It’s the home of country music and the capital of Tennesse. A trip to Nashville is like a pilgrimage for many country and western fans keen to visit the locations where their idol recorded, or catch some live shows from today’s top musicians. There’s a Hall of Fame Museum dedicated to the state’s best singers and another museum that celebrates the life of legend Johnny Cash. The city is an ideal stop-off while on a deep south or trans-America road trip. Experience the best in Southern hospitality, when you stay at one of these superb Nashville hotels.
The Joseph, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Found in the SoBro district of Nashville’s Downtown, The Joseph is named after the hotel brand’s forefather. Style is at the forefront here – even the staff’s uniforms have been exclusively designed. There are huge sculptures, immersive digital installations, living green walls, original artworks commissioned especially for the hotel and a curated range of goodies in the 297 bedroom’s minibars. Dining is also an art form; Yolan is the in-house signature restaurant (with its own cheese ‘cave’), serving refined Italian dishes, accompanied by vinos from the chilled glass-surrounded wine cellar. The rooftop is home to the indoor-outdoor Denim lounge and the Rose wellness centre.
In the fashionable Gulch district is the Thompson. In keeping with its cool neighbourhood, the hotel lobby has a suitably hipster roastery, Killebrew Coffee, which is open for late-night brews at weekends. Head to the rooftop for a different kind of brew (you can sample many local breweries beers at the bar, along with cocktails and lighter meals), or the ground floor eatery, where seafood is the main attraction. Rooms include floor to ceiling windows, carved dark wooden headboards, furniture that nods to retro design and navy and white furnishings for a classic, yet contemporary effect.
Omni Nashville Hotel
The huge 854 bedroom Omni is, like The Joseph, a native of SoBro. Its size allows for a wide scope of choice under one roof: multiple eating venues including a chophouse and Southern-themed restaurant, a live music bar, boutiques, a pool, spa, fitness centre and art galleries. Families are well looked after with a Kids’ Crew programme of activities and treats in the rooms. Access to the Music City Center and Country Music Hall of Fame is gained directly from the hotel and you can see some memorabilia in-house, as the lobby is adorned with framed costumes worn by notable musicians.
JW Marriott Nashville
34 storeys of gleaming skyscraper make up this four-storey Marriott property. 570 rooms come with 55 inch TVs providing Netflix, Hulu and satellite channels. Guests can drink outdoors on the terrace beside the pool, warmed by the flames of the fire pit, shop at Bells & Whistles the hotel’s boutique and dine at the very top of the building, in the Bourbon Steak restaurant and Sky Bar. Sleek, high-end rooms are complemented by marble bathrooms, epic views and arrival gifts, with hairdressing services available in-suite. While children are accommodated, the JW Marriott is more of a grown-up property.