7 Nashville Hotels We Love Now
Nashville does its best to keep you out until the wee hours on honkytonk crawls, hot chicken pilgrimages, record shopping marathons and rockabilly dance-offs, but now a new crop of hotels is also vying for your attention. From a killer rooftop bar scene to an in-house art gallery, read on for our favorite spots to rest and recharge in Music City.
The centerpiece of the city’s transformed Gulch neighborhood, the towering all-glass Thompson Nashville made its splashy debut at the end of 2016 and was an instant favorite for its hotspot rooftop bar, L.A. Jackson, and sharp style that’s all dark hardwoods, brushed brass and plush velvets. Guestrooms nail the lazy-morning essentials with King beds dressed in 400-thread-count SFERRA linens and floor-to-ceiling windows framing views across the Gulch and Downtown. Downstairs, chef Nathan Duensing is at the helm of streetside Marsh House restaurant where classic Southern dishes are given a creative twist and cocktails change by the season, but the real party happens on the roof, where traditional tipples and local brews pair with vinyl DJ sets and best-in-show views across the cityscape.
The of the 21c museum-hotel group has a convenient Arts District address, minimalist guestrooms, a late-night bar scene and carefully curated art collection. All of this is beyond the cavernous lobby that overlooks the subterranean gallery space — its low-key style echoed on the guest floors. Here, bedrooms have an unfussy, crisp look with floor-to-ceiling patterned drapes, walnut furnishings and King or Double beds, plus simple tiled bathrooms stocked with Malin + Goetz products. On the dining front, Gray & Dudley restaurant is a masterclass in comfort food eats from breakfast to dinner, while the separate bar area is where locals and visitors alike ogle the eclectic art, the sports channels or superior drinks menu with “offbeat” wines and “#fancy” liquors.
Union Station Hotel Nashville, Autograph Collection
Part of Marriott Hotel Group’s upscale Autograph Collection, the Union Station Hotel Nashville occupies a turn-of-the-century building walking distance to the convention center, Music Row and all the honkytonk bars on Broadway. All Romanesque architecture and Italian marble, the 125 rooms and 17 suites are individually designed around the architectural quirks of the original railroad station building, but the look is uniformly elegant and fun, with cowhide headboards, custom iron chandeliers and walnut walls. Snap pictures of the grand barrel-vaulted lobby, stained-glass window and statement light fixtures on the ground floor, and don’t miss a meal at Carter’s, with its two-sided marble bar, quiet booths and shareable, Southern-inspired small plates menu.
Housed in an uninspiring former office building, the Hutton Hotel is all business from the outside, but inside, this West End sleep is a riot of color, pattern and all the cozy home comforts. The 247 guestrooms are big on personality (a treat in a hotel of this size), with patterned carpets, a mismatch of textiles from drapes to throw pillows, and oversized artwork that give subtle nods to Nashville’s musical roots. Granite bathrooms have rainfall showers and come stocked with products from natural skincare favorites, Triumph & Disaster. The recently reopened hotel restaurant is now the WestEnd Kitchen & Bar, with Alinea alum Chris Anderson behind the modern-Southern menu — think fermented collards, bison ribs, blue catfish, crab toast and more.
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The Germantown Inn
A little north of Downtown in walkable Germantown, this six-suite inn is a hit with travelers after a home-from-home vibe, a dose of 19th-century architecture and access to all the indie boutiques and restaurants in this low-key neighborhood. The six suites are named for former US Presidents and all are done up with a mix of vintage and custom furniture, with posh Frette linens and LATHER toiletries. Unique features like working fireplaces and separate sitting areas change from suite to suite. Muffins from local favorite Christie Cookie Co. are served alongside Steadfast Coffee each morning, and there’s a nightly complimentary wine hour from 5 - 6 p.m. in the outdoor courtyard or rooftop terrace. For serious eats, ask the friendly staff to direct you to a local restaurant — we love Monell’s, Rolf and Daughters and Henrietta Red.
The 404 Hotel
An offshoot of its namesake James Beard Award–winning restaurant, this five-room hotel lets you live like a local in the heart of the Gulch. An emailed four-digit log-in replaces check-in and key cards, and while staff members are on site from noon until 8 p.m. daily, and on call 24/7, the experience here is more home rental with perks (housekeeping, parking, WiFi, room service and more) than a conventional hotel stay. Design lovers, in particular, will feel at home among the monochrome palette, custom furnishings and original artwork by local photographer Caroline Allison, and there are plush amenities including Turkish towels, Malin + Goetz products and Sferra linens. Kick off a neighborhood crawl with the two complimentary cocktail vouchers to 404 Kitchen across the street, and don’t miss a 9 p.m. show at the legendary Station Inn and a late dinner or brunch at stylish Little Octopus.
Urban Cowboy is a Brooklyn, NY transplant that’s right at home in hip East Nashville. Housed in a renovated Victorian mansion, the inn's eight rooms are dubbed “experiential suites” and each one is a riot of floor-to-ceiling wallpaper, statement wood walls and antlered accessories. All show off repurposed or custom furniture, free-standing tubs and all the original features of this 19th-century building. Guests are encouraged to meet, greet and experience Nashville together, or at least share a cocktail and meal of seasonal, wood-fired fare in the Public House Bar & Restaurant, located in a stable house out back.
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