The Best Hotels to Book in Knoxville, Tennessee

Find the perfect place to rest your head in Knoxville with our handy guide
Find the perfect place to rest your head in Knoxville with our handy guide | © CrackerClips Stock Media / Alamy Stock Photo
Megan O'Hara

Knoxville, Tennessee, has become a beacon for culture buffs seeking new experiences in the American South. Read our definitive guide to the best hotels to stay at in Knoxville – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Hampton Inn and Suites

Chain Hotel

The modern exterior of the Hampton Inn and Suites Knoxton lakeside with trees in fall
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For those on a budget, the Hampton Inn and Suites is a central hotel in Downtown Knoxville providing an affordable and welcoming lodging option. The place is conveniently only minutes from the University of Tennessee and the Knoxville Convention Center. With venues throughout the USA, the Hampton brand uses its extensive experience and expertise in the hotel trade to provide guests with excellent service. Pleasant and unpretentious, the rooms provide a sound night’s sleep, and the various amenities such as the indoor swimming pool and gym ensure that guests are never bored during their leisure time.

2. Crowne Plaza Hotel


Double room at Crowne Plaza is filled with modern amenities and mood lighting
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Ideally situated just blocks away from the main streets, popular restaurants and bustling attractions of Knoxville, Crowne Plaza Hotel is a sizable venue providing an array of services, including an indoor swimming pool, an upmarket restaurant and a business center. The vast, elegantly decorated lobby and the spacious, comfortable rooms infuse the hotel with elegance, and the attentive staff are amiable and provide a friendly and efficient service. This is an affordable and satisfying place to stay in Knoxville.

3. The Oliver Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

The detailed staircase at the Oliver Hotel features an array of modern eclectic art
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This charming boutique hotel lies in the heart of downtown Knoxville, within a restored bakery dating from 1876. Rustic and spacious, the historical architecture of the Oliver Hotel is perfectly complemented by the building’s sophisticated interior design, which combines urban minimalism with five-star comfort to create a bright and chic space to relax in. Guests can enjoy a wide range of facilities here including a speakeasy-style bar, the Peter Kern Library and the Tupelo Honey Café, a culinary gem serving traditional Southern comfort food with a modern twist.

4. Blackberry Farm

Resort, Spa Hotel, Hotel

This luxury hotel and resort lies just outside of Knoxville, in Walland, Tennessee, at the foot of the stunning Great Smoky Mountains. Surrounded by forestry and lush greenery, Blackberry Farm is an intimate, family-run establishment. It offers a number of activities including yoga classes, paddle boarding and horse riding. The hotel commits itself to catering to the travel needs of guests in a first-class fashion. Be sure to dine in the restaurant here, which serves home-cooked, locally-sourced fare and unique craft beers created in the hotel’s own brewery. With a handsome 4200-acre (1,670ha) estate, this is a charming and peaceful place in which to unwind in Knoxville.

5. The Hilton Knoxville

Chain Hotel

The lobby area at the Hilton Knoxville is filled with luxury decor and bold design
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Specializing in luxury comfort, the Hilton brand is renowned internationally for its outstanding service and modern, stylish accommodation. With several hotels in Knoxville, visitors are never far from the splendor of a Hilton, and its main hotel here, the Hilton Knoxville, upholds its reputation in spectacular fashion. One of the city’s best and most popular hotels, the venue offers first-class services including a dazzling rooftop swimming pool, a sauna, a gym and a Starbucks. Diners can enjoy an extensive menu at the Marble City Kitchen, which serves traditional home-cooked American cuisine in a casual, laid-back environment.

6. Grace Hill

Bed and Breakfast, Hotel

The Grace Hill Bed and Breakfast is another fantastic inn bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just outside of Knoxville. Having received a number of awards including Most Scenic View from Inn Traveller Magazine, and Best Bed and Breakfast in East Tennessee from the viewers of WBIR, guests are assured their stay here will be beautiful and unforgettable. The hotel provides an excellent service against a stunning Tennessee backdrop, an idyllic spot found personally by owner Kathleen Janke while hiking the mountain trail.

7. The River Overlook

Bed and Breakfast, Hotel

As the name suggests, this charming countryside bed and breakfast in Knoxville boasts incredible views over the French Broad River and the neighboring Great Smoky Mountains. Just minutes from Knoxville Airport, the River Overlook is a retreat that prides itself on providing a first-rate hotel experience while still being affordable. Snug, cozy and serene, the place compels its guests to instantly feel at home and unwind in its comfortable atmosphere. Enjoy the jaw-dropping views from the traditional, Southern style porch which lines the building.

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