Chattanooga Riverfront Hotels

by Joanne Thomas

While Chattanooga offers visitors a comprehensive range of accommodations, from cozy bed and breakfasts to luxury big-name chain hotels, only a handful are located along the banks of the Tennessee River. Those that do boast riverfront locations represent some of the city's most interesting lodging establishments, including a quaint mountain lodge, renovated historic homes and a landmark steamship with a storied past.

Courtyard Chattanooga Downtown

The Courtyard Chattanooga Downtown, part of the Marriott hotel chain, is designed with business travelers in mind but also offers an attractive location for tourists just a few blocks from the Tennessee River. All 116 guest rooms and 12 suites are equipped with premium cable channels, plush bedding, a mini-refrigerator and complimentary high-speed Internet access; some feature a whirlpool bathtub and a private balcony with river views. Complimentary coffee is provided in the lobby for guests and the on-site Courtyard Cafe serves breakfasts daily. Other facilities include an indoor swimming pool and hot tub, a fitness center and guest laundry facilities.

Delta Queen Hotel

The Delta Queen -- a nostalgic steam-powered riverboat that has traveled more than two million miles since its maiden voyage in 1925 and is designated as a National Historic Landmark -- is now permanently docked in Chattanooga and welcomes overnight guests as the Delta Queen Hotel. The boat offers 88 staterooms and cabins on three decks, all of which are positioned for views across the river. All room rates include a gourmet buffet breakfast and a range of activities and entertainment, including guided tours of the boat and live music in the Texas Lounge. Guests also enjoy access to the Forward Cabin Lounge and Betty Blake Library where games and playing cards are provided.

Bluff View Inn

Bluff View Inn consists of three turn-of-the-century houses within the Bluff View Art District, a historic clifftop neighborhood in Chattanooga with art galleries, a sculpture garden and numerous restaurants, cafes and bakeries. The three houses that make up Bluff View Inn are the Tudor-style Meclellan House which dates back to 1889 and features seven guest rooms and one suite; the circa-1927 colonial revival Martin House with three guest rooms and a cafe; and the Thompson House, a Victorian-style property built in 1908 offering four guest rooms and two apartment suites. All the houses overlook the Tennessee River and are adorned with antiques, period furnishings and traditional art. Contemporary touches include jetted bathtubs and gas fireplaces in select rooms and suites.

Sky Harbor Bavarian Inn

The Sky Harbor Bavarian Inn is a family-owned German-style property dating back to 1938. Its location on the side of Lookout Mountain, directly overlooking the Tennessee River and within walking distance from Ruby Falls gives the inn the feel of a cozy mountain retreat, while the sights and attractions of Downtown Chattanooga are still close by. Every guest room features hardwood floors and antique furnishings and offers panoramic river views from a balcony furnished with rocking chairs. The most spacious options include a family suite with a kitchen, a honeymoon suite with a whirlpool bathtub and four-poster bed, and a two-bedroom condo with a full kitchen that accommodates as many as six guests. A heated swimming pool is open in summer months.

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