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.
- Also Known As:
- Mayor`s Mansion Hotel Chattanooga
- Mayors Mansion Inn Chattanooga