Best Nashville Hotels Offer Music City Convenience
By Stacie Standifer
Nashville Local Expert
The hotel landscape in and around Music City is literally exploding. Thousands of new rooms have been added over the last few months and many others are in the planning or construction stages. Whether you are seeking upscale accommodations and amenities or seeking value with a convenient location, there are finally options to please every taste and budget. No matter when you plan to visit, any of the properties on this list will help you to experience the best of Nashville in comfort and style.
10 Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville - Downtown
Value-seeking travelers love this newer property for the complimentary breakfast and wireless service as well as for the location, conveniently situated within walking distance to the pedestrian bridge that leads to Tennessee Titan games and all of downtown's most popular attractions and venues. It isn't a luxury property, but well-managed and maintained with prices that leave a little more leeway for fun just steps outside the door. Contemporary design and like-new furnishings combined with options like balconies or whirlpool tubs also make this a family favorite. A complimentary breakfast gives guests enough fuel to take on just enough sight-seeing before one of the nearby restaurants beckons.
9 Homewood Suites Nashville Vanderbilt
This hotel opened in late October 2013 with a highly anticipated launch in one of the area's most thriving areas. Dozens of shops, eateries and business destinations are within blocks and access to downtown attractions are just minutes away. Because it's brand new, expect super-clean rooms and touches of technology only offered in recent construction. Savvy travelers are already snapping up dates in advance, but locals are more excited about the opening of the new F Scott's (one of Nashville's most followed and supported chef-driven restaurants), which will be nestled among other retail on the street level. If you want true entertainment, their nightly live jazz in the bar is an excellent choice. If you want to unwind with a bit of exercise, the indoor pool and fitness center are always available.
8 Marriott Nashville at Vanderbilt University
This smart stay property is situated within steps from spots like Fleming's Steakhouse, P. F. Chang's and Barnes and Noble Bookstores making it a favorite for families wanting to walk to more than just country music haunts. The famous Centennial Park and Parthenon are just across the street, also making it a top choice for those wanting to engage in outdoor activities. Additionally, this is the best place to book for those hoping to attend and walk to an SEC football or basketball game on the campus.
7 Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Picturesquely situated on the banks of the Cumberland River, this landmark Nashville hotel is just a short jaunt from downtown Nashville. With their riverboat cruises aboard the General Jackson, patrons have the opportunity to see a view of the city most miss, on their ride into downtown. Inside the spatial hotel, are nine acres of indoor gardens, cascading waterfalls, indoor river with its very own boat, and their renowned cascades. Inside the resort are recently remodeled, luxuriant guest rooms and suites, upgraded fine-dining, decadent shopping, and a 20,000-square-foot spa and fitness center. Events, attractions and unique experiences make Opryland the perfect destination year-round.
6 Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
Loew's Vanderbilt Hotel has been a part of Nashville's luxury hotel scene for more than 28 years. The hotel includes 340 guest rooms, 14 chart-topping suites, a luxurious fitness center, and on-site Southern dining. Mason's restaurant combines classic French cooking with traditional southern tastes, and the restaurant bar serves up incredible craft cocktails. Located in the West End area of Nashville, Loew's Vanderbilt Hotel is near the college and downtown Nashville, and it's just a short drive away from Nashville's incredible number of downtown attractions. This location is perfect for guests who want to explore multiple sides of the city.
5 Hilton Nashville Downtown
When you stay at the luxurious, Hilton Downtown Nashville, you will be in good company. This centrally-located hotel has undergone some major renovations lately, maintaining its place as one of the most impressive places to stay when experiencing Nashville. In fact, when their amazing lobby overhaul will be complete by October 2014, guests will be able to fully enjoy all the work that has gone into it without any pesky construction going on. All 330 suites have gotten a beautiful facelift, as have the new Executive Lounge and grand fireplace. There are also four on-site dining options, including the cozy Marketstreet and Parkview Caf?-- in the atrium Lobby. And you can't go wrong with succulent steaks at The Palm Steakhouse.
4 Union Station Hotel
This restored 1900s railway station has been renovated into a 125-room boutique hotel. While guests can stay in the height of luxury in rooms decked out with pillow-top mattresses, triple sheets, walk-in showers, garden tubs, and marble bathrooms, many visitors find themselves wanting to spend hours in the lobby. The 65-foot stained glass barrel-vaulted ceiling, second-floor balcony, fireplaces, and cozy seating are reminiscent of an old railway station. Grab a glass of wine at the hotel bar, and enjoy the luxurious surroundings. If you slip out of the hotel's side door, you'll find yourself just blocks away from the Frist Art Museum, local dining at Cummins Station, honky tonk bars on Lower Broadway, and other Nashville attractions. This locally-owned hotel is now a part of the Marriot group--a bonus for frequent travelers who want to earn points and other perks while enjoying a luxurious stay in Nashville.
3 Hutton Hotel
Located in the cozy West End neighborhood, the Hutton Hotel is a sophisticated, stylish addition to Nashville's list of hotel offerings. At the Hutton Hotel, rooms are all about comfort and relaxed elegance. Many rooms offer granite bathrooms, rain showers, plush bedding, flat screen televisions, gourmet coffee and tea options, and wireless Internet access. On the forefront of the green movement, the Hutton has green recycling programs for glass, paper, and plastics, as well as LED lighting. While the Hutton Hotel is within walking distance of attractions like Vanderbilt University, The Parthenon, and Music Row, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to downtown. If guests are looking for a night in, the locally beloved 1808 Grille offers incredible dining and drinks, and the on-site spa offers services ranging from massages to body scrubs to body wraps.
2 The Hermitage Hotel Nashville
From the moment you step inside this five-star hotel, you'll be greeted with beautiful vaulted ceilings, gourmet coffee and treats, and a cozy chair in front of a fireplace. This historic hotel was constructed in 1908, named after Andrew Jackson's Hermitage estate. In short, a stay at the Hermitage is an experience of luxurious history. As one of the South's top rated hotels, rooms the Hermitage offer plush bedding, towels, and robes, marble bathrooms, Molton Brown bath gels and soaps, and complimentary WiFi. Don't miss the chance to eat at the hotel's Capitol Grille restaurant--one of the top rated restaurants in the south. The hotel's Oak Bar is also a can't-miss experience, with elegant cocktails and a warm atmosphere.
1 Omni Nashville
This luxury hotel is situated right in the heart of Music City. The Omni Nashville is located adjacent to the Music City Convention Center, and it's an expansion of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Located on 5th Avenue and Korean Veterans Boulevard, the Omni is just blocks away from the sights and sounds of Lower Broadway. Visitors can enjoy clean, spacious rooms at the hotel, as well as signature dining and bars, and a specialty spa at the hotel. But when twilight falls, guests are just blocks away from local dining, honky tonk bars, live music, and historic Nashville attractions like The Ryman.
About Stacie Standifer
As the founder of acclaimed titles Nashville Lifestyles, Nashville Weddings and AT HOME/NL, Stacie has been involved with every level of fashion, celebrity and home design in her city for over 14+ years. An avid traveler, she is a respected resource in sharing trends with thousands of followers in the South. Since selling her publications and ultimately leaving her publisher post in mid-2013, Stacie continues to freelance as a contributor and also acts as a consultant for select luxury retail and entertainment clients. Shopping, travel and entertaining tips are posted weekly on her popular website, SouthernSophisticate.com.
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