In Nashville, the term "budget hotel" is relative. Although the city's popularity with traveling country music fans ensures that it retains a selection of both cheap and mid-range accommodations, Nashville's rise as a destination for tourists in general and as a convention center have led to a rise in prices. Nevertheless, it is still possible to hunt for hotel bargains in Nashville.
The peak travel period in Nashville is unsurprisingly during the summer, and visitors can expect elevated room rates during that period. This is especially true during the Country Music Association (CMA) Festival in mid-June, when room shortages are possible. Summer visitors to Nashville should plan ahead and book in advance. During the summer, discounts may be available during weeks with no conventions or other major events, so it never hurts to call a prospective hotel and inquire directly.
Best Western Music Row
The Best Western Music Row combines reasonable prices and basic comforts with a measure of personality and a convenient location. Downtown Nashville fixtures such as the Country Music Hall of Fame are about a mile away and the hotel offers free parking. The rooms are appointed in mid-range hotel fashion with dark wood furniture and include Wi-Fi, while the public areas of the hotel have plush leather furniture. The hotel hosts a live music show in its lounge every night except Sunday.
Comfort Inn Downtown
This outpost of the Comfort Inn chain is also located roughly a mile from downtown Nashville in the center of the city's Music Row. The numerous autographed pictures from country music's luminaries that decorate the lobby walls attest to the virtues of the location. Rooms are appointed in a motel-style fashion with light wood fittings, making the hotel a relatively inexpensive, comfortable and clean place to stay. On the downside, free Wi-Fi is available only in the hotel's public spaces.
Fiddler's Inn is a substantial 204-room, three-building motel complex located across the road from the Grand Ole Opry. While that area is far enough from downtown Nashville and the city's other points of interest to necessitate driving to see anything beyond the Grand Ole Opry, the hotel does have plenty of free parking available. Rooms are decorated in a mid-range fashion and come with cable TV. No Wi-Fi access exists at the hotel, and the complimentary breakfast is limited to coffee and pastries.