The Best Hotels to Book Near Neyland Stadium, Knoxville

Bear witness to an up-close and personal touchdown at the Neyland Stadium before retiring to your eclectic Knoxville hotel
Bear witness to an up-close and personal touchdown at the Neyland Stadium before retiring to your eclectic Knoxville hotel | © Andre Jenny / Alamy Stock Photo
Sara Darling

On a game day, the gladiatorial arena of Neyland Stadium is practically shaken to its foundations. And after all that excitement, catch some well-needed rest at one of these nearby Knoxville hotels – bookable on Culture Trip.

While Tennessee‘s Nashville rocks out with country music, Knoxville is more about rocks. Known as the Marble City for the high-quality slabs it produced, it was the quarry of choice for some of the country’s most iconic buildings – from DC’s National Gallery of Art to New York’s Central Station. There’s another place that rocks here, quite literally on a game day: Neyland Stadium, home of the Tennessee Volunteers college football team.

1. Graduate Knoxville

Chain Hotel

Graduate Knoxville
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Pulling a cross-country road trip with Knoxville as a stop? Don’t sweat the check-in time at the Graduate – open 24 hours a day, whatever time you arrive, this hip hotel will whisk you to one of its 112 spacious and sound-proofed rooms. In the light of day, you might be surprised to find you’re on the doorstep of the University of Tennessee, thrumming with student life. Power up with a cup of coffee in the eclectic lobby or peruse the papers on the pretty terrace and get ready for a day of exploring.

2. The Tennessean Hotel

Luxury

The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel
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Whatever your plans are in Knoxville, the Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel will be able to accommodate you and the crew – with its largest room sleeping up to five adults. As excited as you are to blitz through breakfast and hit the city, take a minute to appreciate the hotel’s efforts to keep things local and sustainably produced with artisan bread, fresh cheeses, and house-made jam and muesli. Served to staggering views of the Great Smoky Mountains – it certainly beats a Pop-Tart.

4. Red Roof Inn Knoxville Central

Chain Hotel

Red Roof Inn Knoxville Central - Papermill Road
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Pooch and purse-friendly, you’ll find this cheap and cheerful hotel just five minutes from both the University of Tennessee and downtown Knoxville, so you can blow what budget you’ve kept back on the city’s culture and nightlife. After all, this one is designed with young, fun-loving folks in mind – plenty of sociable areas are furnished with overstuffed chairs and sofas, as well as a selection of dedicated workspaces with free wifi when you need to update your blog.

5. Hampton Inn and Suites Knoxville-Downtown

Chain Hotel

Hampton Inn & Suites Knoxville-Downtown
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A lot of hotels can talk the talk on their environmental credentials, but Hampton Inn and Suites are walking, too. Whether you’re chilling out in the open-concept lobby, de-stressing in the gym or pool, or tucking into a complimentary breakfast of waffles, eggs and bacon – lighter bites are available – relax in the knowledge that this hotel has partnered with Clean the World: the world’s largest organization in recycling hotel bath product amenities.

6. The Oliver Hotel Knoxville

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

The Oliver Hotel
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The Oliver Hotel is a hidden downtown gem. If you are a fan of quirky furniture, eclectic art and interesting conversation, you’ll love this lovingly-restored 1876 home – situated just steps away from the hustle and bustle of Market Square. The historic building has been carefully styled to incorporate unusual artifacts, such as vintage oil paintings and taxidermy, alongside sleek mid-century furniture and light fittings. The highlight? The Peter Kern Library bar – a genuine restored speakeasy hidden behind the Oliver’s lobby.

7. Courtyard by Marriott Knoxville Downtown

Chain Hotel

Courtyard by Marriott Knoxville Downtown
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To make the most of downtown Knoxville’s food, social and shopping scene, you’ll want a hotel slap bang in the middle of it all. Cue, the Courtyard – just a few blocks from central Market Square. Once your arms are about ready to fall off under the weight of your haul, retreat to your immaculately spacious room – where a palette of whites and cool greys will have you relaxed in a snap. Once your appetite kicks in, head down for a drink and bite to eat in the ice-white Courtyard Bistro.

8. Hilton Garden Inn Knoxville

Chain Hotel

Hilton Garden Inn Knoxville Papermill Drive
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After a hard day’s browsing at the Bearden Antique Mall – or pounding the streets learning about the pioneers, outlaws and fictional characters who make up the rich history of Knoxville – the Hilton Inn Knoxville offers a comfortable and convenient place to lay your head. With comfortable mismatched furniture and eclectic art in the lobby, the rooms are modern and minimalist here. Don’t forget to check out the indoor pool and fitness center – or skip that and head straight to the relaxing outdoor terrace to cozy up around the fire pit with a sundowner.

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