Located in a pyramid-shaped building on the Knoxville  waterfront, the Knoxville Marriott (500 Hill Ave. SE, 865/637-1234, $150–200) is one of the city’s most distinctive landmarks. The unusual design creates a lofty lobby and gives many of the guest rooms impressive river views. In addition to novelty, the Marriott offers its guests a slew of thoughtful amenities especially designed for business travelers. There is an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, and full-service salon on-site. There are also two restaurants, a gift shop, and lots of meeting space. The Knoxville Marriott is located next door to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame , and is within walking distance of downtown attractions like Blount Mansion  and James White Fort .
The Hilton Knoxville (501 W. Church Ave., 865/523-2300, $180–220) is a high-rise hotel located in the midst of downtown office buildings. It is a few blocks from Gay Street  and Market Square Mall. The Hilton offers guest rooms, suites, and executive guest rooms with upgraded amenities and the best views of the city. There is a business center, fitness room, pool, cribs and high chairs for children, and on-site ATM, car rental, and café.