My wife and I stayed here after winning a bid on Priceline, but weren't sure what to expect. The lobby was clean and comfy, and the front desk man was very helpful with recommendations for nearby restaurants (we recommend El Chico for good Mexican food, and Puleo's Grille--especially!--if you want Southern/Italian food...the fried green tomatoes and grits are great!).
We went to our room and right away could see that this was not your average suites hotel. We've stayed in other suites hotels at least a dozen times, and usually the rooms are completely nondescripts, with everything in the kitchen area--walls, counters, floors, appliances--being plain old white. And that's fine if you're going for the hospital look, but doesn't inspire a feeling of hominess.
Here, on the other hand, the appliances were black, the counters a speckled-marble knockoff, the kitchen floors wood and the walls an off-white color. We really appreciated the fridge, as we were able to freeze the seafood we brought back with us from the Charleston area. The furniture was a step or two up from the dorm-looking blahness that we associate with suites hotels. The bathroom was quite large, with a seperate closet space leading to it, separated from the main living space by a door.
We couldn't hear any noises next to us or in the hall, so we got a good night's sleep, which was appreciated after 9 hours on the road. My wife thought the bed was too soft, but I thought it was just fine--I guess it depends on your mattress preference.
In the morning, there was a nice breakfast spread which included eggs, sausage and biscuits and gravy.
This hotel is trying--and succeeding--in separating itself from other suites motels. We would easily stay here again.
Normally, I wouldn't give 5 stars to a 2.5 star hotel, but didn't hesitate based on our experience here. What a value!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The MainStay Suites extended stay hotel is the perfect place to stay during your next visit to East Tennessee make us your home away from home. Our countless amenities and courteous staff are sure to please. All rooms feature Fully equipped kitchens and 32" LCD televisions. Our property features an onsite Laundry facility, 24 hour fitness center and business center. Free parking, Wi-Fi and hot breakfast provided each morning. We pride our self on providing a memorable stay in a favorable way at the Mainstay Suites Knoxville. Our 86 room extended stay hotel is conveniently located 4 miles north of downtown Knoxville, the Knoxville Convention center and the University of Tennessee, also located directly off Interstate 75. Many corporate offices are located within minutes of our property including Sysco, Regal entertainment group, Kimberly-Clark, Pilot flying J, TVA and Y-12. ... more less
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