Nashville has seen a surge in hotel growth recently. And while we absolutely love having the luxurious Omni here in town, and a green and pet-friendly hotel like The Hutton, or the historic and fabulous Hermitage and even the mammoth and fun Opryland Hotel, sometimes we want to stay in — or recommend — a smaller place, one that has less than 100 rooms. Do such hotels exist in Nashville? Yes, and more are on the way! (Rest assured that when they open, we’ll keep you in the loop.)
When small and special is what you or your guests are looking for, here are five solid suggestions:
The Inn at Fontanel
4225 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville • (615) 876-2357
Once the 27,000-square-foot home of country legend Barbara Mandrell, the Inn at Fontanel is a fabulous destination a mere 20 minutes from Nashville. Renovated into the Southern Living Show House, the property also features an outdoor amphitheater (The Woods at Fontanel), zip lining, a distillery, café and more. One thing’s for sure, with just six suites and beautiful grounds, The Inn at Fontanel needs to be on everyone’s radar.
SB tip: Pet-friendly suites are available when fur babies are in tow.
The 404 Nashville
404 12th Ave. S., Nashville • (615) 242-7404
There are just five rooms at 404 Nashville, and the location — in the center of the Gulch — is ultra-convenient for anyone needing to be near downtown. This small, unassuming building is easily overlooked, and that is part of the charm. Modern architecture blends with comfort, with local art filling the walls. Fresh fruit and beverages are available in the common area throughout the day, and 404’s namesake restaurant is located right next door, offering some of Nashville’s most-acclaimed food for dinner. For those who crave privacy and convenience, but still expect exceptional service, consider The 404.
SB tip: Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and complimentary beverages in the in-room refrigerator.
301 Union St., Nashville • (615) 891-6000
The largest hotel on this list, Hotel Indigo has 97 rooms and is at once a nod to Nashville’s past and to its future. The hotel space is a combination of the former American Trust and Nashville Trust buildings, and the newly renovated space is gorgeous. Hotel Indigo is convenient to Nashville’s honky-tonks, Printer’s Alley and The Ryman, but located off the hustle and bustle of lower Broad. With just seven rooms per floor and three suites on the top floor, the hotel feels even smaller than the 97 rooms offered.
SB tip: Be sure to grab a drink at the bar and listen to some live music before you hit the town or on your way back in.
Music City Loft
162 4th Ave. N., Nashville • (615) 712-9552
Okay, this is such a find for the travel-weary who are looking for a unique place with fabulous views located in the middle of it all. Think more “vacation rental property” than hotel room, as that is exactly what Music City Loft is. Just 16 lofts are available to rent, ranging from one to two bedrooms. And, just as the name implies, these are truly lofts, with fully equipped kitchens, laundry and furnished living space. Each room is named after something musical, like Writer’s Round, Taylor, Brooks, Fancy and more. Some lofts hold up to six guests. Monday through Thursday stays require a two-night minimum, with rates starting at $190/night for the Willie, the adorable smallest loft that’s perfect for two people. Thursday through Sunday stays require a three-night minimum. We found the largest loft, a two-story space that accommodates up to six people, with weekend rates starting at $500/night.
SB tip: Floorplans of each loft are found online so you can pick the perfect loft for your needs.
Thistletop Inn in Goodlettsville
1284 Hitt Lane, Goodlettsville • (615) 851-2153
This rustic getaway is technically a B&B, but it breaks the mold of what many consider a bed and breakfast, with its 11 acres and 7,500 square feet of cabin fabulousness. Just 15 minutes from downtown Nashville, you will feel a world away. The Thistletop Inn is both perfect for the tourist who wants to experience Nashville’s gorgeous countryside, as well as be close enough to grab dinner and a show. Sounds pretty perfect for an in-town escape as well, huh? There is a two-night minimum stay.
SB tip: To rent an entire cottage, consider the Elysian Carriage House, found on property but independent from Thistletop Inn with rates starting at $150/night.
More to come …
Some very cool hotel options are headed for Nashville in the coming months, including a 100- to 200-room 21C Hotel. Le Meridien will open at Noel Place, on the corner of Fourth Avenue North and Commerce Street, with 80 rooms. And, for those of you wondering about The Ace Hotel venture in Printer’s Alley, it will have 160 rooms, and the restaurant will be run by none other than the brilliant guys of Strategic Hospitality who have a history in Nashville of working within historic places (you know … the group behind Patterson House, Catbird Seat, Pinewood Social and more!). Nashville was also anointed the coolest cat among hip cities with the nod from Virgin Hotel, which will open its third U.S. location, behind New York and Chicago, on Music Row, in the summer of 2016 with 240 rooms.
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