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“Cool, peaceful and affordable.”
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The Oliver Hotel
Ranked #5 of 86 Hotels in Knoxville
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
“Cool, peaceful and affordable.”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

My mom and I stayed here for three nights on a trip through Kentucky and Tennessee. I read about the hotel on a Design Sponge city guide and was not disappointed by the aesthetics...my favorite parts were the cool wooden nightstands and wooden bowls holding fruit throughout the hotel! Not to mention the very retro and rustic library bar.

The location of the hotel, right off of Market Square, made it easy for us to eat three meals a day at various places within a two minute walk. The craft beer store next door to the hotel was great for stocking the mini fridge and watching movies with a brew. We parked our car on the night we arrived and didn't move it until we left three days later because there was so much to do in the area around the hotel. All that time in the Market Square public parking lot ended up costing us five dollars.

One thing that was less than awesome was the window in our room. It was small and would not open to let in a breeze even though the guy at reception said it could be done. There were also weird noises that came from the ceiling near the sprinkler during both day and night. This was on the third floor, so I'm thinking something is going on with the piping because there was no one above us.

All in all, this was a great place to stay that felt special without being ostentatious or overly hipster. I wish places like this in Chicago (Longman & Eagle, for example) were as affordable and easy to get a room in!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

My wife and I stayed here in early April for my "staycation" birthday. We have often traveled downtown to the Market Square area eating at practically every eatery there. We said we were going to stay at The Oliver one day, and so we did! We stayed in a King Room overlooking Market Square for one night.

What a wonderful boutique hotel. It's well appointed with a small number of rooms in total and only three floors. The staff was extremely polite and professional. Check in was quick and smooth. The Peter Kern Library is the bar located on the bottom floor. Its a great (and VERY popular) bar with great tasting cocktails and other beverages. Don't miss out if you happen to stay there. A plus of staying at The Oliver is the ability to order room service from Tupelo Honey Cafe located just below the hotel. We didn't use this amenity, but did contemplate it the next morning.

It is a bit expensive, but you do get what you pay for here.

Room Tip: We stayed in a King Room overlooking Market Square, room 314.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2014

This was our first stay at this smaller hotel and we enjoyed it. The room was appointed nicely. The view of the roof wasn't much. The location is great, we parked and walked everywhere once we arrived.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Woodland Hills, CA
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Reviewed 11 April 2014

I travel to Knoxville from time to time and without a doubt this is the place to stay. it is an old style hotel right in the downtown area not far from the convention center and Campus. The rooms are very comfortable and the amenities are really nice. Everyone there is very nice and great to deal with. The rooms are very comfortable and the wifi is included with your room. Each room also has full DirecTv (a big plus when on the road). Also, the LIBRARY bar right off the lobby is a great place to hang out and unwind. Bottom line, if you are heading to K town there is no choice, book here.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Lake Mary, Florida
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

My niece suggested that I give this hotel a try while in town for Rhythm and Blooms Festival. My room on the second floor was very comfortable and had everything I needed for an enjoyable visit to Knoxville. The Oliver provided Gilchrist & Soames Body Wash, Shampoo and Conditioner in the shower like you find in some spa's. There is a mini fridge to store any left overs but no microwave. So many wonderful places to eat in the Market area only a few feet from the hotel. We had some rain a couple of the days I was there and found a nice umbrella in my closet next to the two bath robes. There are four bicycles to use but we had rain on the days we were available to borrow them. They also provide a helmet. There is a cool looking bar off of the lobby but we never had the chance to try it out. We did eat lunch and breakfast at Tupelo Honey and everything we ordered was wonderful. I feel like you cannot go wrong there. I would stay at The Oliver again if I ever find myself in Knoxville.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

The Staff, in particular AJ and Deano, went out of their way to ensure that our stay fantastic - very attentive to our needs, prompt, professional, friendly - they truly take care of their guests. The property is conveniently located adjacent to Market Square and within hiking distance of all of the major attractions. They have two pairs of very nice bicycles available that make exploring the city very fun. On property, they have a very nice restaurant, Tupelo Honey Café, and a high end lobby bar - the Peter Kern Library. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Springfield, IL
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

We stayed at the Oliver for a second time in Knoxville for the Rythym & Blooms music festival. We were kindly upgraded to a king suite for our 4 night stay which provided a lot more room and comfort than our first stay in a queen room. The location on Market Square affords walking everywhere you need to be. The library speakeasy is very cozy and the cocktails are tasty. The new Tupelo Honey Cafe is a nice addition as well. No gym but fire passes to the Y and plenty of trails to run nearby.

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Additional Information about The Oliver Hotel

Property: The Oliver Hotel
Address: 407 Union Ave, (corner of Market Square), Knoxville, TN 37902-2112 (Formerly The Hotel St. Oliver)
Region: United States > Tennessee > Knoxville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Knoxville
#4 Romantic Hotel in Knoxville
#10 Family Hotel in Knoxville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Oliver Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the heart of Knoxville just steps away from the hustle and bustle of Market Square, The Oliver Hotel is an original expression of the city. Originally built in 1876 as the Peter Kern Bakery, the building had hosted everything from the Kern's candy counter and soda fountain to a drugstore, and dancing hall. In 2011, the property was renovated into what is now Knoxville's best boutique hotel with a style that plays tribute to the buildings history, while offering guests rooms with charm, sophistication, and modern amenities. The property features the Peter Kern Library Bar, a craft cocktail lounge; Tupelo Honey Cafe, an award winning restaurant; and Oliver Royale Restaurant, featuring a chef driven menu and bar. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Hotel St Oliver

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