What We Love
- The surrounding West End neighborhood is rife with hip nightspots and lively cafés
- They spoil canine and feline guests with pet beds, scratching posts and lovely treats
- The green ethic: Bamboo floors and furniture and eco-conscious practices are deployed throughout
What To Know
- You need a car or cab to get to downtown or most key points of interest in Nashville
- The scene here is adult and sophisticated — not the best option for families
- No spa here, but you can order in-room spa service, and there's a decent fitness center
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Don’t be put off by the boxy, prosaic exterior of this former office building in Nashville’s bustling West End—the Hutton embodies contemporary sophistication, from the red and tan color scheme to the 14-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and flat-screen HDTVs with high-tech media hubs. The eco-conscious hotel attracts a sizable contingent of guests with business either at nearby Vanderbilt University or the hub of the city’s recording industry, Music Row. Super-swish guest rooms are done with bold colors, granite bathrooms, and mod lighting, and all are outfitted with a bevy of eco-sensitive and high-tech features: card readers that turn off the lights when you leave the room, energy-efficient LED or fluorescent lamps, and multimedia high-def entertainment systems. Fitness buffs take note: seven of the larger rooms have elliptical cross-trainers in their extended living areas. The hotel’s 1808 Grille dishes up inventive regional American fare like herbed spaetzle with fennel-braised duck, and tender lamb T-bone with smoked butternut squash, blood orange and pistachio. There’s also the cozy bar where you can order lighter fare (mostly sandwiches and paninis) and peruse the extensive lists of wine, craft beer, and whiskeys. Downtown’s museums and rollicking music clubs are just a five-minute ride away—just ask for a lift in the hotel’s hybrid courtesy shuttle.
In the Area
You don’t have to be an ardent fan of the genre to enjoy downtown’s Country Music Hall of Fame, an impressive museum of popular culture and American music. A glimpse of Les Paul’s 1941 electric guitar is alone worth the visit. From there, it’s an easy walk to verdant 132-acre Centennial Park, which is laced with paths and gardens and anchored by the Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the Athens landmark. Alternatively, make the 10-minute drive (or cab ride) to the city’s coolest up-and-coming neighborhood, East Nashville, a repository of distinctive restaurants and quirky coffeehouses. In another of Nashville’s hip neighborhoods, 12th Avenue South, the one-of-a-kind Katy K Designs is your one-stop for vintage-inspired dresses, boots, hats and embroidered men’s shirts that would make Patsy Cline or Chet Atkins proud.
How to Get There
Service is very good. Very attentive. Try to get deals. The bar and all pricing is very reasonable compared to NYC. On the cold days in early November you need to taxi, uber or take the hotels car service (Tesla). All are quick and easy to get downtown and the Gulch.
If you are a dog friendly person you will like it. I my opinion, too many dogs. During breakfast on one day someone brought there dog. It barked. If you can deal with that, this will work for you. They have floors 5 and 6 for people with dogs.
If you are a grown up and enjoy a certain level of professionalism when you travel, this is not your experience. The greeting at check in by a young woman was odd, bordering on unprofessional, asking me why I’m in Nashville and when I answered that it was to see my daughter, I heard about her mother buying meals for her when she came to town, and it went on and on. I just wanted to check in, but had an extended conversation, listening to her story so as not to be rude. We never received a set of clean towels, were charged for a drink we didn’t have (they did take it off the bill), when I called the hotel to ask a question, i could never reach a human. To park overnight is 42$. There is always a long wait when arriving or leaving this hotel. The exercise room had no promised headphones, the exercise room had several elliptical machines but the tv only worked on one of them. No phone to call the front desk. No newspapers. The clocks in our room and in the exercise room were all an hour off. Our room was on the 14th floor but we heard music early and late...never figured out the source.
The lobby seemed “cool”, and there are comfortable beds, though the room design meant that if your spouse goes to the restroom in the middle of the night and turns on the light to see, it lights up the bedroom bc of a “cool” looking cloudy glass wall between the shower and the bed.
At the end of the day, this experience was not one for grownups accustomed to a certain level of traditional service and comfort while traveling. Guessing we 50 somethings are not the target market for this hotel.
Alex was super friendly and went out of his way to help us get around Nashville easier. He provided information about the city during the drive with great conversation! Thank you Alex for helping us to have a great time in Nashville!!