Chattanooga Hotels Near the Riverfront

by Baldwin Ellis

The Chattanooga Riverfront is peppered with chain hotels as well as a selection of themed properties that will provide a memorable lodging experience. Accommodations range from staterooms inside a Mississippi Riverboat to an upscale resort property nestled in the heart of the city. The well-placed hotels are within walking distance of Chattanooga Riverfront attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX Theatre, Creative Discovery Museum for children, restaurants and nightlife.

The Delta Queen Chattanooga Inn and Boutique Hotel

The Delta Queen Chattanooga Inn and Boutique Hotel offers accommodations aboard an early 20th-century Mississippi Riverboat. The riverboat is moored at Coolidge Landing, steps away from the Tennessee Aquarium and the Chattanooga Riverfront entertainment district. Guest accommodations include renovated, Victorian-style staterooms with river, Coolidge Park or city views. Master cabins are the ships largest offerings, featuring up to five windows, and a mix of Victorian and contemporary furnishings. Amenities include complimentary breakfast, admission to select on-ship activities, and the Texas Lounge which offers pre-dinner cocktails and live music.

Chattanooga Choo Choo

The Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel, within one mile of the riverfront, lives up to its moniker by offering guest rooms inside a converted train terminal and rail cars. A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the property is nestled in the heart of downtown near the Southside Historic District and the Chattanooga Convention Center. Accommodations range from traditionally furnished guest rooms in Victorian rail cars to multi-room suites with Jacuzzi tubs, dining tables and refrigerators. Hotel amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, electric shuttle service to area attractions, shops and a model railroad museum. Dining options consist of an ice cream shop, a private dining car serving gourmet cuisine, and the Station House Restaurant which offers seafood, steaks, ribs and live music.

The Chattanoogan

The Chattanoogan offers resort-style lodging within one mile of the riverfront. The hotel is also near the Chattanooga Convention Center and Golden Gateway Shopping Center. Accommodations consist of contemporary guest rooms with high-end furnishings and city, river or Lookout Mountain views. The property is teeming with recreational facilities including an indoor lap pool, sauna, a health club with touch screen fitness equipment, and the Chattanoogan Spa, which offers massage services and skin treatments. Hotel dining options include a sidewalk café; The Foundry, which serves cocktails and premium beers; and the Broad Street Grille, a gourmet eatery offering steaks, shrimp and grits, seared tuna and roasted garlic pizzas.

Staybridge Suites Hotel Chattanooga Downtown

Staybridge Suites Hotel Chattanooga Downtown offers extended-stay accommodations within walking distance of the riverfront. The hotel is also near AT&T Field, home of the Chattanooga Lookouts minor league baseball team; and approximately two miles from the Chattanooga Zoo and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Accommodations consist of studios and one- or two-bedroom guest suites with DVD players, convertible sofas, fully-equipped kitchens and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Hotel amenities include complimentary hot breakfast, beverages and evening snacks; a DVD library; indoor pool; and whirlpool.

About the Author

Based in Atlanta, Baldwin Ellis has been a writer since 2007. He covers fitness, mental health and travel, with work appearing in print and online publications such as Scazu Fitness and USA Today Travel Tips. Ellis holds a Master of Arts in community psychology.