New downtown Knoxville Marriott brings touch of urban elegance to guests and public

March 25, 2019

A new dual-property Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott is now open in downtown Knoxville. This unique property features rooms and amenities to fit every type of visitor from business to leisure in a convenient location close to many attractions in the city’s center.

“Our dual-concept Marriott property fits Knoxville’s rich and diverse offerings,” owner Nick Lakha said. “The city’s thriving economy and concentration of professional offices downtown brings in business travelers, and the booming entertainment, arts and culture scene attracts everyone from tourists, concert goers and festival attendees to Vol fans and East Tennesseans enjoying a staycation. Our hotel easily accommodates a wide spectrum of travelers, right in the heart of downtown.”

The nine-story hotel located at 210 W. Church Ave. boasts 152 Courtyard guestrooms and 80 Residence Inn suites with one common lobby and reception area. The Residence Inn suites have fully equipped kitchens and dining areas.

Dining, bar and meeting space options are open to the public as well as overnight guests. A second-floor terrace, aptly named “Above Church” with a view onto Church Avenue, features a fire pit, grills and outdoor seating with umbrellas. The Bistro restaurant and bar is located on the main floor of the hotel and serves breakfast, dinner and lighter fare along with signature cocktails. It also serves a selection of Starbucks beverages 24 hours a day, including a hotel-exclusive “Bistro Signature” latte made with Starbucks Espresso, honey and steamed almond milk.

Media pods in the lobby include built-in TVs and can be used for dining or gathering spots for small groups. On-site meeting space can accommodate groups up to 50 people and is available for rental.

“Our amenities are designed to fit with downtown Knoxville and serve our neighboring residents and professionals alongside our guests,” General Manager Mike Sellge said. “Many of the amenities enjoyed by our guests are available to the public, including drinks at the Above Church terrace, meeting space in The Market Square Room or Hearth Room, a Starbucks coffee any time of day or night, and sitting down for a meal with friends or quick collaboration with colleagues in our lobby.”

All hotel guests enjoy amenities such as the fitness center, laundry services, complimentary high-speed internet access and on-site valet parking with unlimited in-and-out access. Residence Inn guests also have access to complimentary breakfast in the Hearth Room, with ample dining space, a lounge and fireplace.

Just east of Gay Street on Church Avenue, the hotel is within walking distance to restaurants, shopping and event venues, including Market Square, Tennessee Theatre, Bijou Theatre and more. It was built on the former site of the Knoxville News Sentinel before the newspaper moved to its current location in 2003. The old location was demolished in 2004, and the lot has been vacant until now, with the Marriott property filling a prominent gap in the downtown landscape.

The Courtyard and Residence Inn Knoxville Downtown is open and currently booking guests, and the hotel will host a formal grand opening celebration this spring. Learn more and book rooms at or

About Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn by Marriott

Located at 210 W. Church Ave. in Knoxville, Tennessee, The Courtyard and Residence Inn Knoxville Downtown boasts 152 Courtyard guestrooms and 80 Residence Inn suites with one common lobby and reception area. Marriott International is a brand leader offering the most powerful portfolio in the industry. Marriott’s 30 brands and more than 6,900 properties across 130 countries and territories give people more ways to connect, experience and expand their world. For more information, visit