The ultimate pilgrimage for country music lovers everywhere, Nashville attracts millions of toe-tapping, cowboy-booted party-loving visitors every year. A Southern city with a big heart and huge amounts of soul, the musical Mecca is easily one of the most fun – and hip – places to visit in the whole of America. It’s also home to a large number of hip and characterful neighborhoods where quirky galleries rub shoulders with thrift stores and stylish restaurants. In a hip city like this, if you stay in one of their amazing hotels, you’ll be in for a treat. Here are the best cool, unique, and trendy hotels in Nashville which will make your stay even more special (in no particular order)…
1. Graduate Nashville – a funky and ultra-unique hotel located in a buzzy part of town
This hugely popular quirky hotel brand has hotels located in university cities all across the US. The Nashville version is located in a lively neighborhood in the Heart of Midtown surrounded by trendy bars and cafes, is a lot of fun with a funky, vibrant and colorful design. The cool and unique rooms at the Graduate Nashville feature electric retro decor with upbeat, floral furnishings, sitting areas, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and minifridges.
Other fun stand features include an animatronic karaoke room, a ritzy cafe complete with funky velvet seats, a rooftop restaurant offering amazing city views and a swimming pool and bar, a 24-hour gym, and complimentary loaner bikes. A very popular and unforgettable hotel and with good reason!
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2. Westin Hotel – one of the hottest and most Instagrammable hotels in town
Right across the street from the famous Music City Centre, the 4-star exceptionally rated Westin Hotel is a modern-looking high-rise hotel that offers mid-level luxury accommodation.
With cozy bedrooms that feature Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, the decor is cool and contemporary, but never dull. If you opt for one of their truly exceptional suites you can enjoy your own private living room, whirlpool, and butler service, whilst some even offer a pool table for a traditional Nashville sporting vibe.
Visitors can dine out at the Decker & Dyer restaurant and bar, gaze at art on the onsite contemporary art gallery, workout at the hotel’s private fitness center, sip on craft cocktails around the cool rooftop swimming pool or shed some stress at the Rhapsody Spa – wonderful!
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3. Virgin Hotels Nashville – the new and already popular modern hotel is the place to be seen (and party!)
This new and already popular large Nashville hotel is located on Nashville’s historic Music Row. The outside is very impressive all sleek and modern with plenty of glass and the inside is also very striking with an upbeat vibe.
The design at the Virgin Hotels Nashville is contemporary with trendy stand-out features and amenities including the signature Virgin Commons Club perfect area for either working or relaxing and includes the ‘Funny Library’, the “Kitchen” dining experience, the Club Bar and Lounge, the ‘Shag Room.’
Other highlights include the Pool Club which offers a rooftop bar, an infinity-edge pool and incredible views, an exercise room, and chic guest rooms complete with minibars, flat screens TVs, Wi-Fi, and sitting areas.
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4. Thompson Nashville – upscale designer chic and one of the best boutique hotels in Nashville
Set the very same block as the beloved Bluegrass music venue, The Station Inn, the 4-star exceptionally rated Thompson Nashville is an energetic new hotel located in the ultra-hip Gulch neighborhood.
The trendy interiors are resplendent with Southern charm and offer floor-to-ceiling windows for amazing views out across Music City. The sleek contemporary design is softened with hardwood floors, sliding barn doors, and premium linens.
There are many romantic hotels in Nashville but this is one of the best and upgraded rooms and suites feature funky claw-foot tubs, wet bars, and living areas. The spirit of Nashville is alive and well in the cool rooftop bar, perfect for sipping on cocktails, while funky modern in-house restaurant promises a farm-fresh menu using locally sourced, artisanal produce.
This ultra-stylish Nashville hotel is also perfectly situated for visiting all of the major attractions in the city if you can prise yourself away of course!
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5. Margaritaville Vacation Club Nashville – a fun, quirky-chic themed hotel which is another great place to party
This popular quirky upscale hotel brand now offers a playful urban retreat in the downtown, trendy, and buzzing SoBro neighborhood of Nashville.
The large, fun, and themed hotel is aimed at “adventurous travelers, and movers and shakers.” The design at the Margaritaville Vacation Club Nashville is beach-inspired and the decor features wood furnishings and colorful accents the modern guest rooms include Wi-Fi, minifridges, flat screens, and coffeemakers and some rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and/or city views and one of the suites include a shuffleboard table.
Other stand-out features include a laid-back restaurant, bar and a terrace, a Starbucks cafe and a cool rooftop pool with city views, and a funky poolside bar featuring regular live music.
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6. The Dive Motel & Swim Club – a hip adult’s only hotel housed in a restored 1950s motor inn
One of the best and most unique places to stay in Nashville, this laid-back, friendly boutique hotel located on Nashville’s Dickerson Pike is highly affordable compared to many of the more upscale boutique hotels in the city.
The cool Nashville hotel has a classic motel-like vibe, featuring vintage furniture and retro ornamental pieces, including shiny disco balls in many of the bedrooms and communal areas.
But there is much more on offer at The Dive Hotel and Swim Club than just the basic motel amenities. An on-site dive bar is available for food and drink seven days a week. The swimming pool has a sunbathing terrace for lounging in summer. And there’s even a late-night kitchen. The bar, pool, and kitchen are open to the general public – a great opportunity to have a chat with some of the friendly locals.
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7. Bobby Hotel – a fun and hip, eclectic hotel on a downtown street perfect for partying
Countless visitors flock to Nashville for the city’s vibrant nightlife, and Bobby Hotel is a self-described lifestyle hotel that delivers that vibrancy right to guests’ doors. Besides rooms to get some rest, guests will find parties, a rooftop bar, and plenty of food and drink right on the premises.
However, that doesn’t mean Bobby is just a party destination. Every detail of the hotel, from the furnishings to the decoration from Bobby’s travels to the dog-in-residence, is designed to make guests feel as if they are Nashville residents during their stay, not just tourists. The prime central location doesn’t hurt either!
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8. Union Station Hotel – a former historic station turned into one of the coolest and most unique places to stay in Nashville
This turn-of-the-century iconic historic building is a part of the fabric of Nashville. The barrel-vaulted, historical train station offers characterful and utterly unique accommodation in Nashville that perfectly blends vintage Americana with modern convenience.
The 4-star highly regarded Union Station Hotel (which is part of the prestigious Autograph collection) sits on Broadway and is within an easy walking distance of the Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Ascend Amphitheatre, while still being somehow tucked away from the noise of all-night parties and late-night revelers.
Every bedroom at this trendsetting Nashville accommodation offers great tech and is different from the next due to the unusual shape of the building. They all offer sumptuous touches such as funky cowhide pattern headboards and vintage pieces that reflect true Nashville charm and splendor! Wonderful!
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9. Gaylord Opryland Resort – a unique and upscale resort hotel with a stunning glass atrium
This huge and famous resort hotel is just a 14-minute walk from the Grand Ole Opry and the kind of upscale accommodation that you would expect to see in any upmarket American hotel. The 4-star exceptionally rated Gaylord Opryland Resort is set under a sprawling and extraordinary glass atrium that has to be seen to be believed and the rooms are stylish and modern.
Part Nashville, part Disneyland, the unique Nashville hotel itself is grand and opulent and offers a ton of facilities to visitors to enjoy. With over 15 different bars and restaurants to sample, you may never actually need to leave the compound – but please do, you are in Nashville after all!
There is also an exercise room, an 18-hole golf course, 2 outdoors pools an indoor pool, over 9 acres of gardens and even ballrooms. Big and bold, even by Nashville standards, the Gaylord Opryland Resort offers everything you need under one roof!
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10. Fieldhouse Jones – a very popular hip and contemporary boutique hotel in Nashville
Located in East Nashville on Main Street and next to a wide array of bars, restaurants, and eateries, Fieldhouse Jones is ideal for exploring all that Nashville has to offer. The cool Nashville hotel has the appearance of a trendy upscale hostel, with ‘experiential’ communal spaces to relax and unwind while playing games.
Guests can enjoy modern industrial decor and an unpretentious, contemporary vibe that’s all about enjoyment and fun. Different room layouts are available for solo travelers, couples, and larger groups.
A coffee shop, restaurant, and rooftop bar are said to be opening to guests in 2020 – so watch this space! Fieldhouse Jones is well-worth a stay for anyone looking to enjoy Nashville’s thriving music scene.
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11. The 404 Hotel – a funky music-themed hotel perfect for millennials and Gen Zs
Easily one of the coolest and best places to stay in Nashville, this quirky and cozy boutique hotel is hidden away in plain sight, amongst the high-rise buildings of the up-and-coming Gulch neighborhood (which is filled with trendy shops and breweries).
Offering a heady mix of vintage and custom-made furniture, the guest suites at the 4-star exceptionally rated 404 Hotel would not look out of place in an interiors magazine with spiral staircases and sleeping lofts, and they all have a deliberately cozy yet low key feel that sets this hip Nashville hotel apart from its big-name neighbors.
Offering what it calls “invisible service” the 404 aims to fulfill the needs of every guest without them even noticing. Tech-heavy suites offer free Wi-Fi, widescreen TVs, iPod docks and even a computer with printer for those looking to work while they are away and there’s even an ultra-trendy restaurant/bar housed in a former shipping container – very hip indeed!
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12. Fairlane Hotel – a beautiful retro-modern Nashville boutique hotel
One of the newest hotels in Music City, this distinctly modernist building was once a bank. Located in the popular downtown business and arts district, the 4-star and already much raved about Fairlane Hotel offers trendy retro-modern interiors awash with mid-century design flourishes. The funky Nashville abode is fully embracing its history and offers guests a touch of luxury and mod cons combined with plenty of nostalgia.
The bedrooms are full of 1960s charm paired with modern convenience, while the hotel’s restaurants include Mile End Delicatessen, a New York-style deli featuring classic deli eats in the lobby of the hotel, a fourth-floor terrace restaurant and bar serving modern twists on classic American favorites.
Union Teller Coffee Counter, also in the lobby, serves freshly brewed Stumptown Coffee and light bites. Step outside and you are just a short walk away from some of the city’s most famous haunts including the Bluebird Cafe and the Grand Ole Opry. If you can, opt to stay in the stylish and – ultra-cool – 1970s-inspired penthouse on offer – easily one of the coolest places to stay in Nashville!
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13. Omni Hotel – a beautiful retro/chic Nashville boutique hotel
Brilliantly located in downtown Nashville, this upscale hotel with a modern exterior is so close to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, it is actually attached to it! All the bedrooms at the 4-star exceptionally rated Omni Hotel have floor-to-ceiling windows and oodles of luxurious charm.
The interior has an upscale feel with plenty of opulence on display throughout, with some rooms offering four-poster beds for added grandeur. There is also a Southern-style restaurant at this trendy Nashville hotel as well as a modern spa, a fitness center and a fabulous rooftop pool and hot tub – you won’t want to leave!
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14. Kimpton Aertson Hotel – a unique and trendy boutique Nashville hotel
Encircled by cool bars and restaurants on the legendary Music Row, this hip and trendy boutique hotel offers plenty of Nashville charm alongside the unique ultramodern design that Kimpton’s are known for. Complete with a rooftop swimming pool, an urban restaurant and its very own Spa, the 4-star exceptionally rated Kimpton Aertson Hotel is an absolute gem.
The bedrooms at this stylish Nashville boutique offer design-forward touches like concrete ceilings and exposed rafters, suites offer balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows and whirlpool tubs, while the communal areas proudly display unusual original art installations. Dine in at the hotels own American brasserie, the Henley, or sip cocktails at the central bar with its Bette Davis’ famed wall mural.
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15. 1 Hotel Nashville – eco-conscious luxury with a wellness spa and yoga studio
Even in a city as full of unique hotels as Nashville, the 1 Hotel Nashville stands out. The centrally located new hotel has a mission that goes beyond luxury, as important as luxury can be. Its goal is to create a “sustainable sanctuary” even in the bustling city. Every luxurious touch in the hotel, from the reclaimed materials in the room to the optional donations, is done with environmental benefits in mind.
The hotel shows its commitment to nature by its welcoming attitude toward pets, one not shared by high-end establishments like this. For a natural oasis, book a stay at the 1 Hotel Nashville.
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16. The Russell – a 1904 church-turned-trendy Nashville boutique hotel
A funky, popular boutique hotel in the historic East Side of Nashville, a short drive from Downtown and set among loads of restaurants, bars, and stores. The Russell Hotel is based inside a renovated historic church and has a fascinating backstory. Many of the original features have been retained, making the hotel one of the coolest in the city.
Guests will experience historic brick walls, beautiful stained glass windows, and many more refinements. Even the church pews have been recycled for use as headboards in the bedrooms! The vibe is quirky and comfortable, suitable for all types of travellers who want easy access to Nashville’s hotspots.
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17. 21c Museum Hotel – part hotel, part art gallery and a great hotel to stay in Nashville
A clever mix of a contemporary art museum and boutique hotel, the 4-star exceptionally rated 21c Museum Hotel is always worth a visit. While the bedrooms at this cool and unusual Nashville hotel are sleek and modern, affording all the modern conveniences visitors could need for their stay as well as hip vintage-chic furniture, it’s the hotel’s 10,500 square feet of exhibition space that arguably is the real draw!
With a changing program of curated exhibitions and installations, the gallery focuses on featuring art from all around the world. Housed in Nashville’s historic Gray & Dudley building, the 21c is close to Printers Alley in downtown Nashville, making it a great spot from which to check out all of the other cultural attractions in the city.
Add in a historic redbrick building dating from 1900, an industrial-chic restaurant and bar, a 24-hour gym and a modern spa and voila! You have yourself a must stay!
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18. Hermitage Hotel – a unique upscale Nashville hotel with lashings of historic charm
Housed in a Beaux Arts building dating back to 1910, this characterful historic place sits directly opposite the Tennessee State Museum. The 5-star exceptionally rated Hermitage Hotel is packed with opulent and quirky touches and offers luxurious accommodation, a grand lobby area and a wood-paneled library bar that specializes in Bourbon and free afternoon cider and cookies.
The bedrooms are spacious, grand and full of antique furnishes that befit the age and grandeur of this five-star hotel perfectly. Upgraded rooms offer sitting areas and sea views. The unique Nashville hotel is also home to the famous Capitol Grill, one the most revered restaurants in the city where you can dine on Southern comfort food and farm-fresh vegetables whilst sipping fine wine!
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19. Hotel Preston – a cool and funky Nashville budget boutique hotel
A stylish and relaxed ultra-modern mid-range hotel situated just outside the city (with a shuttle service on offer), offering its very own art collection and plenty of charming Southern hospitality. Bedrooms at the highly-rated Preston Hotel are sleek and contemporary with some offering wet bars and separate lounges, and you can request quirky extras like lava lamps or a pet service to add a little extra to your experience at the Preston.
You’ll also find an outdoor pool at this funky Nashville accommodation and the Café Isabella serves lunch and light suppers, as well as the Pink Slip bar which offers cocktails and live music most nights of the week. The distance from the main drag of Nashville shouldn’t be a problem either, as the hotel provides regular shuttle buses to and from the local area, so there’s no excuse not to explore!
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20. Hotel Indigo – a sleek, colorful and fun Nashville boutique hotel
Housed in a former bank building in the Printer’s Alley district, the exceptionally rated Indigo Hotel is within an easy walking distance of all of the main downtown attractions including the Country Music Hall of Fame. The decor at this sassy Nashville abode is themed to match the building’s history and location and features plenty of references to days gone by including old photographic murals made from magnified pieces of printing equipment.
The bedrooms are bright and colorful slightly but still maintain a cozy ambiance, and there are plenty of modern conveniences on offer such as spa-inspired showers, and work desks with ergonomic chairs. The District Bar & Kitchen serves barbecue food, and is also one the city’s most popular musical haunts with live music from local singer-songwriters performed almost every evening!
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21. SoBro Guest House – a cool retro/modern all-suite Nashville hotel
The highly-rated SoBro Guest House is a thoroughly modern and popular all-suite hotel in downtown Nashville that offers comfortable self-catering accommodation, laden with musical accessories and funky decor. Working record players and albums can be found throughout the cool and funky retro-chic suites, to ensure that your enjoyment of Music City never ends even when the day has.
The funky Nashville accommodation is located within walking distance of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Ascend Amphitheater and Lower Broadway, these sleek suites come complete with a fitted kitchen, wooden flooring and brightly colored mid-range accommodation. There is no bar or restaurant on-site, but hey, you are in Nashville baby and there is always something happening somewhere close by.
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22. Nashville Riverfront Lofts – trendy loft-style apartments in Nashville
Achingly cool and centrally located, this loft-style apartment offers upscale self-catering accommodation that is sure to impress. With river views, a 20ft ceiling and a large open plan living area full of quirky furniture, the Nashville Riverfront Lofts are located in the historic Market Street Emporium building, nestled between the Wild Horse Saloon and the Hard Rock Cafe.
Honky Tonk Row is just a few steps away, and the chic interiors of this stylish Nashville abode are a mix of exposed brick and industrial features, teamed with soft vintage leather sofas and a high-tech wooden kitchen. Perfect for anyone looking to explore the city at their own pace, the cool apartment also comes with its own parking.
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23. Germantown Inn – a characterful and charming boutique hotel and a popular place to stay in Nashville
Luxury abounds in this two-story Federal-style home that dates back as far as 1865. One of the oldest buildings in the historic Germantown neighborhood, this six-suite luxury boutique inn oozes original and characterful charm.
The perfect retreat from the bustling streets of Music City, guests at the exceptionally rated Germantown Inn can savor its red brick exteriors, high ceilings, large picture windows, and private rooftop terrace, almost as much as the plush bedrooms all named after former American presidents.
Whilst there is no restaurant on-site, breakfast is provided, as are snacks at the bar, and you are only a few short steps away from some of the best restaurants in downtown Nashville. A popular choice for travelers who can’t abide sterile chain hotels!
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