Lodging in Nashville

by Nicole Harms
Many hotels in Nashville sit close to the downtown region.

Many hotels in Nashville sit close to the downtown region.

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Nashville, Tennessee, otherwise known as Music City, is the place where many musical legends get their start. Guests travel to the city to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, see an up-and-coming artist perform at the Grand Ole Opry or tour the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson’s former home. Those staying in Nashville find a wide range of hotels to choose from, including everything from historic luxury hotels to family-friendly chain options.

Top-Rated Hotels

For seven years in a row, Nashville’s Hermitage Hotel has earned AAA five-diamond status, and it also has a prestigious five stars from Forbes. A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the Hermitage Hotel is the city’s only remaining grand hotel, originally opening in 1910. Average size of guest rooms is 475 square feet, considered large in the industry. Rooms have views of the city’s skyline or the capitol building. The Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville has AAA four-diamond status, and has held that status for more than 25 years. Loews caters to families with a game-lending library, welcome gifts from Fisher Price and supervised children’s programs. The hotel also has special services for pets, including room service pet meals, bedding and other pet supplies for guests to use.

Family-Friendly Options

Forbes Travel Guide notes that the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center and Hotel Preston are both family-friendly options. Both hotels earned three stars from Forbes as well. The Gaylord Opryland Hotel is notable as the largest non-casino resort in the nation, as stated by Nashville.com. Family-friendly touches in the hotel include refrigerators in all rooms and pay-per-play gaming systems. The hotel also has two outdoor pools and indoor gardens and rivers complete with boats guests can ride without ever leaving the building. Hotel Preston is a boutique-style hotel near Opryland. Parents can help their children feel comfortable at the hotel by requesting check-in gifts like rubber ducks or art kits as well as in-room pet companions or lava lamps. It also has an outdoor pool.

Suite Hotels

Those looking for additional space while traveling through Nashville may wish to stay in the Embassy Suites Nashville Airport or the Homewood Suites by Hilton Downtown. The pet-friendly Embassy Suites sits just two miles from the Nashville International Airport and has two-room suites with refrigerators and microwaves. All guests at the Embassy Suites receive a cooked-to-order breakfast with their accommodations. The Embassy Suites received three diamonds from AAA. Homewood Suites by Hilton in downtown Nashville sits within two miles of attractions like the Grand Ole Opry, Printers Alley and the Broadway Entertainment District, working well for guests traveling to see the music scene. Each one or two-bedroom suite has a fully equipped kitchen, and all guests receive a hot breakfast each morning and a light dinner reception on Mondays through Thursdays.

Pet-Friendly Lodging

If you bring your pets with you to Nashville, consider booking a stay in the Sheraton Music City, which welcomes pets up to 50 lbs. for a one-time fee and gives guests pet beds for use during the stay. The hotel treats its human guests to indoor and outdoor pools, airport shuttle service and live music six evenings a week. Hotel Indigo also welcomes guests at its location in downtown on the corner of Union and 3rd streets. It sits less than a mile from Printer’s Alley, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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