Hyatt Place At The Historic Farragut Hotel
DIA is particularly excited about the work completed on the Hyatt Place at the Farragut Hotel in the heart of downtown Knoxville. This important project returns both the historic Farragut Hotel to the market, but also marks the return of the Hyatt brand to the region.
It was a total renovation in every sense of the word. When the Farragut, built in 1919, was converted to office space in the 1970s, virtually everything historic was removed. Then in the early 2000s it sat empty. For conversion back to a hotel, meeting stringent Hyatt standards, the building was completely gutted. DIA was a part of every piece of the redesign, both inside and out.
The challenges began at the entrance itself, where the first floor, facing Gay Street, which has had its historic façade totally removed in the past will be reconstructed to recreate the large panels of glass and cast steel column enclosures from the building’s original era, as well as large suspended decorative steel and cast panels canopies at the front and side entrances.
Inside, the challenges and rewards were just as exciting. Floors 2 through 9 are guest rooms and feature the space and amenities a guest would expect…comfort, beauty, easy access to lots of plugs for everyone’s technology, state of the art security, media access and everything else you might want. The street level and two basement levels are exceptionally accommodating for a variety of reasons. We have included a friendly and appealing lounge, coffee shop, fitness center, meeting rooms, banquet space and more.
Perhaps the crown jewel is the roof, where a bar-lounge-special events space will be unlike anything else in the area. With clear views of the Smoky Mountains and the infrastructure to make the experience a joy, the rooftop will be an exceptional and unique addition to downtown Knoxville.