Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel, Chattanooga
The Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel is conveniently situated in the
heart of downtown Chattanooga. It is partly housed in the town's
historic former railway station, which was opened by Southern
Railway in 1909. The station closed when the last train stopped in
Chattanooga in 1970 but the building was saved from demolition by a
group of local business men who invested money into the building's
renovation and opened its doors as a hotel in 1973. The hotel gets
its name from the small wood burning steam locomotive that used to
pass through Chattanooga on its journey south from Cincinnati.
Named the 'Chattanooga Choo Choo' by a local newspaper reporter,
the locomotive was made famous by the Glen Miller Orchestra when it
became the subject of one of their songs in the 1940s. The hotel
boasts a number of different cafés and restaurants; one of the
restaurants is housed in the railway station's former baggage room,
whilst another two restaurants are in renovated railway carriages.
The hotel also has a selection of shops, a model railroad and
leisure facilities including a fitness room, tennis courts, indoor
and outdoor pools and a whirlpool. The rooms are spacious and
facilities include a coffee maker and hairdryer.