Hotels East of Knoxville, Tennessee

by Meg Jernigan

Travelers have an assortment of hotel options east of Knoxville, Tennessee. Chain motels, found along Interstate 40, offer the expected amenities. Other properties, tucked into the countryside or along lakeshores, provide a more individualized experience. Near the Tennessee border, the vacation destinations of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have hundreds of hotel and motel rooms.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Knoxville/East

Fairfield Inn & Suites Knoxville/East is located just off Interstate 40 at the Strawberry Plains exit. A number of chains including Comfort, Best Western and Baymont operate motels in the area. Fairfield Inn is adjacent to a Cracker Barrel restaurant, part of a chain that serves country style food all day, every day. The hotel has an indoor pool and fitness center as well as Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel. Fairfield Inn, like all Marriott properties, is smoke-free. Pets are not allowed.

The River Overlook

Wide rocking chair porches at the River Overlook provide views of the French Broad River. Located out in the country down a winding road, the Overlook offers guests rooms with private bathrooms, large closets and a sitting area. Each of the two guest rooms has a keyed door to ensure privacy. The Tennessee Room is handicap accessible, and a roll-in shower in a separate bathroom provides wheelchair-bound visitors with bathing facilities. River Islands Golf Course is five miles away.

Mountain Harbor Inn Resort on the Lake

Mountain Harbor Inn, located on the shore of Douglas Lake, offers a few extras for guests. All of the suites have porches or balconies with lake and Smoky Mountain views. Guests enjoy a sunset cruise, candlelight dessert and full breakfast. The Inn provides Swedish and hot stone massage therapy and offers in-room couples massage. Boating options include pontoon boats, jet skis and paddle boats. Off-season rates at Harbor Inn are under $100 a night, as of 2010.

Wilderness at the Smokies

Wilderness at the Smokies bills itself as Tennessee’s largest waterpark resort. Two outdoor parks and one indoor park offer surfing, thrill rides and water tubes. An 18-hole miniature adventure golf course opened in 2010. The resort’s two lodges, connected to the water attractions, have standard rooms and suites. The largest suites have two bedrooms and a full bath. Entrance to the waterpark is included in the room rate, no matter the room size, and kids always eat free.

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