Cocktails In ‘Nooga: Sips & Southern Charm At The Chattanoogan Hotel

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If you grew up in Atlanta, or any other city in the Southeast for that matter, the mention of Chattanooga, Tennessee probably brings back memories of lengthy fields trips to the Tennessee Aquarium or family trips to Lookout Mountain. With such nostalgic memories, you’d probably be surprised to hear that Chattanooga is actually quite the Lushworthy city.

During a trip to Chattanooga, which thankfully took place before the holiday rush, I had the opportunity to experience the Lushworthy side of The Chattanoogan Hotel, one of the city’s premier hotels.

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My brunch plate, which was devoured within minutes, and mimosas.

Although the Sunday Champagne Brunch at The Chattanoogan Hotel was quite literally the last part of our trip, I absolutely have to start here. In fact, the hotel was put on my radar because of their brunch. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. First off, not only is the Sunday Champagne Brunch buffet-style, they also serve bottomless champagne and mimosa. As someone who drinks and dines in the city of Atlanta, I can tell you that brunch with a standard meal and bottomless mimosas will easily cost you at least $30. Sunday Champagne Brunch at The Chattanoogan Hotel is only $21.95, and that includes your champagne and mimosas.

Bread pudding was one of the dozens of items featured at Sunday brunch. Given that bread pudding is currently my second favorite dessert, my brunch basically consisted of bread pudding and mimosas. No judgement zone here, guys. Thanks in advance. I did sample the salmon, grits, hash browns, bacon, and a handful of other breakfast items. I have to say that I was a little disappointed to see that the grits were served plain with just a little butter. Other than that, everything else was tasty. And if you’re not big on breakfast: A) Check your pulse and B) The Sunday Champagne Brunch also features a number of non-breakfast items.

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Browsing nail polish shades before my manicure/pedicure.

During my stay at The Chattanoogan Hotel, I had quite the unexpected, Lushworthy moment during my Caramel Dipped Marshmallow Immersion manicure/pedicure at the hotel’s spa. As part of my mani/pedi, in addition to regular services, I enjoyed a rum spiked brown sugar scrub. It smells amazing and there’s rum. And we all know you can never go wrong with rum, even if toes are involved. The mani/pedi lasted a little over an hour, which is ideal in my book. Too short, and I’m left wondering if I could have done it myself. Too long, and boredom sinks in. My nail technician was also really pleasant. She even let me take home a few samples. Yes, the rum spiked brown sugar scrub was one of them. And no, I’m not sharing.

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Caramel Apple Martini at The Foundry Lounge.

The bar at The Chattanoogan Hotel, which is located in The Foundry Lounge, was of course one of my first stops. I enjoyed a cocktail there shortly after I checked in, a Caramel Apple Martini to be exact. The cocktail was decent, it did feel like there was an element that was off. My second night at the hotel, I tried the Chattanooga Old Fashioned. A much better choice. I believe it was made using a cinnamon whiskey. I’m usually not a fan of cinnamon whiskey, but it worked pretty well for the Chattanooga Old Fashioned. The occasional live music at The Foundry Lounge and creative, specialty cocktails are much-appreciated, but are somewhat stifled due to the service, particularly at the bar. Bartenders aren’t nearly as attentive or helpful as everyone else in the hotel.

With its amazing brunch, central location, and an array of Lushworthy perks, The Chattanoogan Hotel is certainly an ideal choice for those hoping for an easy getaway.

***A complimentary stay and food/drink tastings were provided by the The Chattanoogan Hotel, but the thoughts in this post are fully my own.

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