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Where to Stay in Chattanooga
Whether you're looking for Bed and Breakfast inns, family-friendly accommodations or hotels for the business traveler, it's easy to find cheap Chattanooga hotel deals. Business travelers can search for an upscale chain hotel or a luxury boutique in the Chattanooga's downtown district. Nearby, fans of the arts can scope out the Bluff View Art District, which boasts local and international artists, handmade crafts, fusion cuisine and sculpture gardens. If you're traveling to Chattanooga with family, you can find budget hotels and comfortable mid-range accommodations just north of the Tennessee-Georgia border. This region, conveniently located at the intersection of two major interstates, puts you within short distance of several attractions, including Rock City and Lookout Mountain. Younger traveler looking to explore the metro's best bars and nightlife can find exclusive hotels downtown near the P.R. Oligiati Bridge and Interstate 24. Chattanooga's Highland Park neighborhood has seen revitalization, thanks in large part to Tennessee Temple University and the restoration of several historic houses.
Chattanooga Hotel Tips
You can find rooms throughout Chattanooga, but your best bet will be downtown, near Interstate 24. It's near here and just to the east of the river that you'll find Chattanooga's most exclusive accommodations. A little further east, toward Interstate 75 and Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, you'll find more range, but most accommodations across all categories are offered by familiar national lodging brands. The rest of the hotels scattered throughout Chattanooga, southern Tennessee and northern Georgia and their surrounding suburbs primarily consist of simple independent motels and budget hotel brands.
You won't have too much trouble finding rooms year-round, though you might want to book your flight to Chattanooga in the spring, summer or fall. The winters are mild, but the area's best outdoor offerings — the Appalachian Mountains, the Cumberland Plateau, the Ocoee River and the Tennessee River Gorge — are most appealing when the temperatures have picked up.
Chattanooga Hotel Recommendations
If you're coming to Chattanooga for business, you'll want to consider The Chattanoogan, an upscale hotel and conference center. The Chattanoogan features 25,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 16-seat Executive Board room, 5 general session rooms, 12 breakout rooms and an 85-seat Amphitheater. Additionally, The Chattanoogan is directly adjacent to the newly expanded Chattanooga Convention Center. Of course, you don't have to be in Chattanooga on business to appreciate this accommodation; the hotel includes a full-service spa and each of the rooms and suites overlook picturesque Lookout Mountain.
Situated in the heart of downtown, The Sheraton Read House Hotel Chattanooga puts you within walking distance of several great attractions, including the Tennessee Aquarium. The hotel itself is an attraction in Chattanooga, though, as its luxurious Georgian architecture secured its place on the National Register of Historic Places. Though the architecture is historic, the amenities are modern and up-to-date, including a workout facility and an indoor pool with a cascading waterfall.
Chattanooga's Bluff View Art District boasts the Bluff View Inn, an elegant hotel with antique furnishings, luxurious suites, gas fireplaces and jetted tubs. As you'll be in the Art District, you'll be within mere steps of some of Chattanooga's most creative artists, whose work is always on display. After taking in the arts culture, stroll along the Tennessee Riverwalk, visit the Aquarium and walk back on the pedestrian bridge.
For visitors with an adventurous, "you only live once" attitude, there's the Chattanooga Choo Choo, a former train terminal that's been converted into a hotel. You can find rooms that have all the comforts of a chain hotel, or you can stay in a converted train car. Either way, rates are affordable and worth it if you want a long-lasting memory you can share after you return home.
Downtown Chattanooga features a shuttle that stops at every block between the Aquarium and the Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel. Electric shuttle buses run about every five minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, with abbreviated service on the weekends. Additionally, free Shuttle service to the North Shore is available about every 15 minutes during the week. The Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority runs other bus routes that go further out into the surrounding areas, and some buses offer free wireless internet.
Chattanooga visitors going to Lookout Mountain can use the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, which has been dubbed the world's steepest passenger railway. It's a tourist attraction, for sure, and a fun way to get to the top of the mountain, but it's also helpful during Chattanooga's inclement weather.
If you want a car, though, you can easily get a cheap one from any of the rental agencies at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. If you want to leave your hotel room for a quick day trip away from Chattanooga, you're within two hours of Atlanta, Nashville and Birmingham. Even if you don't want to drive outside of Chattanooga, you can drive across any of the city's several scenic bridges.