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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Moxy Hotel Experience in Chattanooga, Tennessee

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One of our favorite places to visit is Chattanooga, Tennessee.  We live within 2.5 hours of Chattanooga so we get to go there often.  On our most recent visit, someone else booked our room for us so we had no idea what to expect when we arrived.  The Moxy Hotel is apparently a well known attraction in Chattanooga but we had never heard of it.  When we walked in, we were surprised at how small the room was.  At first we thought this would never work for us.  One of our adult daughters decided to join us after the room was booked.  The hotel was all booked up so we couldn't switch to a larger room with two beds, but with an air mattress on the floor, we made the best of it.  This is the most unique hotel in which we have ever stayed.  Seriously, I've never seen anything like it.  My first impression was that it sported sort of a millennial hippie theme.  There are things I liked about this hotel and things I didn't like.

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I'll tell you the things I didn't like first.  It seemed like a party hotel.  The service desk is also a massive bar in the lobby.  If you happen to have children with you while you check in, they will be standing with you at a bar.  Some people will have a bigger problem with this than others.  We don't drink alcoholic beverages but we have friends and some family members who do.  We eat at local family restaurants where the bar is obvious but not part of the dining area.  Personally, I thought the party atmosphere was a bit too much but there were things about the Moxy Hotel that we thought were unique.

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We were booked in a room with one double bed.  Occasionally, you'll see one of our luggage bags in the pictures.  Please forgive.  The room was super small so there wasn't much space to get things out of the way.  The bed was perfectly straight and well made.  The wrinkles are due to our bags being placed there as we walked in.  Notice the floor.  I'm not sure what material the floor is made from.  It doesn't feel like real wood but it looks like it.

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There was no dresser in the room, but there were two large drawers under the bed.  In the drawer was a bag for dirty clothes.

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Notice that the TV is hanging on the wall.  There was no dresser.  There was no closet either.  Notice the hangars for hanging up your clothing is hanging on a peg on the wall beside the TV.  The rug is cute though.  :)

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The headboard was a giant leather cushion that hung on iron pegs.

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The night stand was probably the most normal sized item in the bedroom.  LOL

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My daughter was almost too excited about this "retro" phone.  I grew up with one like this so I didn't even notice it at first.  This one has a push button dial.  Ours was the old rotary kind.  Haha

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The decor was interesting.  I guess off-centered wall art is the thing these days. 

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Remember that I said there was no dresser or closet?  Well, there is a small table but it is also hanging on pegs on the wall.  The entire wall opposite the bed was lined with giant pegs.  You can hang your clothes up there - and the table and the chair.  :)

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There was a canvas bag hanging on one of the many wall pegs.  We were told that we were welcome to use it but there is a $75 charge if it is damaged or missing at the end of our stay.  We decided to leave the bag on the wall - untouched.

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The fixtures in the bedroom were all antiqued metal or iron.

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Opposite the long wall of pegs is the bathroom.  The wall between the bed and the bathroom almost made it seem like an outside room.  There was actually a window on the wall between the bedroom and the shower.  We lifted the shade to find that it is an actual shade and an actual window that reveals the area INSIDE the shower.  There is a milky film over the glass, but you can still see the person on the other side of the window INSIDE the shower.  I should mention here that this is another thing I did not like about this hotel. 

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The bathroom was adorable.  The sink was large with antiqued iron or iron-like fixtures.  It was stocked with clean towels, washcloths, tissues, and a large container of Muk liquid hand soap, not the tiny little bars.  

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The light fixture above the sink was unique.

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I've never even seen a rectangular shaped toilet.  It looked a little odd, but it was nice and clean.  The trashcan sitting there by the toilet is metal.  I discovered later that the toilet served as a flat table when the lid was down.

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There was no bath tub, but the shower was large.  I wasn't crazy about the clear glass shower doors though.

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This is the other side of that shaded window I was telling you about earlier.  I think there should be a shade that can be controlled from the inside the shower, but there wasn't.  

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The shower head was amazing.

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 Look at that huge head!  It was like standing under a waterfall.

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I was happy about the full sized Muk brand shampoo/body wash and conditioner.  They had those bottles locked in place.  Nobody would be taking those home.

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This is not your typical hotel room door.  It looked more like an outside door or an apartment door.  If you lift the shade, you'll find that milky coating which makes it harder to see through the glass.  If you look closely enough, you can still see through it.

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The view from the outside our hotel room door.

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We noticed that this hotel was extremely clean, even the hallway.

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Y'all, the elevators in that place lit up purple.  Not really my thing but my 21 year old daughter thought it was cool.

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There was a long row of lockers in the downstairs lobby.

The next 5 photos are of various sitting areas we found sitting around the hotel.

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Just around the corner from the row of lockers was a computer table.  There were two desk top computers belonging to the hotel secured to the table.  There are several ports available for plugging in your own laptop.

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The hotel had two studio rooms available.  We assumed these rooms were for business meetings.  We didn't go inside the rooms but they seemed private and spacious.

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Studio 2 seemed a little larger than studio 1.

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The public bathroom in the downstairs lobby was large and super clean.

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I love the bathroom stalls.  You get your own private ROOM, not a typical stall with an open top and bottom with gaps in the door so wide that people can see inside the stall.

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This is a cool door in the lobby.  

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 This wall was decorated with pie plates and books.

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No one was using the gym.  Maybe it was the time of day.  I thought it was pretty cool that the stationary bike was an actual bike.

After exploring the hotel, my daughter and I decided to take a walk around the outside of the hotel.
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Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)
Maybe the hotel was built beside an old railroad?  I'm not sure and I didn't see that information on their website. 

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According to The Moxy website, some buildings were once warehouse spaces.

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They offer valet parking at the front of the hotel.

The next several photos are of game areas set up in the hotel lobby and all around the outside patio. 

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Even though we didn't see any pets during our stay, the hotel is pet friendly.  They even have a doggie snack and water bowl outside in the game area.

This is probably not a hotel I would book again because of these reasons:  

1.  The party atmosphere.

2.  The fact that the bar is also the service desk because for me personally, I wouldn't want to take young children to the bar with me to check in and I personally hate alcohol.

3.  The room was too small (and the window in the shower with the shade on the other side of the window is just wrong).

4.  There was no dresser or mini frig in the room.

5.  The table and chair hang on the wall.  If you take them down to use them, they are too small and they take up valuable space in the room (and there wasn't much of that).

However, if for some reason I have to stay at the hotel again, I won't be terrible.  I did like the fact that the hotel is located downtown so there is easy access to the downtown Chattanooga attractions.  I like the games around the hotel patio.  Oh, and I must mention that the Moxy Hotel staff was super nice and helpful.  I asked for extra towels one evening and the staffer almost beat me to the room to deliver them.  I still don't know how he did that.  If we needed something, they were on it fast.  




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