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“Beautiful with only 1 small downside” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mayor's Mansion Inn

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Mayor's Mansion Inn
Ranked #1 of 9 Chattanooga B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Memphis
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful with only 1 small downside”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

We booked the Rising Fawn suite on the second floor which is one of their 2 honeymoon suites. We had picked this one over the Laurel Falls room because we didn't like the online pics of the Laurel Falls room (specifically the abundance of the upholstery). However we did see LF room in person while someone was cleaning it and they offered for us to peek in which we did and discovered the online pics don't really do it justice. LF room was gorgeous and it's bathroom was HUGE - almost as big as the main room. We also thought our room, Rising Fawn was beautiful. We had a package with champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, cheese/crackers and rose petals scattered on the bed and floor. We were told it's the only room with a shower and tub. They have a nice table by the window for eating and if you choose can even eat in your room for breakfast for an extra $10. They have a small selection of DVDs available to borrow but the TV in our room was pretty tiny so wasn't ideal for watching movies. Rooms' temps can't be regulated in the rooms but we both thought it was pretty comfortable both nights.

The one difference we noticed with this b&b and others is that the owner doesn't have a strong presence. She was there on grounds but we only saw her in the mornings when we came down to breakfast and she spoke to us and made sure we were seated quickly for breakfast but we weren't
Introduced to her nor did she ask about us, where we were from, etc. The most consistent presence there was Andrew who was pleasant. The others were college students, Ashley and Katie who were both super friendly.

Breakfasts are served in the main dining room which is gorgeous. We had our own individual tables which I prefer over group seating. Our first breakfast was mini quiche, stuffed French toast with bacon, and fruit for dessert. The second morning we had grape/pecan salad, breakfast pizza (a small pastry with 1 yummy medium cooked egg on top) and hazelnut mousse for dessert. The biggest downside when comparing this one to other b&bs we've visited is that the breakfasts are a bit scant. Normally on a trip like this we will eat a large breakfast, snack for lunch if needed, and then just eat dinner. We definitely couldn't do that this trip since we were hungry for lunch on both days. We even had to eat an early lunch on the day we ate the breakfast pizza (and we're average weight people who don't normally over eat).

Overall, the house is beautiful and wish we knew more of its history. We did get a brief tour the first night and a few comments were made about what the owner did in the main rooms but we didn't hear a lot of details or even obvious ones like the mansion used to be owned by the mayor of Chattanooga. It's right across the street from UT Chat and had worried about noise since our room was right on the street but we weren't bothered by noise a bit.

Parking is plentiful and free.

Room Tip: If a huge bathroom is a big deal to you, pick Laurel Falls. Rising fawn is the only room with a tu...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank mthammer
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Atlanta, GA
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72 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

This B&B was in a great location with excellent accommodations and a super friendly staff. Ordinarily it would have gathered a 5 star rating from us except for the breakfast. We have stayed at B&B's in the US and Europe and each of these prepared a breakfast to order with home made breads, main entrees, etc. It is a important start to the day. At Mayor's mansion, they were lacking in this area in three ways:

1. My wife is a diabetic and I had mentioned this when I booked the room but they did not plan for this and had only food with sugar. When I told them, they did remember this but had no real response other than whatever they happened to have in the kitchen. This is a very severe problem for us and one that should never have happened as they had plenty of advance notice.
2. The breakfast portions were very small, When I remarked on this, my daughter and wife agreed so it is not just a man's opinion.
3. I could not make up for the small size of the portions as there was no bread served and the selection of cereals was anemic. When I asked for bread they served average grocery store bread that I would never buy for my family.

This is a different experience from what we are used to in other B&Bs where they take special pride in the breakfast served.

Bottom line is that if you don't care about the size or quality of the breakfast, this is a very good B&B and the staff are very friendly. I hope that they improve the breakfast served so that they can rate 5 stars but as of now, they are at the bottom of the list for my family.

Room Tip: Only select Mayor's Mansion if the breakfast is not of concern to you.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank hals88
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Knoxville
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

We had a great time during our recent stay at the Mayor's Mansion Inn and will definitely be back. The staff was there to cater to your every whim, provide recommendations, coupons, directions, etc. We were truly pampered and fully relaxed when we left.

Room Tip: There is no elevator, so if you have trouble walking up stairs, get a 1st floor room.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Heather S
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Caldwell, Idaho
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62 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for an anniversary. It was our second time staying overnight in Chattanooga--the first time, we stayed at Stone Fort Inn. We wanted to try a different B&B and judging by the past reviews, this beautiful Inn seemed a wonderful choice!

We loved the location. It was very easy to find, very close to downtown, while still not being right in the middle of the noisy tourist area. The huge rambling house itself is a beauty--fabulous architecture, and sweet historic appeal.

We were welcomed by the "innkeepers of the night", Cal and Andrew, who were both sweet and warm young men. Very polite and helpful! They showed us around the main area, showed us the menu for the breakfast and asked specifically if there was anything we needed to be switched out. This was a great follow-up from the website's reservation form, which allows space for special dietary requests. My husband has some food allergies, and I'm on a gluten-free diet currently, so this was really helpful for us. Their response was very respectful and accomodating. We were then showed to our room, and shown where the coffee bar and DVD check-out area was.

Our room was lovely! Picture perfect, and very clean (a big one for me, as our stay at Stone Fort Inn in 2011 proved otherwise, unfortunately...). We stayed in the Ocoee River room, which has a private bathroom with a bathtub/shower and toilet. I was a smidge disappointed that not more rooms had big fancy bathtubs, but the cleanliness and privacy was wonderful. Our view was the good-sized private parking lot, so not fabulous, but it still allowed for the room to be bright.

We enjoyed a movie from the small DVD collection, on a nice big-screen TV. Very relaxing!

The only draw-back to our room (and the reason we would rate this wonderful B&B as a 4 rather than a 5) was that we did not have a private in-room thermostat. The heat was set to a rather cozy setting, perfect--we joked--for single sleepers, but uncomfortable for a pregnant woman and her hubby to cuddle. :) We had to open one of the windows, and my husband eventually found a fan in the closet. Unfortunately, the temperature did affect our night's sleep, though the bed was very comfortable.

The innkeepers/staff helped us figure out how to get to the restaurant we went to for dinner, and provided a nice little hors-d'oeuvres spread before we left--I think from 6-7pm? So nice!

We enjoyed our breakfast in the morning. As other reviewers have said, it is served at little individual tables, by staff, which makes for nice privacy and the luxury of being served rather than serving yourself at a buffet. Our breakfast was adjusted based on our stated preferences, with no fuss at all. We also had the pleasure of meeting whom I assume is the inn's owner at breakfast, though she didn't formally introduce herself. She was very friendly and helpful.

After breakfast, we enjoyed lounging in one of the peaceful and authentically decorated sitting rooms on the main floor. There are many books and fun board games available there.

All in all, we enjoyed our stay very much! :)

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank JonasandDelice
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Georgia
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

We visit Chattanooga quite often and this was our first stay at Mayor"s Mansion. The staff is outstanding and it is hard to beat the breakfast anywhere. The house is beautiful and the rooms are very quiet and very large . We plan to return the next time we are in Chattanooga.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank cannotpass
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Birmingham, Alabama
Level Contributor
22 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

Had a wonderful stay. The staff was incredibly helpful and friendly. The room was on the first floor (Room 11), but was sheltered from the traffic coming and going, making for a very comfortable and enjoyable weekend. Another convenience is that there is plenty of parking at the bed and breakfast itself, as opposed to others in the area. The breakfasts that were provided were three courses each, and were very good. Overall, had a great stay!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank tim M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

Even though we arrived late, the staff was very polite and accommodating. The desk clerk gave us a tour and we had ordered champagne and strawberries. She offered to light the fireplace in one of the parlors for us to enjoy. She patiently waited up and cleaned up after us. Breakfast was delicious and the building was more than we expected. I would recommend it and would stay again.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank bgallo08
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Additional Information about Mayor's Mansion Inn

Property: Mayor's Mansion Inn
Address: 801 Vine Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403
Location: United States > Tennessee > Chattanooga
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Chattanooga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 11
Also Known As:
Mayor`s Mansion Hotel Chattanooga
Mayors Mansion Inn Chattanooga

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