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Chattanooga’s Meetings Menu Grows

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — Several new hotel properties and other venues are adding to the menu of meeting possibilities in Chattanooga.

After a complete renovation, the Westin will open this summer in one of Chattanooga’s landmarks in the heart of downtown: the Gold Building. The new 10-story hotel will have 261 guest rooms, including 40 large suites; a sky bar with a terrace; and 6,800 square feet of convention and meeting space, with an additional 2,000 square feet outside. The hotel is part of an $88 million project that will feature the high-end restaurant Shula’s Steak House, streetscaping, cobblestone streets for pedestrians, and festival and event space.

Another new property, opening this spring, the Edwin Hotel, will be an upscale, five-story boutique hotel and restaurant downtown. The hotel name celebrates Edwin Thacher who, in 1891, led the development of the Walnut Street Bridge from downtown to today’s North Shore. The hotel will have 90 rooms, approximately 1,400 square feet of meeting space that can be divided into two rooms, upscale decor, local art, a rooftop bar, a restaurant and a two-level parking garage.  

A midsize city, Chattanooga offers 2,200 downtown hotel rooms and a total of 9,000 in the greater metro area, and the compact downtown is filled with restaurants and attractions. The Chattanooga Convention Center is one of the nation’s top 10 green convention centers.

The city is also popular with many faith-based organizations, and scientists, particularly those focused on freshwater conservation, often meet at the world-renowned Tennessee Aquarium. The aquarium opened its new conservation institute this fall, making it the leading center in the world for freshwater research and education. The city also offers free Wi-Fi speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second citywide, the fastest internet in the Western Hemisphere.