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Where to Stay in Chattanooga: Best Areas & Hotels, 2019

Written by Carri Wilbanks

Where you choose to stay in Chattanooga will depend on your budget and your style of travel, but overall, the city offers excellent value when it comes to lodging, whether you are on holiday with the family, on a business trip, or planning a romantic getaway to the Appalachian Mountains. Downtown is the best area to stay as this is where you'll find major attractions like the Tennessee Riverwalk, the Tennessee Aquarium, Walnut Street Bridge, and a number of different museums. There are also hotels in all budgets here. Just to the west of downtown are major outdoor attractions like the underground Ruby Falls and Lookout Mountain, and more hotel options are located around these.

Chattanooga is a low-key place when it comes to sleeping. Although it has some excellent and unique places to stay, it doesn't have any true five-star luxury properties. You will find luxe four-star hotels, however, like The Westin Chattanooga located downtown, as well as plenty of good-value mid-range hotels, especially if you don't mind staying in a chain. Properties like the Hampton Inn Chattanooga West/Lookout Mountain and SpringHill Suites Chattanooga Downtown/Cameron Harbor rank higher with travelers than more luxe properties in Chattanooga and are consistently good choices if you want comfort, cleanliness, and a central location.

Where to Stay for Luxury

Downtown at dusk

Downtown at dusk

The Westin Chattanooga is one of the most luxe properties in Chattanooga. It is located downtown and within walking distance of sightseeing and business attractions like the Tivoli Theatre, Tennessee Aquarium, Warehouse Row, and the Chattanooga Convention Center. The 260 rooms and suites are elegantly decorated, spacious, and come with views of either the city or Lookout Mountain. The suites also feature separate living rooms, which are perfect for families with young children. On-site amenities include two restaurants, a swimming pool with sun-loungers and cabana rentals, a fitness center, and rooftop terrace.

Another luxury option in Chattanooga is The Edwin Hotel, Autograph Collection, which is in a great location just across from the Tennessee Riverwalk and a few minutes' walk from the Hunter Museum of American Art. This chic hotel features a range of rooms and suites, which come with stylish decor, like chandeliers and marble bathrooms, as well as city views from large windows. The staff here is professional and offers friendly service. Away from the rooms, you'll find amenities like a coffee house, restaurant, rooftop lounge with views, gym, outdoor plunge pool, spa, and paid parking. Dogs are welcome to stay for a fee.

St. Francis Cottage is a good choice if you want luxury and to be slightly out of town in a country setting. This elegant B&B sits on 2.3 acres just a mile from the I-75/Hamilton Place Mall Shopping Complex. There are just seven rooms, and each is individually decorated, but all come with stylish accents, comfortable furniture, and enough space to move around. A full breakfast is included and can be taken in the dining room or in the privacy of your own room. There are also lovely gardens on the property with outdoor sitting areas, which are perfect for relaxing with a good book.

Where to Stay: Mid-Range

Aerial view of Chattanooga

Aerial view of Chattanooga

Hampton Inn Chattanooga West/Lookout Mountain is a very popular mid-range choice, especially for travelers visiting Chattanooga to experience its outdoor adventure attractions, like Ruby Falls and Lookout Mountain. On the west side of the city, it is close to both these attractions and still just a short drive from downtown. The rooms are clean and comfortable with modern decor, free Wi-Fi, custom beds, and both full and lap desks for working in bed. They also come with microwaves and mini-fridges, and some rooms have pullout sofas, which families will appreciate. Away from the rooms, amenities include a free hot breakfast, parking, indoor swimming pool, outdoor pool with a waterslide, and a workout room.

To be within walking distance of downtown, check out the SpringHill Suites Chattanooga Downtown/Cameron Harbor, which is a good-value option right on the Tennessee River and about a 10-minute walk from the Tennessee Aquarium. It offers colorful studio suites, which are a favorite with families. They come with separate living space, pullout sofas, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and even mini-fridges and microwaves. The best boast balconies with river views. Amenities include a hot breakfast buffet, 24-hour convenience store, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, and workout room.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Chattanooga Hamilton Place is another mid-range choice, which offers all suites and is within driving distance of downtown and the Tennessee Riverwalk. The suites are large and clean and feature separate living spaces with pullout sofas, which are handy if you're traveling with kids. They also come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs in both the bedroom and living room (another perk for parents with little ones who go to sleep early), and mini-fridges and microwaves. Free perks of staying include a made-to-order breakfast and nightly snacks. There is also an on-site steakhouse-style restaurant, a 24-hour convenience store, indoor swimming pool, rooftop terrace, and free parking.

Where to Stay on a Budget

Point Park, Lookout Mountain

Point Park, Lookout Mountain

Travelodge by Wyndham Chattanooga/Hamilton Place is a reliable budget choice, which isn't too far from downtown and is located just off I-75. It features comfortable modern rooms and suites with free Wi-Fi, as well as coffee makers, microwaves, and mini-fridges. The suites also feature Jacuzzi tubs. Children under 18 stay free with an adult at this family favorite, and there is also free parking and a complimentary continental breakfast. Pets are also welcome to stay.

Red Roof Inn Chattanooga - Lookout Mountain is a great budget pick if you want to be close to Lookout Mountain and Ruby Falls, which is a 145-foot-high underground waterfall inside the mountain. This hotel is also convenient to the city center. Rooms are basic but relatively comfortable if a bit on the small side. They do come with free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffee makers. Complimentary perks include a hot breakfast and parking. There is also a heated indoor swimming pool and a seasonal outdoor pool, coin-op laundry, and the property is pet-friendly.

Where to Stay for Families

Holmberg Glass Bridge and downtown

Holmberg Glass Bridge and downtown

Hampton Inn & Suites Chattanooga/Downtown is a good choice for families. It is located within walking distance of downtown attractions like the Tennessee Aquarium and offers modern rooms and suites featuring flat-screen TVs with HD channels, custom beds, free Wi-Fi, and plenty of space to move around. The suites also have separate living rooms and sleeper sofas for kids. There is a free hot breakfast and also a complimentary shuttle to downtown. You'll also find indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, and paid parking on-site.

Families will also want to take a look at the central DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chattanooga Downtown, which is located just four blocks from the Tennessee Riverwalk and also the Tennessee Aquarium. The rooms and suites are contemporary and clean, with comfy beds, free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, and microwaves, among other amenities. Suites are the way to go for families and come with separate living rooms and often Jacuzzi tubs. On-site, you'll find a bistro restaurant, outdoor pool with a sundeck, a gym, and paid parking.

Where to Stay for Couples

Coolidge Park and Market Street Bridge

Coolidge Park and Market Street Bridge

The Dwell Hotel is a good choice for couples, which is just a few miles from the underground natural attraction of Ruby Falls, and the property doesn't allow children under the age of 12. The hotel is inside a limestone and brick building near the city center and features stylish, retro rooms with romantic touches like soaking tubs and rainfall showers. They also offer room service should you not want to leave. Amenities here include a free hot breakfast and a restaurant serving international fare. Parking is also available, and the staff here is professional.

For a romantic getaway, also take a look at The Chattanoogan, which is located less than a mile from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus. The hotel features clean and comfortable rooms with modern decor and plush amenities, like pillow-top mattresses and often direct views of Lookout Mountain. On-site, you'll discover outdoor fire pits, which are perfect for snuggling around, as well as an indoor heated swimming pool, steam rooms, sauna, spa, and live music on the weekends at the hotel's restaurant and sidewalk cafe.

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