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The Oliver Hotel
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

This a great small hotel, about 30 rooms located right in the market district of Knoxville. The staff here were fantastic and you felt like their number one concern. If you get the chance book one of the King Suites as its worth the few extra dollars. The Tupelo Honey Cafe is next door for the southern breakfast that you can experience

Room Tip: king suite is worth the extra
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jerry061
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

We just completed an overnight stay at the Oliver. It's a small hotel tucked into a side street, just a few steps from Market Square. The location is great for walking to downtown destinations - the Tennessee Theater, Mast General Store, free performances on the Square....it's located behind the Tupelo Honey Cafe. THC will provide room service at the usual mark up.

The convenient downtown location near a popular square means that it's not especially quiet. And the Oliver is in no way sound proofed. So we were awakened in the wee morning several times by drunken revellers walking along the street the hotel faces. Our request for a quiet room when making the reservation netted us a third floor room, but no promises of quiet. Sound is just a part of city life....

Our room was clean, the bed was very comfortable, and the AC worked. We had night stands with matching lamps, despite the fact that one lamp can't be plugged in and therefore is just for appearances sake. The decor is simple and quite well suited to the ambience of the hotel.

The Library speakeasy bar is tiny - about the size of our room. It was filled to capacity for our Thursday night visit. (The bouncers were actually counting capacity before they'd let people in.) Hotel guests are, however, given access through a 'secret' door. The noise level was quite loud.

btw, we made use of the valet parking; it made thing so much easier.

I'm glad we tried the Oliver, but I do wish we'd been able to get a better night's sleep.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Diana J
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

Recently stayed 1 night in the Oliver Hotel. Was assigned an inside room (Room 207) that overlooked the roof of the floor below. I believe all odd numbered rooms over look this roof! Placed on that roof were 3 exhaust fans for the business below (restaurant) and 21+ stand alone air conditioner condensers. Being a hot summer night you can imagine the noise from all these units...just outside our window. Slept with a pillow over my head and had a sleepless night A coating of dust blanketed the molding in the room (chair rails), on the night stand, night stand clock and fixtures in the room. On a positive side the bed linens were above average. Hotel is over rated and I am surprised that Southern Magazine includes this hotel in their collection of hotels. The even numbered rooms that are away from this inside roof most likely would be quiet rooms. Restaurant "Tupelo Honey" was great for dinner.

Room Tip: Do not accept an odd number room assignment as it overlooks a roof with exhaust fans and air conditioner condensers
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank ken g
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Stayed at The Oliver for business travel and enjoyed the atmosphere. The hotel is very well done and the staff was highly friendly. The room was very clean and the hotel was next to a great selection of restaurants. I counted off a star for a noisy AC unit, but given the age of the hotel I'm not sure that could be avoided. I would stay here again for sure.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms facing the ally, it can get a little noisy with people passing through.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled on business
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1  Thank Lyle M
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Not a chain hotel, so if looking for cookie cutter this is not it. Arrived and bell boy unloaded our car while we checked in at the front desk. Entrance is just off Market Square although a lot of the rooms face Market Square. Hotel is renovated old building of which they kept just enough of the early 1900's look with updated bathrooms, bedding, etc. Wifi is available. Our room was a King with separate stand up shower and tub, with separate sitting area and bedroom. Service was great and prompt, rooms were very clean and location can't be beat as there are breakfast, lunch and dinner locations in abundance near the hotel on Market Square. We very much enjoyed our stay and will return when we can.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank lumberking
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