10 Best Places to Stay in Nashville
“More than 2,000 new hotel rooms welcomed guests in Nashville, with over 3,000 more scheduled in 2019,” according to Nashville writer Jennifer Justus. “With so many spots popping up, it’s hard to see them all.” If you’re going to Nashville, there’s no reason to hit the same old-same old major chain spot. Nashville has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to smaller or more uniquely designed boutique destinations. Here are some of our favorites.
21C Museum Hotel Nashville
This hotel and art gallery sits near the rowdy clubs of Lower Broadway and the speakeasies of Printers Alley. That juxtaposition is emblematic of the city’s diverse makeup, which can get lost if you linger in the tourist traps. Instead, locals venture to spots like in-house restaurant Gray & Dudley, helmed by chef Rob Newton, whose edible art is yet another reminder that Nashville’s creativity goes far beyond music.
The Aertson Hotel by Kimpton
This hotel’s elegant minimalism makes for a serene retreat after a vibrant and packed day spent in the city.
With a rooftop pool complete with an adjacent vintage touring bus turned luxe lounge, Bobby Hotel recently opened in the downtown arts district.
The newest addition to the 2019 roster of hotel additions in Nashville, Dream puts visitors right in the heart of Printer’s Alley near the Country Music Hall of Fame, Robert’s Western World (our favorite old-school bar on Broadway), and the Ryman Auditorium. But if you don’t feel like walking, they also offer a complimentary car service through the concierge.
The German Town Inn
Within walking distance of some of the city’s best restaurants and bars, the Germantown Inn offers cozy modern rooms in a property with more of a neighborhood feel.
A powerhouse group of local creatives helped spiff up this property in historic Printers Alley while also remaining mindful of its history. A 1930s hotel formerly owned by the Noel family, it has an Art Deco-era grandness with hues of gold and rose in the lobby's Trade Room bar and gathering space. Nashville architect Nick Dryden left his mark there and throughout the building while coffee aficionado Andy Mumma (the owner of Barista Parlor) opened Drug Store Coffee in the lobby across from Libby Callaway's carefully curated Keep Shop. Nashville's Bryce McCloud organized the space's eclectic artwork and Little Prints, a letterpress shop paying homage to the area's printmaking past. Be sure to stop by the rooftop bar, Rare Bird.
The Thompson Nashville sprang up in The Gulch–a formerly industrial-looking topographical depression that housed a rail yard. Although the hotel is part of an international group, it has a distinctive flair, adding low-key but modern comfort that makes sense in this city. Visit the rooftop bar with its sweeping views. And don’t miss some of the tastiest biscuits and croissants in town from pastry chef Lisa Marie White on the ground floor at Killebrew coffee shop.
Union Station Hotel
Nashville’s downtown 19th century train station turned historic hotel has had a recent makeover with modern fixtures and an updated lobby bar, Carter’s. Plus new bunk rooms for the kids upstairs make staying here with family easy.
An East Nashville Victorian house turned boutique inn with ’70s country inspiration, the indoor-outdoor Public House Kitchen and Bar in the backyard makes an intimate meal or drink get-together just steps away.