Hotel Guide

Hotels in TN

Chattanoogan Hotel

1201 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN, 37402
(800) 619-0018
www.chattanooganhotel.com

Blocks away from Chattanooga’s vibrant hipster Main Street, the Chattanoogan Hotel is a warm and welcoming place from the moment you walk into its grand lobby, which is modern, elegant, and rustic all at once. Contemporary art hangs on the walls and sturdy rocking chairs line the sides of the room, while a fireplace, complete with couches to sink into, makes you feel comfortable right away. The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of art galleries, vintage stores, the Chattanooga Choo-choo (of course!) and the new, emerging dining scene in the mountain city. With the Broad Street Grille offering its own enormous selection of farm–to-table cuisine, the hotel offers the quintessential Chattanoogan experience.


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River Inn

50 Harbor Town Square
Memphis, TN, 38103
(901) 260-3333
www.riverinnmemphis.com

A stay at the River Inn is a sweet night spent near downtown Memphis—without the bright lights and crowds. There is wine waiting for you when you arrive in the evening, and coffee outside your room every morning—there’s even a free daily breakfast attentively served by a ready staff. And you’re almost guaranteed a view of the Mississippi, flowing lazily by from your window. Make sure to head over to Terrace to watch the sun set, as you enjoy happy hour. When you stay in any of the generous suites, named for riverboats that sailed down the river in years past, you’ll revel in true Southern hospitality, and might even end up with a case of true Memphis Blues when its time to leave.


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Gaylord Opryland Hotel

2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN, 37214
(615) 889-1000
www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bnago-gaylord-opryland-resort-and-convention-center

The Gaylord Opryland Hotel welcomes more guests than anyone in Nashville, serving country music lovers and convention goers in the thousands. Pastry Chef David Schwab makes sure the endings to those guests-meals are always fun with nostalgic takes on classic desserts—think doughnuts and coffee and tropical mango-coconut torte. Former Bostonian and StarChefs.com Rising Star Richard Garcia took on the executive chef role in the hotel’s Entertainment District this fall, meaning diners can expect the hotel’s casual fare to get an injection of cheffy precision and care.


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Hermitage Hotel

231 6th Avenue North
Nashville, TN, 37219
(615) 244-3121
www.thehermitagehotel.com

A hundred-plus years do a lot in the way of charm at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville. The lobby is exquisitely ornate with molding and pastel frescoes; you can just imagine the dances that have taken place in adjacent ballrooms. During our stay, Memphis’s Peabody Ducks had spent the night and warmed themselves next to a roaring fire. In-room Nespresso is just the start of small luxuries, including personalized stationary waiting on your desk, a deep soaking tub with an adjacent TV and phone (don’t you just hate it when you can’t order room serve, bathe, and watch “Downton Abbey” all at once), and a stack of magazines you actually want to read (Garden & Gun, Condé Nast Traveler, and American Songwriter). The furnishings are elegant and understated with sumptuous curtains framing the room. The Hermitage also is home to Capitol Grille, led by Chef Tyler Brown, one of the city’s best chefs, and Rising Star Pastry Chef Kayla Swartout.


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Hotel Indigo

301 Union Street
Nashville, TN, 37201
(615) 891-6000
www.ihg.com/hotelindigo/hotels/us/en/nashville/bnaus/hoteldetail

When we walked into Nashville’s Hotel Indigo on a week night, there was a live music session going on. Welcome to town—and a lively lobby with a full crowd at District Bar & Kitchen (a bar that turns breakfast spot in the morning). Hotel Indigo knows how to do budget boutique better than anyone, and the design downstairs reflects the company’s careful, playful editing. A library-worthy bookcase is lined with books recovered in shades of orange and red, the ceilings are soaring, and intimate seating arrangements encourage lingering. The rooms are all clean lines with hardwood floors (goodbye cheesy hotel carpet), bright white walls, and generous chairs for lounging.


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Hutton Hotel

1808 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN, 37203
(615) 340-9333
www.huttonhotel.com

Nashville’s Hutton Hotel is sultry. The boutique property looks trés corporate on the outside, but its lobby welcomes guests with fine art—sculpture, photography, and paintings—and modern furnishings. Soft linens in rooms inspire you to curl up after a long day of traveling (or shopping or eating or jamming—whatever your Music City preference), and red accents keep the aesthetic fresh and modern. Bathrooms are all honey-colored wood and glass with gorgeous stone showers made for a long steam. It’s luxury for the modern traveler who expects to lodge as beautifully as they live. And with Chef Charles Phillip at the helm of the property’s 1808 Grille and a bar well-stocked with bourbon, there’s more to enjoy than a plush interior.


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Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

2100 Westland End Avenue
Nashville, TN, 37203
(615) 320-1700
www.loewshotels.com/Vanderbilt-Hotel

The Lowes Vanderbilt exudes luxury with high-end business travelers and ladies with their Louis Vuittons exiting the lobby to valeted cars. The lobby is flanked by a stone-encased gas fireplace and massive mosaic of a country music star, with sleek, blond seating arrangements scattered throughout. The rooms have a splash of Music City charm, soft sheets, and soothing blue, cream, and red tones—more warm and inviting than serene. It’s a room to get cozy in. The bathrooms are fitted with modern fixtures, and walls are covered in Lichtenstein-meets-Hatch-Show-Print paper. Downstairs at the Loews also hosts a bourbon country-worthy bar and Mason’s—the Southern-goes-modernist restaurant led by Chef Brandon Frohne.


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Omni Nashville

250 5th Avenue South
Nashville, TN, 37203
(615) 782-5300
www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/Nashville.aspx

The Omni Nashville traded in its old digs for its current property and enormous sparkling lobby in fall 2013. Snuggled up to the Country Music Hall of Fame and adjacent to the city’s convention center, the Omni is at the center of life and entertainment in downtown Nashville. The folks at Omni corporate also decided to let their Nashville showcase have a heart and soul all its own. There is custom art in every room (complete with upgraded, modern furnishings) and music-themed photography lining the halls. The building is home to the iconic Hatch Show Print, the oldest letterpress factory in the country. And its signature restaurant, Kitchen Notes, does its city proud with a biscuit bar, banging fried chicken, and a stellar menu of Southern classics. There’s lots to explore within the walls of the Omni, your ticket to exploring country music in Nashville.


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Crowne Plaza Knoxville

401 West Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, TN, 37902
(865) 522-2600
www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/reservation

This conveniently located hotel offers you a window to the city’s buzz and urban sprawl—literally if you’re lucky enough to snag a room on one of the top floors. The recently renovated rooms are refreshingly modern and the hotel’s overall relaxed vibe is a nice juxtaposition to the hustle-bustle right outside. Behind the scenes, Chef Gerry Gardner is leading the revamping of Mahogany, moving past what’s expected from a hotel restaurant. He’s making all desserts in-house (to improve quality in small-batch production) and has big plans for the savory side. The hotel also offers meeting facilities, event spaces, a fitness center, and pool.


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