Trying to figure out where to stay when you go on vacation can be one of the most overwhelming parts of planning a trip. It can be even more difficult if you have never traveled to your destination before. If Chattanooga is on your radar, staying in nearby Lookout Valley is a great option for families and the budget-conscious alike. Nestled between Lookout Mountain and Raccoon Mountain, Lookout Valley gives you that Smoky Mountain feeling while being just a stone’s throw away from the city and its most iconic attractions.
Below are a couple of different options in Lookout Valley to get you started as you look into accommodations for your trip to Chattanooga!
Approximately 15 hotels dot the Lookout Valley area, each offering unique amenities at a variety of price points. Here are just a few to consider as you begin your research.
Hampton Inn Chattanooga West/Lookout Mountain
This 3-star hotel features a free hot breakfast, indoor and outdoor pool, digital keys, a fitness center, meeting rooms, and other great amenities. Conveniently located off of I-24, this stay is just a few miles from popular destinations Ruby Falls and Rock City.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Chattanooga
Marriott’s Fairfield Inn & Suites also has an excellent selection of services. They provide a complimentary breakfast, 24/7 fitness center, meeting space, and even dry cleaning services. Guests can unwind after a day of sightseeing in the hotel’s indoor pool, which boasts gorgeous mountain views.
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Chattanooga-Lookout Mountain
With a heated indoor pool, fitness center, and complimentary breakfast starring the hotel’s signature waffles, the amenities at Country Inn & Suites are a huge draw. The spacious, pet-friendly rooms can accommodate cribs for the little ones as well as four-legged companions.
Days Inn by Wyndham Chattanooga Lookout Mountain West
Like other Days Inns, this hotel offers hot coffee and a breakfast item, free wi-fi, and pet-friendly options. They also have an indoor pool. Here, guests can enjoy mountain views at some of the lowest rates in the area – meaning more can be budgeted for attractions and shopping.
Airbnbs have gotten especially popular in the past decade, and with that popularity comes a lot of places to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a house, a cabin, or an adorable tiny home, there’s sure to be a Lookout Valley-based stay that suits your fancy.
Houses are a good option if you are on a group trip or want a kitchen to cook in. Some even come with cozy outdoor features like patios and fire pits. There are several options for Airbnb houses in the Lookout Valley area. Here is a three-bedroom cottage that houses up to six guests for a reasonable price, and this home has room for eight people. Both have a washer and dryer, free wi-fi, and allow pets.
Tiny homes are fun for the novelty of them. Though they are definitely not for group activities, they come with many of the same utilities as houses, just in a smaller space! It is always interesting to see how tiny homes make use of the small space in different ways. This one has a private hot tub, grill, and office area while offering enough space for two.
Cabins are a great “glamping” option for those who want the rustic experience without the lack of air conditioning and heat. Some cabins even have similar options to houses.
This authentic log cabin has many different amenities available, such as a washer and dryer, heating and air, and kitchen. It allows pets and long-term stays. Here is another cabin that offers an indoor fireplace, bbq grill, and has a dedicated workspace. The first cabin sleeps up to seven guests, while the second holds six.
Hosted Hotel Rooms
Maybe you just want a single room but want something homier than your typical hotel room. Or maybe you don’t want the hassle of going through hotel bookings and find Airbnb easier. Either way, here is a unit at Knights Inn Chattanooga with pet-friendly rooms, a complimentary continental breakfast, and an outdoor pool. The hosts state there is a way to book more units if needed.
Raccoon Mountain Caverns & Campground
While this property isn’t located in Lookout Valley proper, it is just a couple of miles away on Raccoon Mountain – and it’s the ideal locale for those who want to connect with nature during their stay. It has RV sites, camp sites, and cabins to choose from. Some of their camping sites have water and electricity, and all are not very far from the bathhouse. In addition to the campground, guests can take advantage of everything Raccoon Mountain Caverns & Campground has to offer, including a playground, dog park, pool, cave tours, and gift shops.
Another off-the-beaten-path property, nestled on the side of Lookout Mountain just a few miles from the valley, is the scenic RiverView Inn. The inn provides a relaxing and more high-dollar option for those wanting to stay in the area. A hot, complimentary breakfast, heated saltwater pool, and free wi-fi come provided, as well as 10 rooms and suites to choose from. Additional amenities include a clubhouse, fire pit, gift and snack shop, add-on options, and a place to host events like weddings. Another benefit to this stay is the location – guests are just minutes from Ruby Falls, the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, Rock City, and a number of Chattanooga’s hiking hot spots.
All of these accommodations are wonderful for one reason or another. While the prices vary depending on what you want, there are enough places that could fall into almost any budget. If you are looking for something unique, you may go for one of the Airbnb options, or if you are looking for something more in tune with nature, you may decide to go with the cabins or campground. No matter what you choose, you will still get to enjoy the stunning views of the Lookout Valley area and all that Chattanooga has to offer. So, book an accommodation, stay a while, and enjoy the time you get to spend in such a beautiful place!