Historic Riverboat Opens as Chattanooga Hotel

The historic Delta Queen used to ply the waters of the Mississippi, but in April it will open as Chattanooga's newest hotel. Guests will enjoy themed tours, jazz brunches and entertainment during the opening celebrations of the floating hotel, which will be managed by Sydney Slome, owner of the city's StoneFort Inn.

Built in 1927, the 285-foot-long Delta Queen lost its fight for exemption from the law that prevents any vessel from operating from a U.S. port carrying over 50 overnight passengers if it constructed primarily of wood. For over 30 years, campaigns to save the Queen saved it from losing exemption.

Moored in Chattanooga's North Shore, the hotel will have 88 rooms to cater to 174 guests. The hotel will also feature a banquet room for meetings of up to 250 attendees.

The Delta Queen joins its twin vessel Delta King's hotel status. The Delta King is a waterfront hotel and restaurant in Sacramento.

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