Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel - Chattanooga, TN

Stay at Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel in Tennessee, with Dates into May

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Historical Train Station Converted into Victorian-Style Hotel

Built in 1908, Chattanooga’s Terminal Station served for decades as the city’s grand first impression, welcoming visitors with a soaring central dome adorned with brass chandeliers. Over the years, the station welcomed the likes of Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt. After closing in the 1970s, the depot was eventually transformed into the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel has set up a marble-clad lobby under the old dome and retail shops in the gardens along the former rail concourse. A 19th-century steam locomotive is on display in the rail yard.

Converted train cars that once whisked wealthy passengers across the country now make up some of the hotel’s accommodations. These train-car rooms come furnished with Victorian-style furnishings to set the mood. Spacious standard rooms, on the other hand, feature contemporary decor.

Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel has a number of onsite dining options. The crown jewel is Station House Restaurant, which specializes in grilled fare accompanied by live musical entertainment. Located off the domed lobby, Gardens Restaurant serves Southern-style dinners in the middle of a formal garden. The hotel also has a café, an ice-cream parlor, and a diner. If you’re in the mood for a cocktail, head to Victorian Lounge, where a full bar serves mixed drinks and locally crafted microbrews amid turn-of-the-century furnishings.

Visitors can learn more about the hotel’s history by catching the authentic 1924 New Orleans trolley that runs throughout the Choo Choo complex. To explore sights elsewhere, hop aboard the electric shuttle just across from the lobby; rides are complimentary and will take guests to downtown shops and attractions.

Chattanooga, Tennessee: Museums and Parks Along the Riverfront

Set along the Tennessee-Georgia border, Chattanooga became a boomtown with the arrival of a major railroad in the late 19th century. The surrounding mountains and ridges made for a scenic backdrop for train passengers coming into the city. But they also proved problematic, trapping in industrial pollutants and creating what the Environmental Protection Agency declared to be the nation’s dirtiest air in 1969. Today, the city has scrubbed away its industrial-era grime and adopted greener practices: public parks, riverfront walkways, and a downtown electric shuttle, to name a few. Waterfront Coolidge Park is a popular downtown hangout where kids can hop on a century-old carousel and enjoy acres of open green space. During the summer, you can come here for concerts, festivals, and outdoor movie screenings.

Another point of interest is Chattanooga’s Walnut Street Bridge, one of the world’s longest pedestrian bridges. Its wrought-iron trusses stretch across the Tennessee River, which bisects the city’s downtown. From here, you can take a scenic stroll toward other downtown attractions, such as the Tennessee Aquarium and the Hunter Museum of American Art.

Picked by the New York Times as 1 of 45 Places to Go in 2012, Chattanooga has seen a resurgence of arts and culture in recent years. It now hosts a number of annual art and music festivals and features several up-and-coming art districts filled with independent boutiques and galleries. Head to the Bluff View Art District for some spectacular views—the historic neighborhood is set high atop stone cliffs overlooking the Tennessee River. In addition to galleries filled with works by nationally recognized artists, the district recognizes the culinary arts, with several restaurants and the city’s oldest artisan bakery.

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What You Get

  • Stay for two in a standard king room, two-double-beds room, or train-car room
  • Dates into May


Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • Cancellation policy: 24-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is nonrefundable
  • Taxes: 17.25% tax added at purchase

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed. Read the Fine Print for important info on offer details and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Multiple restaurants and a lounge
  • Adjacent to complimentary downtown shuttle
  • Formal gardens
  • Arcade
  • Onsite gift shops
  • Fitness room
  • Free WiFi
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The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 24-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 17.25% tax added at purchase.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

Standard Room

  • One king bed or two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2 in king rooms; 4 in double rooms
  • Maximum occupancy: 4 in king rooms; 5 in double rooms
  • Adding occupants above standard: no additional fee

Train-Car Room

  • One queen bed (day bed in select rooms)
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: no additional fee

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 3 p.m.
  • Checkout: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: lot parking available for an additional $6 per night
  • Rollaways: available in standard rooms only for an additional $10 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets may be added for an additional non-refundable $35 per stay.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request by calling the property.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: about 12 miles from Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA); about 126 miles from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  • By cab: about $25 from CHA
  • By car: about 117 miles northwest of Atlanta, Georgia; about 133 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee
  • By shuttle: $10 one way from CHA

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