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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


5.0 Excellent 325 Reviews
GREAT hotel!
Reviewed 2 days ago

Lovely hotel; so nice and so relaxing. Staff was incredible. We arrived for a business meeting and I wish we had been able to stay longer. Would absolutely use this hotel again should we visit Knoxville in the future.

Excellent Hotel With Top-Notch Service
Reviewed 2 days ago

My girlfriend & I stayed for a night while we were in town for a concert. The staff was extremely friendly & professional & the room was EXCELLENT. Very impressive. We also had breakfast sent to our room & it was delicious! So much fun. We both loved it! Will definitely stay here again. HIGHLY recommend The Tennessean if you’re staying in Knoxville. It’ll be a luxurious stay & will definitely impress not only you, but also any guests you bring with you!

Outstanding experience
Reviewed 2 days ago

The bed was very comfortable, linens nice, plenty of easily accessible spots to charge devices, nice designer toiletries, large shower with excellent water pressure, pleasant layout/modern unobtrusive decor and excellent multi source lighting. The Drawing Room, an intimate bar on 2nd floor had an excellent bartender, with very nice ambience and comfortable sitting areas - very pleasant surprise. We both started and ended some evenings here. The staff were invariably pleasant and professional providing a vase and extra glasses upon request, producing our car or shuttle service at a moment's notice and whisking away room service dishes.

Great Hotel
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had great experience at the Tennessean, everything went well from the moment we arrived after driving 11 hours and for the following few days till we checked out.
Staff were friendly and accommodating, the suite was awesome , spacious and the view was really nice. Room service was quick and the food was incredible.

First visit
Reviewed 3 days ago

very efficient and courteous staff. hotel was clean and well organized . would recommend highly and will definitely plan a return visit. very convenient to all things in the downtown and University of Tennessee campus area.