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Clarion Inn Knoxville

This is a 3 star hotel in Knoxville
5634 Merchant Center Blvd, Knoxville, TN, U.S.A.
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3-min. drive from I-75, free breakfast, good rates & staff, mixed room reviews
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking
  • The hotel was praised for its proximity to the highway, restaurants and downtown Knoxville
  • Many lodgers were pleased with the hotel's affordable rates
  • The hotel's staff were complimented on their friendly and helpful service
  • Some guests reported worn rooms and poor Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Noise transfer was reported by a few lodgers
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Editor's Analysis

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Updated on Dec 5, 2013
Located about a 3-minute drive from the nearest Interstate 75 on-ramp and a 10-minute drive from the Knoxville's city centre, the Clarion Inn Knoxville is geared towards road travellers who require a hotel with a free breakfast, an outdoor pool and easy highway access.

Each of this hotel's air-conditioned guest rooms comes equipped with free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a desk, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. Rooms with a microwave, a mini-fridge and a balcony are also available, as are smoking, non-smoking and wheelchair-accessible rooms.

The hotel also offers a seasonal outdoor pool, a fitness room, meeting/banquet space, a business centre, laundry services, a free breakfast and free parking. Pets under 20 lbs are permitted for an additional $20 per pet, per night.

Knoxville Convention Center can be found about 7 minutes away by car, while Merchant Village Shopping Center is 5 minutes away on foot. The University of Tennessee is roughly an 11-minute drive from the hotel and McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) is a 20-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets under 20 lbs are $20/pet/night, wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: November 16, 2013)

The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's location, rates and staff.

Many guests praised the hotel's location. They found it easily accessible, as well as close to restaurants, downtown Knoxville, highway access, shopping, the University of Tennessee and World Fair Park.

Numerous reviewers were pleased with the hotel's rates, describing them as affordable, excellent and reasonable. One guest noted, "It was a great hotel for the price. I have stayed at more costly Hotels that were not as nice".

The hotel's staff were the source of several compliments by travellers. They were characterized as friendly, accommodating and helpful with sightseeing suggestions.

The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were some common complaints about the rooms and noise transfer.

Although the majority of reviewers reported clean and comfortable rooms, some guests were disappointed with their lodgings. They reported small-sized rooms, dated decor, worn furniture and poor Wi-Fi signals.

Noise transfer was mentioned by a few travellers. They reported traffic noise in rooms facing the highway, as well as noise from other guests in the hallways and adjacent rooms. guest reviews rated the hotel 3.9 out of 5 with an 86% recommendation rate from 96 reviews. guest reviews ranked the hotel #47 of 92 Knoxville hotels with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 51 reviews. guest reviews rated the hotel 8.1 out of 10 from 13 reviews.

The author called the hotel on November 16, 2013 to verify some information.

Guest Reviews

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47.44 USD - 0.00 USD Clarion Inn Knoxville
Out of 75 hotels
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 6.9 / 10

No. of guest ratings: 6
No. of guest comments: 7
Guest Recommended: Yes
Popularity Ranking Explained

Rating: #7 out of 75 hotels in Knoxville ranked by guests.
Guest Recommendations
"we enjoyed our overnight stay the room was clean, and quiet. we missed not having a microwave, of course there was one downstairs that we could have use but late at night in pjs and sock feet ? we prefer to warm our snacks in our room. we were happy to be able to eat breakfast in the dining room without the presence of pets. When we are in that area we will choose to stay there again. Thanks Sue"
Kenneth from Mountain City, TN US rated Clarion Inn Knoxville 8 out of 10 on June 23, 2013
Clean, but small.
"Found the room incredibly small, with just enough space to walk between dresser and beds. We were glad we had only one night booked. Also, having the sink outside the bathroom is rare these days and unhealthy. Counter space to accomodate sink only. B'fast high carb, low protein. Staff friendly."
Deborah from Johnson City, TN US rated Clarion Inn Knoxville 6 out of 10 on January 16, 2011
Tonya from Murfreesboro, TN US rated Clarion Inn Knoxville 7 out of 10 on June 27, 2010
"The staff were friendly. We had a late checkin. Parking was good and close to an entrance. Only problem was the TV remote was missing and a spare was not available. This may seem minor except the TV play commercial mich louder than the shows and that is annoying. All from time to time, the ironing boards need to be sprayed with WD-40. These are minor issues. The best part is the bed slept GREAT. "
Mike from Pulaski, TN US rated Clarion Inn Knoxville 9 out of 10 on November 22, 2009
Verified Guest from Lacey's Spring, AL US rated Clarion Inn Knoxville 8 out of 10 on July 02, 2006
"The hotel is decorated tastefully. The room could have been quite a bit cleaner - they were rushed from having had a full house the night before. There were no plastic liners in the wastebaskets, and the TV screen was dusty. Also, the one lamp didn't work, and the coffeepot had to be moved to be plugged in. There bedspread had a burn hole and stain (blood droplet? - ew). The complimentary continental breakfast was superb!!!! Very convenient drive to UT without staying "in the city"!"
Peggy from Casco, MI US rated Clarion Inn Knoxville 8 out of 10 on October 31, 2005
Verified Guest from Ci, OH US rated Clarion Inn Knoxville 9 out of 10 on May 14, 2004


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Clarion Inn Knoxville

  • Business Center
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Air Conditioned
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Photocopier
  • Facsimile
  • Internet Connection (wireless)

User Contributed Info

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The elegant Clarion Inn® hotel in Knoxville is located near downtown Knoxville, Neyland Stadium, the University of Tennessee and the Knoxville Expo Center. This Knoxville, TN hotel is less than 10 miles from the Knoxville Zoo, the Knoxville Convention Center and Chilhowee Park.

Category Accommodation and Food Services
Friday Closing Time 24:00
Friday Opening Time 0:00
General Amenities Breakfast Available | Laundry Machines | Fitness Room
General Property Info 24 hr Service
Listing Type Place
Monday Closing Time 24:00
Monday Opening Time 0:00
Number of Floors 5
Number of Rooms 123
Place Activities Sleeping / Lodging (hotel, chalet, B&B, cabin...)
Place Status Open at this location
Postal Code 37912
Public Access Open to the General Public
Saturday Closing Time 24:00
Saturday Opening Time 0:00
Sunday Closing Time 24:00
Sunday Opening Time 0:00
Telephone (865) 687-8989
Thursday Closing Time 24:00
Thursday Opening Time 0:00
Toll-free (866) 611-1490
Tuesday Closing Time 24:00
Tuesday Opening Time 0:00
Wednesday Closing Time 24:00
Wednesday Opening Time 0:00

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