The Crash Pad

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Our mission is to further establish Chattanooga as an ultimate outdoor destination by providing a base camp and community hub for adventurous travelers.



Our mission is to further establish Chattanooga as an ultimate outdoor destination by providing a base camp and community hub for adventurous travelers. This has led us to our dream of opening an uncommon hostel in the heart of downtown, combining the affordability and camaraderie of a traditional hostel with the charm and cleanliness of a boutique hotel.

While The Crash Pad welcomes all travelers, we’ve taken special care to maximize the experience of those who come to play in the mountains and rivers that surround our city. Detailed information will be readily available for the wealth of climbing, biking, running, kayaking and all other sports accessible by a short drive from the hostel. We look forward to helping you plan your adventure.

New construction ensures the highest standards of craftsmanship and energy efficiency. As outdoor adventurers, we pursued construction and operation techniques built on reclaimed and renewable resources in order to minimize our impact on the environment. For more information on our commitment to sustainable business, please visit our Certifications page.


Local Goods

We’ve had the wonderful opportunity to offer local goods to our hostel guests. Check out the companies below to get an idea of some of Chattanooga’s small business flavor.

  • Everyday Eclectic – They provide us with a variety of handcrafted soaps, chapsticks, and candles, which are all for sale at the reception desk! Their products are meticulously handcrafted by skilled artisans using original, thoroughly-tested recipes, and are created with the finest natural ingredients available, and infused with their amazing signature fragrances.

  • Alchemy Spice – Alchemy Spice stocked our kitchen to the brim with a variety of spices, adding versatility and depth to any dish. Their dedication to the highest quality can be found in everything they do: selection of whole, rather than pre-ground, spices; production methods based on quality rather than quantity; and shipment only days after the spices have been blended and ground. Pick some up to take home with you!

  • Greyfriars – Greyfriar’s made a custom Crash Pad Blend for us, with a little extra robusto beans to get you athletic types going in the morning. They are a small, very cool coffee shop downtown, and one of our regular spots. Rare coffees, barrista eggs, muffins, bagels, croissants and other deserts in a great atmosphere, and an easy walk away from the aquariums and other downtown attractions. (Free WiFi).

  • Niedlov’s – You eat their bread every morning as part of our continental breakfast. Delicious! As Chattanooga’s only traditional artisan bread bakery, Niedlov’s specializes in making organic, naturally leavened breads with a combination of artistry and craftmanship.

  • Haskel Sears Design – Matt Sears and his incredible team are responsible for all our beds, wood counters, cabinets and any other cool wood accents around the hostel.

  • Set In Stone – Nathan and Justin are responsible for all the custom concrete counters and sinks. That’s right, all of our many different sinks are made from concrete. It blows away any preconceived notion we had about concrete and we suggest you check them out.


Local Partners

We’re thankful to have support from many of the industries best outdoor outfitters, gyms, non-profits and other businesses. Please take a moment to read about some of the people that have helped make The Crash Pad a reality, and if you find yourself in need of any of their services during your trip, don’t hesitate to give them a call.

  • River Street Architecture – One of Chattanooga’s leading architectural firms. Shout out to Blythe, Taylor and the rest of the gang for making our dream a reality.

  • Collier Construction – Our amazing general contractor who is heavily responsible for making our dream come true. They do top-notch work in both the residential and commercial space. Consider them for your next construction project!

  • green|spaces – A local green building non-profit, changing the way buildings are constructed in Chattanooga.

  • River Rocks – A fun-filled, family-friendly outdoor festival celebrating the region’s incomparable natural resources and the activities they inspire, the health benefits of an active outdoor lifestyle and Chattanooga’s commitment to environmental stewardship and land conservation.

  • Duncan Sculpture – Isaac is a local metal artist whose work can be found around the globe and right on our block. He’s the man who made our awesome front sign.

  • Sam Silvey Photography – Sam is a local photographer whose work can be found throughout our website and the wall for The Crash Pad.

  • Andrew Kornylak – Andrew is a photographer based out of Atlanta who shoots regularly in the Chattanooga area.  His shots can be found on our walls.

  • Bryan Strickland – Like our front door handles? They are made by this talented artist

  • Mandy Rhoden Photography – Mandy Rhoden is an on location photographer based in Chattanooga, Tn specializing in lifestyle phtoography for kids, families, and couples. Mandy focuses on natural lifestyle photography to capture the spirit and essence of you, your family and your most special moments.

  • Steve Morse – A talented metal worker that is responsible for our custom bike rack.


Friends We Love

  • Rock/Creek Outfitters – The place to go in Chattanooga for all your outdoor gear and clothing needs. Check out their extensive and award-winning online store as well.
  • Bike Chattanooga
    Bike Chattanooga – Travel our fair city in style, all while saving the environment! Bike Chattanooga is our local bike share system. With 300 bikes distributed between 30 stations, this is the perfect way to get from Point A to Point B.
  • Wild Trails
    Wild Trails – Almost singlehandedly responsible for huge and amazing trail running community here in Chattanooga, Wild Trails’ mission is to encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle through trail running.

  • High Point Climbing and Fitness – Chattanooga’s newest climbing gym, right in the heart of downtown. 50 foot lead walls, 18 foot tall bouldering areas, and a crazy 50 foot outdoor wall are just the start. This place also offers a full weight training facility, cardio equipment, and yoga classes!

  • Zingtrain – Huge, huge thanks go to these guys. If you need to get schooled on great customer service techniques or open book management, sign up for a seminar with any of these accomplished and experienced trainers. Or heck, if you can’t make it out to Ann Arbor, get one of their DVDs or their books.

  • Sterling Ropes – Vision. Innovation. Commitment. Passion. These are the trademarks of Sterling Rope. It is what separates their company and products from others. Their innovative constructions, utilizing the finest fibers, DryCore and state-of-the-art equipment, make their ropes the best handling, most durable ropes for life-safety applications.

  • Triple Crown Bouldering Series – The biggest outdoor bouldering comp in the country. They have raised over $100,000 for climbing access and stewardship in the Southeast.

  • Footsloggers – If you haven’t been to Boone, NC, then we highly suggest you check it out. Stop by Footsloggers for information, as well as all your outdoor gear and clothing needs.

  • Urban Rocks Gym – Big thanks to the staff at Urban Rocks. You guys have gone out of your way to help us promote our venture. Located off Amnicola Highway.

  • Tennessee Bouldering Authority – Need to build strength for your current climbing project? TBA has the steep bouldering and training walls to do just that. Located in St. Elmo.

  • Get Built Chattanooga Crossfit – Our next-door neighbor and Chattanooga’s only official Crossfit affiliate. Today’s special: come on down for a free high five from David Yann.

  • Rocky Top Guides – Rocky Top Climbing Guides make climbing accessible and fun! With a near lifetime of combined experience, their talented and knowledgeable team will make sure you have the tools and confidence to reach the summit.
  • Hot Yoga Plus – An excellent yoga studio right on the north shore. They strive to offer a sanctuary for you to come relax, unwind, grow, and be yourself. Check them out!

  • Clear Spring Yoga – ClearSpring offers various styles and levels of yoga, with many classes to choose from, seven days a week. Whether you are looking for a moderately-paced class or a more athletic vinyasa style; or specialized classes such as pre-natal or rehabilitative, you will find them all at ClearSpring Yoga.

  • Delegator – Delegator’s mission is to help growing companies focus on their mission, and delegate the rest. They help companies get things done— done right, on budget, and on time.

  • Southeast Green Roofs – These guys did an excellent job preparing our green roof using a LiveRoof modular growing system. The Sedum (Awesome green roof plant) was almost fully grown in 1×2′ squares prior to its arrival, and then assembled on site. It has turned out beautifully!

  • Waconda Bay SUP Yoga – This company combines the joy and benefit of Purna Yoga with the relaxed challenge of Stand-up Paddleboarding. Get out when the weather is warm to soak up some sun, cool off in the water, and release some tension!
  • Chattanooga Skydiving Company combines the sensations of a 120 mph free fall with the scenic beauty of a 5 minute canopy ride in the Sequatchie Valley to give you the Ultimate Skydiving Adventure. Go and have the thrill of a lifetime with their Professional Instructors and Staff with over 50 years of experience!
  •  High Point Climbing School — Founded by world-renowned experts Wills Young and Lisa Rands, High Point Climbing School provides professional climbing instruction. They offer indoor classes and coaching at High Point Climbing and Fitness, plus outdoor guiding to local areas.
  •  Anvil Crash Pad Rentals — These guys make it easy for climbers from all over the country to boulder around the Chattanooga area. If we’re out of crash pad rentals, give these guys a call. They’re stocked with awesome Organic pads and all of your bouldering essentials such as chalk, chalk bags, chalk buckets, brushes, and packs.

Certifications and Memberships


The Crash Pad has attained LEED Platinum Certification, a distinction that no other hostel currently holds. We are also one of four buildings in Chattanooga to attain it.

“Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.”
U.S. Green Building Council

If you’re looking to save a little green yourself, book your reservations now at The Crash Pad hostel.


The Crash Pad is proud to partner with 73 other properties within the state to show our commitment to lessening our impact on the planet. TN Green Hospitality is a program to promote and support our vision as a more sustainable state and to give assurance to our guests that we are actively improving our programs for sustainability.


We won the 2015 Small Business of the Year from the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce! We are honored just to be named one of the finalists, along with Learning RX of Chattanooga and EBS Consulting. Huge thanks to our staff, which make this place worthy of that distinction!


April 17, 2015 – Press!
Find Outdoorsy Cool in Chattanooga
Featured in NY Magazine’s travel section, we’re honored to be mentioned with other amazing Chattanooga businesses.
(NY Mag)


March 2015 – Winners!
Chattanooga Business Trend Magazine Fall 2015
An article written up by the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, documenting the 2015 winners of their Small Business of the Year awards, and we won! Check out John drinking some coffee and trying to sound smart!
(Money Magazine)


December 2014 – Winners!
Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards
We won the Tennessee Governor’s Environmental Stewardship award for Building Green! This article highlights some of our green features both inside and outside the building.
(TN Conservationist)

September 19, 2014 – Press!
5 ‘Boutique’ Hostels That Are Better Than a Hotel
Another mention in Money magazine, and we’re honored to be in there! They touch on how the boutique hostel is on the rise, and point out 5 fantastic ones!
(Money Magazine)


September 19, 2014 – Press!
Get away to Chattanooga
We get guests in from Atlanta very often, and we hope to get even more, with this great mention in Atlanta Magazine!
(Atlanta Magazine)


September 5, 2014 – Press!
Where to Leaf-Peep for Less This Fall
A great mention in Money Magazine on where you can save green, while seeing all the trees’ oranges and yellows this fall.
(Money Magazine)


May 29, 2014 – Interview!
The Crash Pad, three years later
Our whole staff reflects on what our 3 year anniversary means and looks ahead to what more years could bring.


May 16, 2014 – Awards!
2014 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards Announced
We met the governor! We received the 2014 Excellence in Green Building award from the state of Tennessee! Big thanks to everyone that helped with these two buildings and businesses.


May 1, 2014 – Interview!
The Crash Pad | RootsRated
In an interview done by RootsRated, Max reflects on what got us here and what lies ahead.


April 25, 2014 – In Travel News!
The Rise of the American Urban Hostel
Really cool piece on a really cool blog. Bill Bradley takes a crack at why hostels are making a big comeback in America and our GM, John Ying, takes a crack at trying to sound smart!
(Next City)


December 1, 2013 – In Travel News!
The 14 Must-Visit Destinations of 2014
We’re huge in Canada, too! We are so fortunate to be featured in Air Canada’s inflight magazine, enRoute, along with other premier Chattanooga businesses.
(enRoute Magazine)


November 23, 2013 – In Travel News!
Appalachian Crash Pad
Probably the only article out there that captures the vibe of the hostel, as well as, the features of our place.
(Outside Magazine)


July 24, 2013 – Interview!
South Side’s Crash Pad
In an interview done by our public radio station WUTC, our former GM, Al Smith, gives insight to why we should always follow our passion and how that passion opened the hostel.
(WUTC Public Radio)


Southern Living April 2013 Issue – In Travel News!
The South’s Best Bed & Breakfasts
Some of our best press to date! Southern Living puts us in esteemed company with some of the south’s best bed and breakfasts (even though we’re a hostel!)
(Southern Living)


September 28, 2012 – In Environmental News!
The Crash Pad is Fourth LEED Platinum Lodging in United States
For those of you counting the number of LEED Platinum certified lodging establishments in the United States, the current number stands at four thanks to the recent certification of The Crash Pad, a hostel in downtown Chattanooga, Tenn.
(Green Lodging News)


September 6, 2012 – In Environmental News!
The Crash Pad receives LEED Platinum Certification
The Crash Pad, a Chattanooga hostel, has become the first hostel in the world to achieve the highest LEED certification possible.


June 1, 2012 – In Travel News!
Chattanooga’s Boutique Hostel: The Crash Pad
Staying at a fancy hotel can be thoroughly decadent and oh-so fun, but most of the time you just need a clean place to stay. Leave it to Chattanooga, one of the South’s most rugged and eco-progressive cities, to raise the bar on budget lodging.
(Southern Living)


December 10, 2011 – In Environmental News!
Hostel tucks in series of environmental benefits
Carey O’Neil highlights all of the sustainable, eco-friendly aspects of our building.


October 2011 – In Travel News!
5 Easy Road Trips
This year, the LEED-certified Crash Pad (29 Johnson St.; 423/648-8393; doubles from $70) came on the scene with significantly simpler offerings but a prime location on the developing Southside.


June 6, 2011 – In Climbing News!
The Crash Pad: Chattanooga climbers find new place to land
Last Friday, on June 3rd, two Chattanooga-based climbers, Dan Rose and Max Poppel, cut the ribbon to The Crash Pad, a boutique hostel located just minutes from downtown Chattanooga…


June 3, 2011 – In the News!
Photos: The Crash Pad ribbon cutting
Locals gathered at The Crash Pad on Friday for a ribbon cutting, sponsored by the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. Co-owners Max Poppel and Dan Rose, along with manager Al Smith, wore custom-made velour tracksuits for the occasion…