Rated 3 out of 5 by Annie10 My room and staff
I was very happy with my room and the friendly staff. The hotel is amazing. Was disappointed in meal at meeting (too long to receive and it was tough & burnt). The policy on credit/debit card charges needs to be addressed!
June 22, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by rydbush This hotel needs maintenance
Age has taken its tool on the Read House. The rooms, while updated, showed their age: dirty carpets, spots on fabrics, etc. Bed sheets did not properly fit the extra-deep mattresses, which wile comfortable, were unsightly when not completely covered. Our bathroom did not feel clean, and had a loose doorknob and broken mirror, and a sloppy paint/sheetrock repair job around the sink. Dust and cobwebs had accumulated in the corners and windows of the room, and the A/C housing had mold, dirt, and more C-grade patch repairs to the surrounding sheetrock. Not recommended.
October 7, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by RRbaseball No the service that I expect
The WIFI was not working and anypoint, the property looks empty, no staff in main lobby to Welcome guests
February 27, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by McGibblets This Hotel Needs Lots of Work
The Read House is in a state of disrepair. Our first room was missing the light over the tub/shower - there was just a hole in the ceiling with a bulb stuck in there. Outlet holes were cut too large for the outlets, so you could see into the walls all over the place. The desk in the first room was so beaten up that it looked like someone threw it down a set of stairs. There was also some sort of very loud mechanical noise every few seconds. The wallpaper is peeling or cracking ALL over the hotel. Bathtub surrounds are sub par, and there were stains on the sheets in the second room we were moved to. The staff is the only thing that saved this place at all - they were friendly and helpful, but until they have a MAJOR renovation, no chance I'm coming back.
March 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by momajeanie Hospitality
The staff was always friendly, sincere, helpful and welcoming. No matter what our request or need was they were very quick to help. We loved our visit!
April 13, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by erica Horrible Service
This was by far the worst hotel service I have ever received. Whoever was supposed to be answering the "guest service" line from the room phones let it ring and ring without answering, to get any help we had to go downstairs and wait in a line (there always seemed to be a line, probably because no one answered the phones). I asked for someone to arrange a taxi pickup, after missing the wedding ceremony we were supposed to be at, we realized no one had ever actually made the call. We were unable to control the temperature of our room, but it took 2 hours for someone to tell us that. And we didn't receive clean up service once during our stay.
May 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by linlala Wonderful Experience
From the moment Ken checked us in, to the moment we left our experience was awesome.
Ken was fantastic, nice and so informative. Our room was super and I just love the older section of the hotel.
We debated about eating at Porter's and decided we would try it, I will go back it was so delicious.
Melanie was very kind and we enjoyed her a lot as well as our wonderful waiter from Texas (cannot remember his name, sorry).
Overall a marvelous and memorable experience,
Thanks to all your staff for being so kind.
May 24, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Beachbunny Not up to standard
Probably the worst check in I have ever had, one guest in front of me and still took 30 minutes. Staff offhand and did not have a friendly attitude. There was an important envelope left for me which was not given to me, it was altering our evening plans and dress code. However it was found later clearly marked for me. Rooms were very "tired", peeling veneers, sink plugs that did not function. wobbly shower head, a surge protector attached to a wall socket (I am sure that was not up to code) Apart from the Parking Valet no one seemed to care. The looby is fantastic as are the ballrooms and meeting rooms. A pity the hotel is not the same standard all over
April 17, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by ClareJune This hotel need improvement
Lobby look great; expected the room to have an aged look, did not expect the following: trash in the room not vacuum from previous guest, 1 trash can shared between bathrm & bedrm, non working electrical outlets in the bathrm & the 2 in bedrm poor power consumption, broken iron board wih dirty cover, leaking iron, trash (bottle caps) in hallway for 2 days; did not receive green points & unable to check out at 645a with cash
June 17, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Appel below average
Unfortunately the bathtub was dirty and the staff was really overwhelmed with all the checking in and out. I finally got someone to clean it--but she did not speak english, she was cleaning the toilet-so I had to take the pistol grip and do it myself. she was very sweet-but!! Need more staff when you know you are going to be swamped.
bed was TOOOO SOFT!!! Where is my Heavenly Bed??? Not there for sure.
September 23, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by KLF77 This hotel needs a bit of upgrading
This hotel was located right downtown amidst a great many places to eat and things to see. That was the biggest positive.
Otherwise our room smelled like it used to be a smoking room. It reeked of old smoke. The carpet, wallpaper and drapes all were old, peeling, and discolored. The cost was fairly high so I would have expected a little better quality room. AND the pool was closed for an unexplained reason.
June 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by popr69 Great people.
It doesn't matter how nice the hotel is if you don't have good people. The Read House has BOTH. EXCELLENT ACCOMODATIONS AND PEOPLE. From the VALET PARKING , THE FRONT DESK, HOUSEKEEPING AND THE FOLKS IN PORTER'S. Just to name a few, Spencer and April at the desk. Cory, Sarah,, Emily, and Aeron in Porters. I'm sure I have left someone out. Everyone is so great. We have stayed here 5 times in the last 10 years and we will be back.
April 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by 12345 So helpful
We were checking in for a conference immediately after another conference had checked out. Front desk staff were helpful and patient with our repeated requests to check the status of the rooms. In addition, the valet service workers were polite, helpful and respectful, even though for the first few days of my stay I didn't have any cash with which to tip. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay.
I do wish, however, that either a more affordable dining option were available or that microwave and refrigerator were available in the rooms. Even if I did dine in Porter's downstairs, I had no way to keep any food that I could not finish, or take a dessert back to my room for later.
April 15, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by pilothead Excellent Old Hotel
Solid hotel, just old building. Damp carpet in room, but A/C worked great! Be sure to check your receipt at checkout for parking if you don't use the hotel valet. They will automatically add it and I had to call and have it removed.
June 13, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by joe2411964 unsatisfactory
We were given two rooms on the SPG floor; 6th floor.
Upon disembarking the elevator there is an old musty smell. We went to the vending area and the area where there would have been soda/ snack vending had obvious signs of water damage... vending had been removed. Ice machine was still present.
One room had a large hole in the carpet where it meets the entry tile. The window seal was broken for so long that you could barely see out of the window. there was obvious signs of continuing water damage above the window. The bath tub finish was worn away. It looked as though refinish repair was attempted which had also worn away. Grout was dirty and broken. Shower flow was good.
Beds squeak upon slightest movement.
Robe in closet had stain on left sleeve.
Other room; repaired water damage above window which is of such poor quality that your attention is immediately drawn to it. Windows had greasy handprints. A/C set at 61F still would not stay on to cool room. No robe in closet.
The bath tub finish was worn away. It looked as though refinish repair was attempted which had also worn away. Grout was dirty and broken. Shower flow was good. Beds squeak upon slightest movement.
room service; soup, baked potato and soda were highlights. The rest of the food was awful. Service was quick and friendly. Valet service was quick and friendly. Check in was quick and easy.
August 9, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by MABW Faded Glory
This glorious old hotel is fading. The lobby is beautiful but the hallways and rooms are in major need of repair - peeling wallpaper, water stains, frayed carpet, and just plain dirty. I've known this hotel for 50 years and it hurts my heart to see it falling apart. Please save this glorious place.
December 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by AnnS Beautiful Hotel!
We loved the historic features of this hotel! The lobby was beautiful! The only items we noticed that needed to be addressed were the water stains on the walls in the halls and the lumpy carpets in the hallways. Not complaining though, because it was a great room and we enjoyed our stay. The staff was also very friendly and courteous.
June 3, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Derickf Not Sheraton Quality
The room was cold and no heat available. We asked for a heater and it was brought up 4 hours later. Our room was not cleaned when returned around 430 PM and requested at the Front Desk that the room be cleaned. When we returned at 730 PM the room was cleaned. Big difference from my first stay there. Will not return again.
October 27, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by nashuf Hotel bathroom - ick
Though the area was decent and the room somewhat comfortable, my biggest complaint has got to be the bathroom. Never have I stayed in a hotel with a bathroom that was so dingy. The shower and tub were yellow and black with mold and grime, and the tile floor looked decades old. On top of that, the ENTIRE bathroom was wet after a shower. The walls (wallpaper, ew), door frame, floor, toilet, shelves etc. were covered with a thick layer of moisture following the shower. It was horrifying, and only made more sense as to why the mold existed in the shower: moisture. It's normal for a mirror or other surfaces to get somewhat foggy during/after a shower, but everything was DRIPPING wet. It was gross.
If I had seen a decent photo of the bathroom before I confirmed my reservation, I would never have stayed here.
Bathrooms need a serious upgrade, and until then, you shouldn't charge that much a night to stay in a room with a bathroom with mold in it. No thanks. Stay somewhere else.
September 30, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Edeess Edees
We loved our stay at the Read House. The room was clean, the beds are heavenly and the staff was so friendly and went out of their way to give excellent service. The history of the Read House is fascinating and the workmanship in the lobby is beautiful.
December 10, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by littleapple1 Nice location. Overall accomadation was good.
I would suggest a microwave/refrigerator for rooms and some type of complimentary snacks or beverages for guests. The hotel offers nothing for guests too "look forward to!". Finally, I would have liked to completely close the curtains in my room. I don't like light shining in the room while I'm sleeping and feel that my privacy is being invaded after bathing. The white sheers are light and transparent. Get your pool repaired! Inconvenient going to other hotels! Thank you.
June 7, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Lette Our 3rd visit was not a good experience
I didn't make a reservation before hand because I hadn't decided that we would stay here a third time but we do love Porters restaurant, the location is very convenient for our needs and our previous visits were satisfactory. This time our room seemed as though it had been forgotten. We started out with no shower curtain, but I must say that once I called to report this omission a staff member almost immediately rectified the issue. I didn't realize until I was in the shower, because the bathtub is old and scarred, that it had not been cleaned properly, it was grimy and gross. The last straw was the obviously stained cushions on the side chair and couch in the sitting area. I would not sit on the upholstered furniture. So this visit was unfortunately, less than stellar.We had a lot to do while we were in town for just one night so I didn't have time to request a room change but I did speak with the front desk clerk at check out, she had also checked us in on the previous day. She apologized but didn't seem overly concerned.
July 18, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by asb3 This hotel has changed.
Roll-away bed that we did not order, keys that did not work, closure of the Club Lounge with no warning, A/C that does not work, room uncleanliness and other confusing issues.
August 27, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by pjcjr pjcjr
I asked twice to have maintenance clean the clogged drain in shower and both times it clogged. Restaurant food was good. The bar keep was nice but wine selections were poor and out of stock.
June 11, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by HaroldB A bit of a disappointment
We were upgraded to the Presidential Suite and thought that we would be overwhelmed. Unfortunately, our expectations were not met. The suite, even though large, was not what I would consider "presidential". The room did not have a desk or an adequate place to plug in a computer or phone chargers. The shower had much missing grout from the tiles. There was not even hooks to hang up towels in the bathroom. The a/c vent in the bedroom was dirty and appeared to have not been cleaned in a long time. In the past when I have checked in at my Sheraton destinations, we have been greeted in the room with some amenity from the hotel. But, on this stay there was nothing. All in all, a big letdown.
September 11, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by 2014TC Good hotel but get a suite
Overall, hotel was good. The room was quite small so if you stay here, pay the little extra and get a suite. Our room wasn't ready at 330pm when we arrived but it was the weekend of the Riverbend festival. The staff was friendly and helpful.
June 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by OliveOyl2 Unique Hotel, Wonderful Experience
This hotel is terrific. Everything you want in a unique hotel and in close proximity to everything in Chattanooga. It was a fabulous weekend!
April 22, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by LEWB1121 Disappointing experience
We and another couple booked rooms at this hotel for the last night of a week long road trip. I did some research and selected this property because it seemed to have character, historic roots and a great location. Although there have been updates there is still work to be done. While the room was spacious, the bathroom was very small, and the institution style toilet, with no lid was jarring - and yet another element misjudged -(with so little space in the bathroom every horizontal surface needs to be able to be utilized effectively. Having no lid on the toilet leaves a gaping pond for things to fall in...)
A/C seemed to be overwhelmed and unable to keep up, although the day leading up to the evening we checked in had been overcast and unseasonably not excessively hot. The thermostat was set on 64 when we entered the room - which was a chilly image, not proven by the actual room temp - we ended up lowering the LED display to 60 by nights end - and noticed little change in the cooling, although the unit seemed to run constantly.
Starbucks coffee and bottled water were a nice touch - and I was looking forward to my morning in room coffee - but the little coffee machine had a leak in the reservoir, which I didn't discover until after it went through the brewing process, and I ended up with a moat filled with water around the maker and a sludgy undrinkable concentration of coffee.
OK now the really unsavory part-
After opening the curtains on the sunny Sunday morning after we had gotten out of bed, our bed linens were thrown back with the underside of the comforter facing up - I heard my husband say "Gross!" and turned to look at what he had noticed - a huge yellow edged stain stain across the bottom section of the exposed comforter - approximately 20" by 40" from what we could see - we did not touch or open up the comforter any further as we felt unsettled by the thought of having just slept in the bed that had such a huge visible stain - and wondered what else we had slept on in that bed that we hadn't seen. YECH.
We all had the breakfast brunch at about 0930 1000- and apparently the sterno had run out or had been forgotten as the sausage was cold, and the french toast was maybe tepid. A server was rather frantically opening up multiple sterno pots on the bar when we entered. The selection of fruit was very good, as was the juice and coffee. I can't speak to the biscuits and gravy as I do not eat them. We did wish for some yogurt and granola to build our own parfaits.
Disappointing way to end our little trip and I felt a bit responsible as I had suggested that we stay at the Read House and I believe the other couple paid more that we did for our room - and they had even more A/C issues than us, and were unhappier about the breakfast.
On a positive note - when I checked out I mentioned some of our issues of comfort, the huge bed stain - and our unsettled feelings about the cleanliness of the room to Bethany at the front desk - she didn't apologize but did deduct our valet parking charge and half of our room cost - which was something.
Not in a hurry to rush back to a Sheraton...
August 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ToniCTravelAmeniti1 A Surprise in Choo Choo
My first stay at this hotel. I just checked in. This a very nice surprise. This hotel is stately and maintained well.
This hotel is better than a category 2 hotel and a great deal for using points.
I got upgraded to a junior suite which is very nice and spacious. Ok, the bathroom is not very large, but that is expected at a historic property.
So far people are very friendly and service is good. The gentleman at the front desk was very helpful, even though I checked in after midnight. I am on a short business trip and this is exactly what I needed.
Book it with confidence!
September 13, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Susan132014 Needs some work....
Hotel is in a great location and the lobby is very pretty. But the hotel needs lots of work.... The chair in our room had 7 stains (my son counted), the bath tub was cracked with the finish peeling off. The AC wasn't working - thankfully we called at 11 pm and someone came up quickly and was careful not to wake sleeping kids. The pool area was falling apart - really bad shape. Ate breakfast at Porters downstairs - got 2 cups of cold coffee. The gentleman at the front desk was very nice and helpful (but had stains on his shirt). Beds were comfortable.
May 24, 2014