Plan Revived For 5-Story Boutique Hotel Next To The Walnut Street Bridge

Friday, August 29, 2014

Plans have been revived for a five-story boutique hotel next to the Walnut Street Bridge.

Vision Hospitality Group said the yet-to-be named hotel will provide 90 rooms featuring high-end amenities and exemplary service in the city's art district.

Plans for a similar hotel were announced in 2012, but the proposal was later withdrawn.

The hotel is slated for 102 Walnut St. at the site of a former complex for dentists at the Walnut Street Bridge.


Vision President and CEO Mitch Patel said he sought the assistance of the Gettys Group, an award-winning global design firm, as the concept of the boutique hotel was developed.  “Our vision is to develop a high-end hotel that will become a destination,” said Mr. Patel.  “By providing an experience that focuses on all of the senses and provides the highest standards of service, we believe our hotel can become a destination that will be an asset to the entire community.”

Officials said, "The experience Patel speaks of begins as soon as the reservation is made, with guests selecting personalized amenities.  From pillow choices to the type of music a guest would like to hear in his or her room, the new hotel will focus on the best amenities and practices of the industry. The hotel will have a collection that features local art.  Patio dining will complement the hotel’s intimate restaurant which will focus on locally grown food and products produced in Chattanooga. With views of the Hunter Museum, Walnut Street Bridge, Tennessee River and the City’s Downtown, the building’s rooftop amenities will be a top choice for locals as well as visitors to the city."

Mr. Patel said the project came about "as part of Vision’s desire to do something special for our hometown." He said, “Chattanooga has been very supportive of us. We wanted to provide a hotel that is befitting of the special place we call home. Currently, there’s only one gold level Conde Nast hotel in Tennessee and that’s Blackberry Farm.  If this hotel hits the high marks we’ve set for it, we’re hoping there will soon be two.” 

The project will be presented to the Regional Planning Commission for consideration of rezoning .87 acres from R-4 to C-3.  Over the coming weeks, Mr. Patel said he will be meeting with area stakeholders to provide additional details about the planned project and receive input from them.  “It’s important to us to be good neighbors.  That means open lines of communication and an ongoing conversation that will provide the best hotel the region has ever experienced and enhance the neighborhood that surrounds it,” said Mr. Patel.

Chattanooga-based Vision Hospitality Group, Inc. is a leading hotel management and development company committed to a common vision and its Vision Values. Although the company’s roots date back to 1978, Vision Hospitality Group was officially formed in 1997 by President & CEO Mitch Patel. Still family-owned and operated today, Vision boasts a hotel portfolio of 30 premium select and full-service hotels affiliated with Hilton, Marriott, InterContinental and Hyatt brands.

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