published Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Southside hostel opens next week for outdoor enthusiasts

The Crash Pad will have 30 beds and an outdoor pavilion area.
Staff Photo by Angela Lewis/Chattanooga Times Free Press
The Crash Pad will have 30 beds and an outdoor pavilion area. Staff Photo by Angela Lewis/Chattanooga Times Free Press

• Name: Crash Pad, billed as “an uncommon hostel”

• Location: 29 Johnson St., behind Niedlov’s Breadworks

• Service: Overnight and breakfast accommodations for up to 40 people

• Size: The 5,000-square-foot building, which also includes a 1,600-square-foot pavilion, includes 12 bunk beds and six private rooms.

• Rates: $27 a night for a bunk bed, up to $70 a night for a private room. Rates include breakfast provided on site from Niedlov’s

• Opening date: June 3 is the grand opening. The hostel will operate seven days a week, year-round.

• Owners: Max Poppel and Dan Rose, college roommates and climbing enthusiasts from Boston, began building the Crash Pad last December. “We are combining the atmosphere and convenience of a hostel with the cleanliness and charm of a boutique hotel in a unique setting,” Rose said. The hostel is designed to capitalize on Chattanooga’s outdoor attractions, the appeal of the Main Street community and the tourism and entertainment opportunities in the Scenic City, Rose said.

• Website:

• Telephone: 423-648-8393

— Compiled by business editor Dave Flessner, or 757-6340.

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dave said...

Is this another name for a "flop-house"? Gee, I thought we were trying to get rid of those. ??

May 24, 2011 at 9:49 a.m.
HannaBeckman said...

Yes, A FLOP-HOUSE/HOMELESS gathering area/welfare crash pad. Surprised they got proper zoning permits!!!

May 24, 2011 at 5:15 p.m.
redsoxtn said...

Wow, the two of you together may share an entire brain. It's a hostel, and as you can clearly tell from the photo, it's not for the homeless. I'm sure if they can come up with the $27 they will let them stay though.

May 25, 2011 at 11:21 a.m.
dao1980 said...

Is there a term limit for extended stays?

If not, is there some criteria that a tenant must meet before being allowed to stay?

If the answer to both of these questions is no, then I would like to hear ideas as to how the owners will prevent this from becoming a pay per week/extended stay flop house for crunchy drug dealers.

May 25, 2011 at 11:45 a.m.

Real hostels are affordable...A traveler can stay at the Doubletree Hotel on Chestnut Street or get a full suite at the new hotel on M.L. King Blvd. for the nightly rates cited in the TFP piece...

May 25, 2011 at 12:59 p.m.
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