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 some of the best boutique hotels in Tennessee that are sure to make your trip unforgettable.
Part outdoorsy getaway, part gourmet culinary experience, Blackberry Farm and Farmhouse Spa in Walland 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 Great 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.
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 Studio, 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.
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.
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.
This beautiful brick and marble hotel is in the heart of Greeneville’s downtown historic district. Welcoming guests since 1884, The General Morgan Inn 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.
As soon as you step into the lobby of The Read House with its dark wood accents, marble flooring and light pouring in, you can be sure your Chattanooga stay will be memorable. Check into one of the historic tower rooms or manor rooms with walk-in showers, plush bedding and 50" flat screen TVs. If you want even more room, book the Penthouse with its living area, full wet bar, six-person dining table, separate bedroom with a king bed and more. Enjoy the Bar & Billiards Room with its speakeasy vibe, handcrafted cocktails and small plates. For a classy meal, reserve a table at the hotel's Bridgeman's Chophouse that features an extensive steak selection, fresh seafood and Sunday brunch.
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