10 Best Knoxville Area Hotels, Country Inns and Mountain Lodges

Often overshadowed by Nashville and Memphis, "scruffy little Knoxville" remains refreshingly under-the-radar. However, it is certainly a city to keep an eye on as it continues to define itself.

Those visiting the area will find that most of Knoxville's hotels consist of large name-brand chains, but that doesn't mean that some shine more than others. Budget travelers will appreciate the Holiday Inn World's Fair Park, a cut above many budget digs with amazing views of the Sunsphere and free breakfast for kids. The Four Points by Sheraton Knoxville West, Hilton Knoxville, and Crown Plaza Knoxville each offer an elegant stay in the heart of the city, while the Embassy Suites Knoxville West, is a stylish option just a short drive from downtown Knoxville.

In addition, visitors to the surrounding area will find a number of unique accommodations, including the magical Inn at Christmas Place, or the luxurious and quiet Blackberry Farm. Adventure seekers can hike through the Smoky Mountains to Le Conte Lodge, where the only way in is by foot.

Two historical favorites within Knoxville are the Maple Grove Inn, a quiet bed and breakfast, as well as The Oliver Hotel, Knoxville's only boutique property.

This list of 10 highlights some of Knoxville's stand-out properties to make planning a vacation a little easier.

Holiday Inn World's Fair Park
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This downtown Knoxville hotel is a part of the World's Fair Park and is an easy walk to Fort Kid (a large city park playground), Market Square, and the Old City district. The 293-room, eco-friendly hotel features an indoor pool with views of the...  Read More

Maple Grove Inn
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This charming 18th Century bed and breakfast is located on 15 acres in West Knoxville and offers just seven rooms - making it a perfect choice for those interested in personalized service. Decorated with antiques and period furnishings, each of...  Read More

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LeConte Lodge
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Although located about 45 miles away from Knoxville, this hotel is an attraction in itself. The only way to reach the property is to hike through the Smoky Mountain National Park to the top of the mountain - which grants some outstanding views....  Read More



Steps from the University of Tennessee and adjacent to the World's Fair Park, the Four Points by Sheraton is within walking distance to most of Knoxville's downtown treasures. The 129-room, eco-conscious hotel offers free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness...  Read More

Embassy Suites Knoxville West
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Under the Hilton umbrella, the Embassy Suites Knoxville West is a stand out among the chain properties in Knoxville. The nightly manager's reception with complimentary beverages and appetizers is a nice touch, as is the made-to-order breakfast...  Read More

The Inn at Christmas Place
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It doesn't have to be December to get in to the Christmas spirit; the Inn at Christmas Place is full of holiday warmth year round. Opened in 2007, the halls of this unique property are decked with holly wreaths and Christmas trees, with special...  Read More

Hilton Knoxville
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As part of the the trusted hotel brand,the Hilton Knoxville is located in the center of downtown, between the World's Fair Park and the nightlife districts. The on-site Market Cafe offers traditional snacks, and a Starbucks will give guests that...  Read More

Blackberry Farm
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Located about 30 miles from Knoxville at the base of the Smoky Mountains National park, this luxurious country retreat is ideal for those seeking a quiet stay outside the city limits. Situated on 4,200 acres, the farm focuses on locally-sourced...  Read More

Crowne Plaza Hotel Knoxville Downtown University
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By staying at the Crown Plaza Knoxville Downtown, guests can't get any closer to the nightlife action. Situated in the center of Gay Street, Market Square, and Old City, there is excitement and things to do in every direction. Renovated in 2013,...  Read More

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Re-invented in 2011 as The Oliver, the 28-room hotel provides Knoxville's only boutique-style accommodations and a perfect location in the heart of downtown. With a history dating back to the 19th Century, the hotel has served as a candy store,...  Read More


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