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March 28, 2017

Natural Highs: Test gravity—and your limits—on a trip to Chattanooga

Downtown Chattanooga’s only boutique hotel, this retro-chic hotspot opened to much fanfare last year. Female owned and operated, it’s set in a 1909 brick-and-limestone building. Unwind from your action-packed day by sipping a cocktail at Matilda Midnight, the hotel’s groovy little bar. From there, walk across the lobby for dinner at Terra Mae, featuring the prodigious talents of Chattanooga native Hardin Wade Cowan Jr.

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March 17, 2017

Cool Spaces - The Dwell Hotel is a Wow Hotel

This is a unique place where luxury meets retro meets convenience. You will be amazed by the comfortable "Mad Men" style vignettes created throughout both the public and private spaces.



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March 13, 2017

Eat. Stay. Play

There are tons of new things to discover in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and narrowing them down can be a challenge; exactly why this list is essential! Where to stay, where to brunch, activities the locals are raving about, THE place to dine, and a sunset walk that will leave you breathless.


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February 27, 2017

Design Destination: The Dwell Hotel

We had to share The Dwell Hotel, a design-savvy boutique hotel in downtown Chattanooga that opened in 2016. The lobby and each hotel suite elevates Mid-Century modern decor and includes vintage artifacts and fine art collected by owner Seija Ojanpera. She describes her hotel as “lively meets luxury,” and the rooms as “retro reimagined.”

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February 8, 2017

Living etc

The lowdown Deep Southern comfort with added curves. Best for Musos with a penchant for med-century style. Less than a three-hour drive downtown interstate 24 from music mecca Nashville lies Chattanooga, now a destination in its own right.

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February 8, 2017

Sweet Times In The Scenic City

An assuming building on the corner of downtown's East 10th Street is home to The Dwell Hotel. The simple brick exterior gives no secrets away, but step into this little jewel box of a boutique hotel and prepare to be mesmerized-you'll see what the fuss is all about. 

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August 11, 2016

The Dwell Hotel: A Stylish Step Back In Time

When you design a space inspired by a specific decade, you walk a fine line. If you drive home the theme too much, you risk it appearing kitschy and staged. A keen eye for color and pattern, though, can be your ticket to making any retro room appear fun and modern. Just take, for example, Chattanooga, TN’s The Dwell Hotel, originally opened in 1909 and newly redesigned. Every corner of the boutique hotel proves that 1950s design is timeless when styled right.

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August 1, 2016

The Faces Behind The Spaces

Ambiance: Arguably as important for each restaurant and bar as the food and drinks served. But what makes a space "work" when another doesn't? What is it that makes you want to return? And how do the owners behind such spaces materialize their visions?


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May 29, 2016

Boutique hotel opening in downtown Chattanooga at old Stone Fort Inn

Seija Ojanpera has a Finnish name, a resume that includes teaching English to the children of Italian royalty and the distinction of opening downtown Chattanooga's most unique new place to stay, The Dwell Hotel.

The 33-year-old Chattanooga transplant (whose name is pronounced Say-yah Oy-yen-bettah) has remodeled the former Stone Fort Inn at 120 E. 10th St. and its Terra Mae restaurant.

Her boutique hotel has furnishings from the 1950s, '60s and '70s, including Naugahyde couches, a tiki bar and even a coin-operated Japanese massage chair that Ojanpera found shopping through such sources as Ebay, Etsy and thrift stores.

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