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“Best Valentine's Day - Oh Yeah!”
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Bluff View Inn
Ranked #2 of 9 Chattanooga B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Atlanta, Georgia
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130 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
“Best Valentine's Day - Oh Yeah!”
Reviewed 13 February 2010

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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  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Lutz, FL
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60 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2010

My husband and I stayed at the Bluff View Inn for 3 nights between Christmas and New Years and found it to be a disappointing experience. After so many glowing reviews, we had high expectations, but our actual experience fell short.

Upon arrival, we were notified that the "computer made a mistake", and the room we had booked (the Anna Houston) had accidentally been double booked, so our room would be substituted with another, the CG Martin, for two nights and that we would be expected to move for the 3rd night. Moving is not necessarily a big deal, however, there was no real concern for the oversight and the inkeeper opted to focus more on the fact that the CG Martin room was considered to be a "favorite" and that they wouldn't be charging us for the "upgrade" that this room was considered to be. Really? They were doing us a favor by not upcharging us for their mistake? Umm, thanks??

The upside to the double booking was that we got to see a few of the rooms on property. First, there was the CG Martin room. This was a nicely sized room with a fireplace, king bed, and a big balcony overlooking the river. The room also has a nicely sized bathroom with a two person jetted tub. The downside to the large feel of the room is the disrepair that it is in (especially given the room rates). The rugs are worn, the plating on the bathroom fixtures is chipped, peeling and discolored, and the grout around the tub is cracked and just plain unpleasant to look at. Also, the WIFI in this room is pretty much non-existent, despite the fact that the property advertises that there is WIFI throughout the property.

Now on to the Anna Houston room. Personally, I liked this room better, even though it was smaller than the CG Martin. The vaulted ceiling really gave it a nice airy feel, but again, many items within the room were worn and in need of replacement. Unlike the CG Martin room, the fireplace was not adequate to actually warm the room. Plus, the timer on the wall for the fireplace that constantly ticked and only allowed you to turn it on for 1 hour at a time was rather annoying! The WIFI does work in this room.

My husband and I also got an opportunity to see the TC Thompson suite while we were there since the WIFI was so patchy in the CG Martin room during our stay and my husband needed to have internet during our stay for work. In this respect the inkeeper's did attempt to be accommodating, although that too took some prodding since their initial solution was for my husband to conduct his business downstairs in the lobby area of the house when he needed WIFI. I would not recommend the TC Thompson room. Personally, I found it to be shockingly outdated (and not in a quaint, historical, antique sort of way) and the bathtub was just plain gross.

With the exception of Rembrandt's, we did not eat on the property, although many of the locals told us that Tony's was very good. Our experience with breakfast at Remabrandt's was okay. On two different days, with two different cashiers, It felt like placing our order was a burden to them. The pastries were good, as was the coffee, but I would stay away from the hot breakfast sandwiches and fruit...the fruit was neither fresh nor the sandwich hot.

The one consistently pleasant experience that we had at this property was with the staff of the Back Inn Grill. They were always pleasant and helpful when we crossed paths. We stopped by the bar after our day trips, and the staff was always welcoming and made us feel welcomed. They were a bright spot during our visit.

Oddly enough, the inkeeper didn't ask us how our stay was when we checked out....probably a good thing I imagine...I'm not sure where we would have started.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank FLChick
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Atlanta, Georgia
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35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2009

If you've never been to the Bluff View Art District you are missing a little piece of Europe in Chattanooga TN. Bluff View Inn offers wonderful accommodations and three great restaurants are at your doorstep. My friends and I stayed in the Martin House in beautiful, spacious rooms with a large balcony overlooking the Tennessee River. All within walking distance of the Tennessee Aquarium, art museums, parks.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
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1 Thank kathAtlanta_GA
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Chattanooga, Tn
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2009

If you are looking to spend a cozy weekend in a charming inn, in the heart of Chattanooga, TN you must stay here. My husband and I got Married in October of 2006. We were unable to take a honeymoon immediately after our wedding so my in laws paid for us to have a weekend away at the bluff view in. We had so much fun we've went back for both of our anniversaries.

The inn consists of three houses dating as far back as 1889. We have had the pleasure of staying in all three houses.

The first year we stayed in the Anna Houston suite which is in the Martin house. Which also houses the Back inn cafe where you can get a free breakfast for every night you stay. The room was very elegant. It was a simple room with a King sleigh bed and a large bathroom with a jetted tub, and a fireplace.

The second year we stayed in the King Suite in The Thompson House. This room was amazing it was a full apartment with two sitting areas (both with fireplaces), a full kitchen, a jetted tub, and a balcony over looking Tony's and Rembrandt's coffee house.

The third year we stayed in the Morgan Llewellyn Suite of the The McClellan House
the room didn't have a kitchen, but had all the amenities of the other suite. The major advantage to this room was the view. The room is in the third story of the house and overlooks the bocca ball court and the Tennessee river, absolutely breathtaking! The room being on the third floor is also a disadvantage. lugging all of your belongings up all those stairs is no fun.

My favorite part of this inn (besides the endless charm) is location location location. There is so much to do in the heart of downtown that a weekend never seems long enough. The rooms are pricey, but totally worth every penny. You can expect to spend anywhere between $140 and $240 a night.

Remember if you stay here you must have breakfast at the Back Inn Cafe. Also you need to try Tony's bar none the best Italian food in Chattanooga. Then stroll on over to Rembrandt's for one of their award winning desserts.

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank heatherdeewalker
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Atlanta, Georgia
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28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2009

My fiancée and I stayed at this B&B (McClelland house) to get away from it all after the holidays and had super time. Location and discrete charm are the key features of the place. The house – circa 1989—is overall well-kept and decorated with refined taste, respecting the original features of the house and its character. Rooms and bathrooms are spacious and have great views of the river and the surrounding areas. The art compound has an European field; we loved the River Gallery and the Hunter Museum and had great food experiences at Tony’s, the Back Inn café (breakfasts are superb!) and the Rembrandt Café where we unwind at the end of the day over delicious coffee and yummy pastries made at the pastries factory just around the corner. Although the B&B is comfortable and delivers good value for the price, we thought the house could use a bit more of maintenance (dust was coming out of the vents which made us cough) and deep cleaning (the furniture, carpets and draperies did not look/feel very clean).

  • Liked — Location and attractions in the area
  • Disliked — cleaningness - maintainance
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank cosmogirlAtlanta
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nashville
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68 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2008

Stay Here.... it's a lovely B&B in a very cozy
neighborhood where you can walk everywhere.
It has a total Eurpoean feel.

We stayed in the Thompson House in a very inexpensive
room. It was 130 a night.... Full bed which was fine for me and my husband (were not very tall). If you need a bigger bed they
have rooms for a little more money, but not very much.
Also parking was free.

If you stay here, eat dinner at TONYS. Wonderful Italian
restuarant with a great wine list.
The meatballs were fantastic !! TONYS is actually connected to the B&B.

  • Liked — It was like being in France or IItaly
  • Disliked — loved it all
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank BROOKLYNLIZZIE
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Amory, MS
Level Contributor
27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2008

June 1, 2008. Nice B & B. Tad pricey, but in line with other places in the downtown/bluff view arts district area. Great views of the river; everthing within walking distance. Would definitely go back.

  • Liked — View & location
  • Disliked — Staff could be more welcoming/friendly
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank leedixie
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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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