Chattanooga is both the crossroads town of southeastern Tennessee -- interstates 24, 75 and 59 meet there -- and a base for exploring the region's historic and outdoor attractions. As many points of interest are outside of town, business visitors, tourists and travelers just passing through have valid reasons to stay close to but not necessarily in Chattanooga. The best hotel choices outside Chattanooga combine immediate access to local sights with a short, direct drive into town.
Most of Chattanooga's major attractions, such as Lookout Mountain, Harrison Bay State Park and Chickamauga National Military Park are outside of town. Visitors particularly interested in the Civil War or outdoor adventure can cut down on their driving time by staying near their particular interests, but should keep an eye on how easy it is to drive into the historic downtown of Chattanooga. While most of the tourist attractions are outside of town, many of the city's restaurants and nightlife options are downtown.
Best Western Battlefield Inn
This outpost of the Best Western chain is the sole mid-range hotel in the vicinity of the Chickamauga battlefield, making it a logical choice for Civil War buffs in the area. The entrance to the battlefield is only a few minutes' drive down the road. The Best Western is a two-story, motel-style building where the rooms are spacious and come with both a sitting area and a work desk. Amenities include free Wi-Fi and cable TV. On the downside, the area around the hotel is dominated by strip malls, so the dining options are mostly fast-food restaurants.
This bed and breakfast is adjacent to Rock City and convenient to all of the other attractions of Lookout Mountain. At the same time, guests can drive down Ochs Highway and into downtown Chattanooga. Centered on a field-stone lodge and an elaborate, manicured garden, the Chanticleer Inn consists of that lodge and a handful of two-, three- and four-room buildings. Guest rooms come decorated with elegant reproduction furniture that evokes the image of a well-to-do country house, while the grounds have an outdoor swimming pool and a bocce court. Breakfast can be served in the dining room, sun room or on the stone patio, and guests may choose either a light breakfast or heavy breakfast with options like Belgian waffles.
Microtel Inn Hamilton Place
This Microtel was highlighted by "The New York Times" as a budget option for the Chattanooga area, and its location near both I-75 and the airport makes it a sound lodging choice for travelers who need to catch a flight or get back on the road in the morning. The rooms come with contemporary furnishings and sport an efficient, space-conscious design, with a small sitting area perched above the climate control unit and by the window. Wi-Fi is free and pets are permitted.