Your Suite Is Ready In a Restored Pullman Train Car

Pulp Fiction Burgers and Appalachian Adventures at The Chattanooga Choo Choo

By Hadley Tomicki ·

Sleeping on the train.  

That’s usually a sign you’ve missed your stop due to some unforeseeable gin… er, circumstances.

Unless you’re here. 

Where sleeping on the train is a conscious decision to indulge in luxury, repose, and American history.  

It’s The Hotel Chalet, a new locomotive-inspired, boutique hotel parked on the legendary campus of Tennessee’s Chattanooga Choo Choo train station, now open in gloriously appointed beauty from the people that brought you the NoMad, Freehand, Saguaro, and Line hotels.   

This is the ultimate destination for anyone who adores the romance of train travel. But doesn’t really care for the “going somewhere” part. Because 25 of its rooms are housed in restored Victorian-era train carriages, completing the immersive experience you seek when staying at train-themed hotels. Only with all the modern stuff you cherish about not living in the golden era of train travel, like Wi-Fi and good shampoo. 

The MacArthur Suite is set in an entire Pullman train car, which can be used to entertain up to 15 and sleep up to four, with its own living/dining room and private poolside terrace. Train hotel with a pool: 1; Actual trains without pools: 0.  

When you’re not playing railroad with your sleeping companions, you’ll find plenty to do. You’re right between the Tennessee River and the Appalachian Mountains to do adventurous things like hang-gliding, hiking to waterfalls, and engaging in banjo duels with the locals.

An elegant restaurant named Elsie’s Daughter is also right here for whenever you require bone marrow tartines, “Royale with Cheese” burgers, sotol, and whiskey-laced mulled apple cider. While a restored caboose provides coffee and croissants in the courtyard.  

And there you go. 

You’re rested. You’re fed. You’re happy.  

And you’re definitely saying “choo choo” much more than anticipated as an adult.

Hadley Tomicki

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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