The Chattanooga Choo Choo Inn is a unique place to stay in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a valley town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains that has been carved out by the Tennessee River. The Chattanooga Choo Choo, made famous by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, was a steam train that ran through eastern Tennessee.

Terminal Station, where the hotel is located, is a Nationally Listed Historic Site, and was once a bustling train station dating back to a time before the American Civil War. In the early 1970s, the station ran the risk of demolition until local businessmen paid to have it restored in 1973. Further restoration and additions were made in 1989 and in 2014, transforming and updating the hotel and adding a restaurant and entertainment complex.

1. The Chattanooga Choo Choo Accommodations

The Chattanooga Choo Choo Accommodations  

Guest rooms are located in the MacArthur Building, the Empress Building, and in former Pullman cars. All guest rooms have free high-speed wireless Internet, flat screen TVs, a desk and chair, a fridge, a coffee maker, and an iron and ironing board. All hotel guests are free to swim in the outdoor or the indoor pool, both of which provide lounge chairs and towels.

The MacArthur Building is named for the Tennessee Southern Railways last steam-powered freight train, which last traveled to Chattanooga in 1953. The rooms in The MacArthur Building have one king bed or two queen beds.

The Empress Building is named after Chattanooga-born Empress of the Blues, Bessie Smith. The rooms are furnished with a king or two double beds. The Empress rooms each have a private balcony overlooking the pool and waterfall.

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As they are housed in former Pullman cars, the Pullman Car Guestrooms are quite unique. Most of them are furnished with a queen-sized bed, but some of the cars also have a daybed with a rollaway trundle bed underneath.

The Suites at The Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel are roomy and comforting. They are furnished with a king-sized bed, a dinette table with four chairs, a wet bar with a fridge, a sofa and a loveseat, and an ergonomic workplace. The bathrooms in the suites have two sinks on an oversized vanity, a whirlpool whirlpool tub, and a separate shower.

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2. Dining at The Chattanooga Choo Choo

Dining at The Chattanooga Choo Choo  

There are three restaurants and one bar in the Chattanooga Choo Choo entertainment complex, all ready to serve guests of the hotel. The Gardens Restaurant, which overflows with lush greenery and overlooks the formal gardens, offers a delicious breakfast buffet daily. The Silver Diner Pizza Bar is located in a silver train carriage and serves made-to-order pizza.

Guests of the restaurant may eat inside in a 1950’s style diner or outdoors under an umbrella.

STIR is a fresh food and oyster bar that specializes in fresh local produce and meat and many oyster-based concoctions. STIR is renowned for its innovative menu and its healthy food.

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3. Weddings & Meetings

Weddings & Meetings  

Weddings at The Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel are held in the Gazebo in the formal gardens. Authentic gas lamps help light the wedding party’s path. The hotel has a variety of function rooms of varying sizes, and a wedding specialist in on-site to help make the day a perfect one. Meetings

The Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel can provide a wealth of meeting space, from small boardrooms to ballrooms seating five hundred people. The hotel has a lecture hall, breakout rooms, and train car meeting halls to suit everyone’s specifications. A meeting specialist is on hand to handle all the details. Entertainment

The Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel has two busy concert venues and a comedy club for the enjoyment of guests and other patrons.

4. Chattanooga Attractions

Chattanooga Attractions
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The Tennessee Aquarium has been voted the best aquarium in the United States and has many unique offerings. It features local plant life, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies, and birds. A huge IMAX 3D theater offers regular screenings about the natural world, while two-hour cruises along the Tennessee River valley aboard a high-tech cruiser are also highly popular.

The newest attraction at the Tennessee Aquarium is the Alligator Bayou, which features twelve fascinating alligators in a swamp setting.

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Educational programs, a science theater, a play gym, and craft areas are only a few of the offerings of this quality attraction. Ruby Falls is the deepest commercial cave in the United States and has the largest underground waterfall, which is 145 feet tall. On Lookout Mountain, 1,700 feet above sea level, the adventurous can walk along a precipice path, see the 100 foot waterfall, cross a 200-foot swing bridge, try out a climbing wall, and watch shows about fascinating birds of prey. More ideas: 25 Best Things to Do in Chattanooga, Tennessee

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5. Plan This Vacation

Plan This Vacation  

Visitors to the Chattanooga area will doubtless enjoy the vacation packages offered by the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel. The Conductor’s Special Package includes overnight accommodations, and a journey on the Tennessee Valley Railway’s Missionary Ridge Local train. Children who participate in this package will receive a conductor’s cap. T

he Discover the River Package includes an overnight stay and admission to the award-winning Tennessee Aquarium. The Mountaintop Adventure Package includes overnight lodgings and admission to two natural attractions and one rail trip in the Chattanooga Area. Rock City consists of massive ancient rock formations, botanical gardens, and a panoramic view of the area. Ruby Falls is a deep yet accessible cave with underground waterfalls. The rail trip included in this package takes its passengers on the world’s steepest passenger railway, offering terrific views as it wends upwards on Lookout Mountain.

The Children’s Fantasy Package includes an overnight stay and admission to three family attractions: the Tennessee Aquarium, the Creative Discovery Museum, and the Chattanooga Zoo. All youngsters who participate in this package receive a complimentary conductor’s cap.

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1400 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, Phone: 423-266-5000