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Downtown Nashville is where the city’s vibrant country music scene comes to life. Broadway (or Honky Tonk Highway) serves as the main artery, where many bars with live musical performances line the street featuring local artists. Some even offer music as early as brunch hours. At night, however, every venue is bustling with tourists and country music lovers alike. The soulful voices of live bands fill the streets, inviting all passersby (no matter their age or favorite genre) to come in and take a listen. The honky-tonks are surrounded by other Nashville landmarks like the Johnny Cash Museum and The Country Music Hall of Fame, as well as brewhouses that serve local beer and American fare. A visit to Nashville’s historic music district isn’t complete without browsing the city’s many boot shops and hat boutiques.
Beyond its vibrant music and shopping scene, the downtown area is also home to a number of outstanding hotels ranging from historic sites to new chic hotels with modern luxury amenities. Whether you’re looking to be right in the action or want a luxury respite, there’s a downtown hotel that’s perfect for you.
The Hermitage Hotel
The Hermitage was Nashville’s first hotel and has been welcoming guests since 1910. From the moment you step inside the hotel’s iconic grand entrance, you’re transported back in time to historic Nashville. The five-star hotel is located in Nashville’s downtown and offers 122 pet-friendly rooms as well as a restaurant and bar. It also has a range of private venues, including boardrooms for corporate meetings and a stunning ballroom for weddings.
21c Museum Hotel Nashville
Part art museum, part hotel, Nashville’s 21c allows guests to take in modern art as they stroll from the lobby to their rooms. Part of the 21c chain of hotels, art decor in the museum rotates often enough so that each stay offers a different experience. In addition to the museum, the hotel also features the Gray & Dudley restaurant as well as a state-of-the-art spa that specializes in massages. A perfect treat after a night out on the town.
The Dream Nashville has 168 Art Deco-inspired rooms, including 21 suites. Its crown jewel is a single 1,400-square-foot presidential suite designed for entertaining, with the hotel’s custom Dream Brew on tap and a mahogany poker table. Each room at the Dream Nashville comes with access to the hotel’s complimentary house car service as well as the 24-hour fitness center complete with a Peloton bike and Purezza sparkling water.
Renaissance Nashville Hotel
Near the convention center and Music Row, Renaissance Nashville offers everything from standard guest rooms to several suite options. The centrally located hotel has 673 rooms spread across 25 floors. Each room has pillow-top mattresses, flat-panel TVs and picture windows offering sweeping views of Nashville. Relax in the hotel’s heated pool or hot tub after a long day of exploring the city, or just take in the beautiful views from your room.
Hotel Indigo Nashville
Indigo Nashville has 97 well-appointed rooms, some of which are pet-friendly. Located in Printers Alley, a famous and historic nook just a few blocks away from Broadway, the hotel has an on-site restaurant as well as a library and fitness center. Thanks to its location, the former bank building has a printer-themed lobby.
Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown
The Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown has 482 rooms spread across 28 stories. The hotel is just a short walk to the city center as well as the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and Tennessee State Museum. The hotel has an on-site American restaurant, a Library Bar for a quiet cocktail as well as an indoor pool.
The Thompson Nashville features rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows as well as a number of suites and one penthouse suite. Grab a Southern seafood dinner at the hotel’s Marsh House restaurant, or head to the rooftop bar, L.A. Jackson, for a craft cocktail or regional beer.