Background & Location

I had $200 of resort credit expiring from my AMEX Hilton Aspire Card at the end of June and was looking for a hotel in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area. To my surprise, a new resort, Cloudland at McLemore Resort, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, had just opened in February of 2024. It was considered a resort by Hilton, so I was happy that I could apply the $200 to my stay.

Cloudland at McLemore Resort is about 30 miles south of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and about 120 miles from Atlanta, Georgia. It’s located in quite a remote area, in the northwest part of Georgia, near both the Alabama and Tennessee state lines. The resort offers 245 guest rooms, 3 restaurants, a spa, and multiple golf courses. It had a soft opening in February 2024, and an official opening just in May 2024, so it is quite new.

Rates for Cloudland start at around $300 per night before taxes and fees, or 85,000 Hilton Honors Points. I work with a travel agency, Fora Travel, and can assist in booking hotel stays. Feel free to email me at or fill out the contact form at the bottom of this post if you have any inquiries.

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Takeoff Points

Date of Stay: June 2024
Room Type: King Superior Mountain View With Balcony
Pros: Beautiful new resort with amazing common areas, a nice pool, and comfortable guest rooms.
Cons: Restaurant service had some quirks, $43 for valet parking, and there were no spa-like amenities in the guest rooms.
Takeoff Point: A solid retreat in the Chattanooga area, that provides a relaxing four-star stay.

Resort Fee and Parking Fee

Cloudland charges a $45 resort fee that includes:

  • Bicycle rentals
  • Curated library access
  • Golf course transportation & golf bag storage
  • $15 daily spa credit
  • $10 daily golf practice facility credit
  • 2 signature cocktails every evening
  • Stargazing equipment.

Considering the resort is in a very remote area, I was a bit surprised to see only valet parking being available (no self-parking). Plus, it was an extra $43 a day. Quite high in my opinion.


As you enter the McLemore Resort, there’s a gate with security, and then you’ll enter the resort. You’ll pass many million-dollar residential homes, and see the Golf Clubhouse, then go down the hill towards the hotel.

a building with a parking lot

Front Entrance

The valets will text you a link so you can easily call your car when you need it, which was helpful.

a building with glass doors


Upon entering the resort, I was immediately impressed by the two-story lobby and gorgeous views of the mountains and the resort.

a view of a room from a balcony

Entrance to Cloudland

a room with a fireplace and furniture at Cloudland

Lobby Seating

To the left, is the reception area and sundries store.

a store with shelves of drinks and a person in a white shirt

Sundries Store

To the right of the entrance is a nice library. I really liked the decor of the property. The property’s theme is the Scottish Highlands.

a room with a wood ceiling and a wood floor at Cloudland


I did an online check-in via the Hilton Honors App and was upgraded from the entry-level King Room to the King Superior Mountain View With Balcony courtesy of my Hilton Honors Diamond Status. On the app, I was able to choose my room and picked the only room left on the top (4th) floor. I still wanted physical room keys, so I headed to the reception desk and was helped by a friendly associate.

She thanked me for being a Diamond Member and also explained that I would have a $30 Food and Beverage Credit ($15 per person) from my Diamond Status. This could be used at any dining establishment onsite(minus the Creag at the golf clubhouse). She also gave me a nice box of Yogurt-covered pretzels, plus some chocolates for using digital check-in.

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Diamond Pretzels

The Room

As you enter the room on the left, there is a large marble luggage rack with built-in coat hangers. I loved this design, and the wood tones were relaxing.

a shelf with a drink and a bottle of water in it at Cloudland Resort

Room Entrance

There is also additional drawer storage underneath the built-in luggage rack. Next to that is a Keurig machine with six Keurig capsules of coffee and tea and a mini fridge for personal use. Also, there are two bottles of natural spring water in the room. The closet was attached with wooden hangers & safe. On the downside, no robes or slippers were provided, which would have been a nice touch for this resort.

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Closet Space

The bathroom was nice, though pretty standard with the shower on the left and the water closet toward the right. On the plus side, there is ample counterspace and toiletries are provided by Hunter Lab from Australia. There is body lotion, a vanity kit, and a bar of soap at the sink as well as body wash, shampoo, and conditioner in refillable bottles in the shower.

a bathroom with a mirror and a sink at Cloudland


The shower was nice and large, and the showerhead had adjustable settings. I do wish there was a wand or rainfall function, and if the water pressure was a bit stronger. The towels were clean and soft.


Walking into the room there is a comfortable king-sized bed with nightstands on each side of it. One of the alarm clocks has a wireless charging tray and can serve as a Bluetooth speaker. In front of the bed is a makeshift desk area. Towards the window, there is a large chair and a small dining table.

a room with a bed and a table and chairs at Cloudland

Superior King Room

The room is a bit on the smaller side at 300 square feet, but there is a large balcony with two chairs and a small table which I loved. It had great views of the pool area and the mountains so there are a lot of nature views.

a chair and table on a balcony overlooking a valley at Cloudland

Superior Room Balcony


Selah Spa

Selah offers massages, body treatments, and facials. Along with treatments, there are steam rooms and saunas as well.

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Selah Spa

Cloudland Fitness Center

It is open 24 hours and is quite a good size. The coolest part of the fitness center is the Peloton Spin Studio in the back!

a large room with treadmills and exercise equipment

Fitness Center

a room with exercise bikes and a wall mural at Cloudland

Peloton Spin Studio

Cliff-edge Infinity Pool

I found the pool to be quite nice, and enjoyed my morning dip! It was so relaxing looking over the nearby scenery. The pool is open from 8 am to dusk and offers food service from the nearby Skyside lounge. There is also a hot tub.

a pool with chairs and trees at Cloudland

Infinity Pool

a pool with chairs in it at Cloudland

Pool Area


The resort offers plenty of hiking trails, and I decided to try the one that went below the perimeter of the resort. I feel like the paths weren’t outlined the best, and the signs were quite small.

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Trail Signs

a rock on a hill with trees and a valley in the background at Cloudland



The hotel has two 18-hole courses, the Highlands, and the Keep (opening in Fall 2024). There is also a short 6-hole course called the Cairn.


The main restaurant is called Croft, and it features breakfast (brunch on weekends), lunch, and dinner. In sticking to the Scottish theme, Croft is named after the small farms sprinkled across Scotland.

a restaurant with tables and chairs at Cloudland

Croft Seating and Bar

a large room with tables and chairs and large windows

More Seating

a patio with chairs and tables outside of a building at Cloudland

Outdoor Seating

I had breakfast before checkout, and while I found my omelet to be decent, I think they could upgrade their hot tea selection.

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Hot Tea Selections

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Croque Madame ($16)

a plate of food on a table

Egg White Omelet ($14)

Also, I had dinner at Croft and loved the outdoor seating, and the steak I ordered was great. My travel companion also liked their salmon, though we both noticed that the service was on the slower side. Not a big issue, but I think they are just some grand opening staffing pains.

a plate of food on a green surface at Cloudland

Flat Iron Steak ($32)

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Roasted Scottish Salmon ($30)

The fine dining establishment at Cloudland is called Aud Alliance and is described as where Scottish heritage meets French sophistication. There were no reservations available when we arrived, so we didn’t get to try it out on this trip. Currently, Aud Alliance is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays for dinner.

a room with a door open and a sign

Aud Alliance

The Pocket Cafe is the lobby-level coffee shop. It serves an all-day menu from 6 am to 4 pm, and coffee, cocktails, and snacks from 4 pm to 7 pm. We got the evening cocktails that were included in the resort fee from here, and it was a pretty tasty honey limeade.

a coffee shop with shelves and baskets of food

Pocket Cafe

There’s both indoor and outdoor seating, and I enjoyed the view from outside.

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Pocket Cafe Seating

a patio with chairs and a railing

Outdoor Seating

Skyside is a poolside oasis with great views that serves an array of handcrafted cocktails, beverages, and bar bites. Current hours are 4 pm to 9 pm Tuesday-Thursday, and 11 am to 9 pm Friday & Saturday.

a table and chairs on a deck overlooking a valley at Cloudland

Skyside Seating

a patio with tables and chairs

Skyside Bar

a building on a rocky cliff

Skyside from the Hiking Trail

Lastly, the Creag is located outside the hotel at the Highlands Clubhouse. You can get a free ride on a golf cart to take you there by the resort staff. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

a building with a stone roof and a stone walkway

Highlands Clubhouse and Creag

The Verdict

Overall, I had a great one-night visit to Cloudland at McLemore Resort part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. I liked the decor of the rooms and the view from the balcony. The setting feels quite picturesque, and it’s great for a little getaway.


Have you stayed at the Cloudland at McLemore Resort, Curio by Hilton? How was your experience? Comment below!




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