The Dwell Hotel sits on a quiet corner in the heart of downtown Chattanooga in the state of Tennessee. At once fancy and Southern, the luxury boutique hotel is an unusual, beautiful blend of historic charm and old Hollywood glamour. The Dwell opened last year, but the brick-and-limestone structure has housed several hotels since 1909. Now, a new owner has transformed the space, and the retro reinterpretation has ushered in bold colour and new life, bright patterns and velvet sofas, abstract art and modern lighting fixtures.
There are 16 individually-designed rooms (the two Executive Suites, four King Balcony Suites, four King Balcony Private Suites, four King Suites and two Queen Suites are all named for their distinctive personalities), each of which has an en suite with a rainfall-style shower. Special attention to detail has been paid to the authentic vintage fixtures and fittings, which have been sourced from around the globe.
The cocktail bar, Matilda Midnight, is a careful combination of cosy and chic. Set under a sky of twinkling lights, the bar boasts a unique menu of old classics and new creations, as well as an ever-changing selection of tapas dishes and plates for guests to enjoy.
After drinks, guests can move through to The Dwell’s restaurant, Terra Máe (which translates to ‘mother earth’ in Portuguese — a name that captures the far-flung inspiration for the food) where no spice is off limits, no dish too exotic. Always fresh, and often locally sourced, Terra Máe’s menu — restrained only by imagination — reflects the adventurous spirit of the hotel’s chef, Hardin Cowan.
The Dwell’s hospitality extends beyond its doors: exploring the city is a must for out-of-towners, and the concierge is always eager to assist. Chattanooga is surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains, and the Tennessee River flows through the centre of the city. From hiking mountain trails to strolling the bridges, perusing the art district to picnicking by the river, Chattanooga offers something for every kind of adventurer — and The Dwell strives to ensure each experience is enjoyable.
Reserve the Chef’s Table, a unique five-course meal experience curated, prepared and served by an award-winning chef
Need to know
• 16 rooms
• Terra Máe restaurant
• Cocktail lounge
• Room service