I'm a platinum member in the Choice Rewards program, so I stay at a lot of Choice Hotels. The MainStay Suites is one of Choice's more obscure brands. It's kind of a "mid-level" extended-stay brand. Nothing too fancy, but useful if you're staying a few nights or want a little extra space for the family, or a kitchenette.
For what it is, this property is fine. The rooms are on the large side and are furnished in 3-star quality (functional, but not pretty). The beds are pretty standard Choice quality (not as nice as the 4-star chains, but good). The staff was friendly. The free breakfast is remarkably mediocre, as almost all Choice hotel breakfasts are. If you enjoy instant eggs, a waffle maker, sausage patties and the like, you'll find it fine. If you want a restaurant-quality breakfast, you'll be extremely disappointed.
The hotel is very convenient to the TYS Knoxville airport -- less than 5 minutes away (although the Hilton is AT the airport). There are several chain restaurants within a minute walk of the hotel; it is in an office park neighborhood. I would certainly stay here again if I needed a room in this area. Just temper your expectations a bit from the glowing reviews.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Knoxville MainStay Suites is located just minutes from the Knoxville Airport (McGhee Tyson Airport), the University of Tennessee and downtown Knoxville. Our Knoxville, Tennessee hotel is conveniently located to the nearby cities of Oak Ridge, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg. The MainStay Suites Knoxville TN hotel is just minutes away from: Alcoa Aluminum, Maryville College, Knoxville Convention Center, Neyland Stadium, Blount County Industrial Par, the University of Tennessee Medical Center, and Knoxville Zoo. We offer Blink charging stations for electric cars on-site, so our guests and their vehicles can charge overnight! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mainstay Alcoa
- Alcoa Mainstay