Hotels Near River Bend in Chattanooga

by Laura Latzko

The Riverbend Festival, an annual nine-day festival with rock and bluegrass music, is held in Chattanooga’s downtown area, starting at Chestnut Street and Second Street. People staying in hotels near the festival can also venture to the Tennessee River to enjoy water sports, the Tennessee Aquarium to see stingrays and snakes, Ruby Falls to gaze at a natural waterfall or Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park to ride roller coasters. The downtown area offers hotels near the festival with amenities for people of different ages, such as indoor swimming pools or casual-dining restaurants.

Courtyard Chattanooga Downtown

The Courtyard Chattanooga Downtown hotel is located down the street from the festival’s main gate. The hotel is close to the Hunter Museum of American Art. It offers an area near the lobby with a fireplace for people who want to relax. The facility provides a guest computer with high-speed Internet access. The hotel’s American-style café features breakfast foods such as parfaits and breakfast sandwiches, as well as dinner meals that include pizza and hamburgers. The Big River Grille, an off-site restaurant with foods such as fish tacos, meat loaf, ribs and chicken enchiladas, delivers foods to guestrooms. Suites at the hotel have kitchen tables with chairs for two people, and some have a balcony or a hot tub.

Hilton Garden Inn Chattanooga Downtown

The Hilton Garden Inn Chattanooga Downtown sits within a block of the festival’s main entrance. The hotel is next door to AT&T Field. An on-site grill restaurant has a breakfast buffet with omelets and Belgian waffles and a lounge area with Starbucks coffee. At the lounge, you can sit outside on a patio or inside by a fireplace. The 24-hour marketplace sells items such as stomach relief medicine, canned ravioli, macaroni and cheese, postcards and disposable cameras. Packages include a breakfast for two to four people at the hotel’s restaurant, admission to Lookout Mountain’s Rock City, passes to Ruby Falls, spaces on a whitewater rafting trip and tickets to the Tennessee Aquarium or the Creative Discovery Museum. The hotel has an on-site fitness center and provides passes to the Sports Barn, a gym with Pilates and yoga classes. Guestrooms and suites offer both on-demand movies and video games. Some suites come with two bedrooms, and most guestrooms have armchairs with ottomans.

Days Inn Chattanooga-Rivergate

Days Inn Chattanooga-Rivergate is about 0.6 miles from the festival’s main gate. It is also within a short walk of Warehouse Row, a neighborhood with parks, museums and theaters. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool that is open from April to August. An American-style diner, open 24 hours a day, serves sandwiches, hamburgers and cake. The hotel’s shuttle service takes visitors to destinations on Broad Street, such as the city’s aquarium, walking bridge and minor league baseball stadium. Guestrooms and suites come with refrigerators and microwaves.

Holiday Inn Express Chattanooga Downtown

Holiday Inn Express Chattanooga Downtown sits about 0.8 miles from the main entrance of the festival. The Creative Discovery Museum is within walking distance of the hotel. Guestrooms are equipped for long-term-stay guests, as they have kitchens that come with refrigerators with freezers. Inside your room, you can watch on-demand movies on flat-panel TV. The hotel provides a daily breakfast buffet with items such as cinnamon rolls, sausage or bacon, biscuits and gravy and eggs or omelets. The on-site convenience store sells ramen noodles, candy, popcorn and nonalcoholic beverages. Guests can work out for free at an on-site fitness center or at the Rush Fitness Complex, a downtown health club offering Pilates and yoga classes.

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