When looking for a perfect place to take a weekend trip, my wife and I decided on Chattanooga, Tennessee. When looking for a hotel to stay, my wife and I wanted to stay in a moderately priced hotel in the downtown area of Chattanooga. My wife and I got a great deal on the Sheraton Read House from Priceline.com. The Sheraton Read House is located on 827 Broad Street in downtown Chattanooga. The Sheraton Read House is only a few blocks from many downtown Chattanooga attractions such as the Chattanooga Lookouts, Tennessee Aquarium, and the Creative Discovery Museum.
When you pull up to the Sheraton Read House in Chattanooga, you can tell from the outside of the building that it is an old structure. The building itself was constructed during the Civil War. The building also served as a military hospital in Chattanooga during the Civil War as well. There is a lot of folklore about the Sheraton Read House hotel being haunted. There is one room at the Sheraton Read House hotel in particular, room 311, that there are tales of many deaths and suicides that took place in that room. Many people try to request that room, and some have even checked out before the end of the night because of strange occurrences in room 311. We tried to book it for fun, but the Sheraton Read House hotel staff informed us that people book room 311 years in advance.
For the hotel itself, the Sheraton Read House is old but very beautiful. The Sheraton Read House hotel offers valet service for a flat fee everyday. If you are trying to watch your budget, the parking along the streets of downtown Chattanooga is free on the weekends. We opted for to do this. The Sheraton Read House hotel also has a Starbucks and a full service restaurant. The Sheraton Read House also has an indoor pool and Jacuzzi. This was great because we were traveling in the winter time. If a person is trying to stay in shape on vacation, the hotel has a gym as well.
When you walk into the lobby of the Sheraton Read House hotel, you can tell that the building is rich in history. The hotel lobby is set up very beautifully and elegant. The help at the front desk was very friendly and offered many suggestions for activities to do during our stay. The elevators also looked very old. The elevators of the Sheraton Read House hotel reminded me of something from out of the Twilight Zone.
When we stepped out of the elevators into the hallway, the walls looked like they were in need of some refurbishment. Our room was very nice as well. We had a king size bed that was very comfortable. In fact, it was probably on of the more comfortable beds I have ever slept in my entire life. Our room had a nice view of downtown Chattanooga. The room also sported a modern elegant décor. The room included a pull-out sofa couch as well.
The most negative aspect of our hotel stay was the cleanliness. I am not a very picky person, but finding dirty used wash clothes and towel in the bathtub when we checked in was not a pleasant sight. When my wife called the front desk of the Sheraton, the front desk clerk basically said, “What do you want me to do?”
I looked up the rack rates for the night and the room rates were almost $200 a night. We got a great deal on Priceline.com for $40 a night. I would have been especially upset to have an unclean room if I had paid almost $200 a night.
Overall the high points of the Sheraton Read House in Chattanooga include the charm and elegance of the lobby, great downtown Chattanooga location, indoor pool and Jacuzzi, and reasonable price. The lowlights for my wife and I was the cleanliness of the rooms and hallways. The hotel could use some refurbishment. My wife and I would consider staying here again, but I would only stay at this Chattanooga hotel if I found a discounted rate. I believe there are better hotels in the downtown Chattanooga area.