A Reimagined Marriott Knoxville Downtown • Hotel Designs
The recently opened Marriott in downtown Knoxville, owned by Rockbridge, was reimagined and designed by Stonehill Taylor, bringing – and reflecting – renewed energy to the city. The exciting makeover of the property, a former Holiday Inn, includes a newly painted exterior with colorful wall paint accents, expansive new bedroom windows, all in an effort to shine a light on Knoxville’s maker culture by highlighting showcasing the work of local artisans.
Refreshing the hotel entrance sequence and lobby, Stonehill Taylor enhanced the existing ceiling by applying pyramid style tiles and introduced a wood block wall to reference the careful hand of the maker. A large format tiled double sided fireplace and strategically placed metal gates create architectural moments, drawing the visitor further into the reception area. To the left of the space is the Great Hall, furnished with a multitude of seating groups and communal tables.
Beyond reception, a metal and glass door leads to the hotel’s concierge level, the M-Club, which extends the artisanal experience. Inside the living room, an open concept pantry and kitchen features custom touches, like Carrera-inspired porcelain walls and slate blue gray millwork. An interior window brings natural light to the M-Club.
A grand staircase leads to pre-function areas and two ballrooms that offer over 13,000 square feet of event space. The larger ballroom is traditionally outfitted, while the smaller has large windows and doors leading to the outdoor patio for views of the World’s Fair Park. This light-filled space conveys an industrial aesthetic, with concrete floors and semi-exposed ceilings.
As guests head to their rooms, they encounter artwork and carpeting in the hallways that reference the glass-making process. Inside the guest bedroom, they’re greeted by headboards and storage units that contrast dark and light wood tones, and dark blue rugs with patterns and textures that pick up tools and glassware patterns. When they open the bathroom barn door, they will discover a decorative wall covering that recalls the rippled, moiré look of old glass.
In signature style, hospitality-focused architecture and interior design firm Stonehill Taylor took a contextual approach to the design of this hotel, referencing inspired and distinct reflections on location, space, history and culture of the project.
Main image credit: Marriott International / Joe Thomas