It’s going to be a little difficult writing about the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel in Tennessee without resorting to ‘pardon me boy’, ‘dinner in the diner’ and ‘won’t you choo choo me home’ but I’m fairly sure that I can do it if I try.
The Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel was originally a railway station which may come as no surprise. The popularity of rail traffic declined in the USA in the years after the Second World War – cars had become more commonplace and gave greater freedom and airline travel was starting to become more affordable.
This meant that by the 1970s the railway station was a shadow of its former self and destined to be demolished or to simply crumble away to ruins. But a consortium of business people had plans for the derelict station and it was restored and transformed into the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel.
The hotel itself offers extremely pleasant guest rooms but it also stands by its history and offers a series of luxurious rooms that are set in original yet restored railway cars. That’s much more original than a regular hotel room, right? You can see an example in the video below.
The area is an exciting one with plenty to do both in Chattanooga itself and in the surrounding countryside. If you’re looking for a lively venue – a place to party and have fun – then you’ll find that within the city itself. If you prefer walking and hiking then the landscape around Chattanooga has a lot to offer you.
Useless trivia: Did you know that in August 2012, Chattanooga got its own typeface, called Chatype, which marks the first time a municipality has its own typeface in the United States and the first crowd-funded, custom-made typeface in the world? Thought not…
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Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel
JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.