What’s So Special?: Instead of trying to just open up a regular ol’ fashion hostel in the area of Chattanooga, The Crash Pad wanted to take the initiative to imagine and create a boutique hostel. Chattanooga is an ultimate outdoor destination, and we wanted to provide a base camp and community hub for the adventurous traveler. We wanted to make this hostel unique from the get go. Being a LEED Platinum building is just one of the ways that makes this hostel unique. The local craftsmanship permeates every aspect of the building. From the bunks, bed frames, counters, sinks, and shelving, every detail of the hostel reflects an array of local artists and craftsmen. Other than just being a hostel with a low price, we wanted to set ourselves aside by including as many amenities as possible to our guests.
Walk To: Location of the hostel was everything. By putting our location right in the heart of Chattanooga’s Southside neighborhood, we allow our guests to have easy accessibility to the city’s local stores, restaurants, and nightlife, while still being close to all of Chattanooga’s outdoor adventures.
About: Chattanooga is considered an ultimate outdoor destination. Chattanooga was rated the Best City Ever by Outside Magazine! So, we decided to take that lead and market to that adventurous traveler. Anybody is welcome at The Crash Pad, but our clientele - more specifically - are climbers, hikers, bikers, kayakers, or any outdoor enthusiast/athlete. They come from all over the globe to enjoy our numerous outdoor assets. World class climbing is 30 minutes from our doorstep. Looking for trails to run? Only have to go 10 minutes. Rivers to paddle? 45 minutes to the Ocoee, site of all the whitewater sports for the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic games.
Other than just having amazing amenities for our clients, and being located by all the outdoor destinations in Chattanooga, the unique management and staff keeps our clients coming back. With the team constantly meeting together, we are always brainstorming new ideas for The Crash Pad. Whether it is an event or a fundraiser, The Crash Pad team is always looking for ways to volunteer and connect the city of Chattanooga.
Buy Your Own Boulderfield is a great example of this. We team up with the Southeastern Climbers’ Coalition to raise money for a boulder field that they purchased to open up access to climbers. Last year, we raised over $5500 through ticket sales and a huge live auction. This event is still the largest single fundraiser for the SCC.
Creating a unique experience for our guests and for locals, while leveraging the outdoor assets of our great city, is really what we’re all about.