weekend for a wedding and stayed at The Tennessean. Everything about our stay was perfect from arrival to departure. We stayed in the Executive King King which was huge and tastefully decorated. Our room overlooked what was once the World’s Fair site. The two king beds were extremely comfortable. There was a really comfy couch and two chairs in our room. The bathroom was great with two sinks, a tub and separate great shower. We also visited The Drawing Room which is their inviting bar on the 2nd floor. A light breakfast is also served in The Drawing Room although we did not eat there. The hotel is within walking distance of Market Square which is home to many restaurant and bar options. We never heard a sound from our room - no doors slamming, no talking in the hallways. Truly one of the quietest hotels we have ever stayed in. Although we rarely travel to the Knoxville area any longer, The Tennessean will be our go to in the future.
The folks at the Tennesseean do such a great job of making you feel like you’re a guest in their own home. From the valet staff to management, everyone was courteous, friendly and polite. I wish I could remember everyone’s names. Ed has checked me in I believe at every stay and he’s so cordial yet fun to talk to when you check in. I had an issue with a noise with the ventilation fan in my room and he sent someone right up. The maintenance man new exactly what it was and he was able to service the fan in no time. He was very professional and friendly. Later I went down to the lounge and Lindsey was able to whip up some excellent Smoking Old Fashions. Those are a definite must when I stay at the hotel. Checkout was a breeze with Katee and Barnell took very good care of my colleague and me for breakfast. I even had a chance to meet with Sam on the day of check out and he wanted to know how our stay was. I had to commend him on what a great team the hotel has assembled. I will not stay anywhere else for my travels to Knoxville unless it’s because I can’t get a room because the hotel is booked solid. I look forward to my next stay at the Tennesseean.