I have been anxiously awaiting the opening of this hotel in Chattanooga for most of 2018. So this was the first place I wanted to visit on my quick weekend trip home.
Just a little history...
The hotel is named after Edwin Thatcher who led the development of the historic Walnut Street Bridge in 1890. If you are not familiar with Chattanooga, this Pedestrian bridge connects the downtown neighborhood to North Shore. The hotel is literally steps away from the bridge.
The Edwin offers 90 oversized guest rooms and suites with southern design elements and moder décor.
Something I found really neat is that The Edwin ties everything they do back to Chattanooga. The art throughout the hotel is created by emerging artists in and around the Chattanooga area. The guest rooms have Murmaid customized mattresses, locally-sourced from Cleveland, Tennessee.
The hotel restaurant, Whitebird is named for ‘Little Whitebird’, Chattanooga founder John Ross’ Cherokee designation. This is the Edwin’s signature restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu features an abundance of ingredients sourced in partnership with local growers, artisanal producers, and sustainable farms.
Whiskey Thief, Chattanooga’s first rooftop bar, has views of the Tennessee River and the Appalachian Mountains and Cumberland Plateau.
Engrained in the fabric of distilling history, a whiskey thief is the Master Distiller’s most critical tool. As the name implies, this tool “steals” a sample of a whiskey batch straight from the barrel and then releases it into a cup. Whiskey Thief Chattanooga is named after this iconic tool and strives to celebrate Tennessee through the artful delivery of its signature spirit.
Located within the hotel lobby, Provisions features locally-sourced edible items from regional vendors including coffee from Goodman’s Coffee, espresso from Mad Priest and cold brew from Velo. Other partners include Muse + Metta kombucha, soft drinks from Double Cola, confectioneries from The Hot Chocolatier, hot sauces from Hoff Sauce and more.
The fifth floor also featured a state-of-the-art fitness center and an outdoor plunge pool featuring rentable cabanas. A full roster of hotel amenities on and off property include private docent tours at the Hunter Museum of American Art, located adjacent to the property; guided tastings at Chattanooga Whiskey; and complimentary outdoor gear, including stand-up paddle boards and kayaks, from Rock/Creek.
The Edwin Hotel: Autograph Collection is owned by Marriott