Many would say, Knoxville, Tennessee is the ultimate one-stop-shop travel destination. Seriously, if you haven’t heard through the travel grapevine yet, we cannot gush enough over our fine city. From an exploding food scene to abundant outdoor activities, Knoxville literally has it all. Which means you may need some helpful advice on how to choose where to stay when you decide to visit this great city! Figuring out where to stay and what to consider when choosing a hotel isn’t always easy or foolproof, but with our brief guideline, it’ll be a breeze.
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Location is Everything
The number one consideration you’ll want to start off with is location. Desired hotel location depends on what you foresee yourself during your stay. For example, downtown Knox is the place to be for dining, shopping, and entertainment. Downtown is also central to the other highlighted neighborhoods of Knox.
To help determine the area you should stay in, ask yourself:
- Will I have a car? If not, stay within easy walking or Übering
- Where are the main attractions I want to see?
- Where are my meetings and other scheduled events being held?
- Do I want to be an urban setting or a natural setting? Knox proper is all urban, but Smoky Mountain National Park isn’t too far away if you’re looking to stay somewhere more nature-immersive. Although, Knox has ample urban nature to explore!
Spend some time nailing down the area you want to stay in because this step alone greatly eliminates time spent researching hotels.
Every property offers different amenities. What do you expect out of a hotel stay? What do you enjoy doing while at the hotel?
Is keeping up with your fitness routine crucial? Then opt for a hotel with a fitness center.
Craving a few spa treatments over the course of your stay? Choose a hotel with a spa. Perhaps you won’t need much other than your comfortable room and on-site dining options? If so, then hotel amenities won’t necessarily be a narrow-down mechanism for you!
In general, though, it’s wise to think ahead to what you may need to do or have the hotel do for you throughout your stay, and be sure whichever hotel you’ve got your eye on can deliver.
Not always a word associated with hotels, but important nonetheless. If you’re going to be visiting Knoxville for a romantic getaway, you hardly want to be staying at the family-friendly hotel with kids running up and down the hallway, right?
Or, if you’re visiting with all three of your kids, for example, then you do want a family-friendly feeling hotel. How do you figure out what the ambiance of a hotel is without having been there first? Online research! Visit the website, look at the website photos, read online reviews, check out the hotel’s social media pages, etc.
Not every hotel offers on-site dining, and not every hotel offers good on-site dining. Now, be sure to keep in mind that Knox is a foodie paradise. There are way more delicious restaurants to try than you’ll have time for in one visit. Regardless, though, it’s likely that you’ll want to enjoy some of your meals at the hotel. Consider the following:
- Do you plan on meeting any friends at your hotel for appetizers and cocktails?
- Do you envision a romantic chef-made dinner in your room?
- Are you children picky eaters?
- Do you have any specific dietary or nutritional needs?
- Will you be meeting clients or business professionals for food or drinks at the hotel?
Apply your answers to your hotel search! If need be, call the hotel and speak to the team to ensure your needs will be met.
Whether you’re traveling for business entirely or will be on a bleisure trip, don’t forget to discern whether or not your desired hotel(s) offer business amenities. Considerations here may include:
- Workspace or desk in room?
- Business Center Within Hotel?
- Wi-fi Connectivity
- Meeting Rooms, Conference Rooms, Etc.
How well-taken care of do you wish to be? Are you a DIY traveler or do you prefer to have someone else do it for you? There’s no right or wrong answer! If you want to feel taken care of, pampered even, opt for a hotel offering Butler or Concierge services. Butler services typically include:
- A personalized experience from arrival to departure
- In-room dining service
- Itinerary curation and arrangements
- Travel arrangements
- Event overseeing and arrangement
- Packing and unpacking services
- Morning coffee or tea and newspaper delivery
- Literally, anything else you may need at any point
Boutique Vs. Chain
Last, but not least, do you prefer the boutique hotel experience, or are you more comfortable with a chain hotel? Again, there’s no right or wrong answer, there’s merely your preference! Knox is a very unique and distinctive city, and Knox’s best boutique hotels showcase that much better than the chains. Yet, there are certain expectations and knowns that come with staying at a chain. We recommend choosing a boutique hotel, but for your convenience, Knox has plenty of both!
Make your way through this list and apply each consideration to your search. After doing so we’ve no doubt you’ll have narrowed down your options, and perhaps even chosen a hotel for your stay!
For those looking for a hotel in the heart of downtown Knox within easy walking distance of a variety of attractions and dining check out The TENNESSEAN Hotel. Brand new and incredible, The TENNESSEAN Hotel is distinctly Knox in style and decor, offers an array of amenities and dining options, and features Butler and Concierge services to meet your every need. Visit the website and book your stay today!