Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville

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. Set by a river amongst the quiet hills and farmlands of Tennessee, downtown Nashville is made up of a heady mix of legendary music venues (such as Grand Ole Opry House), crowded honky-tonks offering live music, excellent museums, (including one celebrating the life of the most famous resident Johnny Cash), shops selling seriously kitschy souvenirs and oodles of Southern charm. That’s not forgetting its large number of hip and characterful neighbourhoods where quirky galleries rub shoulders with thrift stores and stylish restaurants. In a hip city like this you know if you stay at one of their cool hotels, you’ll be in for a treat. Here are 15 of the best, trendy unique and trendy hotels in Nashville which will make your stay even more special…

Gaylord Opryland Resort – grand, unique and stylish

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

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!

The 404 Hotel – cool and funky music themed

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

Easily one of the coolest hotels in Nashville, this quirky and cosy boutique hotel is hidden away in plain sight, amongst the high-rise buildings of the up-and-coming Gulch neighbourhood (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 cosy yet low key feel that sets this hip Nashville hotel apart from its big-name neighbours. Offering what it calls “invisible service” the 404 aims to fulfil the needs of every guest without them even noticing. Tech-heavy suites offer free Wi-Fi, wide screen TV’s, 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! 

Thompson Nashville – upscale designer chic

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

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 neighbourhood. The 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. 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!

Fairlane Hotel – a retro modern delight

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

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 favourites. 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!

  • Prices from $190 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Fairlane Hotel

Union Station Hotel – former station turned hip hotel

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

This turn of the century iconic 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 revellers. 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 splendour! Wonderful!

Omni Hotel – a retro/chic Nashville gem

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

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 centre and a fabulous rooftop pool and hot tub – you won’t want to leave!

Kimpton Aertson Hotel – unique and trendy boutique

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

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.

Westin Hotel – one of the hottest new hotels in Nashville

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

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 centre, sip on craft cocktails around the cool rooftop swimming pool or shed some stress at the Rhapsody Spa – wonderful!

  • Prices from $170 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for the Westin Hotel

21c Museum Hotel – a living art gallery

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

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 hotels 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!

  • Prices from $160 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for 21c Museum Hotel

Hermitage Hotel – upscale historic charm

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

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-panelled library bar that specialises 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!

Hotel Preston – cool and funky mid-range hotel

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

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!

  • Prices from $90 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for The Preston Hotel

Hotel Indigo – sleek and colourful boutique

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

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 colourful slightly but still maintain a cosy ambience, 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!

SoBro Guest House – retro/modern all suite hotel

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

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 accoutrements. 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 coloured mid-range accommodation. There is no bar or restaurant onsite, but hey, you are in Nashville baby and there is always something happening somewhere close by.

  • Prices from $170 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for SoBro Guest House

Nashville Riverfront Lofts – hip apartments

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

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.

Germantown Inn – characterful and charming boutique

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Nashville Global Grasshopper

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 neighbourhood, 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 savour 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 onsite, 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 travellers who can’t abide sterile chain hotels!

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