The Bluff View Inn is by far the best Bed and Breakfast this humble scribe has ever stayed in, and I have stayed in a few. The concept of the property, The Bluff View Art District, is to create a European Village in the middle of the Chattanooga Downtown Tourist district; they have done it with a unique American flair.
The Inn consists of severl older mansions that date back to the early 1900's; all are in the same small area. Next to the Inn are resturants, shops, an art gallery, a sculputure garden, a Bocce green several musems and platforms overlooking the Tennessee River; the river is the central focul point of the Bluff View Arts District. The setting is beautiful in its natural setting as well as its urban nuiance.
Our room, the Anna Houston Room, was so exceptionnal that we are still talking about the experience. There are 8 or 9 windows, a working fire place, a huge bathroom with jetted tub and a sleigh bed that is amazing in its comfort level. One feature I really like is the private entrance via a small stoop on a one story wooden staircase; just take you luggage to the car without using the entrace way. The raised ceiling is beautiful and the room appointments are exceptional.
Our Bluff View Inn stay was for our Valentine's outing, and the romance was exceptional. We were delayed coming in to Chattanooga due to a heavy snow. I called in to see if a cancellation was possible and the Lady was so accomidating it was overwhelming; excellent service is a constant here. Next to our room was a credenza that provided softdrinks and morning coffee. The breakfast options are outstanding; either the hot buffet or a continential breakfast at the Rembrandt's Coffee House. We had dinner at the coffee house the night before due to our late arrival so we chose the buffet and it was excellent.
The concept of a European village is one of a self contained food system. All of the pastrys and breads are made on sight, the coffee is roasted and ground on sight. There is a herb garden that provides all of the spices used in the resturants and bakery. The buffet pastries were as good as anywhere I have ever eaten and I am a Croissant addict; the almond croissant is just as good as the one I had in Paris!
Don't miss this place; the only way someone may not enjoy it is if they are nuvo riche insecure with anything non American; you know, Red Neck Republican and raised in a protected environment,
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- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bluff View Hotel Chattanooga