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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
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Your choice of sumptuous suites at a brand-new hotel in a historic building beside World's Fair Park

The Lowdown

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

531 Henley St
Knoxville, TN 37902-2810 United States


Fall Foliage Smokies 2019

My husband & I spent one night in this hotel because we wanted to explore the city of Knoxville prior to our trip back home. We wished we could have stayed longer!!! From the time we arrived till the time we checked out, we were treated like royalty. The staff showed us the true southern hospitality & we are truly grateful for making our stay special & memorable. The room they upgraded us to was spectacular - very modern, efficient, comfortable, clean and homey! They added personal touches in the room such as the wine amenity, welcome on the TV & handwritten card. Tip: book the corner rooms that faced the World’s Fair Park - the views are awesome. The bar/restaurant serves only light meal - I wish they have a proper sit down dinner BUT the drinks are top notch & the breakfast buffet was the best we had on this trip! Will definitely stay here again!

Nicest hotel in Knoxville

The hotel was great. Not much to look at from the outside but very very nice on the inside. Great staff. Room was very comfortable and the bathroom was huge.
Excellent experience all around.
Very good location as well. Easy walk to Old Knoxville, Market Square and the University.

Quality, Service and Value

Having never been to Knoxville before, we chose the Tennessean because it seemed like it would be different from the "ordinary" chain hotels. It did not disappoint! Prior to our trip we received an e-mail asking about our upcoming stay. I let them know that it was our anniversary and they not only acknowledged it upon arrival, we received a nice card and a bottle of Prosecco. Upon checkout they asked if we had a nice anniversary with them. This is just an example of the personal touches they provide here.

When we drove up, the valet greeted us immediately and had a luggage cart in no time. The bellhop was a local who provided a lot of options for dinner and drinks. Instead of us using our own car to go out to dinner, they insisted on taking us in the hotel's Suburban.

The room was spacious, clean, had a large bathroom, and a nice view facing the Sun Sphere. My one minor complaint would be that the mattress and pillows were too soft, but that's probably just a matter of personal preference.

We didn't eat here, but had a few drinks at the bar. The bartenders were very attentive, personable, and made good drinks.

Upon leaving, the valet asked where we were headed and offered directions for the best way to get there.

We enjoyed Knoxville and would like to return someday. Everything and everyone was great making for a very enjoyable stay. When we do return, you can bet that we will definitely be staying here!