Knoxville, Tennessee, Boutique Hotels

by Mary Freeman

Founded in 1786, Knoxville is a city with immense history. The metropolis' small hotel community, which consists mostly of renovated historic buildings, reflects the city's age. While only one hotel qualifies as a boutique in Knoxville, a few other options provide the same amenities that a boutique does.

Hotel St. Oliver

The only true boutique hotel in Knoxville, Hotel St. Oliver offers 28 individually decorated rooms. Built in 1876, the hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places. Rooms range in size from 215 to 515 square feet. Persian carpets, antiques and gilt-framed oil paintings complete the hotel's Victorian aesthetic. For a one-time cleaning fee, the hotel allows pets. St. Oliver hosts weddings and special events; guests can rent the hotel library, which accommodates 25 people. The hotel has weekday specials and discounts for musicians, artists and sports fans.

Cook Loft

While not quite a boutique hotel, the Cook Loft has many of the same features -- size, strong interior design and personalized service -- that a boutique hotel has. Cook Loft, as its name suggest, is not a hotel, but simply a two-bedroom loft. It has a modern, chic aesthetic, with exposed brick, hardwood floors, granite and all stainless steel appliances. The loft accommodates large events and has a media center with audio/visual capabilities. Located in Knoxville's theater district, Cook Loft is within walking distance of the University of Tennessee and the Knoxville Convention Center.

Maple Grove Inn

This Federal-style house, built in 1799, has six rooms and two suites with poster beds, fireplaces and marble bathrooms. The hotel uses antiques and period replications to give the property a Vintage aesthetic. A Southern-style breakfast is included in the room rates. Open Monday through Friday for lunch and on Saturdays for breakfast, the hotel's restaurant serves chicken crepes, Greek omelets, soups and salads. The restaurant roasts its own variety of coffee beans daily, which is sold by the pound. The hotel has special packages for weddings, special events, groups and multiple-day stays.

Maplehurst Inn

An 18th-century design aesthetic runs throughout Maplehurst Inn; the parlor is complete with piano, fireplace and a small library. The historic building dates back to 1917, when it functioned as a mansion home for a wealthy Knoxville merchant. In 1982, after a four-bedroom extension, the hotel was converted into a bed and breakfast. The 11 distinct rooms come with king-size antique beds; some rooms have Jacuzzi tubs. The hotel serves a light breakfast in the first-floor Garden Room each morning. Maplehurst is within walking distance of the Henley Street Bridge.


  • Hotel St. Oliver: 407 Union St.; Knoxville, TN 37902; 865-521-0050
  • Cook Loft: 722 South Gay St.; Knoxville, TN 37902; 865-310-2216
  • Maple Grove Inn: 8800 Westland Dr.; Knoxville, TN 37923; 865-951-2315
  • Maplehurst Inn: Location

About the Author

Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.