Review: Hyatt Place Knoxville – the coolest Hyatt Place I’ve ever visited

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Review: Hyatt Place Knoxville – the coolest Hyatt Place I’ve ever visited

This past weekend I spent a night at the Hyatt Place Knoxville. First off…Knoxville is a very cool town that I would love to revisit and I’d 100% return to stay at the Hyatt Place Knoxville. It’s in a great location on Gay street near Market Square, but what the Hyatt Place Knoxville gives guests as a category 2 hotel is incredible. Let’s get into it, but it’s the coolest Hyatt Place I’ve ever visited.


Hyatt Place Knoxville Details

  • When: March 2021
  • Where: Knoxville, TN
  • Rate: 8k points per night ( cash rates were $169/night )
  • Elite Status: Globalist
    • Benefits…free valet and 2 waters per day
  • Upgrade – none

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The hotel is located on Gay street next to the Tennessee Theater and the building was where the SEC was formed. It’s historic and roughly a 5 minute walk to Market Square which is great to stroll around lined with restaurants and bars. You can see from the image below that the downtown is historic and full of character.

a building with a flag on the side

Check in

We were greeted by valet parking attendants when we pulled up. How often do you get that sort of welcome at a Hyatt Place? We parked free of charge in the garage behind the hotel, but could have enjoyed free valet as Globalists. Check in was swift and we were told to grab two waters from the sundry behind check in.

The hotel is decorated in a fresh, almost art deco vibe, that is uniquely different from any Hyatt Place I’ve ever been in. While you’ll see the rooms were classic Hyatt Place, had they decorated them differently this could easily be a Hyatt Centric. In all honesty I’m quite surprised they they chose to brand the hotel as a Place vs Centric or even a standard Hyatt.  The lobby has grand, high ceilings, with welcoming open spaces.

This was the lobby bar…so cool. I mean there is 1942 on the shelf – don’t see that at many Hyatt Places.

a bar with a bar and a bar with a bar and a bar


You could pretty much rip any most any Hyatt Place room out, place it anywhere in the world, and you wouldn’t know where you woke up. This was essentially the case, but featured a fresher vibe. The view wasn’t anything to comment on, and we were given a mid level floor. If you’ve stayed in hotel rooms during the pandemic you know that many hotels are taking the approach of placing a sticker over the door to signify that it had been sanitized. These rooms didn’t feature that, but honestly, I spray everything before staying in a room these days so it doesn’t matter…I’m recleaning.

Pretty much like this…

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The common living spaces:

And the bathroom


This is what really sets this hotel apart. The thriving rooftop. I will say that if you’re uncomfortable with seeing mask-free people dining or walking around…you will be uncomfortable. The hotel is enforcing that guests keep their masks on while they walk to and from tables/bathrooms and all staff are masked at all times, but just a head’s up. With that said…

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Look at this view. The food is good and we ended up spending our entire night atop the hotel enjoying a gorgeous sunset.

I will note that the prices aren’t Hyatt Place prices. Glasses of wine run $10-$25, 3 Spicy Tuna handrolls are $20, and mixed drinks are all over $10. Word to the wise…make reservations on the weekend. We stayed on a Saturday and snagged one of the last open tables.

Breakfast in the morning is served here

I’m not a Hyatt Place breakfast guy and haven’t done a review in a while so…I missed snapping pics. My bad ya’ll

a kitchen with a buffet


I’m moving to the South in the coming months and would certainly do a weekend trip to Knoxville once the pandemic is over.  I’m sure I missed out on a lot of incredible live music, food, and culture.  If the hotel was pricing under $125 I wouldn’t have used points, but on our particular trip…$169 plus tax wasn’t a price I was willing to pay when I could snag it for just 8k points.

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  • […] doesn’t to be uber high end properties either. In 2021, recently redeemed points for a Hyatt Place stay in Knoxville, Tennessee. The reason I did this was because the going rate was nearly $250 a night and that didn’t […]

  • E C March 24, 2021

    I have enjoyed using my points to visit this hotel for Tennessee football games–also, great location for restaurants, downtown festivals and public transportation to the stadium. Downtown Knoxville, unlike in the past, is now quite a center for restaurants and shopping.

    The building also has some history. The structure where the Hyatt Place is located used to be the old Farragut Hotel, where the Southeastern Conference was formally organized in 1932.

  • Marianne SHOVAN March 24, 2021

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  • Christian March 24, 2021

    Glad you enjoyed our little neck of the woods. The hotel is pretty nice and has a great location. I’ve stayed there a few times as a Globalist and have never gotten an upgrade myself, so don’t feel excluded. Next time you’re in the area you should look at Chattanooga as well. If you do visit Knoxville and have any questions or need anything, feel free to reach out.

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