Lodging in South Nashville, Tennessee

by Lee Morgan
Just a few miles south of downtown Nashville, there are more options for accommodations.

Just a few miles south of downtown Nashville, there are more options for accommodations.

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On the opposite side of town from the Grand Ole Opry and away from downtown where the honky-tonks await the hoard of visitors each day, South Nashville is an area with its own personality. This easily accessible part of the city borders with the upscale suburban city of Brentwood to the south and the culturally diverse Latin American population of Nashville to the east. Hotels here are generally inexpensive and typically available anytime because of their distance from the better-known attractions of the city.

La Quinta Inn Nashville South

The La Quinta Inn and Suites is located just off Interstate 65, a few minutes south of downtown Nashville. The hotel is located in a busy area convenient to shopping and good local dining options. The hotel is three miles from 100 Oaks outlet mall and Nashville’s largest movie theater. Guests here can walk to excellent local restaurants including Back to Cuba and Mama Mia’s, just one block away. Radnor Lake and historic Traveler’s Rest Plantation are also very close. La Quinta offers spacious rooms and suites with high-speed Internet access, premium cable and on-site laundry facilities. Guests enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning and have access to an outdoor pool.

Red Roof Inn Fairgrounds

The Red Roof Inn Fairgrounds is located six miles south of downtown Nashville. This location is convenient to the State Fairgrounds and Race Track; the Adventure Science Museum; the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere; a minor league baseball stadium; and the local universities of Lipscomb, Vanderbilt and Belmont. The plethora of Mexican and other central and South American cuisines is available just two miles away along Nolensville Road, and chain restaurants like Waffle House and Cracker Barrel are within walking distance. The Red Roof Inn offers rooms with internal entry and an elevator. The rooms are basic but clean and include coffeemakers, cable television, alarm clocks and snack machines in the hallways. This economical option will put visitors within 10 to 15 minutes of all Nashville has to offer, including the Ryman Auditorium, the honky-tonks and the Tennessee Titans stadium.

Holiday Inn Express Brentwood

While Brentwood is technically a city of its own, it is still part of Davidson County and the Nashville Metropolitan Area. This area is home to many of Nashville’s country music and entertainment celebrities and is located just a short drive from Franklin’s Cool Springs Galleria mall and the corporate headquarters of Nissan. There are seemingly endless shopping and dining options throughout Brentwood. Green Hills Mall is also a short drive from Brentwood. The Holiday Inn Express provides spacious rooms and suites that include refrigerators, microwaves, 32-inch LCD televisions with premium cable and more. The hotel offers a business center, Wi-Fi, a large indoor hot tub, exercise facility and banquet rooms.

MainStay Suites

For an extended stay south of Nashville, the MainStay Suites hotel in Brentwood is a good option. The rooms at the MainStay include fully equipped kitchens, flat-screen televisions with premium cable, and wireless Internet access. These rooms are spacious and designed to accommodate the traveler who needs to settle in for more than just a night on the road. This hotel welcomes business travelers with extras, including multiple-line speaker phones, voice mail, lots of workspace and ergonomically designed chairs in each room. Visit the downstairs lobby each Wednesday for a social hour that includes beer, sodas and appetizers for guests. Take a dip in the outdoor pool, work out in the exercise room, or have a barbecue out in the courtyard.

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