My brother got married in Chattanooga this past weekend so I used Tripadvisor.com to "feel" out the accommodations. The wedding party was staying at The Chattaoogan with overflow at the Marriott. Both appeared to be too pricey for me so I used Priceline, Hotwire & Tripadvisor to make my choices. Evidently the NCAA Ladies basketball teams were staying at both hotels, the Tar Heels at the Chattaoogan & the University of Central Florida at the Sheraton Reed House. From what I heard, many hotels were booked solid. We got a dynamite rate for three nights from Priceline.com and they put us in the Sheraton Reed House. We rolled in after our 9-hour car ride and there were a few people in line. As usual, someone was having a problem and once they moved along the others were taken care of quickly. I mention this because when we got to the front the auditor apologized for the wait and quickly checked us in. She gave us a room on the 9th floor and imagine my delight when I found it to be a suite!!! I don't know if it was because of the long wait or because over half of the rooms in the hotel are suites but I can tell you I feel that sometimes with Priceline you get a room that's either small, far away from the action (which is good) or a lousy view. This was not the case this time! Since we had visitors a few times there was plenty of room to sit in the "living room" and visit. The bed was extremely comfortable. In fact so much so, I didn't toss and turn & I woke up with an aching knee from being in the same position for hours. Of course it could have been from the 9-hour drive. The two TV's were nice, especially the large screen flat panel in the bedroom. The bathroom was a slight step up and the tub was deep. The only complaint I can think of is that when taking a shower the water pressure (which was fine) would fluctuate. This probably occurred when a toilet nearby was used. It didn't affect the temperature at all, just the pressure. The elevators were high speed and usually I didn't have to wait. There was plenty of on street parking since it was the weekend, however everywhere is metered during the week. The staff was wonderful. There was a light burned out and I mentioned it to the front desk the first night. They asked if I wanted it fixed right away. I said, "No, tomorrow is fine". It wasn't fixed when we returned the next afternoon and on our way out for dinner I was on my way to the front desk to mention it again when I saw the maintenance man. I mentioned it to him & it was fixed within minutes! What service!!!
What a pretty hotel. It's got classic charm & dark wood paneling with beautiful chandeliers. The other hotels I was at during the weekend all looked like cookie cutter places with no charm (except the fire pit at the Chattanoogan was kick*ss and unique). I would stay here again in a heartbeat (assuming I get a good deal). The location is also fantastic. You come off of the highway & it's right there. It's about 9 blocks to downtown but just far enough to avoid the noise. There is a free electric bus that serves most of downtown but if you stay out later than 9pm or so you would either have to walk or arrange transportation. There were hansom cabs, regular Cabs, buses & plenty of parking spaces. I was very impressed with Chattanooga and would love to visit again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in downtown Chattanooga, the The Read House Historic Inn and Suites is ideally situated for business, weekend getaways, or a vacation in one of Tennessee's most historic cities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Read Hotel
- Sheraton Chattanooga
- Chattanooga Sheraton