Hotels & Motels in Chattanooga

by Edwin Thomas

As a historic crossroads town located in the rugged mountains of southeastern Tennessee, Chattanooga has long been welcoming tired travelers for a night's rest. The modern city's hotels and motels provide accommodations, ranging from the conventional to the stately to even the quirky, both in the revived downtown area and around Chattanooga's outlying attractions.


Chattanooga is so close to the Georgia state line that some its sights, like Lookout Mountain, extend into the neighboring state. The same applies to Georgia communities that are formally recognized by the government as Chattanooga suburbs, such as Rossville and Lakeview. Visitors to sights like Lookout Mountain or the Chickamagua and Chattanooga National Military Park might find staying in a hotel or motel in one of these Georgia suburbs convenient and should not be deceived by the Georgia address.

Bluff View Inn

Located in the Bluff View Arts District and appropriately named, as it is perched high above the Tennessee River, the Bluff View Inn offers bed and breakfast-style accommodations in three separate homes from the late 19th and early 20th century, representing a range of architectural styles. One is a Tudor house from 1889, another a Victorian home from 1908, and the third an example of late 1920s Colonial Revival design. The rooms in each house are decorated in a fashion fitting that house's particular period, so the 1920s house is appointed with period reproduction and antique furniture, while many of the furnishings in the Tudor house are period originals. The surrounding neighborhood is dominated by galleries and small cafes and restaurants.

Best Western Battlefield Inn

Housed in a motel-style, two-story building, this Best Western received a Two Diamond rating from AAA. The neighborhood comprises mostly strip malls, and dining is somewhat inconvenient as anything beyond fast food requires driving at least a mile. However, the hotel is located in Fort Oglethorpe and just one mile from the north entrance of the Chickamauga battlefield, a major attraction for Civil War buffs. As the other local hotels consist of a Super 8 hotel and a downmarket motel, this Best Western offers the most upscale option in the immediate area.

The Chattanooga Choo Choo

Cashing in on the song "The Chattanooga Choo Choo," this hotel occupies what used to be the city's main railway station. The main station building offers hotel-style rooms and suites, while the station's rail yard features 48 old train cars that have been converted into more rooms. The hotel rooms are decorated in a mid-range fashion with dark wood or wrought-iron appointments; the rail are cars appointed in the same fashion as the main hotel.