What We Love
- A Mile End Deli outpost—the only one outside its native New York
- Peekaboo walnut paneling in all guest bathroom showers
- A wraparound terrace on the fourth floor restaurant
- The fire pit in the property’s penthouse
What To Know
- The pullout center console on the headboard in your room doubles as a nifty cup holder
- A vintage bar cart circulates through the lobby every evening
- Guests are offered complimentary vouchers to the lobby’s artisanal coffee counter upon check-in
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Pet Friendly
- Room Service
The swinging '70s are back in downtown Nashville at this playful, 81-room crash pad
If Austin Powers decided to bed down in Music City, this retro-flavored gem may just have been his hotel of choice. With its psychedelic seating areas and original oak paneling, the former bank is rich with quirky modernist details—most visible where guests stay. Though they’re stripped of artwork, each guest room is jazzed up with teal, green, and gold accents and contains whimsical embellishments like built-in magazine racks, marble showers, and brassy light fixtures. The hotel’s penthouse ups the ante even more, with private elevator access and smoked mirror ceilings. A reverence for all things groovy is also evident from era-inspired embellishments like travertine columns, terrazzo floors, and bottled Coca-Cola in the nightly bar cart that makes its way around the buzzing lobby. The nostalgia is the strongest at Ellington’s, an indoor-outdoor grill that puts a millennial twist on mid-20th-century classics like the wedge salad (their not-so-humdrum version comes studded with pickled cherry tomatoes and roasted shallots) and a baby kale-laden brioche burger—best paired with a shaken-to-perfection martini, of course.
In the Area
The Fairlane’s Arts Districts address sets it within easy reach of Printers Alley, the city’s nightlife nucleus. Almost all the area’s watering holes, such as Fleet Street, an English-style pub, and Skull’s Rainbow Room, the city’s only jazz lounge, trace their origins to early 20th-century speakeasies and saloons. During the day, hit the nearby Tennessee State Museum, which houses six permanent exhibitions. For an outdoor tour, take an art walk—you can custom design your own map, which the hotel staff can assist you with—that could feature stops at sculptures such as the Stix, a group of up-lighted cedar poles, or The Capital, a stainless steel tribute to Tennessee’s state flag.
How to Get There
We enjoyed our stay at the Fairlane. The staff is very friendly and attentive. Nice lobby to hang out in. Coffee shop on one side, small restaurant with bar on the other. Very pleased with the breakfast and the drinks we had at lobby bar and at Ellington's. Room was very comfortable and well appointed. Housekeeping seemed a little slow, and missed our room one of the days we stayed there. I had to call down to the front desk and it took a long time to resolve. Price of the rooms is good, but no value.
I did a lot of looking online before choosing the Fairlane, and it exceeded my expectations. Friendly, helpful staff who really care, gorgeous design throughout, good food & coffee, and perfect location. We stayed on a high floor which was very quiet; an important feature for us. Altogether, a terrific hotel!
The staff could not have been friendlier or more professional. They knew our names from day 1, ensured our comfort, and took care of our every need. Charles, the manager, kindly contacted me ahead of our stay to let me know the room we had booked had a maintenance issue. He had two alternative options and offered me a discount for my inconvenience. Whenever I arrived, he had the perfect solution. And kindly sent some goodies to my room which delighted my children. The rooms are gorgeous - big windows, modern decor, and comfortable beds. Great location close to all the action but just a few blocks off so it’s not loud at night. Staff has great recommendations as to what to do and restaurants. Best hotel stay in years. We will definitely come back to stay at the Fairlane.
I booked this hotel because it was close to the venue and I am so glad I did. The friendliness of the staff, and first class service was fabulous. Very clean. The coffee and pastries were wonderful. I will be booking this hotel again.
On the plus side, the room is really big, with a modern decoration. Nice bathroom, well equipped.
And Staff was rather friendly and helpful.
I heard some noise from the street during the night, and I felt the work place could be better designed. Also found the price to be really expensive...