Stepping into The Read House hotel feels like a journey back in time, but the only travel required is a quick two-hour drive to Chattanooga. The historic hotel, which dates back to 1872, harkens to the past in a recent $27 million renovation that has transformed the property from top to bottom in glamorous Gatsby style. Drawing inspiration from a renovation that took place in the mid-1920s, The Read House’s new look is full of jaw-dropping opulence and beauty, marked by crystal chandeliers, marble floors, polished Russian walnut finishes and Art Deco design elements.
Located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, the hotel is in a walkable neighborhood full of great dining and entertainment options and is only a short drive from some of the area’s most popular attractions. An easy weekend trip from Nashville, the city is perfect for a family-friendly adventure or a relaxing getaway for adults. And after one stay at The Read House, you’ll understand why it has attracted a lengthy list of notable guests in its storied past, including Winston Churchill, President Grover Cleveland and Elvis Presley.
The 242 guest rooms and suites underwent a major overhaul during the renovations to update the décor and amenities. The finished result is spacious, comfortable and tastefully decorated rooms, fully equipped with lavish marble bathrooms, Smart TVs, bathrobes and slippers, a work space and Keurig coffee makers. For a truly unforgettable experience, book a tour of room 311, which is supposedly haunted by the ghost of Annalisa Netherly, a woman who was murdered in the room’s bathtub in 1927.
You’ll feel like Daisy Buchanan at the Bar & Billiards Room, where all the waitresses are in flapper dresses and the bartenders are in suits. Located right off the lobby, the chic lounge is full of leather couches, velvet tufted chairs and fireplaces and serves a hearty selection of elevated pub fare and classic cocktails. Down the hall, Bridgeman’s Chophouse is waiting to wow you with world-class fine dining cuisine, specializing in USDA prime steaks, fresh seafood and an extensive wine list. And if you find your room too cozy to leave, room service is offered all day long.
Enjoy a beautiful day on the sun deck, or take a dip year-round in the hotel's indoor pool. (Pro tip: the pool is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, so plan to visit early in the morning or late at night for a quieter, kid-free experience.) The lobby library, with its built-in bookshelves and cozy furniture, is the perfect spot to read a book or play chess.
Warehouse Row, the former warehouse district turned upscale shopping mall, is a 10-minute walk from the hotel and boasts a handful of chic boutiques and dining options, not to mention a Woodhouse Day Spa. If you’re up for exploring the great outdoors, Chattanooga has no shortage of opportunities for nature lovers. The Rock City Gardens are an inspiring way to spend a clear day, or head indoors to spelunk through caves and take in the marvel of Ruby Falls.
107 W. MLK Blvd.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Drive: 133 miles
Photographs courtesy of The Read House