Hotels in Knoxville That Allow 18-Year-Olds to Check-In

By: Alexander Backus
Updated: March 3, 2024

Knoxville has plenty of fun things to do for people of all ages. However, if you’re 18, it can feel impossible to find a hotel that will let you check-in.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of Knoxville hotels that allow 18-year-olds to check-in.

Hotels in Knoxville with 18+ Check-In

3 Star Hotels:

1. Drury Inn & Suites Knoxville West

This Drury Inn and Suites is close to downtown, and there are many nearby fun activities you can partake in during your stay. We love how luxurious this hotel is, even though it’s affordable.

  • Free Buffet Breakfast
  • Indoor/Outdoor Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Hot tubs 
  • Fitness Center

2. Hilton Knoxville

The Hilton Knoxville is the best option if you prefer a downtown hotel. It’s in a taller building with roof access, giving you a great view of the city and mountains. This luxurious hotel will make you feel like royalty.

These are our favorite things about this hotel: 

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Free WiFi
  • Rooftop pool
  • An onsite restaurant 

3. Home2 Suites by Hilton Knoxville West

Home2 Suites by Hilton is a hotel that will make you feel like you are living in your own home or apartment. Their suite-style rooms are a little larger and have a mini fridge and microwave for you to use.

Other features we like include: 

  • An outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Free Parking
  • Continental breakfast
  • 24-hour front desk

4. Hampton Inn & Suites Knoxville-Downtown

For those who want an excellent downtown hotel, you have to look at the Hampton Inn and Suites on Main Street. This hotel doesn’t have all the luxuries of higher-end hotels, but it’s comfortable, safe, and has these excellent features we think you’ll appreciate: 

  • Continental breakfast every morning
  • Free WiFi
  • An indoor pool
  • A fitness center
  • Private parking onsite

Note: As per the official website, the minimum age to check in is 18.

2 Star Hotels:

5. Days Inn by Wyndham Knoxville North

If you’re looking for hotels within three miles of the Knoxville Expo Center, consider reserving a room at Days Inn by Wyndham. Some rooms have balconies with lovely views of the city’s skyline. Hotel amenities include:

  • Fitness center
  • Business center
  • Air conditioning
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Free WiFi & Parking

6. Days Inn by Wyndham Knoxville West

This hotel is near the Cedar Bluff neighborhood, about 2 miles from Dead Horse Lake Golf Course. It has family rooms, a tea and coffee maker, and a desk area.

They have fewer amenities than other hotels, but they offer:

  • Air conditioning
  • Free WiFi
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily housekeeping services

7. Motel 6 Knoxville, TN - East

This hotel is located near several popular local attractions, such as the Knoxville Zoological Gardens and Knoxville Expo Center. It offers the following amenities for its guests:

  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Snack bar
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pet-friendly environment

8. Motel 6 - Knoxville, TN - North

One of the closest hotels near Central Knoxville is Motel 6-Knoxville, TN - North, just off Interstate 75. Although the rooms are simple in design, they provide comfortable amenities, such as:

  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly


Will I need an I.D. and credit card to check in? 

Yes, you'll need an I.D. and a credit card to pay for the room and the security deposit. 

What are the alternatives to Hotels for 18-Year-Olds?

You can look for vacation rentals on platforms like Airbnb or youth hostels with more people of similar ages staying there. 

Is it legal for an 18-year-old to check into a hotel?

It is legal as long as the hotel allows for 18+ check-in. So only book from the above list of 18+ hotels.

How old do you have to be to rent a hotel room in Knoxville?

Most hotel rooms in Knoxville require you to be at least 21 years old, but the above are the best ones that allow you to rent a room as long as you're at least 18 years old.

Why do some hotels have an age requirement of 21?

Many hotels have an age requirement of 21 because of the mini bar in the room. They cannot control if someone under the legal drinking age drinks in the room. Still, if they allow someone under 21 to check in and drink, the hotel will be held liable. 

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