February 23, 2018
6 Boutique Hotels in Tennessee
From five-star dining at a picturesque farm in the Smokies to downtown retro digs with global cuisine, the boutique hotels in Tennessee are just as diverse as the state itself. While the places on our list vary in location and aesthetic, each of these hotels has a unique story behind it. These boutique hotels unite traditions of the past with the comforts of present to create luxury, high-end experiences for their guests. Check out our picks for the best boutique hotels in Tennessee that are sure to make your trip unforgettable.
Blackberry Farm, Walland
Part outdoorsy getaway, part gourmet culinary experience, Blackberry Farms is equal parts rustic and refined. Its world-renowned farm-to-table restaurant uses produce and ingredients from its own farm to make fresh, elevated cuisine. Explore the beauty of the Smoky Mountains through a variety of activities, including horseback riding, hiking or watersports, in the local lake. Both romantic and relaxing, this all-inclusive hotel is perfect for a honeymoon, family reunion or any other cause for celebration.
James Lee House, Memphis
This opulent bed and breakfast located in the heart of Memphis has historic charm with all the modern amenities you’d expect from a high-end hotel. The beautifully renovated Victorian house has five suites, each with their own aesthetic ranging from art deco to rustic charm. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast included with your stay to fuel up for a day exploring Memphis. The James Lee House is within walking distance of some of Memphis’ most popular attractions, including Sun City, the recording studio often called “the birthplace of rock ’n’ roll,” where musicians like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and even U2 have recorded some of their greatest hits. For the best nightlife in Memphis, head over to the famous Beale Street, the liveliest spot in the city and renowned hub for blues musicians, which is less than a mile away.
The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville
This five-star spot is Nashville’s longest standing hotel and a historic landmark of the city. The epitome of Southern hospitality, the Hermitage Hotel is known for its opulent décor and impeccable service. Elegant furnishings in each of its rooms are accompanied by modern amenities and premium comfort. Dine in the Capitol Grille for a premier culinary experience that puts a gourmet spin on Southern tradition. Not only can you get one of the best steaks in the city, but its entire menu uses fresh local ingredients to showcase the best of Tennessee. Originally a gentleman’s club during the Prohibition era, the Oak Room at The Hermitage Hotel is steeped in history and boasts the largest collection of bourbon in Nashville. The most surprising historical artifact in The Hermitage Hotel is its famous men’s restroom: voted the best restroom in the United States, the facility is adorned in art deco style with lime green and black glass tiles and green fixtures.
The Dwell Hotel, Chattanooga
Described as “A swanky take on mid-century modern,” high-end digs meet retro vibes to make this the hippest hotel in Chattanooga. Bright, sunny colors cover the walls, furniture and artwork throughout the hotel, so every room is a great photo op. The renovated brick and limestone building is in downtown Chattanooga, putting you near all the city’s best attractions. Known for its impeccable service, the staff is renowned for being uber-friendly and helpful, always willing to give out pointers on local favorites around Chattanooga. The hotel’s restaurant, Terra Mae (which translates to “Mother Earth”) specializes in adventurous, high-end cuisine with eclectic global influences. Every dish at Terra Mae is guaranteed to be unique, flavorful and full of locally sourced ingredients. After a meal at Terra Mae, sip under the stars at Matilda Midnight, the hotel’s swanky little cocktail bar featuring hundreds of twinkle lights simulating a sparkling night sky.
The Oliver Hotel, Knoxville
First built in 1876, this building is full of historic charm. Over the past 140 years, the building has held everything from an ice cream shop to a dance hall before it was reinvented in 2011 as The Oliver Hotel. From the hotel’s décor to its renowned speakeasy, everything about the hotel is an homage to the building’s history. Peter Kern Library, the hotel’s prohibition-themed bar, stays true to the scholastic theme with everything from décor to drinks. Seating is surrounded by bookshelves, and antique books hold cocktail menus with drinks named after your favorite literary characters. The hotel is in Market Square in downtown Knoxville, one of the liveliest spots in the city. Check out local boutiques, awesome restaurants and outdoor entertainment right outside the Oliver’s doors.
The General Morgan Inn, Greenville
This beautiful brick and marble hotel is in the heart of Greensville’s downtown historic district. Welcoming guests since 1884, the hotel’s décor echoes back to the Civil War era. The hotel is best known for its unique permanent residents — the ghosts that haunt the building’s halls. From former hotel employees to fallen Civil War generals, each of the ghosts has a unique story and their own way of making their presence known to unsuspecting guests. The hotel’s restaurant, Brumley’s Restaurant and Lounge, provides an opulent fine dining experience with Southern charm. In addition, the hotel has a variety of event spaces that can hold up to 300 people, making it a great place for a variety of events.
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