Located by the banks of the Tennessee River, with the Appalachian mountains and the Cumberland Plateau for a backdrop, you’ll find the scenic city of Chattanooga. The hip city is also an emerging tech and sustainability hub, meaning you’ll have a great choice of very interesting places to stay. From quirky-chic boutiques to sleek and modern, here are my favorite cool and unique hotels in Chattanooga, Tennessee…
Moxy Chattanooga Downtown
I love this very cool hotel that’s anything but average. While visiting, the stylish ambiance struck me when I arrived, and I was delighted to be presented with a complimentary signature cocktail.
This funky hotel, perfect for those young at heart like me, subscribes to an ‘it’s 5 o’clock somewhere’ philosophy, and I couldn’t resist joining in on the daily themed events, enjoying drinks in the lobby and outdoor patio.
The Chattanooga flare extended to my elegantly designed room, which featured glass-enclosed showers with lavish bath amenities. Located in the heart of downtown, I was always a stone’s throw away from local attractions. It was an incredible experience to be so close to all the vibrant entertainment and culture of the city.
Ultra-hip and fun vibe
Outdoor patio perfect for mingling
Modern gym and great breakfast with vegan options
Two trendy onsite restaurants
No microwave in rooms
Some rooms are compact
Can be noisy
One of my favorite places to stay is this vintage remix of the historic Clemon’s building, it boasts vibrant communal spaces and an artisanal market. I love the character of this place.
While visiting Bode, I found myself in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. It’s a location that offers so much to explore.
Staying at this stylish and modern hotel, I couldn’t help but appreciate how it’s surrounded by natural climbing and hiking wonders, live music venues, fantastic barbecue spots, and numerous museums and parks, all conveniently nearby.
The hotel provided 54 units on-site for overnight accommodations, and what impressed me most was that all these units were equipped with full kitchens and comfortable living rooms. It truly felt like a home away from home.
Cool loft-style hybrid hotel
Climbing and hiking nearby
Perfect for longer stays and families
Local barbecue dining options
Not pet friendly
No parking on-site
Walls can be thin
The Dwell Hotel
I love this place, the Dwell Hotel in Chattanooga. While visiting, I experienced seamless blends of high-end 50s, 60s, and 70s pieces with industrial elements, paying homage to Chattanooga’s industrial heritage.
During my stay, I couldn’t help but admire the alluringly retro décor and redefined hospitality. The 16 guestrooms were a real treat, each adorned with vintage furniture and vibrant wallpaper, complemented by unique, contemporary touches. Moreover, this is an adult-only hotel with a rich history dating back to 1909. The trendy bar, ‘Night Pearl,’ served me fine wines, craft beers, and tiki cocktails that made my evenings special.
One of my favorite things about the Dwell is its fantastic location. It’s just steps away from various restaurants and shopping destinations, ensuring guests like me are never bored and have plenty to explore
Hipster-friendly retro chic design
Adult-only policy and onsite parking
Creative cocktails and fine dining
Uniquely decorated rooms
some with soaking tubs
Pets are not allowed
Limited breakfast options
Some noise from the bar
Kinley Chattanooga Southside
While staying at this charming boutique hotel, I found it to be the perfect home base for all my adventures, both great and small. It’s ideally located on the Southside in downtown Chattanooga.
I loved how accessible the city’s premier attractions were from this hotel. Whether exploring the local art scene or enjoying the vibrant culture, everything was just a stone’s throw away. But the real gem of this Tribute Portfolio Hotel is its hidden speakeasy. I tried their specialty drinks and dishes, which were delightful. It was the perfect spot to relax and replenish in style.
Furthermore, the hotel’s strong Wi-Fi was a real asset, especially for travelers like me who need to stay engaged with work matters while enjoying the lush surroundings of glorious Chattanooga.
Cool industrial-chic design
Speakeasy style experience with hip lobby bar
Coffee shop and gym
Communal areas get busy at peak times
No onsite spa
No onsite swimming pool
The Westin Chattanooga
I had the pleasure of staying at the Westin Chattanooga, and it truly is a luxuriously appointed, cool hotel right in the heart of downtown Chattanooga.
It offers 259 rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows that provide stunning views of the mountains and downtown. The plush heavenly beds were incredibly comfortable, and the tiled walk-in shower added a touch of luxury to my stay.
After hiking, I headed to the hotel’s rooftop restaurant and bar, Alchemy. They had an extensive list of specialty drinks that were the perfect way to end my day.
For those looking to host a special event, the Westin Chattanooga has over 15,000 square feet of versatile indoor event space. This hotel’s grandeur provides guests with copious options, making it a top choice for events in downtown Chattanooga.
Sleek modern design
Stylish outdoor swimming pool
Luxurious beds and spa treatments
Cool rooftop restaurant and bar
Pool is small
Rooftop is sometimes closed
Very busy when events are on
Chattanooga Choo Choo
While visiting the Choo Choo, I was transported back to the early 20th-century heyday of this former mainline railway station. I loved its glittering aesthetic, characterized by the arched lobby and original chandeliers.
The hotel’s transformation is truly impressive, with the addition of quirky bars and an eclectic array of restaurants. What used to be a railway station now boasts 145 lovingly refurbished rooms, making it a unique and charming place to stay.
The Choo Choo’s location was incredibly convenient, and it’s right next to the south terminus of the free shuttle bus service, making it easy to explore the city. The 16-acre property’s Beaux-Arts style is an attraction in its own right, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.
Unique setting and quirky-chic design
Instagrammable vintage train accommodation
Hip onsite bar and eclectic dining options
Hotel Indigo Chattanooga
Hotel Indigo Chattanooga offers a cozy respite for locals and visitors who share a passion for the great outdoors. It was refreshing to see how the hotel’s design and atmosphere seamlessly blended with the outdoors. The 117 spacious, modern rooms and suites made my stay comfortable and enjoyable.
The hotel’s commitment to the outdoors and community was evident in its over 5,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event space. This provided ample room for hosting special occasions. I also enjoyed the airy restaurant patio, which offered an array of local craft beers and delectable small plates.
Hotel Indigo Chattanooga truly embodies the IHG vision. It was a delightful experience that left me with fond memories of my stay.
Trendy and fun design
Modern boutique-style rooms
Vibrant party atmosphere
Local craft beers
Parking is extra
No pool available
No microwaves in guest rooms
The Edwin Hotel
During my stay at the Edwin Hotel, I truly appreciated its prime waterfront location, which offered easy access to the city’s finest attractions. However, what I loved most about this unparalleled luxury brand was the world of relaxation it provided, including signature treatments at the full-service hotel spa, a rooftop plunge pool, and breathtaking views of the Tennessee River.
The hotel’s Whitebird restaurant was a culinary delight, offering a unique twist on Southern cuisine with ingredients sourced exclusively from the Chattanooga area.
What added to the charm was the imaginative hotel staff. They had scoured the city to find local artists who perfectly encapsulated the colorful history and southern eclectic flair of Chattanooga. The art collections that adorned the hotel were a testament to this dedication, making my stay even more special.
Boutique Southern cuisine
Prime waterfront location
Great rooftop swimming pool
Curated local art collections
Fabulous river views
The lounge closes early
Some noise from rooftop pool area
Rooms can be compact
The Read House
My experience at this historic boutique Chattanooga hotel left me dazzled. It felt like stepping back to the 1920s, with its Georgian-style splendor, soaring lobby ceilings, dramatic chandeliers, and wood-clad walls polished to a high shine.
The hotel’s $25 million renovation preserves its historical charm while catering to modern tastes. The 241 guestrooms were a true reflection of the roaring jazz era, offering a seductive and luxurious ambiance. The lush lounge area and exquisite indoor pool added to the overall grandeur of the hotel.
One interesting tidbit I came across was the legend about room 311, which is said to be haunted by the spirit of Annalisa Netherly. The story goes that she was beheaded by a jealous lover in the bathtub, leaving behind a paranormal aura that attracts spine-tingling tours from around the world.
Opulent Georgian splendor
Lush lounge and stunning indoor swimming pool
Fine dining and three restaurants to choose from
Parking is extra
Extra charges for pets
Bar closes early
The Chattanoogan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
I had the pleasure of staying at the Chattanoogan Hotel, and it was an experience I truly cherished. With regionally-inspired food, crafted beverages, local coffee, and contemporary cuisine offered across its various eateries and coffee areas, it was a slice of paradise.
One of the highlights of my stay was the spa, which featured a private couples treatment room and a wide range of body, nail, and skincare treatments.
The Southside of Chattanooga was a hotspot for entertainment, arts, culture, and nightlife, with public art adorning the main street. It made my stay even more enjoyable as I explored the local culture and vibrant atmosphere.
Staying at this extravagant property provided the calm and comfort I needed for a well-deserved vacation. Besides the pedestrian-filled downtown area, a short journey took me to the many scenic spots characterizing this gorgeous town.
Picturesque mountain views
Regionally inspired fine cuisine
Vibrant Southside location
Onsite spa and wellness center
During my stay at the RiverView Inn, nestled on the side of Lookout Mountain, I was treated to a truly gorgeous boutique hotel that offered an intimate and private setting.
Originally built in 1935 as Sky Harbour Court, the recent renovations have been masterfully done to preserve its old-world charm and history. Yet, they’ve also added a modern touch by updating guest spaces with gentrified bathrooms and refreshed furnishings.
What was particularly convenient was the hotel’s location, just minutes away from world-famous Rock City Gardens, the Incline Railway, and Ruby Falls. It meant I had easy access to some of the most iconic attractions in the area.
At the RiverView Inn, guests are offered the chance to connect with nature and let the enchanting landscape transport them back to a simpler time of a bygone era. It was a truly unique experience that I’ll cherish.
Tranquil natural surroundings
Outdoor swimming pool
Phenomenal mountain views
Reasonably priced room rates
Pool closes early
Some rooms are compact
Limited breakfast options
Aloft Chattanooga Hamilton Place
I love this hotel for being the ultimate blend of substance and style. It’s perfect for the modern, jet-setting traveler like me who craves a lively social scene without breaking the bank.
The loft-like guestrooms had a vibrant setting that truly appealed to my senses. The plush platform beds and walk-in showers made my stay incredibly comfortable and enjoyable.
What’s impressive is the tech-forward design that allows guests to transition between work and play seamlessly. Ergonomic desks and flat-screen TVs provided the perfect setup for both business and leisure.
The hotel’s rooftop bar was a real treat, offering a variety of sought-after treats, including specialty cocktails and a small plate menu. To make the experience even more special, live music often topped off the evening, making it a memorable stay for me.
funky and youthful vibe
Stylish outdoor swimming pool
Cool rooftop bar with live music
Modern gym and restaurant
Onsite parking gets busy
No microwave in guest rooms
All Hotels In Chattanooga Compared
We have compared the top 12 cool and unique hotels in Chattanooga. You can sort the table based on different factors like location, distance from attractions, price per night, and restaurants nearby:
Hotel Name Location Price Range (per night) Fitness Facilities Distance to Attractions (km) Nearby Restaurants
Moxy Chattanooga Downtown 1220 King Street $111-$169 Yes 1.5 2
Bode Chattanooga 730 Chestnut St $123-$193 No 0.3 3
The Dwell Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels 120 East Tenth Street $245-$335 No 1.2 3
Kinley Chattanooga Southside, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel 1409 Market Street $169-$199 No 1.6 3
The Westin Chattanooga 801 Pine Street $332-$393 Yes 1.1 3
Chattanooga Choo Choo 92 Choo Choo Avenue $145-$195 No 1.8 1
Hotel Indigo Chattanooga 300 W 6th Street $152-$234 Yes 1.0 3
The Edwin Hotel, Autograph Collection 102 Walnut Street $349-$356 Yes 1.8 2
The Read House 107 West Martin Luther King Blvd $161-$189 Yes 1.0 3
The Chattanoogan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton 1201 Broad Street $169-$294 No 1.5 2
RiverView Inn 2159 Old Wauhatchie Pike $107 No 1.3 2
Aloft Chattanooga Hamilton Place 2090 Hamilton Place Blvd. $139 Yes 10.0 3
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