Chattanooga Choo Choo

Tennessee, Deep South

The hotel

A stay at Chattanooga Choo Choo gives the ultimate insight into America’s locomotive heartland. Just a year after savvy locals saved their old train station from demolition in 1973, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. But even they couldn’t have foreseen the incredible revamp to follow. Today, the historic terminal building and resident Victorian train carriages-turned-guestrooms are paired with glorious gardens and fresh new attractions. With 2 music venues and a comedy club attracting big-name acts; indoor and outdoor pools; and a collection of eateries including a 50s styled pizza car, gorgeous garden restaurant, oyster bar, Victorian lounge which transports you to the railroad glory days of the 1880s, and buzzing comedy club bar serving American-inspired comfort food, you might not find reason to use their complimentary downtown shuttle.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Close to City Centre
  • Restaurant

Where is it

An icon of Chattanooga’s historic heart, this hotel and entertainment complex is just a walk from many of the town’s top dining venues, has some of the city’s best entertainment right on site, and runs a complimentary CARTA shuttle to nearby restaurants, shops, and sights.

Hotel information

All with flatscreen TV, WiFi*, coffee maker, hairdryer, and iron and board. MacArthur Building Double Queen Rooms have a fridge with 2 queen-size beds, sleeping max 2 adults.

MacArthur Building King Rooms have a fridge with 1 king-size bed, sleeping max 2 adults. The Empress Building King Rooms have a private balcony overlooking the outdoor pool and waterfall with 1 king-size bed, sleeping max 2 adults. The Empress Building Double Rooms have a private balcony overlooking the outdoor pool and waterfall with 2 double beds, sleeping max 3 adults.

5 restaurants and bars including Gardens Restaurant (breakfast buffet), Silver Diner Pizza Car (menu includes fresh pizzas, open for dinner), Victorian Lounge (with original bar stocked with local microbrews, premium wine and spirits, and frozen drinks), STIR (fresh local food and oyster bar, artisan drinks), and Backstage Bar (American-inspired comfort foods, located at comedy club, over 18s only, open for dinner Tuesday-Friday, and brunch at weekends). Outdoor swimming pool. Indoor swimming pool (heated). Fitness room. Track 29* (concert venue for national and local acts). Revelry Room (intimate live performances for national and local acts, more than 200 shows a year). Comedy Catch (stand-up venue for national and local comedians, with dinner and post-show gatherings at Backstage Bar). Glenn Miller Gardens (tranquil spot for games of chess, checkers, and Jenga). The Depot Gift Shop (souvenirs, snacks, toiletries, and newspapers). Sweetly Southern & Artifacts (18th and 19th century gifts including Victorian and Civil War items). Downtown CARTA shuttle service (every 10 mins, to local restaurants, shops, and sights). Airport shuttle service (for Chattanooga Airport, 24-hour notice required). Laundry/dry-cleaning services* (weekdays, same day service). 

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Restored Train Station Now a Hotel with Restaurants

Jul 7, 2019 ritak790 Saint Louis, Missouri

Former Chattanooga Train Station that has been converted into a historic hotel. Lodging is available in train cars. We visited on a Wednesday afternoon when not much was going on there. The restaurants were open, but empty. The courtyard of the hotel houses all of the train cars where people stay. There are some shops in the courtyard too. We… Read more
Former Chattanooga Train Station that has been converted into a historic hotel. Lodging is available in train cars. We visited on a Wednesday afternoon when not much was going on there. The restaurants were open, but empty. The courtyard of the hotel houses all of the train cars where people stay. There are some shops in the courtyard too. We lunched at the Terminal Brewhouse next door. This place is more of a night spot than a lunch spot. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great customer service - hotel could use updating

Jul 6, 2019 west2926 Nashville, Tennessee

Stayed with friends in the Choo-Choo. The customer service was very good - especially at the front desk. The grounds hold good potential, but like the hotel itself, the area is old and is in need of updating. So many cool, hip stores/bars popping up nearby - hopefully an investor can pump money into the hotel. Love the Frothy Monkey and Stir… Read more
Stayed with friends in the Choo-Choo. The customer service was very good - especially at the front desk. The grounds hold good potential, but like the hotel itself, the area is old and is in need of updating. So many cool, hip stores/bars popping up nearby - hopefully an investor can pump money into the hotel. Love the Frothy Monkey and Stir next door. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Don’t stay in a train car

Jul 2, 2019 FamilyOfFourDCMH

I rarely write reviews but felt compelled to save others money. We traveled to Chattanooga for a two night stay. My husband loves the city and wanted to show it to our kids (6 and 11). I wanted to find a hotel that would also be an “experience” and staying in a train car at the CCC seemed like the perfect fit. It was very high for us price-wise… Read more
I rarely write reviews but felt compelled to save others money. We traveled to Chattanooga for a two night stay. My husband loves the city and wanted to show it to our kids (6 and 11). I wanted to find a hotel that would also be an “experience” and staying in a train car at the CCC seemed like the perfect fit. It was very high for us price-wise (we are both teachers) but we splurged for the sake of giving our kids the unique experience. Let me start by saying I am VERY easy to please. Truly, I never complain about anything! But I just couldn’t not write a review after staying here. The train cars are OLD and I don’t mean cute and charmy old, but rickety and a little scary old. There is almost no lighting and only a very few plugs in really inconvenient places. There is not a single chair in the room, only the bed and couch bed. The tv is set up so that if the four of us wanted to watch it, we’d have to either all pile on the queen bed or all pile on the couch bed. We weren’t here to watch tv but I thought it worth mentioning for anyone who may want to know. The carpet is very worn, and one of our wooden blinds was broken and fixed with duct tape. There’s a small rotating air conditioning fan and it does NOT do the job when it’s 96 degrees outside. My six year-old slept in her underwear above the sheets because she was so miserably hot. The worst part—the first night we were setting in and my daughter came running hollering out of the bathroom that there were bugs in there. There were two HUGE (and I mean huge and I’m from Florida) cockroaches in the bathroom. The kids were scared to go to sleep and we almost called and asked to be moved to a regular room, but it was late and we were tired. EVEN with all this I may not have felt bad enough to review, but this train car cost us $222 per night. I cannot believe that this hotel has the audacity to charge so much for such a worn-down, inefficient, kinda scary room. The hotel itself is dated but really cool. The main areas are lovely and the courtyard is beautiful. We had a drink at the Frothy Monkey and it was amazing. All staff was kind and courteous. The only thing was the unbelievable price of $444 to stay two nights in a sketchy, dark, hot train car with steroid-sippin roaches. Save yourself the money and get a regular room! Read less
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Jul 2, 2019 MaryL2010 Chattanooga, Tennessee

Just walked around the grounds with grandbaby in stroller. They were working on the formal gardens which needed a lot of work, but at least they are trying. They are slowing trying to repurpose the complex. Not quite as nice as it was in the late 70s, early 80s, but at least it is still standing. Stir is a great restaurant with a nice patio,… Read more
Just walked around the grounds with grandbaby in stroller. They were working on the formal gardens which needed a lot of work, but at least they are trying. They are slowing trying to repurpose the complex. Not quite as nice as it was in the late 70s, early 80s, but at least it is still standing. Stir is a great restaurant with a nice patio, Frothy Monkey is a great breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, coffee shop place. The Dome in the foyer is incredible...look up! Seating is pleasant out there if you need to wait up to meet somebody or just drink your coffee. The gift shop has the same owner that my friends from college and my niece worked for (been there 40+ years), so they are locals, not transplants, and have a fun assortment of souvenirs and books, even some antiques, and other novelties. The train cars need work to prevent them from rusting but they are repurposed as hotel rooms or shops, and a tavern. The Comedy Catch would be a fun date night or night out with friends. The Songbird Museum is for any music lover, I have only stepped inside and looked around as I had a limited visit there. The hotel looks like it did when my kids went to friends’ birthday parties at the pool there. Can’t speak to the rooms. And the train engine is still there (you can cal it the Chattanooga Choo Choo if you want). But they no longer offer the trolley rides like they used to when I was younger and my kids remember as well. Sadly. Overall, it was a nice place to spend a couple of hours. It was sad to see a beautiful room on one side of the building with beautiful windows used to just store old furniture. I sure hope they find a way to repurpose that! Parking is available in several places, behind and in the garage, a few in front and of corse, meters around on the streets. The Hot Chocolatier across the street is a fav! And the Wildflower Tea Room also across the street is a more of a coffee shop vibe than a “English tea room” would have, and with incredible offerings of tea sourced from everywhere. There is also a bookstore and a hair salon that I love, and a fantastic restaurant, (Alleia), a great “pub”, The Terminal, and a great art gallery, some terrific Asian food (Alex Thai), another favorite place for lunch and dinner, The Feed and Tavern, as well as a reception venue not too far, and many other fun things to do in this area, maybe not as kid-friendly but not unfriendly. And also, there is a school right in the midst of all this so please pay attention to school zones and most importantly, the children and people walking around! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Stayed in a train car

Jul 1, 2019 PCP1080 Vonore, Tennessee

We stayed in a train car because our grandson loves trains. The set up was nice but needs updating. It is in a good location in Chattanooga. Lots of excellent eating options close by. Other than the experience of staying in the train car, I am not sure it is worth the extra expense.