The Top Boutique Hotels in Nashville
By Mary Noe
Nashville… just the name of this iconic American city evokes visions of neon-lit honky-tonks, spicy hot chicken, and unrivaled live music. The capital of the US state of Tennessee, Nashville is home to the famous Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the historic Ryman Auditorium, world-renown universities, and several major-league sports teams.
Named one of the ‘Friendliest Cities in the World’ by Travel + Leisure, Nashville continues to be one of the world’s hottest travel destinations, and National Geographic Traveller UK, Business Insider, Travelocity, and Huffington Post UK all agree that Nashville is a must-visit 2018 destination.
Known for its warm, Southern hospitality, Nashville is creative, cutting-edge, fresh, and welcoming. Much like its incredible music scene, ‘Music City’ offers a diverse and unique playlist of luxury lodging experiences, including hip hotels, inns perfect for romantic getaways, and some of the south’s best resorts. From legendary favorites to brash newcomers, Nashville’s luxury hotel scene offers unique and indulgent choices, including outstanding boutique hotels. The literal definition of a boutique hotel is “a small stylish hotel, typically one situated in a fashionable urban location.”
To help you choose the best place to stay, here is our list of the Top Boutique Hotels in Nashville.
21c Museum Hotel Nashville (Featured Destination)
If you’ve ever wanted to spend the night in your own private art museum, book a stay at the buzzy 21c Museum Hotel Nashville. The award-winning property merges the worlds of contemporary art and luxury hospitality – part multi-venue art museum, part luxury hotel, topped off with an award-winning chef-driven restaurant – and offers guests a truly unique travel experience.
Founded by contemporary art collectors Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, the 21c Museum Hotel family includes seven museum hotels in the South and Midwest, with more on the way. All seven 21c properties were recently named ‘Top Hotels in the South’ in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards, and the 21c Nashville property ranks among the best new hotels in the country, according to the readers of USA Today.
The 21c Museum Hotel Nashville guestrooms and suites are stylish and calm, designed to serve as sanctuaries from the galleries and the hustle and bustle of Music City. Of the 124 rooms, 14 are suites, including stunning Rooftop Suites with outdoor terraces. For a truly exceptional stay, book one of the three “artist experience suites”, each curated by one of today’s most intriguing contemporary icons (actor, director, and art collector Adrian Grenier, Dutch artist Sebastiaan Bremer, and visual artist and rapper Yung Jake). Guest rooms all feature the excellent amenities you would expect from a hotel of this caliber, including free Wi-Fi, HDTV flat screen televisions, Nespresso coffee machines, Malin + Goetz bath amenities, and luxurious bedding. And for those who like to work out, the fitness center is open 24 hours.
Enjoy the sophisticated yet comfortable ambiance of the property’s restaurant and lounge, Gray & Dudley, known for its delicious food and upscale vibe. Award-winning executive chef Levon Wallace continues to garner acclaim for his fresh twists on downhome dishes, and the lounge area is sophisticated yet comfortable.
Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, this exquisite boutique hotel is within walking distance of the famous honky-tonks of Lower Broadway, the Ryman Auditorium, and Bridgestone Arena, but is tucked away from the crowds and noise.
Luxury Globe Tip: The hotel art gallery is open 24 hours a day, and locals and visitors alike can take advantage of complimentary docent-led museum tours offered several times a week. Artwork not to miss: the famous 21c human-size penguin sculptures that have become guest favorites at each property. The 21c Museum Hotel Nashville mascots are part of a flock of limited edition Teal Penguins, a color that’s associated with serenity and strength, calmness and clarity.
Read More: LuxuryUS – Museum Peace: Restful Stays at Luxurious 21c Museum Hotel Nashville
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The 404 Hotel
Located in The Gulch neighborhood just a few blocks from downtown Nashville, The 404 Hotel is a hideaway in plain sight. Featuring only four king suite rooms, this hidden boutique hotel appeals to travelers who are looking for a unique and private getaway.
The 404 Hotel operates on a “hands-off” approach to luxury hospitality, and offers “invisible service”, treating guests to a luxury hotel experience with the privacy and ease that come with a rented apartment. Fresh, clean aesthetics drive the décor – think luxurious Sferra fine linens, Turkish-T bathrobes, warm wood accents, local photography, and a mix of custom and vintage furniture.
Just across the street, The 404 Kitchen presents classic European cuisine with an emphasis on local, seasonal fare. Helmed by James Beard-nominated chef Matt Bolus, the local favorite has been featured in Southern Living, Food & Wine, and Condē Naste Traveler as one of Nashville’s best restaurants. Gertie’s Bar serves up unique cocktails, rare and unusual wines, and one of the largest whiskey selections in Nashville (which was named to Travel + Leisure‘s list of the best whiskey bars in America). Sounds like to perfect place to imbibe before retiring to your urban oasis!
Rates and Reviews: The 404 Hotel
One of Music City’s newest boutique hotels, Fairlane Hotel delivers a retro-modern experience with timeless appeal and classic style. Located in in a historic bank building in downtown Nashville’s Arts District, this luxurious 81-room property is bringing the vibe of the 1960s and 70s back to Nashville, and offers a fresh take on the clean simplicity of mid-century architectural design.
The property’s original interior and exterior architecture, including terrazzo flooring and original wood paneling and travertine columns, are timelessly presented with modern flair. Era-appropriate details extend to the large guestrooms, where floor-to-ceiling windows provide expansive views. Want to relax in your own 70s style crash pad? Then book the 4,000-square foot Penthouse, with smoked mirrored ceilings, a private elevator, and a wraparound terrace.
The Fairlane offers enticing food and beverage options, including Union Teller Coffee Counter (featuring freshly-brewed Stumptown coffee), Mile End Delicatessen, and Ellington’s Mid Way Bar and Grill, the fourth-floor terrace restaurant.
Luxury Globe Tip: End your workday in true Mad Men style with the Fairlane at Five. At 5pm each day, the resident ‘Governor’ circulates the lobby with a vintage bar cart serving local spirits and bottled Coca Cola, all to the tune of whatever soundtrack suits the mood.
Rates and Reviews: Fairlane Hotel
the germantown inn
Located in one of the oldest buildings in the historic Nashville neighborhood of Germantown, the germantown inn is a two-story, Federal-style house constructed in 1865 that has been reimagined into an inspired six-bedroom luxury boutique inn.
Set in a quaint neighborhood just blocks from downtown Nashville, the property features a charming red brick exterior, tall ceilings, large picture windows, a lush outdoor courtyard, and a private rooftop terrace with downtown and neighborhood views.
Chic sophistication meets traditional style at the lovely inn, where the décor includes modern textures and updated amenities to balance the original character of the historic building. Each of the inn’s six light-filled suites is named for a former US President (including Tennessee native James Polk, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison), whose respective connections to the area inspired the interior design. All suites also have a curated mix of vintage and custom furniture, original artwork, Frette linens, and LATHER toiletries.
The charming inn is within walking distance from some of Music City’s best restaurants, high-end shopping and more.
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Noelle, a reimagined 224-room hotel set in the former home of one of downtown Nashville’s first luxury properties, is an outstanding addition to Music City’s boutique lodging scene.
Brought to life by collaboration with local partners, Noelle showcases Nashville’s thriving creative community. Thoughtful design details appear throughout the property, from the restored terrazzo floors, original brass hardware, and soft pink Tennessee granite walls, to fresh touches like geometric Art Deco patterning carved into the wood ceilings in the guest rooms. All guestrooms and suites have king-sized beds, with 12th floor VIP suites featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and beautiful views of downtown Nashville. A fitness center with Peloton bikes rounds out the guest amenities.
Located on historic Printers Alley, Noelle features engaging social spaces, including Makeready Libations & Liberation, an elevated tavern concept; a chic; a chic lobby bar, Trade Room; a coffee shop, Drug Store Coffee; a retail store, Keep Shop; and a working print shop, Little Prints. The rooftop lounge, Rare Bird, offers an impressive downtown vantage point, with views overlooking the Cumberland River and Nissan Stadium.
Owned by Rockbridge Capital and operated by MAKEREADY, Noelle is a member of Tribute Portfolio, Marriott International’s newest collection brand, offering exceptional independent hotels around the globe.
Rates and Reviews: Noelle
SoBro Guest House
Located in the heart of Nashville, SoBro Guest House blends the services of an upscale inn with the comforts of home. Offering an attentive but behind the scenes approach to boutique accommodations, the staff use technology to communicate with guests via text message, email, and mobile phone. Reservations are made online and there is no physical front desk: on your arrival day you will be sent an email prompting you through the check-in process. No need to feel unconnected… the dedicated team is always reachable and sends daily text messages with weather report, restaurant recommendations, and “things to do” in town that day. Guests may also request grocery delivery and dry cleaning service via email or app.
All suites offer one private bedroom, a separate living room with a queen-size sofa-bed, and full kitchen, and are outfitted with luxurious Euro-top, king-size beds dressed with fine sheets and down bedding, fully-equipped modern kitchens, complimentary French press coffee, plush bath robes, and CO Bigelow bath amenities.
Luxury Globe Tip: Check out custom playlists curated by Nashville locals, including new music and remixes by Nashville artists.
Rates and Reviews: SoBro Guest House
The Inn at Fontanel
The Inn at Fontanel, part of the Southern Living Hotel Collection, is nestled on the grounds of the Mansion at Fontanel, the former home of country music legend Barbara Mandrell. Only a few miles north of downtown Nashville, the inn offers six unique suites, all connected by a huge deck with views of the courtyard, gardens, and pond. The Great Room is the common gathering area for all guests, and includes a dining room, a living room, and a kitchen. Clerestory windows complement the soaring cathedral ceiling and flood the area with sunlight.
Special touches include made to order, complimentary breakfast, pillow candy by Goo Goo, 24-hour concierge service, and golf cart usage. Property highlights include tours of the Mansion at Fontanel, a magnificent 33,000-square foot log home filled with mementos and memorabilia from country music legends. The 186 acres of property is also home to Café Fontanella, perfect for brunch, dinner, drinks, and live music, along with Prichard’s Distillery, Natchez Hills Winery, Stone House Gift Shoppe, Adventureworks Ziplines, public walking trails, and the Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater, a 4,500-seat natural outdoor music venue.
Rates and Reviews: The Inn at Fontanel
Kimpton Aertson Hotel
Located in Midtown, the Kimpton Aertson Hotel immerses guests in local Nashville culture. Near Music Row, Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities, a stay at the Aertson will set the stage for an authentic Nashville experience. The hotel’s interior design melds industrial and organic details, from the hand-knotted, painted rope front desk in the open lobby to a curtain of river stones and a double-sided fireplace wrapped in floating ceramic.
With 180 guestrooms, the Kimpton Aertson offers a variety of room choices. Cararra marble, industrial-era concrete ceilings, leather stitched headboards, and live-edge wood compliment the serene décor, and every room features custom art from the legendary Hatch Show Print, a print shop that’s been creating colorful show posters for over a century.
Guests have access to the sumptuous Woodhouse Spa, cruiser bikes, and modern fitness facilities, and hosted wine hour and morning coffee are complimentary during your stay. Dine at Henley, the on-site, award-winning “modern American brasserie,” unwind in the Henley bar, or check out the eighth-floor outdoor living room with seasonal swimming pool, bar and shady cabanas.
Rates and Reviews: Kimpton Aertson
The Hutton Hotel
For an ultra-hip vibe and utterly cool Nashville experience, the Four-Star Four-Diamond Hutton Hotel immerses guests in Nashville’s creative culture. The Hutton offers an edgy luxury experience coupled with distinctive Southern-style hospitality.
The 250 guestrooms offer eccentric design elements mirroring the vibrant energy of Nashville. Elegantly textured spaces are comfortable and serene, with plush bedding and granite bathrooms that include rainfall showers and Triumph & Disaster bath amenities. You’ll feel like a rock star with in-room record players (along with a collection of vinyl albums) available on request, complimentary featured cocktails offered daily between 4pm and 6pm daily at the hotel’s WestEnd Kitchen & Bar, and the Hutton’s Tesla Model S house car. The VIP treatment continues at Analog, the new 5,000-square foot lounge and live entertainment venue, and in two fully equipped Writers’ Rooms for musician guests
WestEnd Kitchen & Bar brings international flair to traditional Southern cuisine, and WestEnd Coffee Bar serves handcrafted Parlor brand coffee and house made pastries. The recently remodeled property is located in the West End neighborhood, just steps from Music Row and less than one mile from Downtown.
Rates and Reviews: The Hutton Hotel
Holston House Nashville
Holston House Nashville mixes vintage design with inviting Nashvillian touches in an historic, art deco-style building just steps from Broadway. Classic architectural details, including ornate art deco detailing on the hotel’s exterior, extend to the 191 chic and comfortable guestrooms, which are infused with a mix of rugged decor (such as sliding barn doors) and modern touches (like marble tiling in the showers)
At TENN, the hotel’s signature restaurant, indulge in American fare with a distinctly southern twist – think fried catfish sandwiches and grilled rainbow trout. Dishes are heavily influenced by regional farmers, ranchers, anglers, and artisanal purveyors, and the casual atmosphere encourages guests to unwind and enjoy.
The lobby bar, Bar TENN, offers a comfortable spot to relax over craft cocktails, artisanal coffee, or local brews. To party high above Nashville, head upstairs to TENN on Top. The property’s rooftop bar wows with spectacular views, small plates, a curated selection of bourbons, scotches, and whiskeys, a gorgeous pool, and live music
Rates and Reviews: Holston House Nashville
Cambria Nashville Downtown
Another of Nashville’s newest boutique offerings, Cambria Nashville Downtown is set in Nashville’s SoBro (south of Broadway) district. Brimming with Southern hospitality and Music City’s vibrant energy, Cambria Nashville Downtown brings a boutique, tech-focused option designed for the modern traveler. The sleek new property features 255-guestrooms with sweeping views of the Nashville skyline, and offers a full range of thoughtfully-curated amenities, including pillow top bedding, spa-like bathrooms, ACCA KAPPA Spa Amenities, and a state-of-the-art Precor fitness center.
No new hotel in Nashville would be complete without a space for live music, and Cambria offers TRUE, an intimate 130-seat venue with a world-class stage, bringing bring both local and national acts directly to the hotel. TRUE is situated on the fifth floor, right next to the rooftop pool. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, guests can take a dip, grab a drink, and enjoy live music while being dazzled by the Nashville city lights.
Rates and Reviews: Cambria Nashville Downtown
Newly opened in the spring of 2018, Bobby Hotel is a fresh addition to Nashville’s creative community. Centrally located just steps from Nashville’s main music and cultural artery, the nine-story, 144-room boutique hotel celebrates country life with urban appeal.
The eclectic property offers spacious guestrooms that are designed around pieces found in Paris, Amsterdam, New York, London, Marrakech, and Rome, and are enhanced with William Roam bath amenities and rainfall shower heads. Additional enhancements include The Spa at Bobby, 24-hour fitness center, and concierge service.
Bobby offers 24-hour room service as well as several on-site dining options. Enjoy classic American fare at Tavern at Bobby, hang out in Bobby’s Garage, a gritty bar just steps off Printers Alley, or relax on the Rooftop Lounge, complete with dipping pool and a vintage tour bus that’s retrofitted for late-night parties under the stars.
The custom designed atmosphere of Bobby Hotel offers a fun experience that will solidify you as a lifelong friend of Bobby’s, world traveler and new Nashville local!
Rates and Reviews: Bobby Hotel
Contributing Editor Mary Noe is a freelance writer who offers a fresh approach on local happenings, keeping readers current on travel, community, and lifestyle trends.