The News-Sentinel reports on hotel construction in and around Knoxville with the news that travelers want something more than a cookie-cut, franchise overnight stay.
Twenty-two new projects are underway, some updated versions of tired motels and others serving i[ brand new construction. What travelers want, according to the piece, is “indoor room entrances and more upscale bathrooms and bedding.”
Absolutely. The last time I spent the night in a Knoxville area motel, the bathroom was a stark chamber with a crumby sink with so little counter room that I wound up putting my toilet kit on the floor. Yet this was a “deluxe whirlpool room” that cost me something like $140.
Travelers also want interesting things to see and do outside of the play they rest their heads, ideally within walking distance. I’ll be watching and reporting on downtown hotels and what they offer.