Nashville, Tennessee, long known as the country music recording capital of the world, and a bastion of southern history and culture, offers accommodations in every taste and price point. Most of the resort hotels -- those that feature much more than just a room and a meal -- are located near downtown and the Grand Ole Opry. Nashville is also home to The Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson's home; historic Belle Mead Plantation; and a full-size replica of Greece's Parthenon.
Gaylord Opryland Resort
The largest and best-known of Nashville's resorts is the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Guests entering the lobby can view the indoor waterscape added in the renovations that followed storm-caused flooding in 2010. The awe factor continues with the indoor Delta River, on which guests can view the property from a cruise, and the 9-acre indoor botanical gardens. Many of the 2,881 rooms have balconies that look down upon the lush greenery, and guests can dine in the restaurant that sits in the gardens. The country music theme also prevails: guests can do the two-step to live music in one of the resort's bars and lounges, attend a concert featuring country music stars or buy music souvenirs in one of the dozen on-site shops. The AAA Four-Diamond resort has an 18-hole golf course and both indoor and outdoor pools. Guests can easily walk to the Grand Ole Opry and other music-related attractions.
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
If you're visiting a student at Nashville's Vanderbilt University, you can enjoy the AAA Four-Diamond luxury amenities of the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, just across the street from the main entrance. The resort hotel, which is less than 2 miles from the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and historic Ryman Auditorium, features 340 rooms and suites. A lobby jukebox plays the hits of the celebrity guests who have stayed there. Restaurants include a Ruth's Chris Steak House, and guests can view and purchase art from an on-site gallery featuring the work of a local artist. If your student insists that you bring Fido from home to visit, you can get help with walking duties from the hotel staff.
Hilton Nashville Downtown
Across the street from the Nashville Convention Center and adjacent to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, the Hilton Nashville Downtown sits on three acres of landscaped grounds. The all-suite hotel resort offers convenience to convention-goers and plenty of amenities for families who tag along. The resort's concierge can help you make plans to visit location attractions such as the Historic RCA Studio B on Music Row, Bicentennial Capitol Mall and Park and the Frist Center for the Arts. The hotel, where guests have a choice of four restaurants, also offers transportation within the area and a rental car desk.
Nashville Airport Marriott
If you prefer to stay near Nashville International Airport, you can hop a complimentary shuttle to the nearby Marriott, a AAA Three-Diamond, smoke-free property that has enough amenities to satisfy your needs without leaving the grounds. The 18-floor, 380-room resort hotel has an indoor/outdoor pool, a business center that includes translation and notary services, concierge service, a spa, health club and restaurant and bar. For those who like a little sports with their exercise, the Marriott has on-site batting cages and basketball courts and is near bowling and miniature golf. The Marriott also has a Nickelodeon Your Stay Program, which keeps little ones busy with an activity book and a secret code for a free online game.
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