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Take a step back in time at The Dwell Hotel in downtown Chattanooga

The Dwell Hotel offers a one of a kind experience in downtown Chattanooga. (Image: WTVC)

There's a newly remodeled downtown hotel and cafe making a name for itself by taking customers back in time.

We got a tour inside The Dwell Hotel.

The owner partners with local businesses for a one of a kind experience.

It stands out for so many reasons, from the gutted antique televisions, to mannequins, and even a wall that looks and feels like grass.


Owner and operator Seija Ojanpera bought the place with her business partner. They remodeled the hotel with a mid 20th century theme and opened it back up in 2016.

Matilda Midnight and the Solarium cafe are downstairs.

The two spaces offer a night and day difference.

"We've got all kinds of cocktails, we've got two different vibes because Matilda Midnight is kind of dark and moody and under starlight, and in here it's very botanical and fresh we call it the Solarium means sun room," Ojanpera said.

They serve as many locally sourced items as they can.

There is fresh produce from Crabtree Farms, bakery items from Niedlov's, sausage from Main Street Meats, ice cream from Clumpies and coffee from Velo Coffee Roasters.


"You can come here and have a coffee, have a meeting or have drinks or have dinner, it's just like a really movable space."


In the kitchen your food is made to order and you can get breakfast all day.

Chef Jeremy Crow has been cooking since he was a teenager.

He loves the freedom he has to create unique dishes, including breakfast served all day.

"You know that what you're making is going to local people for local people and that money is staying here, Crow said.

Matthew Snyder comes to eat here about once a week.

"You won't find another hotel anywhere that has the unique atmosphere that The Dwell Hotel has," Snyder said. "It's my favorite place to come."

The 16 hotel rooms are upstairs.

We got a look inside the Tropicana Suite. It's just as colorful and bright as the name suggests.

You'll find little treasures from other local businesses including Mayfly Coffee and cookies from The Hot Chocolatier.

"You're ready and you can't wait to spoil everyone," Ojanpera said.

Saya compares her business to having people over to her home and wanting everything to be just right.

"I feel a lot of love for Chattanooga at that time, and pride that we can have this here as our city grows."

The Dwell Hotel is a member of Design Hotels. The group recognizes one of a kind properties.

Its website states more than 400 hotels apply for membership each year, but only about 5 percent of them are selected.

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