Nashville, Tennessee is a rising star. This destination has become more popular than ever, drawing hoards of bachelor/bachelorette parties, musicians, and foodies year-round. A new wave of hotels has sprung up to meet demand, offering a wide range of accommodations (from big to boutique) to choose from.
Here are our picks for the best hotels in Nashville.
The Union Station Nashville Yards
Housed in a historic former train station, The Union Station Nashville Yards might just be the prettiest hotel in the city. Built in 1900, the stone gothic building’s turrets and towers look like a medieval castle, making it a unique place to stay.
The well-preserved hotel showcases original features including an arched stained glass ceiling, marble floors, and limestone fireplaces. The 125 rooms blend the historic past with modern amenities, including pillow-top mattresses and custom bedding.
The Union Station is one of Nashville’s most pet-friendly hotels—you can even order room service for your furry travel buddy.
21c Museum Hotel Nashville
Located inside one of the largest multi-venue contemporary art museums in the US, the 21c Museum Hotel Nashville is a colorful place to stay. All guest rooms feature original artwork alongside luxury touches like Malin + Goetz toiletries and Nespresso machines (plus whimsical penguin statues to keep you company).
Book one of the terrace suites to get your own spacious outdoor area where you can admire Nashville from above.
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Quite possibly the most famous hotel in Nashville (or all of Tennessee), the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is so big it feels like its own city. The resort has its own 111,000 square foot indoor/outdoor waterpark, SoundWaves, which is kept at a balmy 84 degrees year-round inside.
If you’re visiting Nashville in the winter, you’ll definitely want to stay at Gaylord Opryland 9or at least stop by to visit) the extravagant Christmas celebration that runs November through January. The holiday showcase features ice sculptures, ice slides, and elaborate lights displays.
Set in Nashville’s lively Gulch neighborhood, Thompson Nashville is within steps of some of the city’s top attractions including the Frist Art Museum, Music Row, and Honky Tonk Highway. You won’t even have to leave the hotel to experience great Nashville dining and nightlife—the Thompson is home to three popular restaurants and bars.
The W Nashville is another great hotel option in the Gulch area. With such a central location, and amenities like the largest pool area in the city, The W Nashville is a popular hangout spot for both locals and visitors. Start your day off on a high note by joining the hotel’s Not Your Average Brunch day party that features unlimited mimosas and a DJ at Proof (the property’s rooftop bar).
BentoLiving Chestnut Hill
Perfect for group trips or long-term stays, BentoLiving Chestnut Hill is a hybrid hotel/apartment rental. Fully furnished apartments, in sizes from studio to five bedrooms, are available to rent by the night, with discounts available for longer stays.
In addition to homey amenities like washer/dryers and full kitchens, BentoLiving features hotel-style perks like a roof deck, restaurant/bar, gym, and on-site shopping. If you need a pet-friendly Nashville hotel, BentoLiving welcomes animals.
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
Need a hotel near Vanderbilt University? Located just across the street, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel offers easy access for parents or prospective students. This West End hotel is famous for its luxury suites, like The Baritone, which features decor inspired by vocalists like Johnny Cash. In addition to musical stylings, the suite features a full kitchen, walk-in closet, Peloton bike, and soaking tub.
Virgin Hotels Nashville
With a unique two-chamber design, rooms at the Virgin Hotels Nashville are great for groups, families, or travel partners with different sleeping schedules. Every room has a sliding barn-style door that separates the bedroom from the rest of the room, to offer more privacy. Get even more space by booking Sir Richard’s Flat, a two-bedroom, two-bathroom penthouse with a private balcony overlooking Nashville’s Music Circle.
Treat yourself to a luxury stay at one of Nashville’s finest hotels, The Joseph. This stunning property is topped off by an Italian-made saltwater pool that sits 21 stories above downtown Nashville. On the same sky-high floor, you’ll find The Joseph’s flagship spa, Rose, where you can enjoy unique treatments like an ice fountain or experience shower.
Guestrooms feature unique artwork, and every room has at least one print from an artist with a connection to Tennessee.
Located on Nashville’s famed Music Row, the Hutton Hotel has its very own concert venue—the intimate Analog. Music is the theme at Hutton Hotel, with a Vinyl Library in the lobby that loans out records to guests, Writers Studios (fully outfitted recording spaces), and melody-themed decorations throughout.
Bring your dog along to this pet-friendly hotel (there are no weight or size restrictions), and get a complimentary assortment of pet amenities upon check-in.
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