Hotels Near Downtown Knoxville

by Nicholas Katers

Tourists flock to Knoxville's downtown district for attractions and events throughout the year. Downtown Knoxville is home to cultural venues like the Bijou Theatre and the Knoxville Museum of Art. This urban neighborhood also celebrates state history with the Tennessee Riverboat Company and the Blount Mansion. College sports fans can attend men’s and women’s sporting events at nearby University of Tennessee. This concentration of tourist attractions means an abundance of hotel options for out-of-town visitors.

Chain Hotels

Chain hotels in downtown Knoxville accommodate state legislators, business people and tourists. The Knoxville Marriott greets guests with a large lobby featuring comfortable seating and a piano. Guests at the Knoxville Marriott can meet for all three meals at the Hill Street Cafe on the first floor. The Four Points by Sheraton Knoxville Cumberland House Hotel ensures guest comfort with sleeper sofas and pillowtop mattresses in each room. Travelers can wander through the gift shop adjacent to the lobby before sitting down for a hearty meal at McEwan's Kitchen.

Bed and Breakfasts

Travelers can find quaint bed and breakfasts without leaving downtown Knoxville. The Maplehurst Inn features 11 guest rooms in a mansion built during Knoxville's frontier days. Guests at this property can converse over breakfast in the Garden Room before adjourning to the study. The Cook Loft is a bed and breakfast within a retail building dating to 1924. This property offers apartments with wood floors, brick walls and abundant natural lighting. Visitors staying in downtown Knoxville for several weeks can take advantage of the property's rates for extended stays.

Boutique Hotel

The Hotel St. Oliver combines modern amenities with easy access to attractions in downtown Knoxville. Guests can reach shops and food carts on Market Square by strolling out of the hotel lobby. Amenities like landscape paintings and rustic furniture allow tourists to enjoy Southern decor without leaving their rooms. King suites at the Hotel St. Oliver add to these features with armoires and leather couches. This property also maintains a first-floor library with plush seats and shelves filled with Southern literary classics.

Motels

Travelers can stay close to the University of Tennessee and downtown Knoxville at the Royal Inn & Suites. This independent motel offers a variety of room options ranging from rooms with two queen beds to suites with living rooms. Guests can stay productive between tours and attractions by using the motel’s complimentary wireless Internet. Another motel option is the Family Inns of America-Rutledge, located northeast of downtown Knoxville. Each room offers kitchen appliances and a dining table to accommodate homemade meals on the road.

About the Author

Nicholas Katers has been a freelance writer since 2006. He teaches American history at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis. His past works include articles for "CCN Magazine," "The History Teacher" and "The Internationalist" magazine. Katers holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in American history from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, respectively.