Staycation

A Charming Tennessee Hotel with a Colorful Vibe—and Story

Chattanooga, Tennessee, has a lot to offer—great breweries, a famous river walk, and picturesque hikes (hey, it’s not called the Scenic City for nothin’). But design-y boutique hotels have never been the city’s strongest suit, at least until the completely winning Dwell Hotel opened its doors in 2016. Located in a brick building that was formerly the site of a Civil War-era fort, the Dwell is all Old Hollywood with lots Southern charm—think harlequin-print wallpaper, fluffy shag chairs, and floor-to-ceiling windows in a solarium-themed cocktail bar. All of which are worth replicating in your own space, whether or not you can pull off a visit.

What to Know If You Go

Vibe: Bold wallpaper meets mid-century art in each of the inn’s 13 distinct rooms, which are also chock-full of interesting textures and bright, sixties- and seventies-era colors like mustard yellow and emerald green. Add to that exposed brick and limestone walls, which date to the building’s original 1909 construction.

Fun Fact: Fresh pastries made by the hotel’s chef are delivered to your room every morning—and keep an eye out for the installation hanging in the lobby, which is made of live plants in a brass frame.

Notable Neighbors: Miller Plaza, Public House, Bitter Alibi, Milk & Honey, and Maclellan Island.

How to Recreate the Feel at Home

Brass accents, primary colors, and pops of greenery add lightness and brightness to a heavy brick interior. It’s all contrasted with the zen-like bathrooms, which stick to a neutral, airy palette of glossy white tile, deep porcelain tubs, and soft lighting.