Chattanooga Downtown Hotels

by Ginger Yapp

Chattanooga, Tennessee, is on the border of northern Georgia and southern Tennessee. The city is a popular tourist destination, offering historic charm and eclectic shops and restaurants. Spots like the world-class Tennessee Aquarium, the Bluff View Art District, Chattanooga Lookouts Field and the Chattanooga Zoo bring in travelers of all types, and the downtown area has a bevy of small, cozy hotels and inns to house them.

StoneFort Inn

The StoneFort Inn offers travelers a cozy, luxurious place to stay, complete with Southern charm and hospitality. This historic, 20-room inn has been around since 1909, and its beautiful limestone and brick facade was recently restored. Rooms at the inn include private balconies, stone fireplaces, large whirlpool tubs and French showers, and each room is individually decorated with fine antiques. Because the hotel is meant to provide rest and relaxation, it does not permit children under 12. Room rates include a full Southern breakfast each morning at the in-house restaurant, Cafe Elite.

Chattanoogan Hotel

The Chattanoogan Hotel is an upscale resort with 199 rooms in downtown Chattanooga. Rooms and suites offer exquisite views of the city's south side and Lookout Mountain, and are equipped with high-speed wireless Internet, couches, large desks and modern but comfortable furnishings and decor. Hungry guests should head to the hotel's Broad Street Grill, where the hotel's in-house chef prepares innovative dishes with organic and locally grown produce, or Strouds, the Chattanoogan's sidewalk cafe. Also inside the Chattanoogan is the Foundry, a cocktail bar; a health club complete with a sauna; a full-service spa; and a 25,000-square-foot conference center.

Mayor's Mansion Inn

The Mayor's Mansion Inn, a AAA four-diamond bed and breakfast, was built in 1889 by Edmond G. Watkins, who later became Chattanooga's mayor. The inn, located in downtown's Fort Wood Historic District, has 11 cozy rooms decorated in French provincial style. Amenities in the luxuriously furnished rooms and suites include whirlpool tubs, canopied beds, marble bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows and tasteful antiques. A three-course-breakfast is complimentary in the inn's lavish dining room. Nearby culinary treasures include 212 Market, Blue Water Grill, Easy Bistro and Hiroshi's.

Delta Queen Hotel

The Delta Queen Hotel is on the original Delta Queen steamboat, now moored in Chattanooga at the Tennessee River's Coolidge Park Landing. The Delta Queen had her maiden voyage in 1927 and traveled around the United States before being inducted into the Maritime Hall of Fame in 2004. The hotel offers standard and suite-style cabins, with amenities including private bathrooms and queen-size beds. The steamboat hotel also has the Orleans Room, a restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as the Texas Lounge, a cocktail bar often featuring live entertainment.

Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel

The Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel, built in the late 1800s, has been named to the Historic Hotels of America register. Guests can sleep inside beautifully restored Victorian rail cars or the renovated former Stanton train station, which became a hotel in 1973. All rooms include wireless Internet, cozy Victorian furnishings and queen-size beds. The hotel offers several restaurants and cafes: Station House serves steak and seafood, Cafe Espresso serves quality coffee and espresso-based drinks, the train's Dining Car serves gourmet food prepared by an on-board chef, Gardens Restaurant serves classic Southern fare, Silver Diner serves quick meals and snacks, and Victorian Lounge is an antique, fully stocked bar.