Chattanooga Choo Choo

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

1400 Market Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37402-4489, United States

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  • atufft's Profile Photo

    Great Place But Don't Stay There


    Like most, I had other accommodations, so during my visit I was mostly interested in the building, built in 1908, and the old locomotive and train cars sitting still on the tracks. The hotel is apparently more expensive than it's worth and gets universally bad reviews. The main complaint isn't the service but the generally decrepit condition of the rooms, both in the main building and passenger cars sitting on the tracks. Even so, a nostalgic visit to Chattanooga isn't complete without a whistle stop here. There is also dining inside and outside on the patio, and inside some of the passenger railcars. The location of the hotel is not too bad, because it's downtown, but it's still quite a walking distance to the main waterfront area attractions, and so the free diesel powered trolley bus is commonly used by tourists to get around.

    Unique Quality: There are historic Victorian era rooms and "standard" rooms within the original 1908 terminal building, but also rooms in the railroad cars. The hotel also claims to have the world's largest HO model railroad. I found the hotel definitely worth walking around for an hour or so, even if one doesn't stay for lunch.

  • Ewingjr98's Profile Photo

    Chattanooga Choo Choo


    The Chattanooga Choo Choo occupies the historic train station in central Chattanooga, about a mile from the revitalized waterfront area. Rooms at the Choo Choo can run as high as $200 a night, but we were able to book a room for $50 + taxes on Priceline. The room was a basic 1970s era hotel room with two queen beds, a TV that didn't get NBC, a cheap little coffee pot, and a sliding glass door that wouldn't lock (so we jammed it shut with one if the chairs in the room).

    The Choo Choo is a huge hotel with kits of amenities. The best part is the historic train station from 1909 that serves as the lobby. The hotel has a git shop, restaurants, two pools, a locomotive, golf carts for transport around the 24 acre property, and much more.

    The hotel is in a good location, near a number of good restaurants and bars including the Terminal and the Pickle Barrel. It also has plenty of parking and convenient access to the adjacent city bus terminal which takes passengers directly into downtown and the riverfront.

    The Chattanooga Choo Choo is located in the former Terminal Station, one owned by the Southern Railway. The historic station was opened in 1909, replacing two previous stations constructed in 1858, 1882, and 1882. The main entrance is considered one of the largest unsupported brick arches in the world, and the beautiful dome in the middle of the main building stands an impressive 82 feet high. The last train left the station in 1970, and in 1972 it was purchased by a local businessman to become a hotel.

    The hotel was named the Chattanooga Choo Choo after the 1941 Glenn Miller song of the same name. Some lyrics of the song have been incorporated into the hotel including a restaurant called "Dinner in the Diner."

  • doug48's Profile Photo

    historic location


    the holiday inn is located in the old chattanooga train station. this unique hotel is located in the chattanooga choo-choo complex in the warehouse district of downtown. you can book a room in the hotel or stay in an antique railroad car. the holiday inn is an interesting and touristy place to stay in chattanooga.

    Unique Quality: spend the night in a railroad car.

    Directions: warehouse district, downtown.

  • davecallahan's Profile Photo

    all aboard.....


    Great Hotel. So many options to choose from.
    We had originally planned to take one of the rooms that were in the train cars, but arrived too late to get one (need to call ahead a day or two in advance). We then had choice of rooms on upper floors upfront or on ground floor in the section behind the train cars. We chose the latter because it was farthest from the road (in case there was traffic noise, which there wasn't anyways).
    The room was two double beds, non-smoking, with full amenities (coffee maker, microwave, iron, hairdryer, etc.). The room was large with plenty of space to move around. It was clean but looked a bit old (not frayed or ripped, just a bit faded). Access was right next to the back parking lot which was convenient. Entry was by hotel passcard only. There was a pool and public sauna, exercise room and "library" room with magazines and brochures.
    The main entryway was "old train station" as was the lobby and breakfast area. The ceiling was huge and vaulted with chandeliers high up. You expected to hear a conductor rattle off a list of departing trains and their destinations.
    The cost was about $85 AAA in 2003 (the sleepingcars were $10 more). A continental breakfast was offered free. There were three gift stores on the premises and a barber and beauty shop as well as a restaurant and cafeteria. And don't forget the train museum, candy shop and ice cream store. Plenty to do and see right in the hotel complex.

    Unique Quality: Train station motif, convenience to downtown attractions

    Directions: right on one of the main streets, near the bus station where you get free transport around the city

  • 807Wheaton's Profile Photo

    A beautiful place for eating and overnight


    This is only the 2nd time I've put a place on VT that I haven't actually stayed. However, this place has lovely eating areas and gardens to enjoy. The train station itself is quite dramatic inside and if you walk straight through the lobby you will see the train cars where you can stay for an overnight. Outside the dining room you see there are lovely rose gardens and intersting shops. It's easy to spend an hour or so here just walking around looking at things.

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo

    Sleep in an Authentic Old Rail Car


    Unique Quality: Chattanooga's old Terminal Station is now a 24-acre entertainment complex, including a Holiday Inn Hotel. There are 360 sleeping rooms, including 48 sleeping parlors aboard authentic railcars. In addition, this popular vacation destination boasts 40,000 square feet of function space. Visitors can dine in a Victorian rail car (Dinner in the Diner), or be entertained by singing servers in the famous Station House Restaurant. My son, Gregory, was once a singing server here.

    Guests also can enjoy an antique trolly ride around the complex, a Model Railroad Museum and ten unique retail shops. Whenever I visit the Chattanooga Choo Choo I always take time to stroll through the formal rose gardens, complete with fountains and rose and herb displays. I usually find myself humming the "golden oldie" tune about the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Whether or not you choose to stay here in one of the guest rooms, a visit to the Choo Choo is a MUST. It's one of the spots that made Chattanooga famous.

    Directions: On the south side of the downtown area.

  • cfwestbe's Profile Photo

    Chattanooga Choo-Choo Holiday...


    Chattanooga Choo-Choo Holiday Inn

    Unique Quality: This hotel is one of a kind! You can stay in a regular hotel room, OR you can sleep in one of the many converted railcars that are now staterooms! These old railcars are converted club cars and dinning cars that have been made into bedrooms for the guests. These are the most expensive sleeping quarters, but you can't beat the experience. The hotel also has 3 restaurants. One is located in old diner cars next to the stateroom cars. Another is our favorite - The Station House - the waiters and waitresses sing to the guests between serving their tables! These were some tallented people!

  • KathyW's Profile Photo

    DEFINITELY the Chattanooga...


    DEFINITELY the Chattanooga Choo Choo! There are many other accommodations in town (including a nice Marriott), but the Choo Choo is a slice of Americana. You can't help humming that song! The hotel is built around the old train station, which has been restored. The lobby of the old train station is amazing! Back behind the main building is a fairly conventional Holiday Inn, but with really neat grounds. There are a couple of trains out on the old railroad tracks. You can actually get a room in a train (two people only) and there's a restaurant and a bar in a train. There's even a train that you can ride on that makes a little trip around the grounds.

    The gardens are beautiful. There are some shops, several restaurants, a great indoor pool. It's a nice resort destination.

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by TripAdvisor Member eugeneone

My family stayed at the Choo Choo over 4th of July weekend. The lowest rate on the Holiday Inn website was $109. After looking over
biddingfortravel I discovered that the Choo Choo is the only 2.5 star hotel in downtown Chattanooga on priceline and what bids are being accepted. I bid $55 and got it!

Yes the hotel is older and a little dowdy but it is still a lot of fun for kids (and they eat free). Worst part was the hard beds and thin pillows.

We still had a good time and enjoyed our stay.

Oh My God! What a terrible place

by A TripAdvisor Member

We drove down from Atlanta...a total of 8 of us for a weekend of fun in Chattanooga. We had heard about the choo choo and decided to book our rooms there. Our first impression wasn't good at all and when we entered the hotel, the lobby reeked of some strange odor. Upon checking in to what we thought was suppose to be a room large enough for a family of four, we found a very tacky room that was WAY in the back of no mans land and to make things even worse, they had the train running continueously right outside of our room. The headboards were nailed to the wall...motel 6 style and when I pulled the covers back to check the sheets, they hadn't even been changed..and it looked like they had been there for at least two stays before us. I didn't feel safe with all the people walking around and anyone could just walk onto the property the way it was situated. However, we decided to give it a try because the kids were excited about the trains and such. We were hungry so we went to one of the cars to eat lunch. I should have gone with my gut feeling about this one because...Oh my God! the food...NASTY. Needless to say, we didn't unpack...and checked out immediately. I couldn't rate this hotel honestly without saying that it's one of the worse places to stay in Chattanooga.

The Song is Better than the Hotel

by A TripAdvisor Member

If you're looking for a great family-friendly hotel for a weekend getaway, and are not fastidious, the Choo Choo should do fine. However, if you are turned off by visibly aging structures, a slight air of mustiness, and expecting an easy walk to the Tennessee Aquarium, this is not the place for you.

The pool for Hotel 3 is the best of the outside pools with a waterfall feeding the pool and an island hot tub in the middle. The other pools did not have as much imagination. Overall, we were disappointed in the quality of the room and the plethora of cement.

The Tennessee Aquarium was promoted as a nearby attraction but family's with children unaccustomed to walking at least a couple of miles at a stretch shouldn't try to walk it.


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What to do???

by monika79

I will be in Crossville, TN and I am considering driving to Chattanooga. What are the main attractions there and is there any local places that I need to checkout :-) Much appreciated. Thanks!!

RE: What to do???

by vhasouth

Chattanooga is a wonderful city that I'm sure you'll love. As far as tourist attractions, here goes...The Tennessee Aquarium is awesome, the Incline (you've got to try it once!), Rock City (I know you've seen the signs), Ruby Falls; visit the Chattanooga Choo-Choo. Explore downtown, the renovations have created a very vibrant, clean downtown.

Hope this helps!

RE: What to do???

by chicogringosegundo

there is a wide variety of mexican eateries all over town ! you may want to visit one for the experience ! the teo most popular with me are the tourist style,restaurant,on broad street !("CANCUN MEXICAN REASAURANT AND CANNTINA")! this is a large reasaurant and bar,with authentic cuisine,and with a medium priced menu ! about fifteen dollars per person ,is a good estimate !

the second ,and"my favorite",is ("LA ALTENA"),on the corner of broadand main streets ! this is a medium sized restaurant,with the authentic cuisine,and and authentic ambience ! this is the mexican restaurant where the mexicans go to eat !


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Address: 1400 Market Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37402-4489, United States