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Where to Stay in Nashville: Best Areas & Hotels, 2019

Written by Lura Seavey and Carri Wilbanks
Feb 26, 2019

Whether you are exploring this music-centric city for a family vacation or business trip, downtown is the best place to stay in Nashville. It is also an expensive area to stay, and exudes a lively atmosphere. Music Row, not far from downtown, is another popular area where you will find plenty of entertainment, hotels, and restaurants.

Just beyond here is the hip West End, home to Vanderbilt College and Nashville's Parthenon, as well as a plethora of trendy eateries. Opryland, a neighborhood named for the Grand Ole Opry venue, sits to the east of downtown and is somewhat removed from the rest of the city by the meandering river.

The area surrounding Nashville Airport has many lodgings that offer good rates and dependable service, which makes the short drive to the city's top attractions a reasonable option.

Where to Stay for Luxury

Riverboat and downtown

Riverboat and downtown

The Omni Nashville Hotel offers both luxury and convenience with its ideal downtown location. Adjacent to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Omni is just a few minutes' walk to the Music City Walk of Fame Park, the Bridgestone Arena, and the Johnny Cash Museum. Guest rooms are modern but have classic touches that provide character, and the hotel provides a full range of amenities, including a heated pool, fitness center, and business center, and it is known for its excellent full-service spa.

Near Victory Park and next door to Ryman Auditorium, the Renaissance Nashville Hotel offers exceptionally personal service, including free rides within a three-mile radius. Guests will enjoy views of the city during their ride in a glass elevator to rooms decorated with tasteful music-themed murals.

The trendy Thompson Nashville is a hot spot for musicians and celebrities, located in "the Gulch," a lively entertainment-rich neighborhood not far from Music Row. Rooms are decorated in edgy black and white, with splashes of bright color and hardwood floors, and the large bathrooms have luxurious soaking tubs. Despite the hip atmosphere, families are welcome - including the dog!

The Inn at Fontanel is equally family- and dog-friendly, offering spacious suites that are the epitome of southern country living at its best. A generous breakfast is included, as well as tours of the Mansion at Fontanel. The inn is located close to the mansion and Adventureworks Zipline Forest at Fontanel, north of the city but easily accessible by car.

Where to Stay for the Best Value

The Nashville Parthenon

The Nashville Parthenon

For an ideal combination of location, price, and amenities, the Homewood Suites Nashville Vanderbilt is the place to stay. This all-suite hotel includes kitchenettes, free breakfast, self-service laundry, heated pool, and even offers a shuttle to downtown locations. There is also plenty to do within walking distance. It is located in the West End, just steps from the Parthenon and Vanderbilt University, a 15-minute walk to Music Row, and surrounded by restaurants.

To the east of downtown, the Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville @ Opryland is convenient to the legendary Grand Ole Opry and the other Opryland attractions, including Madame Tussauds Nashville and the Opryland Museum. Guests can take advantage of a free shuttle to and from the airport and Opryland Resort or purchase a round-trip ticket to downtown for just $10, half the price of a taxi. In addition to a complimentary breakfast with a great coffee selection, the hotel shop sells beverages, snacks, and even meals that can be prepared with the in-room microwave.

Convenient to main routes into the city, the Quality Suites Nashville Airport has updated rooms and facilities that are modern and posh, and it provides free popcorn and fresh-baked cookies to guests in the evenings. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, an airport shuttle, pool, and self-serve laundry.

Where to Stay on a Budget

Nashville skyline

Nashville skyline

If you are looking for a cheap hotel, budget accommodation can be found just outside the city center.

Just across the river from downtown and a 10-minute walk to Nissan Stadium, the Knights Inn Nashville Downtown offers exceptional value. Guests can enjoy the pool, free parking, a generous breakfast, in-room fridge and microwave, and self-service laundry.

The Sleep Inn Nashville Airport, with a fitness center, serves a complimentary breakfast, as does the Best Western Plus Nashville Airport Hotel, which also has an indoor/outdoor pool, spotless rooms, and wonderful staff.

Where to Stay for Romance

Downtown farmers market

Downtown farmers market

The most romantic hotel and luxurious place to stay in Nashville is arguably the Hermitage Hotel, the city's oldest hotel. The building, which is a historic landmark built in 1910, has a lavishly embellished interior with ornate arched columns and ceilings, the entirety of which radiates elegance. Room amenities include a huge soaking tub and state-of-the-art entertainment systems with televisions in the bathroom mirror. This is a favorite wedding venue, and is conveniently located in the heart of the downtown arts district overlooking the capitol building and close to Victory Park.

For longer stays, couples will fall in love with the SoBro Guest House, an all-suite boutique hotel that includes free parking in its downtown location just two blocks from the Country Music Hall of Fame. Each suite has king-size beds, a living room with pull-out sofa, and a fully-equipped kitchen.

Slightly removed from the bustle of the tourist areas, The Germantown Inn sits just to the north of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and is close to Fort Nashborough. This is a six-room boutique inn that provides complimentary parking, Wi-Fi, and breakfast, and has a lovely patio where guests can sit and relax. The rooms are bright and spacious with their own character that is quirky but classy.

Located near the iconic Grand Ole Opry, the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center welcomes couples, groups, and families of all sizes to a unique experience. In addition to guest rooms, the structure includes nine acres of gardens, a river, and waterfalls - all within a climate controlled atrium. Like a village in a capsule, shops and restaurants sit beside the water while fish swim and the passenger boat floats by. There is also an on-site spa, as well as both indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, and children's activities.

Where to Stay for Families

Fountain at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville

Families in town to visit loved ones at Vanderbilt University will like the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University. The hotel is right on the campus next to Vanderbilt Stadium. Contemporary rooms and suites have been recently renovated and come with comfy pillow-top mattresses and high-tech, smart TVs that let you stream your Netflix queue. The hotel runs a free shuttle around town, and on-site amenities include a coffee shop and a restaurant serving American fare.

In Green Hills, which is a short drive from downtown, the Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville - Green Hills is a good-value choice for families with their own transport. Choose from well-appointed rooms, some of which come with sleeper sofas, or the larger suites, which include kitchens — a major perk when traveling with small children. Away from the rooms, on-site amenities include an outdoor pool, workout room, and a hot tub. The free hot breakfast is another perk as is complimentary parking.

In Printer's Alley, which is a great downtown location just a few minutes' walk from the Tennessee State Museum, Hotel Indigo Nashville is a trendy mid-range choice for families. Inside a former bank building, the hotel still maintains some of the original features like the travertine floors. It offers spacious rooms with stylish, colorful decor. Amenities include an on-site restaurant serving breakfast lunch and dinner and a lounge where local singer/songwriters play nightly.

Another good family hotel in Nashville, The Westin Nashville is also in a central downtown location across from the Music City Center. It offers kid-friendly amenities, like indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and wallet perks, like children under 18 stay free. There are a range of contemporary rooms and suites, and the latter come with butler service. Other amenities include several restaurants, a spa, and a fitness center.

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