Courtesy The Tennessean Hotel
Small Market Meetings
Published April 01, 2017
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The Tennessean Hotel will open in downtown Knoxville this month. Benchmark will operate the property, which has 82 guest rooms and 12 luxury residences in the World’s Fair Park. The park sits on the perimeter of the campus at the University of Tennessee, a partner in the new hotel.
“Knoxville is a vibrant, thriving hub for business and leisure travel and now one of the hottest hotel markets in the U.S.,” said Alex Cabañas, CEO of Benchmark.
The hotel is being developed on the grounds of the 1982 World’s Fair Park and adjacent to many attractions in downtown Knoxville. Guests of the Tennessean Hotel can take in the city’s diverse arts, theater and culinary scene; shop in the boutiques of Market Square; take a cruise on the Tennessee River; visit the acclaimed Knoxville Zoo; and visit several historic sites in the area.
The Park Pavilion, located adjacent to the Tennessean, offers 16,000 square feet of indoor venue space, with an option for outdoor space at Knoxville’s World’s Fair Park. Event breakout spaces, prefunction space, floor-to-ceiling air curtains and hidden service hallways make this flexible space suitable for events, functions, conferences and receptions. Within the hotel is the Boardroom, which features butler service.
The Tennessean uses sustainable culinary practices and features meats, cheeses and produce from the region in the Drawing Room, the hotel’s lounge and bar. These farm-to-table menus change with the seasons. Tennessee’s whiskey and locally brewed craft beers bring a new dimension to the hotel’s bar offerings, which feature Knoxville’s largest selection of Tennessee Small Batch Whiskey. The Drawing Room offers views of the World’s Fair Park; Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the Smokey Mountains; and the iconic Sunsphere.