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!
- 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