What are the best places to stay in Knoxville?

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Whether you’re in Knoxville for a University of Tennessee football game or need a home base while you explore nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there are a slew of places to stay. Here are Forbes Travel Guide editor’s picks for the best places to stay in and around Knoxville:
1. The Oliver Hotel. This upscale and stylish boutique hotel is smack in the middle of downtown and is housed in a historic building. Renovated in 2011, The Oliver Hotel now has 28 elegant rooms decorated with handcrafted furniture and original art pieces and pays homage to the city’s cultural heritage.  
2. Blackberry Farm. This Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Relais & Chateaux property is 30 miles south of downtown in the tiny community of Walland, in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. The 4,200-acre country estate offers the most luxurious accommodations in the Knoxville area, not to mention some of the finest gourmet dining in Tennessee and a full-service spa.  
3. Maple Grove Inn. Located in a historic mansion in the western suburbs, the grand Maple Grove Inn is a luxury bed and breakfast with a gourmet restaurant. The inn’s main building, dating back to 1799, was once a private country estate. The enormous Oak Suite has a sitting room, fireplace and palatial bathroom.
4. Maplehurst Inn. This 13-room inn, located in downtown Knoxville, was built in 1917 by a wealthy merchant. Today, you can still sit on the deck overlooking the Tennessee River during the warm summer or relax in the parlor in front of a fire during the chilly winter months
5. Hilton Knoxville. A favorite of business travelers, this hotel is located a short drive from the Knoxville Convention Center and the business district. Top-notch amenities like an in-house Starbucks and Crabtree & Evelyn bath products abound.

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