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The Read House, Chattanooga

by Katie Kelly Bell
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A century’s worth of fascinating history and a hotel room with a spooky past make the Read House a distinctive place to stay during any visit to Chattanooga. Originally built in 1847, the property was gutted by a fire and completely rebuilt in 1872. A series of celebrity guests, including the likes of Elvis Presley, Winston Churchill, and Al Capone (who remained in the hotel under lock and key during his trial), established it as the premier hotel in Chattanooga and the southeast. In 2016, Avocet Hospitality Group purchased the hotel and embarked on an all-encompassing renovation, artfully restoring the 1920s-era grandeur of this landmark destination. No space was left untouched (save for the “haunted” room 311, which remains furnished as it was back in 1927), and the gleaming elegant result has made this once again a destination hotel. As a member of the National Register of Historic Places, guests can expect a luxurious, historic, service-driven stay with the best in modern amenities.

What You Need to Know About The Read House Chattanooga

The Look of The Read House

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Stepping into the grand two-story lobby accented with Art Deco lighting and style elements feels a bit like stepping into one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s fictional parties. The public spaces are historic (look for old photographs and artifacts throughout the hotel), but guest rooms are entirely modern – with all of the latest technology and a soothing color palette of silver and pewter enhanced by accents of rich blue and burgundy. 

The Vibe at The Read House

It’s a sophisticated destination that oozes a genuine 1920s opulence without being overly fussy. If you elect to go to dinner in a flapper dress, no one will judge – the vibe is playful, and both the staff and guests enjoy playing to the Roaring Twenties theme.

Who Will Love The Read House

Anyone who appreciates a glamorous (and painstaking) restoration that elevates 1920s-era design and style, as well as business travelers who want an upscale experience right in downtown Chattanooga.  

Who Might Not Love The Read House

Scaredy cats who might fail to appreciate the quirky curiosity of staying at a place with a “haunted hotel room” might book a stay somewhere else.

Best Amenity at The Read House

The hotel’s flagship restaurant, Bridgeman’s Chophouse, serves up a shamelessly decadent menu of dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood, and tasty cocktails (like the Smoked Rosemary Maple Old Fashioned). Work off the meal at the hotel’s indoor pool – a resort-like setting that will have you forgetting you’re in the city. 

Money Matters

What’s Included at The Read House

During your stay, you’ll enjoy free wifi. Additionally, all rooms come stocked with a Keurig coffee maker, Smart TV with wifi, and a mini-fridge.

Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About at The Read House

Valet parking is $18 + taxes per night with unlimited in and out privileges. There is a $100, non-refundable pet fee for dogs up to 50lbs (no more than two per room).

How to Get a Deal at The Read House

Take advantage of AARP or AAA double discounts. Check the website for other deals, including 30% off midweek stays and 20% off advanced purchases, to name a few.

Getting There

In the Neighborhood of The Read House

The hotel is centrally located to everything downtown Chattanooga has to offer. A short walk leads you directly to the Tennessee Aquarium (a world-class attraction that is home to 12,000 different animals) and the surrounding restaurant and shops. Catch a Lookouts baseball game at AT&T Field, or enjoy a stroll along the scenic Tennessee River.

 Nearest Airport to The Read House

Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport is about 10 miles (around 25 minutes) from the hotel. 

Nearest Public Transit to The Read House

CARTA’s Downtown Electric Shuttle has a stop right outside The Read House. 

The Bottom Line 

Relive the Roaring Twenties with modern-day amenities – and enjoy a stay saturated with a fascinating history. 

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