21c Museum Hotel Nashville
What We Love
- A brand-new luxury hotel and contemporary art museum in downtown NashvilleStaying at a brand-new location of a collection Condé Nast Traveler called "the new artsy"
- Checking out the beautifully curated works in the 24-hour museum
- Dining at new Gray & Dudley restaurant, within the 117-year-old Gray & Dudley building
- Being in downtown, near music venues, boutiques and the Tennessee State Capitol
What To Know
- Guestrooms have free WiFi, Malin + Goetz bath amenities, and Nespresso coffee machines
- The fitness center is open 24/7
- Rooftop suites have outdoor terraces
You know Nashville for its music – how about its art? Let 21c Museum Hotel Nashville show you a different side of the country and blues destination, with a 24-hour museum and temporary and permanent contemporary collections. This brand-new luxury property is part of the larger 21c Museum Hotel chain, which has outposts in locations from Louisville to Oklahoma City and was called “the new artsy” by Condé Nast Traveler in 2016. These stylish downtown digs are bringing some world-class visuals to Music City and already received a mention on none other than VisitMusicCity.com, the local tourism bureau’s official website.
That writeup also highlighted 21c’s restaurant, Gray & Dudley, named for the 1900 building that the hotel occupies. With its menu of thoughtfully prepared dishes, inspired by Chef Levon Wallace’s West Coast roots and travels, this eatery invites your sense of taste along for the adventure, with your senses of sight and sound already accounted for. Get your sense of touch in on the fun at the spa, with couples treatment rooms, a fitness center and steam showers – or in your abode, where you’ll find Malin + Goetz bath amenities and luxurious bedding.
Rooms and suites
The airy, hardwood-floored accommodations were designed by Deborah Berke and have an inviting, contemporary feel. Expect warm tones and neutrals, plus
Chef Levon Wallace heads up all-new Gray & Dudley, the new restaurant that takes its name from the hotel’s building and that VisitMusicCity.com recently wrote up. This is a great spot for fresh, natural, elevated and yet unpretentious American and international eats. You can also knock back a craft cocktail here, after a busy day on the town.
Fit in some time to decompress at the spa, which holds couples treatment rooms that connect to steam showers. Should you prefer a more active approach to wellness, work out at the fitness center, which opens ‘round the clock.
Nicknamed Music City, U.S.A, Nashville is an international country capital, and you’ll want to swing by one of the famous venues – The Bluebird Café and Station Inn, for instance, along with the Grand Ole Opry – when you visit. You’ll be in downtown, which puts you close to numerous venues, as well as dining and shopping spots. Another legendary attraction is the full-sized Parthenon replica (built for the 1897 Centennial Exposition), while an assortment of parks and gardens add a bit of green to the cosmopolitan destination. For a one-of-a-kind day trip, head to the Jack Daniel’s whiskey distillery, about an hour and a half southeast.
How to Get There
My wife and I read the reviews of various hotels in Nashville, and decided on 21c. We are both very glad at that decision. The room was spacious, the staff were attentive and the art exhibition (which we had to ourselves later at night) made the hotel unique and worthy of the high praise. We even had the 'famous' blue penguin appear outside our door.
-Great location, close to all the action, but not noisy there
-Awesome staff - front desk, managers, porters/greeters, technicians that work on the rooms, restaurant hostess & most servers.
-We had some glitches - one fairly serious early on with unacceptable housekeeping service and initial response - but manager Ashley Brake took charge and quickly brought things under control with a steady hand and generous response, and all was well. As the saying goes, it's not so much the problems one might encounter, but how a hotel (or restaurant, or whatever) responds that tells the tale. And Ashley's response, along with that of her colleagues, made for a very positive tale.
-The roasted chicken dish in the restaurant is truly delicious (we had it several times during our 7nt stay).
-Front desk staff always ready with good restaurant recommendations, etc
-We arrived very early - our 6am flight from Boston had us arriving at the hotel before 9am Nashville time - but they provided early check-in with our suite ready 10 minutes after we arrived. Fantastic! They also provided a n/c late checkout, as out flight home did not leave until 8pm.
-Suite ('Deluxe Suite', 596 sq ft, #421) was very spacious, as advertised (2 rooms), had some electrical quirks but we figured them out, very comfy bed and Kramer-worthy shower. But, you should know it has no natural light or view- only outside light comes from an internal channel that runs vertically inside the building. Don't now how many other rooms share this situation. They brought in a fridge & microwave at n/c for our stay - very nice, very handy.
-Exercise room - as with most hotel exercise rooms - was too hot & too humid. They are rarely ventilated well enough. But got the job done. I did get up early a few days to run outside, but by mid-morning it was too hot to do so.
-The on-site museum - and free tour several times a week - was great fun, well worth it.
-In-room safe is inside one of the dresser drawers...never had one there before, took a while to find it!
-Kudos to Ashley, Moira & Kelly (managers), Melissa & Devin (front desk), Madison (hostess), Greg (porter/greeter), John (room technician), our museum tour guide (wish I could remember her name).
Downtown location was great & easy to find. Valet parking ($40) was helpful. All staff members we encountered were helpful & friendly. Halls were lined with impressive modern art but the real WOW factor came when we got to our 8th floor room & saw the balcony overlooking the skyline of Nashville.