Luxury hotels are flocking to Nashville. Here’s our guide on how to get the most out of your stay. – Robb Report
The Strass Cowboy? Today it would be dripping with diamonds. Country music’s witty house has taken a turn for luxury, with a glamorous sheen that would leave Dolly Parton for dust (sparkling, in her case, of course).
In the past year alone, more than half of the 2,300 new hotel rooms Nashville has added as part of a new hospitality boom have been five-star hotels, including the new W Hotel, the Four Seasons and 1 Hotels. They join a list that includes the Joseph, which opened in August 2020, and the historic Hermitage, one of the city’s pioneering luxury piles which opened in 1910 but has since completed a renovation of several million which began in 2003. All this, and more to come: The Ritz Carlton, with 240 rooms, should open within a few years.
If you’re ready to take one trip to Nashville, get ready to take another: according to local tourism authority data, 90% of those who visit return after their first visit. If the chance to channel your upcountry diva or twanging ballad now seems irresistible – thanks to the influx of high-end accommodations – this guide is for you.
John C. Tune Executive Airport, just eight miles from downtown, is about the same distance as the BNA Mall to the southeast; the FBO has a private jet terminal operated by Contour Aviation. But Nashville is a rare city where it might be smarter to travel by commercial plane than by charter, suggests Doug Gollan, the private aviation guru behind Private Jet Card Comparisons. Even though this executive airport and BNA, Nashville’s main airport, are equidistant from the city, they’re in different directions – and BNA is closer to the Grand Ole Opry if you have to rush to catch a live show. .
Where to stay
Four Seasons Nashville
The Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences, which opened in August, is in the downtown SoBro neighborhood right in the heart of Nashville’s entertainment hub, so the Opry and co just a few minutes walk from the rooms. The accommodations are housed in a glass tower; the best are the 42 suites, including the 2,238-square-foot penthouse suite with floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic cityscape views. Be sure to book a cabana on the pool deck on a hot day as seats fill up pretty quickly. Unfortunately, the property still hasn’t opened its full F&B scene, but promises to bring its Italian-centric restaurant and bar Mimo online this fall.
Presidential Suite rates start at $14,000 per night.
Fortunately, a high-end restaurant is already open in a hotel in Music City. Come this season and the menu is Italian, with Sicilian-focused dishes that chef Joey Fecci says are “ideal for hot summer nights.” Meanwhile, the pick of the 21-story tower’s 297 rooms — all accented with copper, oak and marble, plus sweeping city views — is its Presidential Suite, which spans more than 2,100 square feet on the 20th floor. It comes complete with a fully restored 1920s Steinway grand piano, a marble bar and a huge entertainment area.
Presidential Suite rates start at $7,500 per night.
The W Nashville was an instant hit when it opened in October 2021. It’s in the Gulch, rather than SoBro, less than two miles from downtown, and its sleek mirrored exterior is more than a blink a look at country music’s love of glitz. All rooms feature original artwork illustrating Nashville’s influence on its artists, but the E-WOW Suite, W’s signature answer to a penthouse with a gallery-worthy collection of contemporary artists, is the star. This accommodation sits right above the rooftop pool (the largest in town), which with its sexy cabanas has become the center of the party most weekends.
E-WOW Suite rates start at $2,940 per night.
The new 122-room Hermitage includes Drusie & Dar, an on-site restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The place didn’t meddle with a much-loved amenity: the men’s bathroom, a 1930s Art Deco classic that’s an Instagram staple. The revamped Presidential Suite has a contemporary look that moves away from its showy gold light fixtures, replacing them with a curated art collection, a private library, and an office that will be converted into a dining room for eight.
Presidential Suite rates start at $6,500 per night.
The growing luxury market has also attracted established brands such as Soho House, which opened its Nashville membership house earlier this year. Anyone who prefers to be spontaneous — or stay in control of their weekend here — should take advice from daring Courtney Hood of Blonde Voyage Nashville. Sure, the W rooftop scene is awesome, she says Robb Report, but also consider the Twelve Thirty Club and the Noel Hotel, where the rooftop lounges are decidedly more grown-up and low-key. Head to the Grand Hyatt, says Hood, for a sneaky city secret: The Vesper Club at the Continental, located on the ground floor, offers an hour-long caviar tasting with five different small martinis made with different ingredients and vodkas served in vintage glassware.
“It’s a fun, unique experience that people wouldn’t come to Nashville and expect,” she says. As for shopping, head to Lucchese Bootmaker for iconic boots, where bespoke styles start at around $495 and reach nearly $15,000 – don’t worry, they can ship your order right to your door. if the style you want isn’t available in-store or H. Audrey and Emerson Grace, two multi-brand luxury boutiques known for sprinkling local brands like Disco Cowgirl among international names.
As for what to see and do in Nashville, book a personalized tour with Mint Julep. He specializes in high-end, niche experiences between the Nashville area and Louisville, Kentucky. Try a private tasting at the Jack Daniels Distillery via a helicopter ride that will cost around $35,000 for a group of five or experience custom tours that offer insight into Music City’s top attractions, the Grand Old Opry, for a , as well as celebrity meet-and-greets to bring you closer to your dream of having a drink with Dolly.
Otherwise, let Bespoke Experiences plan the itinerary. Think of them as Olivia Pope-level niche fixers who can curate unique experiences you won’t get elsewhere. Some past magic creations included hiring songwriters to create a song in honor of a client’s birthday or milestone; arrange a one-on-one bus tour with a famous musician (sorry, we can’t name a name – use your imagination) to see the city in style; and the organization of a private concert. Prices can start around $2,000 per person, but the company is also comfortable with five- or six-figure budgets.
See you soon, cowboy.