StoneFort Inn in Chattanooga TNStoneFort Inn is located in the heart of the downtown area. Popular attractions and fun times are never very far away, but as with any urban area, some common sense precautions can make travelers feel safer. Knowing what to expect when you first arrive at StoneFort can also make your stay more enjoyable.

James Greathouse, Manager of the StoneFort Inn, said he has walked through the city at all hours, “day and night, and I have never been bothered. Chattanooga is a safe city and an easy city to walk. We are a 15 minute walk to the South side of the river, the Tennessee Aquarium, and the Bluff View Art District. As with any other city, it’s wise to keep your eyes and ears open.”

StoneFort Inn is located next to the US District Court, US Bankruptcy Court and the Chattanooga City Council building, two city blocks removed from busy Market Street so our guests can feel safe knowing the area is secure.

Here are some suggestions to make a visit to Chattanooga more stress-free…

1. Do a Little Research Before Arriving – By visiting this website, you are taking advantage of information provided for your benefit. You’ll see there is information about Parking, StoneFort’s Policies on various aspects affecting our guests, a description of our different type of suites and rooms, a Calendar of Events to plan what you want to do while visiting us, and links to review sites where you can see what third parties have written about their experiences staying here.

2. Ask Us for Recommendations – Our employees are happy to offer tips about getting around the area. Having an itinerary can not only allow you to fit in more fun but also let your loved ones know where to find you if you lose touch. Downtown Chattanooga has witnessed a remarkable transformation in the 21st century, spurring neighborhood development that has made it a popular place to live. Our staff can offer advice on where you may have the best experience in Chattanooga. The front desk staff are also happy to call a cab or arrange for food deliveries to the lobby.

3. Call Our Front Desk at (423) 267-7866 When You’re Nearly Here – We can arrange to check you in in the lobby and get your bags to your room upon arrival if you pull to the front of the StoneFort Inn and turn on your hazard lights. Once your luggage is in your room, you can park in one of the designated lots. If you are arriving later than 10 pm, please call (423) 267-7866 for special instructions.

4. Don’t Leave Valuables Unattended – All hotels everywhere generally advise their guests not to leave anything valuable unattended in a parked car. Double check that you’re not leaving something behind when departing each place you go. Travel experts generally recommend that people separate their money and avoid conspicuous clothing or behavior that signals one is a tourist.

5. Check In with Someone Back Home – Whenever you are in a new city, it is wise to let someone know where you’ll be. When it comes to strangers you meet, you might want to keep your specific travel plans to yourself.

6. Snap a picture of your cab’s license plate before you get in it – If you accidentally leave something in it, having the license number makes it much easier to track down. Travelers going anywhere are advised to write down their important information (IDs, ticket numbers, reservations, etc.) and store on a document on a locked website like Dropbox that they can access from any computer. StoneFort Inn provides our guests with an iPad in the lobby to use as needed.

7. Use Technology to Be Aware of Your Surroundings – Google Maps can help you tell if you’re going off route. We recommend you think of StoneFort Inn as your Chattanooga basecamp and figure out what’s within a certain radius that interests you. Whether its shopping at Warehouse Row or Nightfall concerts during the summer months, there’s plenty nearby in high traffic areas to keep travelers entertained.

8. Drink in Moderation – Know your limits and keep your wits about you while you’re having fun. StoneFort Inn’s restaurant, Terra Mae, has a bar open in the evenings if you feel safer enjoying dinner and a cocktail without leaving the premises. If you feel like venturing out, there are several excellent bars within walking distance. In any city, be wary of accepting a drink from a stranger if you did not see the bartender preparing it. The size of our bar at Terra Mae makes for close proximity to your mixologist. 

9. Take Advantage of CARTA - Chattanooga’s public transportation, the free electric shuttle, is just two blocks west of StoneFort on Broad Street with stops roughly every 5-10 minutes between 6:30 am and 11 pm Monday-Friday and Saturdays from 9:30 am until 11 pm. It is a free ride, the shuttle runs from the Chattanooga Choo Choo, on Market, turns on 11th to Broad Street and then toward the Aquarium. Visit http://www.carta-bus.org/maps/shuttlemap.pdf to learn more.

10. Finally, when entering unfamiliar buildings in any city you travel to, take note of exits and stairwells, just in case they are needed.

StoneFort Inn and Chattanooga, in general, are safe, enjoyable places to spend your leisure time. We want our Chattanooga TN urban boutique inn to be your sanctuary from the stresses of the world. By following these bits of advice, travelers can rest easier and have more fun.

Published in Weekend Getaways
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00

5 Ways to Get Around Chattanooga TN

An advantage of being a downtown urban boutique inn is StoneFort's proximity to the heart of everything great in Chattanooga. You don't have to travel very far to find something fun and interesting to do when you stay with us. Here are 5 ways to explore Chattanooga TN, including...

cxn CARTA Electric ShuttleThe Downtown Electric Shuttle – CARTA, the city's public transit system, has one of the largest fleets of electric buses in the country. Chattanooga was the first in the nation to have free zero emissions electric vehicles.

They run daily at 5-minute intervals from the Southside to the Tennessee Aquarium with stops at every block in between, including a CARTA bus stop on Market Street that is a short walk from the StoneFort Inn. Simply pull the yellow cord or press the yellow tape above your head to let the bus driver know that you want to get off at the next stop. CARTA bus drivers can only stop at designated bus stops and where it is safe.

Bike Chattanooga – The transit system also offers hundreds of bicycles at over 30 stations located throughout the city and available for use 24/7, 365 days a year. One such station is just steps away from StoneFort Inn at the corner of MLK Blvd and Lindsay Street. You use a touchscreen kiosk and purchase a 24-hour pass to get a bike. When you're done, lock the bike back at any station near your destination and they'll make sure the bikes get redistributed to have enough at each station.

Chattanooga has been nationally recognized in publications like Bicycling Magazine as one of America's most bike-friendly cities. Note: You must be 16 years or older to use the Bike Chattanooga service.

cxnPints and Pedals – Leisurely pedal with up to 15 others while visiting 3-5 of the best bars/restaurants in Southside and downtown Chattanooga. The 2-hour bike tour, during which you can listen to music and enjoy a cold beverage, is a party on wheels. Pricing varies according to whether it is a weekday or weekend and the number of people along for the ride. It can be a great way to get to know fellow visitors to the city. You can bring your own grocery store beer (up to 4 per person, consumed from a plastic cup). To book your tour, call (423) 380-8359 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cab – There are multiple cab services in the immediate Chattanooga area. This can be a safe and convenient way to travel while visiting restaurants/bars on the Northshore. Make sure you check that you have your belongings when you exit a cab because it can be easy to drop something or forget.

Walking – Several great places are within walking distance of StoneFort Inn (TerraMae, Public House, Warehouse Road, Terminal, Honest Pint, Pickle Barrel, etc.) and a leisurely stroll can give you a chance to take in your surroundings and enjoy some fresh air while also getting exercise. Chattanooga offers a variety of walking parks, promenades and public art displays. If walking is your thing, Chattanooga has one of the world's longest pedestrian bridges and a long riverwalk area.

Wherever you're headed (and however you get there), we hope you enjoy your time with us in Chattanooga and return safely to rest your head at StoneFort Inn.

To make your reservations, call 855.734.7829 or book online at BookingCenter

Written by Steven Stiefel
Published in Weekend Getaways