What We Love
- Slurping oysters at Marsh House, James Beard Award winner John Besh’s Southern seafood restaurant
- Exploring the surrounding Gulch and adjacent Music Row
- Jamming out to country tunes on your Marshall bluetooth speaker—this is Music City, after all
What To Know
- All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with views of downtown Nashville and The Gulch
- The rooftop bar has a great selection of local brews
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Thompson Nashville made a bold statement as soon as it hit the Music City hospitality scene, with boutique style to spare. Your room or suite is at once urban and rustic, with a sliding barn door, a subway-tiled bathroom, floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the neighborhood or city, and a Marshall bluetooth speaker for streaming your favorite Dolly Parton and George Strait tunes post-visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Of the hotel’s three stellar dining spots, the signature restaurant is Marsh House, which is the creation of celebrity chef and James Beard Award-winner John Besh and serves his takes on seafood and southern classics. Here and at panoramic rooftop bar L.A. Jackson, you can taste Southern brews and fine wines from small-batch producers. For your caffeine fix, hit Killebrew, with java by Alabama export Revelator Coffee Company, plus a pastry counter and menu of morning breakfast and afternoon grab-and-go sandwiches.
In the Area
The hotel is set in the Gulch District, a LEED-certified community with an industrial vibe and plenty of hip new restaurants, bars and shops. Among these are buzzed-about boutiques and music venues, since you can’t experience Music City without watching some live shows. Broadway, with its honky tonks, and the studios of Music Row are both adjacent to the neighborhood; the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is an easy 15-minute walk.
How to Get There
The Thompson Nashville is our favorite hotel. A long weekend in Nashville is always a treat. We used to stay in hotels closer to downtown, but enjoy this area more as it puts you closer to wonderful restaurants and less craziness compared to Broadway. It is very easy to get to from the interstate. The rooms are always clean, comfortable and modern. My wife loves the toiletries from DS & Durga. The hotel has a great view of the city from the rooftop bar. They did a better job of warning us about the crowds on this trip to Nashville as the bar does draw people in. They have a wonderful coffee shop downstairs that we like. Drinks and pastries are all made well and consistent. We look forward to coming back again.
The location was central to the activities we chose and in a newer part of Nashville. Rooms were newer with a nice rooftop bar that has a great view of the skyline. Easy access to downtown as well as the West End
Overall the experience was solid. Was it worth $469+/night? No. The rooms were very nice and modern, but things like not having a dresser or large closet to unpack clothes boggled my mind when paying this price. I was staying here during my wedding weekend and made note of this at the time of my reservation, not to sound entitled, but i figured this type of hotel would leave a nice note or a welcome gift in my room, but they did not. The front desk and bellman staff were all very helpful including Raheem who helped with bags and loading car. The gulch is cool, and was nice to be a bit away from the madness of Broadway. Also, we ate breakfast at Marsh House on our final day and it was spectacular - order the Southern breakfast with eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, you won't be disappointed. The rooftop bar is very popular, but the furniture, cleanliness and overall atmosphere on the patio was extremely lacking compared to the lobby restaurant Marsh House. Overall the hotel is worth about $300/night, definitely not $500+ for a basic room.
We were told at check in that, if we visited the rooftop bar we "would be treated as VIP" since we were guests of the hotel. That statement could not be further from the truth. My friends and I got a drink at the bar early in the day, but when we returned later that evening, we were humiliated and asked to leave. We exited the elevators with a group of people and started walking down the hall towards the entrance of the bar just as we had done earlier in the day. Our group was jovial and friendly with fun energy as we exited the elevators. After a few steps we were sternly told by security (who wasn't visible when we first arrived) that we needed to get in line and have our IDs checked. It was a stern and shameful direction given to us all who simply didn't see anyone around that would indicate IDs needed to be checked. We obliged without objection and gathered into a line with our IDs out. But what was worse, is that my friend, who has muscular dystrophy and often takes side steps when standing or walking, was pointed out by a female security officer and was told "you can not come in. you are too drunk". She responded that she wasn't drunk and that it "was simply my best dance move". She tried making light of her typical imbalance issues. I pointed out to the other security officer that she is, in fact, disabled and not drunk and he simply replied "that's not my call. she can't come in"The experience was awful and far from VIP treatment for, not only a guest, but a guest with a disability. The only highlight of this situation was the woman working at the lobby front desk. We told her what happened, she apologized and rode the elevator back up with us to walk us into the bar. Neither security guard was in sight (and no one was checking IDs) when we came back upstairs so we were not given apologies by either of the security guards.
We stayed here for 3 nights. It’s in a fabulous location and has amazing coffee shop on ground floor and roof top bar which we used daily.
The rooms are very spacious with excellent attention to detail from beautiful bathrooms, closets and Marshall speaker.