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“Unique Chattanooga district - glad we experienced it.”
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Bluff View Inn
Ranked #2 of 9 Chattanooga B&B and Inns
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New Harmony, Indiana
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109 reviews
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“Unique Chattanooga district - glad we experienced it.”
Reviewed 17 March 2013

This was our 2nd visit to Chattanooga within the year. The first time we stayed downtown at the Hilton Garden Inn. It was fine but typical.
While walking the city the 1st visit, we discovered the art district on the bluff with its European style cluster of buildings, and decided to stay on the cliff this time. Privately owned, the property (an entire block of buildings) consists of 3 historic homes that serve up B&B accommodations, 2 restaurants and a coffee shop, art gallery, chocolate shop, bread bakery, coffee roastery, sculpture garden and more.
We showed up midweek without a reservation. We were graciously shown the rooms available in two different homes. We chose to stay at the historic - okay, they're all historic - Maclellan House which is an 1889 English Tudor. For about $500 including taxes for 2 nights, we had 2 room king accommodation on the 3rd floor, gas fireplace, small balcony overlooking Tennessee River (obstructed by interstate - but still nice) and breakfast (at coffee shop midweek, but served downstairs on weekends). The rooms were comfortable, but dark with few windows. Knowing this, chose as it was quiet and nice for sleeping. The other room options were closer to the restaurant and busier street which is noisier.
The king was a very comfortable sleigh bed. However, no closet or storage for clothes within the room. The bathroom - accessed from the living room - was spacious, had a shower/tub combo, and walk in closet. The closet is a con due to its location - but not a deal breaker. The living room with the fireplace was nicely decorated with antique furnishings & small TV.
Ice and sodas are complimentary and available on the 1st floor reception area. Wifi is also available at no charge. Parking is free. The district is located near the Hunter Museum of American Art, which is worth visiting. Access to the 12 mile river walk is just steps away.
Overall, we recommend staying at the Bluff View Inn. Many other room options are available at lower price points for single queen rooms. We would return.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, WA
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

We stayed at the beautiful Maclellan House in the art district on a bluff. We had a corner room with a view of the Tennessee River. We have been to B & B's before, where an old house could be quite noisy, but this was a different experience. The rooms are large and nicely spaced apart, so it was very quiet with a very comfortable bed. The Inn is part of wonderful complex with restaurants, a coffee shop where we had our free breakfast, a chocolate shop and a very large art gallery. We ate at Tony's Pasta Shop & Trattoria both nights, because it was so good! The pasta was fresh, and the bread was reminiscent of Italy. The Hunter Art Museum is just down the block. We planned to only stay one night but booked it immediately after realizing that this was a special place. They say this happens all the time. We will definitely come back!

Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 27 January 2013

Upon arrival, we registered at the English Tudor-style house and we were greeted by a lovely inkeeper who brought us to the Thompson House and showed us to the Maclellan room. It was nicely decorated, a bit small, and fairly clean. We wanted to explore the beautiful Bluff View Art District so we situated our luggage and used the bathroom, when we noted a standard toilet seat resting atop an elongated toilet bowl. Needless to say, the seat was a bit awkward to say the least. Not to mention that every plumbing supply house and 'Home Depot' readily stock elongated toilet seats, so NO excuse. Okay, at this point we shrugged our shoulders and chuckled and left the room for our walking adventure. We enjoyed a tasty meal at Tony's followed by delectable desserts and coffee at Rembrandt's and then returned to the room. At this point it was approximately 10:15pm and we were exhausted. The mattress was the most uncomfortable piece of bedding that we've ever experienced before lending to our profoundly unrestful, uncomfortable night's sleep. We weren't surprised with our sore backs, hips, and stiff necks upon awakening from the night of tossing and turning. Truly, if it were earlier in the evening when we retired and we thoroughly inspected the room, we would have requested a different room with acceptable bedding. It is disappointing that this was our experience. We would never have guessed that such a beautiful B & B in the most quaint section of the entire city would have been the worst ending to a wonderful weekend away in Chattannooga. We are also business owners and we really do understand the financial challenges during our current financial climate, though, it is imperative to not only meet the expectations of the patron, but to EXCEED them. In our experience, we feel that the crucial aspects of comforatability were not present here at this establishment. We are confident that if the owners of this establishment were to 'try out' the bedding or had to sleep on it for more than an hour, they surely would not have purchased this bedding. Additionally and important to mention is that the bedding linens were quite old and shabby with rips and freys along with the number '313' written largely on the flat sheet in a black permanent marker. Also, the sink has a very sluggish drain. On a brighter note, the Sunday morning breakfast buffet was nothing short of simply delicious. We are sorry to say that we wouldn't have expected such poor accomodations in this lovely little section of the city.

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Ga
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171 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2013

We go to Chattanooga as a weekend getaway from time to time. Now that we've found the arts district and the Bluff View Inn, I doubt we'll stay anywhere else. Or, maybe we'll visit and never go anywhere else in the city because who needs to? On the block is a bakery; a moderately priced Italian restaurant (hand-made pasta!); an upscale restaurant (with a lovely bar); a coffee shop that serves pastries, sandwiches, breakfast, and freshly roasted coffee; a chocolate maker, an art and craft gallery; and most impressive of all - a sculpture garden that features outdoor sculpture by some of the most famous scuptors in the world; and, of course, the "inn".

The four of us stayed in the Thompson house. We had the Hunter and Maclellan rooms. The Hunter, with its bay window, is a little more expensive, though frankly the Maclellan is the better room. This is because the Hunter is along the driveway and near the dumpsters and only the bottom portion of the bay window is covered with blinds - no curtains. The street lights keep the room from being dark at night. The Maclellan (and the Chambliss) are on the courtyard side of the house.

The double bed was super comfy. It was a cold night (30 degrees) but we were very comfortable. The staff is lovely - friendly and helpful. For breakfast, we were given vouchers for breakfast at the coffee house, which is right next door. With the voucher you could choose from a list of hot and cold breakfast items, including french toast, egg and breakfast meat biscuits, pastries, fruit and two drinks (a hot and a cold, such as a juice and a hot chocolate). It was yummy, though the shop was crowded and tables were at a premium.

Room Tip: In the Thompson house, rooms on the north side are darker and quieter.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Reviewed 30 November 2012

This is a wonderful weekend getaway that we will go back to over and over! Great experience. Chattanooga has done its homework to clean up the inner city and attract visitors! Everything was perfect... the inn, the food, the atmosphere!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed 28 November 2012

The Bluff View Inn isn't opulent but it defines inner-city Chattanooga, well turned out and surprisingly sophisticated. The ladies of the staff are as efficient as they are charming, they know their town and they are endlessly cooperative. The rooms are comfortable, if just a little frayed around the edges, but it is hard, probably impossible, to beat the location - if you get a room over the lake. We weren't in Chattanooga to see the sites but realised quickly there is a good bit to see and BVI makes a great base. We were only there for three nights but would have happily stayed for a couple more.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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nashville
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68 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2012

you can trust this review.... this B&B is perfect.
First of all the area is just not to be missed. You'll feel like you're in a small little village in
France.
The House they put me in was the THOMPSON HOUSE. I Had the Hunter room.
It was small but it was just lovely. And the morning breakfast was amazing.
I'm still dreaming of it ;-)
Book this my friend. You won't be sorry.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Bluff View Inn
Address: 411 E 2nd St, Chattanooga, TN 37403-1106
Region: United States > Tennessee > Chattanooga
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Chattanooga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Bluff View Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bluff View Inn is the centerpiece of Chattanooga's Bluff View Art District, a creative haven of cafes, gardens and galleries. Located in one of the city's finest historic areas, the Inn offers elegant overnight accommodations in lovely restored homes dating from the early 1900s. With a convenient in-town location, the Bluff View Inn provides guests with modern luxury in a comfortable setting showcasing heirloom antiques, original art and blufftop views of the Tennessee River. ... more   less 
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