The idea behind this hotel is a good one. They have converted the old Chattanooga Railway Station, some adjoining buildings, and a few old train carriages (still on the rails) into a hotel and a couple of restaurants and a shop. The concept is so good that I am sure that, if someone invested a few million dollars in it, and they decided to run it with some efficiency and enthusiasm, it would be worth a visit to Chattanooga just for a stay at the hotel. Unfortunately, it is patently obvious that no such investment has taken place. The place is tired, badly in need of redecoration and definitely in need of a good clean and certainly not worth a detour. Everything about the accommodatiion suggests that no one is very interested in it. The hotel offers a couple of restaurants on site. The Garden Restaurant is situated in a huge, cavernous space which was probably the waiting room. The many, many tables, were well laid out but the place was almost completely empty and, pursuant to our policy of never eating in an empty restaurant (there must be a reason) we moved on to the Station House Restaurant next door which was packed. This place was huge fun but don’t go there if you are hoping for a quiet evening! The waiting staff also double up as singers on stage and they are good. There is also a resident group and the music is almost non-stop. The price of the meal includes an all-you-can-eat fruit and salad bar and the food was good. The waiting staff are extremely friendly, enormously good fun and amazingly hard-working and talented. We loved the fact that my 70 year old husband had to produce I.D. before he could buy a bottle of wine! The hotel is situated in the wrong end of town (be careful if you turn left out of the hotel) but the terminus of the free bus into town is right by the hotel. It is such a shame that this hotel singularly fails to realise its potential. They can’t rely on one 72 year old Glenn Miller song to bring them business for ever. We stayed there whilst on the Titan ‘Southern Sights and Sounds’ escorted tour.
- 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