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This page covers hotels on Interstate 81 in Tennessee, the north-eastern part near Kingsport and Tri-Cities Airport. All hotels listed here are within half a mile from I-81 exits, usually even closer. If you are looking for accommodation on other sections of I-81, see:
There are no hotels immediately by the interstate junction of I-81 and I-26 (exit 57), but you can find some just 2 miles further north-east on the I-81, just off exit 59 (see below).
Colonial Inn I-81 – A very nice hotel, just off the interstate but without the noise. Praised in the reviews for its breakfast (included). Free parking and Free WiFi. Microwave and fridge in the room. The hotel also has a business center with the standard office services and a fitness center also on site. Families are welcome and up to 2 children can stay free when using existing beds. Sometimes you can get special value deals (mostly when booking at least a few weeks in advance).
Super 8 I-81 Colonial Heights – Similar price level to the Colonial Inn above and also providing the basics like free parking, free WiFi (unlike some other hotels the WiFi in this one gets good feedback in the reviews), fridge and microwave in rooms. All rooms also have a working desk. Up to 2 children under 10 stay free when using existing beds. Pets are not allowed. Laundry, fax, photocopying services are available on request.
There are three hotels immediately off exit 63, the one going to Tri-Cities Regional Airport between Kingsport and Bristol (all the hotels are less than half a mile from the interstate).
La Quinta Inn & Suites – Breakfast is included in room rate and has daily waffles and muffins. Well-rated free WiFi in all rooms. Free parking. The hotel also has an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, business center, meeting facilities and laundry facilities. There are comfortable working desks in the rooms. Families are welcome; up to 2 children under 18 stay free when using existing beds and one extra bed or crib is free. Pets are allowed on request.
Sleep Inn & Suites – This one has very nicely decorated rooms and (at the time of writing this) receives the higest guest review rating of the three hotels at this exit. Daily hot breakfast is included, as well as free WiFi and parking. Each room has a fridge, microwave and coffee machine. There are fitness facilities and business facilities in the hotel. Pets are allowed on request. Families are welcome and up to 2 children under 17 stay free when using existing beds (however, there is no option for extra beds in rooms).
Econo Lodge – This one is usually a bit cheaper than the two hotels above and looks a bit more simple, but still has all the basics – free parking, free WiFi, in room TV, microwave, fridge and continental breakfast included. Pet friendly. All children under 12 stay free when using existing beds; extra beds possible for a small charge.
Further north-east along the I-81, there are several good hotels just of the interstate near Bristol (and more hotels in downtown Bristol TN-VA). You can find more details here:
Interstate 81 starts off the I-40 (exit 421) some 30 miles east of Knoxville. There are several good hotels near the first two I-81 exits near Morristown / White Pine. Then the next 30-40 miles don’t have much accommodation options within immediate reach of I-81. The area covered on this page, together with the I-81 exits around Bristol has plenty of hotels, before the I-81 continues into Virginia.
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