My husband and I like to stay at historic hotels, so we jumped at the chance for a Groupon to The Chattanooga Choo Choo. The main lobby is lovely - it is a renovated train depot. The ceiling is gorgeous; fantastic glass work; original floors and over all well renovated and maintained. The desk service was fast but not very friendly - the clerks acted disinterested both at check in and check out. Beyond the main lobby is another large atrium area that houses one of the restaurants. It is a bit like eating in a public lobby - very open with high ceilings and lacking warmth. The hotel as 4 rows of old train cars that are converted to rooms (2 rooms per car) and 2 other 1970's vintage 4 -5 story hotels. We walked into hotel Building #1 to see the indoor pool. The building looked well maintained but VERY dated - dark and rather depressing. The indoor poor had a layer of odd looking bubbles on it. Suffice it to say we did not swim. The ice machine is located in the very back of the pool area. You have to be able to climb a rather steep step and maneuver a tight entry to get into the rail car room, but it is all authentic to the train and very cool. The room itself is long and narrow, as expected. Our room had a queen bed at the far end; two nightstands; leaded glass lights over each nightstand ; a desk with phone and clock radio; 42 inch flat screen TV (nice); two other chairs and a day bed; a dresser; and a couple more lamps. Much of the original structure of the train car was left in place and I really enjoyed looking at all the compartments and trying to determine what they were used for originally. The bathroom was surprisingly large with a separate area for the toilet. The floors in the bath are tile and in average condition. The whole bath is painted a dull beige with no color what so ever, which does not add to the feel of the area. The tub/shower is 1970's fake marble, but is clean with new caulk and no mildew. The closet is a 12 inch metal bar next to the tub in the bathroom and had 3 mis-matched hangars. Toiletries were nice. The room had a ice bucket and a "pod type" coffee pot. The carpet was in very good shape - looked almost new. Bed linens were nice and in good condition.The main bed had all white linens but the day bed still had an old, very tired looking bed spread that I would not have touched for any reason. The room had many windows - all the original windows from the train - with wooden blinds. The blinds needed some maintenance BUT were VERY clean - no dust at all. The room, over all was extremely clean, which to me is one of the most important aspects of a hotel room. The room "feels" very stable and solid, but when we went to bed you could clearly hear the guy in the next room talking and, later, snoring. The grounds are interesting to walk around (and are like by natural gas torches at night) and the restaurant that features the singing servers is a must see .We did not eat there - went after dinner - and WOW - they are very very talented and put on a great show. Other aspects of the hotel were very tired - the odd model train museum (extra fee to get in); very dated gift shops; sort of depressing arcade - it all smacks of a place well past its hey day. I hope they are able to stay in business and perhaps update some of the common areas so that the trains and the lobby can be enjoyed for years to come.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the South's most renowned landmarks, the Chattanooga Choo Choo opened in 1909 and welcomed thousands of travelers during the Golden Age of railroads. Today, the 23 acre complex is a magnificently restored hotel resort for visitors of all ages. The Holiday Inn Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel offers a variety of overnight accommodations, including the famous Victorian Era train rooms and luxurious suites. *Theme restaurants *Specialty shops *Authentic New Orleans trolley ride *Model railroad display *Convention Center *3 swimming pools *Tennis courts *Beautiful formal gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel Chattanooga
- Holiday Inn Chattanooga Choo
- Chattanooga Holiday Inn