So we set off from Nashville to Chattanooga for the Labor Day weekend to finish out our yearly membership with the Tennessee Aquarium with the kids (6-year old triplets) screaming “are we there yet?, are we there yet?” (We've all been there). Our goal this time was arrive a day early and take in a few extra attractions that Chattanooga had to offer.
Last year, we stayed at the Hampton Inn Lookout Mountain for roughly $130.00 for one night in one of the disabled accessible suites. It was a very average room with an average breakfast and over-all below average stay regardless of its close proximity to downtown, only a 10 minute drive. This time, I was determined to find something downtown within walking distance of the aquarium but was really disappointed to find that, if you want to walk to the aquarium, you’re going to pay a premium… in steps Trip Advisor.
Given the ridiculousness of the rates at hotels downtown, we decide to give the Embassy Suites at Hamilton Place a try because it has great reviews on Trip Advisor and it was only about a 15 minute drive from the aquarium. This decision most certainly paid off. I had made a reservation for the two-room suite days earlier, so when we arrived checking in was a breeze thanks to the professional and VERY friendly staff. Once in the room, we were pleased to find everything clean and comfortable. Something you seem to always notice in a hotel room is the scent of stale air, and thankfully, that was NOT to be found here.
The sectional sofa included a pull out bed that served as a comfortable sleep for two of the kids. I ordered up extra bedding to make up the extra part of the sectional for the third and room service delivered it within minutes of my request. Once we got the kids settled in for the evening it was nice to have a separate room to hide in and enjoy some parental quite time. I’m certainly not the connoisseur of toiletries, but my wife did comment how she appreciated the Evelyn and Crabtree soaps and shampoo, so rate that as a plus.
The next morning, we were all pleased to find one of the best breakfast buffets you’ll find at a hotel … and yes, it was included in the price of the room… yea! No hidden fees! After breakfast, we let the kids spend some time in the pretty good sized pool for being indoors and then headed out to the aquarium with well rested, well fed and excited little ones.
Overall, I give this hotel a five star rating since the accommodations, customer service, and breakfast buffet were well above your most similar hotels. However, I do have two minor gripes.
First, the king bed was a bit firm for my liking. I was able to sleep soundly for about 3 hours before my back woke up and decided it didn't like where it was. Second was the parking, but this is double edged sword. The hotel shares space with a Ruth’s Chris so when we arrived, there was very little accessible parking and, with a special needs child, an extra disabled parking space would have been appreciated. The flip side to that is they have a full kitchen to prepare one of the best hotel buffets I've ever enjoyed.
With that said, for everything that’s included in the reasonable price point of this hotel, only $30 more for a much lessor hotel, I can say with certainty that we’ll be back next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy a unique blend of luxury accommodation and southern hospitality at the all-suite, full service Embassy Suites Chattanooga / Hamilton Place hotel. Set in the Waterside Lifestyle Center, directly across from Hamilton Place Mall, the hotel is only minutes away from Enterprise South Industrial Park and only 4 miles from Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. Enjoy easy access to many local attractions including Lookout Mountain and downtown Chattanooga.Relax in the atrium, surrounded by spacious suites, each with modern amenities including WiFi, a spacious work surface, microwave, refrigerator and two HDTVs. Enjoy a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and dine in Chattanooga’s first and only Ruth’s Chris Steak House restaurant. A sundry market is also available, offering snacks and travel essentials. ... more less
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