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.
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, convenientlys ituated 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. Contemporary design and like-new furnishings combined with options like balconies or whirlpool tubs also make this a family favorite. (615-277-5000)
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.
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.
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
This enormous resort truly is its own city. Sizable convention spaces and thousands of rooms make it an ideal choice for big groups. There are specialty suites designed for top country stars and themed restaurants reflecting music's heritage across the property. This is also the site of where today's Grand Ole Opry performances happen nightly. Another big draw for shoppers and bargain hunters is Opry Mills, a shopping mecca filled with outlet locations and national chains like H&M and Off 5th conveniently located next to the resort.
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
Situated in the more posh West End district, this hotel has had a major makeover in the last year, and is getting rave reviews. The restaurant is one of the biggest draws, with Southern cuisine pleasing critics and residents at every meal. Guests are raving about the food and the atmosphere in Mason's on the lobby level. For a more familiar dining stop, there is also a Ruth's Chris Steakhouse onsite. The club level is extremely popular for those seeking refuge and perks along with gourmet snacks. Located conveniently to not only the college and downtown, but close to true residential neighborhoods, the hotel is ideal for those wanting to explore multiple sides of the city.
Hilton Nashville Downtown
This hotel is situated on the very best location in the city. On every side, it is surrounded by top attractions. The Bridgestone Arena, Country Music Hall of Fame, Music City Convention Center, The Symphony and Ryman Auditorium are just a few of the close neighbors. Rooms are all suite style, allowing for more space and privacy during your stay. The onsite dining includes many options, including the lively Sportsgrille and The Palm Restaurant.
Union Station Hotel
Millions of dollars in renovations in recent years has boosted this tasteful site of the historic train station into a true haven for those seeking a combination of modern convenience and captivating history. The restored lobby is a site to visit even if you do not book a room here. Prime 108, the acclaimed restaurant is an elegant dining room with an enormous fireplace, notable artwork and creative cuisine. The irresistible bar setting is a favorite for couples seeking a bit of romance. You can also slip out of the hotel's side door and instantly be in the MStreet district, which is where the most stylish celebs and insiders gather for outstanding cuisine and cocktail culture nightly. Since this locally owned hotel has recently become a part of the Marriott group, those seeking points and other perks involving the national chain will be especially pleased.
This boutique hotel has been a true trendsetter in the market. Artistic displays in the lobby, state-of-the-art technology and a modern approach to comfort and luxury are a few reasons that so many famous faces are slipping out of downtown to hide away at Hutton. An extremely popular restaurant and bar are also draws for a sophisticated local crowd. The rooms are well decorated and extremely comfortable. The ultimate dream vacation would be to score one of the unique penthouse suites, complete with balconies overlooking the city.
The Hermitage Hotel Nashville
One of the most elegant hotels in the country, this historic, luxury property leaves no detail unattended. Step off of the elevator to gourmet coffee and treats, enjoy cocktails on the veranda or simply take in the grandeur and beautiful architecture from a plush sofa in the lobby. One of the South's top rated restaurants, Capitol Grille provides superior food, with much of it coming from the hotel's private offsite garden. The Oak Bar is a legendary gathering place and the gift shop showcases some of the city's top designers and craftsmanship in luxury goods, jewelry and gifts.
Nashville's newest luxury hotel has created quite a buzz, and for good reason. Conveniently located adjacent to the incredible Music City Convention Center, this is the hottest topic in the region. Top features include signature restaurants, bars and a specialty spa. Rooms are spacious and clean and top floor rooms provide outstanding city views. The staff is also trained on every aspect of making your trip special, so take advantage of the concierge for great connections on scoring tickets and reservations all over town.
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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