The Best Boutique Hotels to Book in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Each room comes with a unique dose of personality at the Dwell Hotel
Each room comes with a unique dose of personality at the Dwell Hotel | Courtesy of The Dwell Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels /
Photo of Nick Dauk
3 September 2021

This Southern belle has natural beauty in abundance, with nearby sites such as Lookout Mountain and Ruby Falls providing its Scenic City nickname. But its vibrant art scene, delicious Appalachian fusion cuisine, and laid-back leisure spots along the riverfront are just as engaging and inspiring. Book a night in one of these stylish boutique hotels in Chattanooga and open your eyes to an urban oasis in Southern Tennessee.

The Dwell Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels

An arty bedroom with a double bed pushed up against a pastel, floral wallpaper, with hardwood floors, two turquoise armchairs with pink pillows in front of a fireplace and an artwork featuring the silhouette of a woman above the fireplace at Dwell Hotel
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The 16 unique bedrooms at the Dwell are so exquisitely decorated that choosing yours isn’t easy. Whether it’s the banana-yellow 1960s armchairs in the Tropicana Room, the brass, burnt orange, and moss tones of the Autumn Room, or the bonkers black-and-white wallpaper in the Convex, each is a work of art in its own right. When you can tear yourself away, there’s an exceptional restaurant and slinky cocktail bar downstairs.

The Read House

Grand lounge area with marble floors, arched wood-panelled walls and intricate ceiling moulding, also featuring low hanging chandeliers, a large white flower bouquet in an ornate vase and cream and green velvet seating at the Read House
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Gatsby-level glitz and glamor waltz gracefully with contemporary comforts at the Read House. This historic hotel brilliantly resurrects the grandeur of a bygone era – from dazzling dining at Bridgeman’s Chophouse to the Bugsy Malone-style billiard room, where Sazeracs always accompany a game of pool. Talking of resurrections, there’s even a chance you might run into resident specter Annalisa Netherly, especially if you’ve had too many spirits at the bar.

The Edwin Hotel, Autograph Collection

Stylish living area in a room at the Edwin Hotel, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, a gray L-shaped couch, a red armchair, a desk, two small stools and a flat screen TV
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Flat-screen TVs mounted in standup easels; portable record players on dark wood sideboards; ornate antique mirrors on the wall – it’s clear from the decor of the rooms that the arty Edwin Hotel likes to do things a bit differently. A curated collection of artwork by local artists lines the public spaces – an appetizer for exploring the Bluff View Arts District, right on your doorstep. Alternatively, stay in and treat yourself to a whiskey-infused sugar scrub treatment at the Ama spa.

Moxy Chattanooga Downtown

Quirky and eclectic lounge space at the Moxy Chattanooga Downtown, featuring a painted musical-themed mural on one wall, a modern fireplace, a turquoise brick wall, a patterned carpet, an assortment of leather and velvet chairs, small wooden tables as well as various art piecces
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Anywhere that greets you with a cocktail upon checkin – the front desk doubles as a bar – gets the thumbs-up in our books. And that’s not to mention the flickering fireplace in the lobby, encircled by squishy sofas and armchairs, or the 24/7 Pickups snack bar, stocked with locally sourced donuts, bagels, and fresh coffee. As for the rooms? Think Scandi-style simplicity, with bare woods, black metals, and colorful rugs.

The Chattanoogan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

Rooftop terrace at the Chattanoogan Hotel, featuring outdoor tables and chairs arranged around fire pits as well as large daybeds, all under hanging fairy lights
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The Chattanoogan is more than a place to stay – it does a crash course in living like a local. This hip Southside hotel is within walking distance of Finley Stadium and AT&T Field, should you want to root on the Lookouts or Chattanooga FC. Views of Lookout Mountain will spoil you in the king suite, but not as much as a full body scrub in the spa. Now that you’re looking and feeling good, go dine on a mix of Southern and Appalachian cuisine at the High Rail rooftop bar.

Hotel Indigo Chattanooga – Downtown, an IHG Hotel

Simple living space in a room at Hotel Indigo Chattanooga featuring a gray couch and two chairs facing a flat screen TV, yellow cushions, a gray and yellow patterned carpet and a wooden coffee table
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Just north of Chattanooga city center, the pet-friendly Hotel Indigo is a great spot to start a nice walk. Drop your bags in your premium suite and freshen up in the spa-like bathroom while Rover finishes their own cleaning routine. Strap on a long leash and admire the art along the hotel’s walls on your way out. Within minutes, you and your pup will be strolling the riverfront, inhaling the fresh air before lapping up a drink at Hair of the Dog pub on your way home.

Chattanooga Choo Choo

High-ceilinged, industrial-style dining area at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, featuring wooden tables and chairs with red details, a large wooden bar, a wooden-beamed ceiling and large arched windows with french doors
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Of the many amazing boutique hotels, the Chattanooga Choo Choo takes the prize for the most distinctive. This century-old rail station is your ticket to an unforgettable Chattanooga experience. Hop aboard a historic train-car room fitted with modern amenities including a mini-fridge, wifi, and a work desk. Though there’s no dining car per se, the Frothy Monkey is always ready to serve up locally-sourced meals, ice-cold local brews, and all the locomotion you can handle.

Whether you’re looking to stay somewhere on a budget or relax in one of the best luxury hotels in Tennessee – now bookable via Culture Trip – Chattanooga has you covered. Spend your day exploring natural wonders, including the vast parks and great lakes in the area, then discover Memphis’ thriving nightlife for a true Southern experience.

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