This is one of those places that every American probably should visit once. It's a unique piece of history, heritage, and culture anchored in a very scenic spot on the Chattanooga Northshore.
One must bear in mind, however, that it's older and harkens back to a time when life was simpler and people were smaller!
The rooms (cabins?) are quite small. They're not heated (the common areas are) and a very few have window A/C units. Our room was totally dominated by the king bed (with comfortable mattress); no closet, just some hooks on the wall, and a very tiny shower. The ceilings are low; I'm 6-3 and nearly scraped. We stayed here in January with moderate temperatures; I'd be concerned about staying here in the summer without A/C in the room.
Many reviewers have referenced the problems with hot water. One of the employees told us to run the water for "15 or 20 minutes" in order to get it hot. I ran it for about 10 minutes and got a decent shower.
With a historic type property, one has to make some allowances, but "classic" shouldn't have to mean ":run down." Little things add up fast. For example, our room had a small dresser, but only two of the four drawers had working handles.
The hot breakfast buffets were decent. The dinner was good also (the dining room has a limited menu but what they do they do pretty well). All employees were helpful and courteous.
For the remainder of January, they're only open Thursdays through Saturdays due to construction that has temporarily cost them much of their parking. The valet parking fee is waived through January.
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- The Legendary Delta Queen, a Chattanooga Inn and Boutique Hotel, welcomes you with the traditional southern charm of a Mississippi riverboat. Our unique Chattanooga hotel and event venue is moored at Coolidge Park Landing, in the middle of Chattanooga's vibrant downtown community, filled with a diversity of restaurants, shopping and attractions. ... more less
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