HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all! I’m sure a lot of us are so happy to close the 2020 chapter, and welcome in 2021. Although last year was tough, it also brought in a lot of great opportunities. One being, a complimentary stay at The Read House in Chattanooga, TN. It’s been ranked one of the best hotels several years in a row!
The hotel originally opened in 1847, and unveiled a $28 million renovation in Oct 2018, with a “Great Gatsby” inspired theme and decor. Even the staff’s uniform reflected the era (If you read until the end or go to my Instagram Highlights, you can watch my video tour). The There’s also a rumor about room 311 being haunted!
When we pulled up, we were greeted by a bellman who gave us the whole rundown of the parking situation. What I liked was that you weren’t tied to valet only. There was self parking and street parking as well, which is great for a downtown area. There’s also a Starbucks, a bar called Bar & Billiards Room (there’s actually a billiards room behind the bar), and a fine dining restaurant called Bridgeman’s Chophouse attached. Coffee in the room is never really my jam, so I’m usually ready for coffee anywhere else ASAP.
With it being winter, it was really nice to have an indoor pool, because a pool is always a must when we travel with the Sprouts. The only downside was that there wasn’t a hot tub/spa/jacuzzi (I never say the right one), and the floors were really wet around the pool because of the way it’s designed. So be mindful of where you put your stuff and what shoes you’re wearing. There’s also an indoor gym for you fitness enthusiasts, but lets face it – I’d probably end up in the hospital if I tried to work out… however, the hotel is in an amazing location and so close to everything, so be sure to bring your walking shoes.
We stayed in the Historic Tower with a Double Queen, which was perfect for the 4 of us, plus the Snoop Doggy Dog. The entrance separated the bathroom and closet from the rest of the room, and there was a cute Chaise lounge chair and mirror as you entered the sleeping area – perfect for that IG photo! There was also a little reading nook, and separate table with 2 chairs. There was definitely plenty of space and we never felt like we were in each other’s space.
There’s so much more to see at The Read House, and so much more to do locally, so we are going to plan another trip back when it warms up. Chattanooga is known as the Scenic City, and a lot of the activities we plan on doing are outdoors, so we’ll definitely need warmer temps. I’d highly recommend a stay or at least trip here to see all it has to offer.