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
The Fairlane is amazing. I cannot say enough about the service and friendliness of the staff at the front desk. The location is fantastic. So close to downtown but much quieter. We were able to walk to many venues . The room was clean and the towels were plentiful and the soundproofing was excellent. We ate our breakfast at the hotel and they were quite good. We love our coffee and saved quite a bit of money with the coffee vouchers available at the front desk. Unlimited water is also a nice touch. My only criticism is that the room is a bit dark and there isn’t enough drawer space. However, You will not be sorry if you stay here!
The vibe, the service, the decor, the deli, the barista in the coffee shop, the midway bar, the food, the drinks... what more can I say, everything is amazing. Nearby to everything, the country music hall of fame, the ryman auditorium, Broadway, but just far enough for a good night's sleep. Best kept secret in Nashville.
My husband and I went to Nashville for the Elton John concert and stayed at the Fairlane. It was perfect! It is close to everything downtown, including Bridgestone Arena. Everyone who worked there, from the valet to the front desk to the cleaning staff, was very friendly, professional and helpfull. The hotel design is beautiful, mid century modern, elegant and tasteful, not kitchy. The bed was extremely comfortable. Every detail has been attended to. We also ate at the Ellington and the Dinner and had wonderful experiences at both. I will go back and will highly recommend to any of my friends!