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Hostel of the Week: The Crash Pad @ Chattanooga, TN

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.

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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.

Hostels vs. Hotels – What’s the Difference?

1. Kitchens – Most Hostels offer full kitchens for guests to share and use, fully equipped with appliances, cookware, and utensils. For longer trips, cooking your food at the hostel’s kitchen will save a lot compared to eating out.



2. Breakfast – Hostels can vary widely in what they offer for breakfast. Some hostels offer something comparable to a continental breakfast, while some may only offer coffee. Many hostels offer simple breakfast options of coffee, milk, cereal, and toast.  All should have a great suggestion on a local place to try.



3. Bathrooms – In most hostels when staying in a dormitory, guests share bathrooms. Some hostels offer private rooms with their own bathroom, but a majority of rooms do not have ensuites.  This helps keeps the price down for you and with fewer bathrooms on the grounds, they are probably cleaned more often.



 4. Common Spaces – Hostels typically have multiple common areas for guests to relax and socialize. Most have a living room and computer area, as well as outdoor space. Unlike hotels, guests frequently socialize together in these spaces.  It’s a great place to meet new people and share your down time meeting new friends!



5. Price – Whether you opt for a dormitory bed or a private room, a hostel stay is usually cheaper than a hotel. Besides being more affordable, most hostels add their personal touch and feel more like home than a hotel.

6. Privacy – With many communal spaces and dormitory rooms, guests at a hostel typically have less privacy than at a hotel. This isn’t always a bad thing though; the lack of privacy makes it much easier and more common to meet people.



7. Toiletries & Linens – Hotels usually provide basic toiletries and linens for guests. Hostels on the other hand, do not provide toiletries. Most hostels do provide all linens, though some may charge for towels.

Hostel of the Week: Nashville Downtown Hostel


What’s So Special?:  Nashville Country Music Scene and Best Location in Town (look us up in Google Map)

Hours: Open 24x7 with Staff present at Front Desk

Walk To: Honky Tonk bars on Broadway, Country Music Hall of Fame, LP Stadium (NFL games), Bridgestone Arena (NHL games and A+ concerts), Ryman Auditorium (Many Concerts), Music City Center (brand new $700M convention center)

About : Located on the Cumberland Riverfront in the historic warehouse building built in 1880s, Nashville Downtown Hostel sits right in the heart of “The District” in Downtown Nashville. The hostel is just steps from the world famous Nashville “Honky-Tonks” such as Tootsie’s and Robert’s, and Wildhorse Saloon known for country line dancing as well as Country Music Hall of FameRyman Auditorium,Bridgestone ArenaLP Field (the home of Nashville Titans), The Capital BuildingThe Station Inn and many other local attractions.

After a year of renovation work in this historic 120 year old building, Nashville Downtown Hostel opened it’s doors to travelers from all over the world. The Hostel is ideally suited for group booking with space to accommodate nearly 100 guests.

Its facility feature 24-hour common area with computer stations, community kitchen, lounge, and it’s own music stage. Nashville Downtown Hostel is committed to upholding its cozy, home-like atmosphere and its motto, "Come as Guests, Leave as Friends."

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See more or make your reservation @ Nashville Downtown Hostel website!

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