Quickly one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, some people argue Nashville is more transplants than locals. That said, the city still retains all the things that made it an appealing destination in the first place — music, beauty, charm, and a palpable energy. For those looking to experience the Tennessee capital for themselves, here are the best suggestions for where to stay in Nashville.
In the heart of Downtown Nashville, this loft has easy access to all the things that make the city a historic, lively, and increasingly popular place to both visit and live. Just on the other side of the Cumberland River from Nissan Stadium, home the National Football League’s Tennessee Titans, and walking distance from the Tennessee State Capital, this loft’s location can’t be beaten. Off a popular alley crisscrossed by oversized string lights, the Grand Loft has an awesome patio with gorgeous wrought iron features.Book Now
Overlooking the popular The Gulch neighborhood, this hotel is a main representative of the city’s newfound trendiness, both in general and with recently opened accommodations. While Thompson has incredible rooms with tasteful interior design and floor-to-ceiling windows, the hotel aims not only to be a place to stay but somewhere to hang out as well. In the sleek looking hotel, locals and visitors alike can find L.A. Jackson — a rooftop bar and restaurant, Marsh — one of Nashville’s most celebrated seafood restaurants, and Killebrew — a causal coffee house. The Gulch is the location of famous Nashville destinations like the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum as well as The Parthenon, a replica of the famed Greek landmark.Book Now
Amidst Midtown and Music Row, the Kimpton Aertson Hotel is named for Jan Aertson a Dutch immigrant who changed his name to Vanderbilt to honor the hometown he left behind in the Netherlands. Generations later his great-grandson, a railroad tycoon, donated money to establish Vanderbilt University. Nowadays, Nashville’s Vanderbilt University is one of the most prestigious colleges in the United States and is situated on an amazingly beautiful campus. Those staying at the Kimpton Aertson can enjoy sweeping views of the campus from the vantage point offered by the rooftop pool. Just be prepared to book in advance if it’s family weekend at the school.
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A much more different experience than the other places mentioned on this list, this glamping site provides an opportunity to escape from city life and embrace the wild and beautiful nature seen throughout Tennessee. Just a 30-minute drive from Nashville, explorers can get the best of both worlds, natural tranquility and city-induced excitement. The accommodation itself wouldn’t exactly qualify as “roughing it” though. Inside the canvas safari tent, visitors can find a cozy king sized bed. Guests can cook on the charcoal grill or over the fire pit, then enjoy their meal on the shores of the creek passing by the property. Although incredibly clean, some people’s adventurous spirit will be awoken by the use of the outhouse, the only onsite bathroom facility.Book Now
An awesome place to stay for anyone wanting the music history tour of Nashville, this downtown home is an easy walk to a number of live music venues and a few lively honkytonks, plus, the Music City Center is only four blocks away. The place is decorated appropriately, with a British theme and a number of guitars sprinkled throughout the apartment. At one time, the house also hosted its own live music event in conjunction with Sofar Sounds — a popular YouTube channel that holds secret concerts in people’s homes. The main bedroom is located above the living area and is accessed by a bright red spiral staircase.Book Now
Built in 1928, this quaint bungalow in East Nashville has the shell of an old home that has existed through many of the city’s changes and capitalizes on that with its taste in decoration. With old school fans, vintage radios, and furniture that either looks weathered or from a different era, a stay here will feel like a step into hipster paradise. The rest of the interior is comfortable and can sleep up to eight guests, including a space that has been converted into a bedroom by a canvas curtain and gives off major glamping vibes. Outside there is a significant yard and an outdoor shower and vanity.Book Now
Seeming cut directly from the pages of Southern Living, these gorgeous grounds include The Inn, The Mansion, boutique shops, eateries, and even a concert space. Booking a room here is an exceptional experience as this is not a large-scale lodging business. Instead, each accommodation is unique. Guests can stay in guest homes or suites with large patios that wrap around the entirety of their rooms. While The Inn at Fontanel does at first come across as a serene, quiet place to perhaps gather thoughts and spend the day with a book, there is plenty of entertainment available as well. On the grounds, guests looking to get loose can visit the Natchez Hills Winery or Prichard’s Distillery, while adventure-seekers can go zip lining or hike one of the many nearby trails.Book Now
Oone of the most mind-blowing buildings any hotel has been built into, the Gaylord Opryland Resort and the connecting convention center is a sight to be seen. Built surrounding an internal atrium, the focus of this hotel lies inside under the glass. On the ground floor, imagine New Orleans’s Bourbon Street and San Antonio’s River Walk had a baby. Constructed to mimic the French-inspired architecture of New Orleans, the many small structures have restaurants and shops along cobblestone streets, which are intersected by small canals. Throughout the rest of the interior, the hotel has various gardens and waterfalls. And speaking of water, the complex recently opened SoundWaves, a four-acre waterpark with attractions both inside and outside, including a lazy river and wave machine. Meanwhile, the hotel is adjacent to the world famous Grand Ole Opry, as well as the well-known Ryman Auditorium.Book Now