Courtyard and Residence Inn By Marriott Opens Downtown Location

 

Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Downtown Knoxville’s newest hotels opened quietly a few days ago and are open for business. The two Marriott hotels are housed together, with the Residence Inn occupying the south side of the building and the Courtyard occupying the north. They share a number of amenities.

Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Rooftop Bar, Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

It’s been a long road to this point. It was almost three years ago that I first wrote of the possibility the hotels might be placed at the old cite of the Knoxville News Sentinel, which was demolished over a decade ago. With the hotels now completed, it’s interesting to observe the amount of texture they add to the south end of Gay Street. Visible from numerous angles over the older buildings on the 700 block of our main street.

Front Desk, Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Front Desk, Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Entrance Coridor, Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Mike Sellge is the General Manager and Ruth Lyons, Director of Sales arranged for Hannah Saterfield to give me a tour of the hotels. There are 232 total rooms. Of these, eighty are Residence Inn rooms designed for longer-term stays. Sixteen are one-bedroom and sixty-four are studios. The remaining 152 rooms form the Courtyard and are split between single and double beds.

Origami, Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Hearth Room Room, Residence Inn by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Hearth Room, Residence Inn, by Marriott  210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Hearth Room, Residence Inn by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Amenities include a large breakfast room and lounge called the Hearth Room (there is a fireplace) for Residence Inn guests. A Fitness Center and coin laundry is available for all guests of either hotel. A conference room (The Market Square Room) with seating for about sixty is available for rental for guests or others. The Hearth Room is also available for conferences and is already scheduled for use by a group in town for the Bassmaster Classic.

Sample Room, Residence Inn by Marriott  210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Sample Room, Residence Inn by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Sample Room, Residence Inn by Marriott. 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

A central feature, open for guests and the general public, is the Courtyard Bistro. Open for breakfast 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM Monday through Friday and 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM and for dinner and/or drinks from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM seven nights a week, the restaurant is now open for business.

Sample Room, Residence Inn by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Sample Room, Residence Inn by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Sample Room, Residence Inn by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Sample Room, Residence Inn by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Guests (hotel or general public) may also take their drinks or food up to the terrace (dubbed the “Above Church Terrace) where tables and umbrellas are waiting. The space also features two grills for use by hotel guests and a beautiful firepit. The attractive space, visible from the street is also available for rentals by private groups.

Sample Room, Courtyard by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Sample Room, Courtyard by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Sample Room, Courtyard by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Sample Room, Courtyard by Marriott  210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

I also got a warm welcome from Ariel Williams, the Food and Beverage Manager. Under her guidance, the kitchen offers a range of lighter fare up to full entrees, or “Bistro Classics,” such as Vegetable Baked Pasta and Roasted Herb Chicken Breast.

View from the Top of the Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Fitness Center, Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Bistro, Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

A full bar is available for cocktails and a limited wine menu, plus craft and other beers. She said they will have some local beer and is open to suggestions. Bar hours are also 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Interestingly, the hotel offers a number of Starbucks coffee drinks and, as I understand it, they are available 24/7. 2:30 AM coffee, anyone?

Market Square Conference Room, Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Stairway to Above Church Terrace, Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

Above Church Terrace, Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott, 210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, March 2019

The hotel, the first extended-stay hotel in downtown Knoxville, also offers on-site, internal parking, which is also a first for downtown. Parking rates are $15 per day for self-parking and $20 a day for valet parking. The hotel is owned by Paramount Knoxville, LLC and is operated by Paramount Hospitality Management out of Atlanta.

Comments

  1. Look forward to wine on the terrace with absolutely NO televisions 😎– bar has no cognac, it seems- that must change. Nice Heather Whiteside art in the lobby

  2. As someone who lives very close to this development, we’ve watched it eagerly. First off, I’m glad to have anything other than a dirty vacant lot there, which was the case after the News-Sentinel left and the lot was cleared. I hope it does well and produces more tax revenue for the city as well. That said, I find the tan block on the bottom portion to look a bit “unfinished”, as if it doesn’t fit the rest of the design. As I watched it go up, I kept thinking that would some sort of finish on top….it just seems weird with the rest of the exterior. Second, sure wish that roof top bar was really on the roof! Otherwise, happy to have this new addition on the south end of the central business district.

  3. Kenneth Moffett says

    The interiors look pleasant enough, I suppose, but the exterior, with its bits and pieces jumping up and down, signals an insufficiency of power, discernment or both on the part of the Downtown Design Review Board.

  4. First rule of retail: “Never, ever, confuse the customer.”

    New hotel opens in Knoxville with, count ’em, four names.

    Marriott Residence Inns Courtyard Bonvoy. Who can make heads or tails of that mess?

    In the immortal words of Gladys Kravits, “Frank! I have a sick headache!”

  5. It looks really nice and hopefully (along with the others) will help Knoxville attract some new conventions, especially considering the departure of Destination Imagination.

  6. Good addition to Downtown. Do you know if the old Marriott (Hyatt) is being renovated?

    • I believe that the old Marriott/Hyatt is being remodeled and rebranded as a Delta Hotel, which is a brand Marriott acquired out of Canada.

  7. Bonvoy is the new name of Marriott’s loyalty program, not the brand itself.

    • KnoxvilleUrbanGuy says

      Well, I looked at that. I was told to use the Bonvoy name. I questioned it, myself, and if you go to the Marriott site, they are co-branded, so I went with that.

    • KnoxvilleUrbanGuy says

      I was given corrected information and you were dead on. I’ve changed the article accordingly. Thanks for the catch.

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