Located in Chattanooga's up-and-coming Southside neighborhood, The Crash Pad is unlike anywhere you've ever stayed. This hostel was thoughtfully constructed by people who have stayed in them before and know guests' needs. The owners also went to great lengths to involve the community in the process, working with local contractors and craftsmen to use recycled wood and building materials. The hard work paid off, as this is one of the only LEED Gold certified hostels in the world and one of four certified buildings in Chattanooga.
The hostel offers free guest parking, free WiFi, and free breakfast of local coffee, eggs and bread. Guests can choose from dorm or private rooms, which start at $27. Dorm beds include a privacy curtain, reading light, shelves and plenty of plugs. Crash Pad is within walking distance of the free shuttle to the Tennessee Aquarium as well as the Bike Chattanooga station, where you can rent a bike for $6. Restaurants nearby offer discounts for guests and the hostel's sister restaurant, Flying Squirrel, has even more. The staff are super helpful, so ask about the best Thai in town, spots for rock climbing or the best times to visit the aquarium.