Hotels in Chattanooga

Whether you’re visiting for business, leisure, or to see the famous choo-choo, Skyscanner makes it easy to find the best hotels in Chattanooga.

It’s hard to believe that leafy and pleasant Chattanooga once held the title of “dirtiest city in America.” These days the fourth largest city in Tennessee often finds itself winning national liveability awards instead. The downtown has been completely revitalised, with an excellent arts district packed with galleries, restaurants, and coffee shops.

Chattanooga has an interesting history. It was once a major travel hub, where the Western and Atlantic Railroad had its terminus during the 19th and 20th Centuries. Glenn Miller famously popularised the song “Chattanooga Choo Choo” referring to the city’s rail heritage. Sadly the trains stopped running in 1970, and the Terminal Station was transformed into a hotel a few years later. Chattanooga also played a huge role during the American Civil War, and there are lots of battlefield parks and memorials in and around the city.

One of the most iconic attractions in Chattanooga is Rock City, which became famous thanks to the sign maker Clark Byers. From the 30’s to the 60’s, he painted the legend “See Rock City” on over 900 barns from Florida to Michigan. The park has a lovely hiking trail, a 90 foot waterfall, a suspension bridge, and a viewing point where you can look over seven states. Another big natural attraction is Ruby Falls, a 145 foot waterfall inside Lookout Mountain.

One of the most popular times to visit Chattanooga is during June, when the week-long Riverbend Festival rolls into town. The headliners don’t tend to be huge acts, but definitely keep the crowds happy. The festival takes over the iconic riverfront, and has six stages of music: including a floating one on a barge in the river. If you’re not a big fan of music, it might be worth scheduling your trip to avoid the gig as hotel prices can rise while the event takes place.

There are lots of great places to stay in Chattanooga, with hotels for all budgets and tastes. You can find the perfect hotel in Chattanooga with Skyscanner, whether you’re looking for a boutique B&B in the Bluff View art district, a modern hotel near the riverfront, or a no-frills B&B just off the freeway.

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