Nashville is arguably the most popular travel destination in the U.S. right now. And for good reason! There are so many amazing things to see and do in Nashville. If you are planning a trip to Music City, these are the top hotels in downtown Nashville you should consider.
Nashville is an interesting place to experience. The city is filled with great places to eat and some even greater bars and distilleries to sample craft mixology. And if you really love whiskey, the famed Jack Daniels Distillery is just a short day-trip from the city.
Whether you make a weekend in Nashville to hit the bars and clubs on Broadway, or want to see some of the historical sites, you’re going to have a great time!
As its popularity has increased, Nashville has gotten more expensive. If you want to save money, hotels further out from downtown (especially by the airport) can save you money. But part of the appeal of Nashville is being in the center of the action. And being able to walk back late at night from the bars and not need to worry about getting a taxi or driving.
Made more confusing, some places may call themselves “downtown,” but really aren’t. They might be out by Music Row or Vanderbilt or on the east side.
From our experience, spending the extra money to stay right in downtown or in the Gulch can be worth it. These are the best downtown Nashville hotels for your next trip to Music City:
The Hermitage Hotel
In the country music capital of the world, one address stands apart: 231 Sixth Avenue North. This is the Hermitage Hotel and for more than 100 years, it has the been the premier accommodation in Music City.
The Hermitage Nashville has played host to every famous musician the city has ever seen. This is the city’s only remaining “Beaux Arts” building, but the rooms and the property have undergone massive renovations over the years to keep the property up to contemporary standards. In a city filled with party hotels, this property offers a refinement many visitors want.
The staff deliver a level of service just not seen at other properties in Music City. From the “Bath Concierge,” who will draw your evening bath exactly to your specifications, to the athletic attendants who will customize the route for your morning run, The Hermitage delivers excellence.
The on-site restaurant, Capitol Grille, and the adjacent Oak Bar continue to be favorites in the city. And near the bar, the green and black art deco tiled bathroom has been consistently voted as the best bathroom in America.
There are numerous hotels in downtown Nashville, but there’s only one Hermitage Hotel. Read reviews and book a room here.
If interested in learning more, read our detailed review of The Hermitage.
Located in the SoBro section of downtown, the Omni has set a standard for best downtown Nashville luxury hotels. The Omni is adjacent to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Music City Center. It doesn’t get more central than this.
But the Omni Nashville is best known for the incredible rooftop swimming pool, fitness center and seasonal poolside bar. With stunning views of the city, this is one of the most remarkable places in town. You’ll want to be up here day or night.
The rooms are very spacious, and the hotel offers on-site valet parking, which is a great convenience in a city where parking is a real challenge. There is an on-site spa and there are four different restaurants on premise.
Staying at the Omni is a chance to pamper yourself while also having an exciting vacation. Read reviews and book a room here.
Located around the corner from the Ryman Auditorium and just one block off Broadway, the Renaissance Nashville could not be more centrally located in downtown Nashville. And yet, the property feels quieter and more relaxed than many other downtown hotels.
Rooms are decorated in the Renaissance’s signature style of luxurious minimalism. Most rooms offer spectacular views of the city’s skyline. It also has a beautiful indoor pool with a sun patio for those warm summer days. The Bridge Lounge is one of the best upscale bars in the city.
Staying at the Renaissance is a chance to step away from the madness of Broadway into luxurious relaxation. Read reviews and book a room here.
This boutique luxury hotel in The Gulch neighborhood is one of our favorites. The Thompson Nashville is located just steps from fantastic restaurants, shopping, coffee shops and bars. It is close enough to heart of the action, but in a more sophisticated neighborhood.
Rooms feature the kind of thoughtful touches you appreciate in an ultra-luxury property: blue tooth speakers, deluxe mini-bars, rainfall showers, and soaker tubs. But the rooftop bar with views of the city is the place to be.
The Thompson Nashville is where affluent visitors stay when they come to Music City. Read reviews and book a room here.
The Bobby Hotel is located in the Arts District just a few blocks off Broadway and immediately adjacent to Printers Alley. The prime location makes the Bobby impossible to miss.
The vibe here is ultra-modern meets rustic country rustic, with the result being a fun, trendy atmosphere. It is known for two things. First, the spectacular rooftop pool with cabanas and the Bobby tour bus bar. Yes, it is an actual tour bus on the roof. Second, the Bobby is the most pet friendly hotel in Nashville. They even have their own pooch on staff to welcome guests.
The Bobby Hotel Nashville is perfect for visitors looking for a pet-friendly hotel or something just a little different. Read reviews and book a room here.
Black Swan – SoBro Guest House
The Black Swan – SoBro Guest House isn’t a hotel in the classical sense. It is really more of a hybrid between a very small boutique hotel/B&B and a vacation apartment. Billing itself as an “alternative accommodation,” it offers more services than a vacation rental, but doesn’t have constant on-site staff.
In short, it’s an amazing alternative located just two blocks from Broadway and close to absolutely everything. You get high-end furnishings, a full kitchen with dining area, along with all of the normal amenities like a giant flat screen TVs for streaming, etc.
The SoBro Guest House is the perfect bet for visitors who will be making a longer trip and want the private space to spread out in the heart of the city. Read reviews and book a room here.
Located across the street from the Music City Center and the SoBro neighborhood, the Westin Nashville is a towering modern, high-rise building with incredible views of the city. Nowhere are those views more pronounced than at the beautiful rooftop bar and infinity pool. This is the place to relax!
Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and the majority of the rooms have city views of the skyline. As an upscale property, the hotel has many suites and club-level rooms which each have special benefits: in-room game tables, whirlpool tubs, or butler/concierge service. It has an extensive fitness center as well as an on-site spa. As with all Westin’s, the hotel is pet friendly.
This is a great hotel for business travelers and also those attending events at the Music City Center. Read reviews and book a room here.
The Guild in the Gulch
The Guild in the Gulch is another alternative accommodation option in this popular, trendy neighborhood. This is a hybrid hotel/apartment. Each apartment comes with private bedroom, kitchen, and living space, but The Guild has the same amenities as a hotel: 24-hour fitness center, room service, daily cleaning, and parking. And yes, there’s even a rooftop sun deck with skyline views.
The rooms are tastefully modern, but comfortable. The design aesthetic is minimalistic and not fussy – a focus on warm and comfortable over trendy and flashy.
The Guild in the Gulch is a great option for guests staying for a longer time or a larger group wanting to stay together within the same property. Read reviews and book a room here.
The Noelle Hotel Nashville is located in the heart of the Arts District and is around the corner from Printers Alley. This boutique hotel is part of the Tribute Portfolio and offers visitors historic charm and simplified elegance. Walking distance to everywhere, you can valet the car and explore on foot.
The property is known for its distinguished history dating back to 1930 (although completely renovated and re-imagined into what they call their ‘second act’) and the rooftop bar and lounge. Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and artwork created by local artists. While rooms can be on the small side (this is a historic property after all), you’ll make up for it with the location and friendly service.
This is the hotel pick for visitors who like an upscale experience and sleek elegance. Read reviews and book a room here.
The 21C Museum, the Art Hotel
This property is perhaps the most unusual of all the accommodations in the city, however, it is one of the best hotels to stay in Nashville downtown. Located in the Arts District and close to the Printers Alley and the Cumberland River waterfront, the 21C Museum Hotel Nashville literally brings art into the hotel property itself. There is over 10,000 square feet of art and gallery space inside, featuring a rotating set of exhibits that brings in both visitors and locals.
The art concept extends to the rooms where each room features a truly unique piece of signature art. The rooms also have all of the other amenities you’d expect: flat-screen TV with premium channels, contemporary furnishings, hardwood floors and extra-high ceilings.
This is the perfect hotel choice for the art lover or sophisticated traveler. Read reviews and book a room here.
This Luxury Collection hotel is right in the heart of SoBro and close to the Country Music Hall of Fame and other attractions. Their motto here is “Nashville at its most refined” and they deliver a stunning guest experience. From the rooftop pool to the lavish spa called Rose located on the 21st floor, The Joseph Nashville is a rarified accommodations experience.
The rooms are spacious, warm and inviting, featuring Italian sheets and artwork from local Tennessee artists. The hotel (and many of the rooms) feature artwork from the collection of the Pizzuti family, including the main lobby painting by Jackie Saccoccio.
The Joseph is perfect for a romantic weekend away or a girls’ getaway for a weekend of pampering. Read reviews and book a room here.
Located at the Nashville Yards on Broadway, across from Union Station, and up above The Gulch, the Grand Hyatt Nashville has a good location for exploring the city. Whether you enjoy the 5th floor terrace outdoor swimming pool and sun deck, or just head out to see the city, the Grand Hyatt will take care of you.
It features free wifi and rooms have hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows, along with great views of the city. You can also enjoy one of the seven on-premise restaurants and cafes if you get hungry.
This hotel is a great spot for business travelers or tourists looking for a relaxed weekend getaway. Read reviews and book a room here.
The Hotel Indigo is located in Printers Alley and close to the Cumberland River waterfront. This hip, fun hotel has an excellent location central to all attractions. Once a former bank, the hotel gives a nod both to the building’s heritage as well as the printer-themed lobby. Guests particularly love the speakeasy-like lounge featuring live music daily.
The rooms feature a flat-screen TVs with premium satellite channels, lounge chairs, and in-room coffee service. Best of all, it offers excellent value for budget-conscious travelers.
The Indigo is a good bet for families and travelers in groups, as well as travelers looking for a reasonably priced option in the heart of downtown. Read reviews and book a room here.
The Cambria Nashville is located in the heart of downtown and is across the street from both the Bridgestone Arena and the Music City Center. The outdoor pool and terrace are extremely popular in the summer, both for swimming and enjoying the views of the city’s skyline. The hotel has parking, which makes it a good bet in a city with limited parking options.
All rooms are decorated in a modern rustic décor and have a sitting area to relax. Many rooms feature terrific views of the Nashville skyline.
This hotel is a good bet for those watching their budget or groups traveling together. Read reviews and book a room here.
Hilton Hotel Nashville Downtown
The Hilton Nashville is in the heart of everything and is immediately adjacent to the Country Music Hall of Fame and also the Bridgestone Area. This is Nashville’s original ‘park the car and forget it’ hotel. It is close to all the restaurants and bars on Broadway. Unfortunately, the Hilton lacks a pool, which you’d expect for a business or upscale hotel.
This is an all-suite hotel, although some of the suites are rather modest and small. This hotel is a good bet for families and also guests attending events at the Bridgestone Arena. The hotel offers a number of ‘stay and play’ packages which can be an incredible deal. Read reviews and book a room here.