We loved staying at The Crash Pad. My husband and I booked the Chatt Room (private room with a queen bed, sink, couch, desk, desk chair and chest of drawers) for four nights (Sun-Wed).
The hall bathrooms were very clean and plenty big, even with just two stalls, two sinks and two showers each. We never had to wait our turn. The kitchen could get a little tight in the morning but was stocked with everything we needed, plus DIY breakfast ingredients (eggs, bread, coffee, jam, peanut butter, etc.).
The outdoor patio was a nice size, and it was a great way to enjoy the hostel in less cramped quarters than the main commons area. I imagine it can get a little noisy (and/or fun) on nights when the Flying Squirrel bar next door is hopping.
The staff was super friendly and helpful, always around if you needed their help with figuring out where something was in the city, advice on the best food around or getting a beer from the fridge.
While the hostel caters to climbers with guide books and its general atmosphere, we found that its location just off Main Street and Market Street and between two bike share transit stations was perfect for getting into town, hitting Lookout Mountain, or anything we wanted to see. We also loved that the building is LEED Platinum, with plaques throughout explaining how it has been constructed and operates to be as green as possible.
The decor is modern and minimal, using green materials and art by locals that celebrates Chattanooga's wealth of activities and beauty.
The only tiny quibbles: our room was on the second floor, and if I'd realized that ahead of time, I probably would've packed my belongings in a backpack rather than a rolling bag. Also, the hostel shares a free parking lot with the Flying Squirrel, so one night we couldn't find parking except on the street. Still, these are totally minor.
We had a lovely stay, and would definitely book a room at The Crash Pad again. This hostel is part of a really exciting movement that is happening in Chattanooga right now, and staying here makes you feel a part of it.
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