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Hostelz.com's Review
Staying at the Knoxville Hostel is like staying at a close relative’s house. The accommodations are pretty standard as far as hostels go, but the warm reception really makes your stay here stand out as excellent.

The Location

Since it is located just off the interstate, the hostel is quite convenient for those who are passing through the area. There is plenty of free street parking in front of the hostel. The Greyhound bus terminal is less than a mile away, and the area is quite safe. Though the building seems a little old, it is well kept and everything is in good working order. However, attention needs to be paid to the overgrown trees in front of the hostel. Though the trees may have been allowed to grow to give guests more privacy, they make the hostel almost invisible. A bush even covers the small “Knoxville Hostel” sign in the front yard. It is very hard to find because all the greenery in the front yard makes the place look abandoned. This is the only real issue with the place.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The bedrooms and bathrooms have everything you would have in your own home. Hairdryers, alarm clocks, ironing boards, and even rubber duckies are available for guests to use as needed. Both bedrooms are spacious, giving guests plenty of room to unpack and store their luggage. Secure, in-room, pay lockers are available. Each bed is comfortable and is made with spotless, matching linens. Guests will find plenty of electrical outlets for charging their electronic devices. There are two full bathrooms, one with a shower and one with a bathtub. Both are clean and provide guests with ample space to do whatever it is they do in the bathroom.

Common Spaces

There is a living room and a small porch where guests can hang out. The kitchen has every appliance and utensil you could need. Laundry can be done at a very reasonable price and internet use is free. It seems like a quiet place, and is certainly more intimate than a large party hostel.


The owner is a kind and jovial man who treats his guests like family. He provides travelers with a map to help them get their bearings, and lets his guests know that he and his staff are there to help at anytime for any reason. He genuinely cares about the comfort and safety of everyone who stays at the Knoxville Hostel. His lighthearted, compassionate attitude really make this hostel the place to stay for anyone who is visiting the Knoxville area.

by Baxter
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
May 2012

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Excellent and cheap This is the good surprise of Knoxville. It's clean, the building is pleasant, $20 a night. Most of the time, you'll have the whole dorm for yourself.  , age 39, Swiss ()
4   Excellent accommodation Stayed at this hostel in may 2010 for a few days and it was one of the best I stayed at on my tour. Short drive to plenty of sights, great rates, and the internet connection is lightning fast.  , Western Australia ()
5   Fantastic Ok -- stay here! Apparently the reason why this wasn't listed on another hostel site anymore is because they can't oversee the day-to-day operation of it anymore. So contact them directly. Don't let it put you off that you can't book online immediately. It's in an older part of town, but still really close. I've stayed in hostels all over the world & the hospitality that Brian (manager) showed here was top rate.  , Australia ()
5   Outstanding! Great place to stay! Exceptional management. The smallest hostel I have stayed in but one of the best.  , USA ()
5   Great experience Mr. Al the owner of the hostal is a great guy, is that kind of person that you never think that you will found. The hostal is pretty clean and is like stay home. The neighborhood is really quiet, and is just five minutes' walking to a lots of clubs in old city. And the price. All perfect, even Mr. Al can take you to the shopping center without cost for you.  , Chile ()
5   Excellent Well situated in a very pleasant town, this hostel is great. Al is great and the other staff are friendly. There's inexpensive laundry facilities; a local phone; pots, pans, plates, and cutlery; towels; and nice sheets on beds that don't squeak; with floors that don't creak; and mattress covers that don't rustle like a plastic bag every time you move. I was traveling around the southern U.S. from hostel to hostel, and of the places I was, this place was like a pleasant holiday from the rest.  , Canada ()
5   Great management and staff Great location. Five-minute walk to old city and ten minutes to downtown. Al (the owner) and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. Free breakfast, coffee, tea, linen, towels, and internet makes for a great deal.  , USA ()
5   Clean, friendly, super-helpful I love this place, and the very kind people who run it. I was hosteling by myself for the first time, which was a little scary, but Al the owner helped me find my way around and gave great suggestions for food/music/strolling/hike. He even packed me a little snack for my hike in the Smokies the next day! I think I was rather spoiled.  , USA, IN ()
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