While we are all fascinated by the concept of the haunted house, it takes a special type of traveler to voluntarily check into a haunted hotel room. In fact, guests had regularly requested to vacate the Read Hotel each time they stayed in room 311 before the number one hotel in Chattanooga stopped using the room for guests.
Call it paranormal activity or bad juju, but the room, it seems, is haunted. Nowadays people are clamoring for the chance to spend a night among the spirits.
Read House historian Tyler Logue has come to learn over the years how frightening a specific coin’s reputation is. Room 311 is the only room in the hotel to feature late 19th century antiques, an ode to a former guest. According to Logue, a woman named Annalisa was brutally murdered by her husband in the bedroom bathroom – and Annalisa’s spirit still “roams the halls” and the stories he unearthed as the historian of the The hotel bears witness to this.
Continuously operated since 1872, the Chattanooga Hotel boasts exquisite architectural features and Art Deco touches that give the property an unmistakable Great Gatsby air. Between the lobby, the luxury bar and the restaurant, you would never know that the hotel is deeply rooted in a spooky past.
Whether you believe in the Read Hotel haunting or not, visitors to Chattanooga can still partake in the fun side of fear season – like the other kind of mind. The billiards room and bar offers signature cocktails, like the Chattanooga Twisted Old Fashioned, and invites those not staying at the hotel to come sample the spirits while watching out for the spirits.
Guests who travel to the Read Hotel outside of the Halloween season can still participate in all things spooky. The hotel allows curious travelers a free visit to room 311, as it remains unoccupied the rest of the year.