As far as vacations go, Chattanooga offers an experience unique not only to the Southeast, but to anywhere in the US.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Chattanooga offers world class hiking, paddling, and rock climbing. History buffs flock to the historically significant Civil War battlefields. Tourists love classic attractions like See Rock City, Incline Railway, and Ruby Falls. And everyone has to see the iconic Chattanooga Choo Choo. With all the things to do and see in “Scenic City,” there’s literally something for everyone.
If you’re coming to visit, or scoping Chattanooga out with thoughts of relocating, you’ll definitely want to cap things off by staying somewhere fun and interesting.
To help you plan your trip, we’ve listed our picks for the best hotels in Chattanooga TN:
Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel:
No list of Chattanooga Hotels would be complete without mentioning the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel. Why? Where else do you have the opportunity to sleep in a genuine Pullman Train Car? The cars are guaranteed to offer an experience unlike anything you’d typically find in a hotel, in that they whisk you back to a bygone era. But considering each car has been beautifully restored and outfitted with modern amenities, you won’t have to sacrifice comfort for ambiance. Among the many downtown Chattanooga hotels, this one should also top the list because it’s steps away from dozens of restaurants, coffee shops, and other attractions. Learn more.
The Read House:
Arguably the most historic of the downtown Chattanooga Hotels, the Read House was built in 1872. Since that time, Winston Churchill, Al Capone, Gary Cooper, and Oprah Winfrey have joined its long list of overnight guests. The Read House is perfectly situated within walking distance of the Chattanooga Aquarium, Chattanooga Convention Center, Tennessee Riverwalk, AT&T Ballpark, as well as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Learn more.
Chanticleer Inn Bed & Breakfast:
Perhaps you’re after a cozy, country experience. If so, the Chanticleer Inn Bed & Breakfast might be more your speed. Established in 1930 and situated atop Lookout Mountain, it offers a quiet retreat from the bustling city down below. Its convenient location is close to Rock City, Incline Railway, Ruby falls, plus lots of trails for hiking and birdwatching. Learn more.
If luxury is what you’re after, the Chattanooga should be on your short list. In addition to walking access to the trendy Southside Historic District and its cool restaurants and shops, there’s a spa plus premium accommodations for meetings, weddings, and other events. Learn more.
The Crash Pad:
Sometimes you simply need a reasonably priced place to stay so you can spend your money on activities. If this describes you, another Southside District establishment worth checking out is The Crash Pad. Billed as a “base camp” for outdoor recreation in the area, this hostel also serves as a means to connect with other like minded outdoor enthusiasts. Lean more.
With all the nationally recognized outdoor amenities that Chattanooga has to offer, it should come as no surprise that there are an abundance of cabins available to rent. Whether you want to stay on a lake, close to whitewater kayaking, atop a mountain, or near a historic battlefield, Chattanooga has you covered. Learn more.
On the other side of the coin, perhaps you’d prefer the comforts of home combined with a urban or “neighborhood” experience. Airbnb, which points you to private home rentals, is a good place to start. If you’re into bars, interesting restaurants, and boutique shops, some cool neighborhoods to consider include the Southside Historic District and North Chattanooga. Learn more.
Raccoon Mountain Caverns & Campground:
If you’re rolling into town in a 29-foot RV, one of the downtown Chattanooga hotels is likely out of the question. Fortunately the Raccoon Mountains Caverns & Campground is a quick drive from not only downtown but also Lookout Mountain, and countless outdoor attractions. So, you can motor in, unhook your fifth wheel trailer, and go. Learn more.
Harrison Bay and Booker T Washington State Parks:
If you’re towing a boat behind your camper, Chatanooga’s two state parks offer excellent lake access, as well as easy access to downtown. When not on the water, you can also enjoy hiking and biking trails, as well as superior birdwatching opportunities. Learn more.
Ocoee Whitewater Inn:
Home to the 1996 Summer Olympics canoeing and kayaking competitions, people from all over the world flock to the Ocoee River to experience top-notch paddling. The Ocoee Whitewater Inn is perfectly situated for easy access to the rapids. Or, if you’re a motorcyclist or sports car enthusiast, the legendary “Tail of the Dragon” and Cherohala Highway is a short ride or drive away. And naturally, downtown Chattanooga is a short drive away, too. Learn more.
We hope these recommendations for hotels in Chattanooga TN help you find the perfect place to stay when visiting Chattanooga! And if you’re looking at a move to Scenic City, you can trust Joe Leffew Properties to find you the perfect home.