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“We liked it.” 4 of 5 stars
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The Oliver Hotel
407 Union Avenue, (corner of Market Square), Knoxville, TN 37902 (Formerly The Hotel St. Oliver)   |  
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Ranked #7 of 89 Hotels in Knoxville
Melbourne, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“We liked it.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Drove into the city for an unplanned stop and was so glad we did the search for highly rated hotels. What this place has going for it is location. That and a clean, nicely appointed room and friendly staff. Is right off a city center courtyard plaza area complete with pop fountains for kids, restaurants for everyone (with outdoor seating), trees, and benches.

And for the record I am not an employee.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Park Hills, Missouri
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Overall, my wife and I loved the Oliver experience.

My only complaint is the choice of music, selected by the young lady tending the bar in the Library. It was blaring in the Library. It was a very poor selection for the guests that were trying to enjoy the atmosphere. It was loud and obscene with a large dose of profanities. That certainly destroyed the dignity that the Library deserves. I realize that Knoxville is a college town and that the music listened to today is preferred by the younger generation, but there is a time and place to respect the environment that is being shared with others.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jacksonville, Florida
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

What a find--this is one of the nicest hotels anywhere, not just in TN. The rooms are beautiful, we walked in and there was ice in the ice bucket and music playing on the in-room stereo. Do not miss the Library, a great spot for a drink. Jessica's cocktails are amazing! It is close to some great places to eat and drink.

Room Tip: no breakfast, but there are a few small coffee/breakfast places within one block, and Tupelo Honey h...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

Superior hotel: First class rooms-excellent bar/lounge-topped off by
an exceptional restaurant "Tupelo
Honey". Would highly recommend
the Oliver Hotel to anyone truly looking
for an enjoyable and relaxing time.

John Kroyer
Bonita Springs, Fl.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Asheville, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Thanks to the staff, I had a very nice stay at the Oliver. I was a little surprised at how small the hotel (virtually no lobby / common area) and room was, but I guess it is to be expected in the middle of downtown (great location, btw). Hotel was nice, even though small for the cost. A special thanks to Teresa at the front desk, who was polite, helpful, and overall a large part of how enjoyable our stay was. If you are lucky enough to check in/out or make requests on her shift, you are in good hands.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I came to the Oliver on a Business/family trip. I have never had a more pleasant experience. No not everything was perfect. The wine bottle that they sold in the room had a dry cork but once as soon as I asked about it the bottle was comped and a fresh bottle was brought to my room immediately.
The staff was always willing to help no matter what I needed. They even went as far as packing some items left in my room as I rushed out the door to make a flight. They then shipped

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

I came here on my birthday after a less than pleasant experience at the Crowne Plaza. The staff went above and beyond to make it a great stay. The rooms were nice, bed comfy and it is the perfect location to walk to restaurants, shops and bars. I will be back and would recommend it to anyone going to Knoxville. Well worth the extra money spent.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 407 Union Avenue, (corner of Market Square), Knoxville, TN 37902 (Formerly The Hotel St. Oliver)
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Location: United States > Tennessee > Knoxville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Knoxville
#4 Romantic Hotel in Knoxville
#10 Family Hotel in Knoxville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 28
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 only boutique hotel with a style that plays tribute to the buildings history, while offering guests rooms with charm, sophistication, and modern amenities. The property is also well known for its Peter Kern Library Bar and the award winning Tupelo Honey Cafe Restaurant. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hotel St Oliver

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