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Chattanooga Choo Choo
Ranked #37 of 97 Hotels in Chattanooga
Fort Payne, Alabama
Level 6 Contributor
163 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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“Sleep in an old train car!”
Reviewed 12 December 2013

My husband and I recently spent the night in an old train car at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. It was lovely! The car is furnished as it may have been back in the days when the train actually carried passengers. I was intrigued by the history of the entire complex. I'm not sure what the regular hotel rooms were like as every couple in our group stayed in train cars. The location is great. There is so much to see and do in the area. The price was a little high but in my mind, it was well worth it.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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ChooChoo29, Manager at Chattanooga Choo Choo, responded to this review, 14 December 2013
It is great to hear that you enjoyed staying overnight in one of our signature, train car rooms. We have many repeat customers that enjoy the train car rooms. Thanks for appreciating the history of our complex. Come back again soon!
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Brentwood, Tennessee
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

Recently, I had the opportunity (returning to Nashville from Georgia in icy weather) to stay at the Chattanooga Choo Choo ~ I've always been intrigued by its charm & historic character wondering how the experience would be staying in one of the Pullman cars. It was fabulous....The staff was so accommodating & friendly plus I enjoyed a delicious meal while being entertained by the Singing Servers at the Station House. It was a cozy, sweet treat on a cold wintery night.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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ChooChoo29, General Manager at Chattanooga Choo Choo, responded to this review, 11 December 2013
Thank you for your great review and the compliments of our staff. We are glad that we exceeded your expectations. The Station House is always a hit, they do a great job. Your review helps us maintain a very high score on tripadvisors Customer Satisfaction Index (November was 88%).
We look forward to your return.
All the Best,
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St. Louis
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

I'm writing this review from my bed in the Chattanooga Choo Choo. It's winter, and upon arrival the temperature needle on the thermostat was buried below 50 degrees. I asked the front desk if it was their policy to turn the heat off in rooms before guests arrive. The desk attendant said it was. Odd. A patio set of table/chairs sit in the corner of the room. I sit upon very "springy" mattress (meaning, you can feel the springs). Human body hairs can be found in abundance in the bathroom.

The charm seems to dissipate beyond the lobby. I'm not sure how the railcar rooms are, but the regular hotel rooms seem to just be a 60s-era motel annexed by the Choo Choo. Think Motel 6. Dated. Dingy.

Room Tip: I can't speak for the railcar rooms, but the regular rooms are awful.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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ChooChoo29, General Manager at Chattanooga Choo Choo, responded to this review, 10 December 2013
I’m sorry that we did not meet your expectations during your stay at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. I have shared your review with our management team for corrective action. I would like to speak with you regarding your comments. I will email you via tripadvisor, please call me.

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Bham
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

Price is a little stealthy especially for me as I am usually all the time on a budget. I have to say, though, I think this place was worth it. We didn't stay in a train car but in a regular room. I think we stayed in building 3 with a view of the pool. The pool on that side was the cutest and great if you have kids. The shops and the food were great and the museum is fun if you're into browsing and sight seeing. The lobby was magnificent! If you're in town for a couple of days try to get one of their package deals. When I added it up, I think the prices weren't so much cheaper as they were the same if we purchased tickets individually, but it did make everything more convenient! The trolley is right next door which is also convenient to travelling around town.

Room Tip: Beds are comfortable. Building 3 with a view of pool is great!
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Tiffany W
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ChooChoo29, Manager at Chattanooga Choo Choo, responded to this review, 10 December 2013
First of all, thanks for the 5 stars. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at the Choo Choo. Come back and stay in one of the railcar rooms real soon.
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Jill Ellis Coker
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 2 December 2013

We had so much fun on our recent trip. Everything was beautiful! Everyone at the choo choo was so sweet and friendly. We stayed in a train car and had the Thanksgiving feast! We plan to make this a Thanksgiving tradition.

  • Stayed November 2013
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Thank Jeanniedollar
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ChooChoo29, General Manager at Chattanooga Choo Choo, responded to this review, 9 December 2013
Thanks for your awesome review about our hotel and staff.
We are pleased that you had a great visit to the Choo Choo. It means a lot to our staff to see this kind of a review. Thanks for wanting to return, see you next time.

All the Best,
Jim Bambrey
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Scottsboro, Alabama
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed 27 November 2013

We have stayed here before and this time was exceptionally good. Check in was as smooth as it could have possibly have been. So easy and very friendly staff. This hotel is so close to so many attractions down town. It has the free shuttle that is next door so very convenient. We will be back. The Station House restaraunt and the breakfast buffet were very good.

Room Tip: We stayed in hotel #1 and it is closest to everything. Stay in one of the train cars and you will be...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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ChooChoo29, General Manager at Chattanooga Choo Choo, responded to this review, 2 December 2013
Thanks for your great review about our hotel and staff.
We are pleased that you had a great visit to the Choo Choo. Thanks for your recommendation
Look forward to your next visit.

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Jim Bambrey
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Georgia, USA
Level 4 Contributor
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

The Hotel totally speaks for itself and is one of a kind.Gorgeous inside and out! Live music...Park your car and take the trolley to all of the attractions , great eats and bars. The aquarium is fun, the IMax for the kids or Adults. A fab place to go for singles, couples or families.....and don't forget to take a walk by the River....

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank gapeach66
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ChooChoo29, Manager at Chattanooga Choo Choo, responded to this review, 22 November 2013
First of all, thanks for the 5 stars and for your recommendations. We are glad that you enjoyed exploring all the many venues of our property.. Come back real soon.
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Additional Information about Chattanooga Choo Choo

Property: Chattanooga Choo Choo
Address: 1400 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402-4489
Region: United States > Tennessee > Chattanooga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 97 Hotels in Chattanooga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Chattanooga Choo Choo 3*
Number of rooms: 363
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of the South's most renowned landmarks, the Chattanooga Choo Choo opened in 1909 and welcomed thousands of travelers during the Golden Age of railroads. Today, the 23 acre complex is a magnificently restored hotel resort for visitors of all ages. The Holiday Inn Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel offers a variety of overnight accommodations, including the famous Victorian Era train rooms and luxurious suites. *Theme restaurants *Specialty shops *Authentic New Orleans trolley ride *Model railroad display *Convention Center *3 swimming pools *Tennis courts *Beautiful formal gardens. ... more   less 
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