Nashville is having a moment. It seems like hardly a week goes by without another luxury hotel or gourmet restaurant setting up shop. Travelers are arriving from all corners of the globe, eager to experience the city’s legendary country music and good ol’ Southern hospitality for themselves.
It’s easy to see why. Every night of the week crowds are drawn to the neon lights of Lower Broadway, tumbling into raucous honky-tonks and back out into late-night eateries to satisfy their hunger pangs, or whiling away an evening – bourbon cocktail in hand – at one of the city’s many stylish rooftop bars.
While nightlife is very much the star of the show in Music City, it’s important to find the right place to stay – even if only for sleeping off your hangover. To help, we’ve rounded up the best hotels in Nashville, from a cowboy-themed Victorian mansion to a laid-back eco-retreat.
The Joseph, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Our list of the best hotels in Nashville begins with The Joseph – an art lover’s dream. The Pizutti family opened the property in 2020, adorning the walls with over 1,000 pieces of contemporary art from their private collection. Situated in the heart of downtown’s trendy SoBro neighborhood, the elegant hotel is the perfect spot from which to explore the city.
The most exclusive abode at The Joseph is The Presidential Suite up on the 20th floor. Ideal for entertaining, the sprawling apartment features an expansive living and dining area boasting stunning views of the city, as well as an opulent floor-to-ceiling marble bathroom.
There’s also a tranquil saltwater pool, state-of-the-art fitness center and uber-cool rooftop bar to help you unwind. And when it comes to dining, you’ll be well fed at Yolan – the hotel’s authentic Italian restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Tony Mantuano.
1 Hotel Nashville
Also nestled in Nashville’s bustling SoBro district is sustainable luxury lifestyle brand 1 Hotels’ newest outpost. The verdant ivy-covered façade (featuring over 56,000 plants for capturing carbon) sets the tone for your stay.
Stepping inside, those that have visited a 1 Hotels property before won’t be disappointed – you’ll find the familiar laid-back, breezy vibe, with plenty of natural materials used to craft the bespoke furnishings and, of course, lush green plants springing from every corner.
The hotel features 215 rooms and 37 suites, the most luxurious of which is the 2,000-sq-ft Terrace House Suite which boasts an enormous outdoor terrace complete with a day bed and meditation alcove. Super-soft organic cotton robes and natural Bamford toiletries are a thoughtful touch.
Downstairs on the ground floor at 1 Kitchen, talented chef Chris Cray has created an ever-changing seasonal menu bursting with fresh veg. Dishes are nourishing and healthy without sacrificing flavor, with ingredients carefully sourced from a trusted network of local farmers and producers.
The Hermitage Hotel
Our roundup of the best hotels in Nashville would not be complete without mentioning The Hermitage. Built in 1910, the Beaux Arts property is the place to stay if you’re looking for somewhere lavish and traditional.
Situated in downtown Nashville, across the street from the Tennessee State Museum, The Hermitage is within walking distance of many of the city’s best museums and music venues. Entering the ornate marble lobby is like stepping back into another (seriously glamorous) time.
The rooms themselves are bright and airy, featuring four-poster beds, plush carpets and spacious marble bathrooms. It’s well worth sampling the dining venues during your stay. Celebrated chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten showcases the bounty of regional Tennessee produce at Drusie & Darr, while the Pink Hermit is an elegant café/ bar serving freshly baked pastries, light bites and artisanal wines.
Next, we head to Hutton Hotel in Nashville’s trendy West End. Steps from Music Row and around the corner from the Country Music Hall of Fame, it’s the ideal spot for sampling the best live music, restaurants and bars.
Once inside, it’s difficult to imagine you are anywhere but Nashville. The hotel is dotted with contemporary art and wall murals inspired by the city’s vibrant music industry. There’s even a Vinyl Lounge in the lobby with a turntable and curated record library.
The 3,387-sq-ft Hutton Suite is more akin to an apartment than a hotel room. Set over two levels with floor-to-ceiling windows bathing the space in natural light, the modern yet laid-back suite features a full kitchen, musician’s writing room and living room complete with an enormous marble fireplace.
Budding songwriters can also book one of the separate Writers Studios, conceptualized by legendary musicians Dierks Bentley and Ryan Tedder. Featuring the very best microphones, premium tube amps and Martin Guitars, the studios provide a sanctuary for escaping distractions.
Set within a historic Victorian mansion in East Nashville, the next hotel on our list is anything but ordinary. The property comprises just eight completely unique guest suites, adorned with eclectic furnishings, patterned wallpaper and woven rugs.
For something unforgettable, consider booking the Penthouse Suite which sleeps six. The Insta-worthy abode features exposed brick walls, shedloads of reclaimed wood, and a freestanding claw foot tub.
You’ll have the chance to sample plenty of quality Tennessee whiskey at the bar during your stay, and the hotel recently added a casual wine bar complete with a sprawling outdoor terrace for enjoying a tipple in the evening.
Four Seasons Nashville
While the last entry on our list doesn’t open until later this year, it would be remiss of us not to include it because, well, it’s the Four Seasons Nashville. The iconic hotel is already taking reservations at its Nashville outpost and is slated to welcome its first guests in November.
Situated at the heart of the action in the city’s SoBro district, the 40-story glass tower will feature 193 rooms and 43 suites with sweeping vistas of downtown and the Cumberland River. The best place to soak up the views is the Presidential Suite. The light-filled apartment includes a spacious living area with a dining table for eight, private bar and even its own gym.
Four Seasons has curated a range of experiences for guests to fully immerse themselves in Nashville’s vibrant culture, including the chance to collaborate with a local musician to write and record your own song, creating an unforgettable souvenir to remember your trip.