Over the past decade-plus, Nashville has become one of the nation’s top leisure travel destinations, attracting music lovers, foodies, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and sports enthusiasts. en masse. In fact, in the last “normal” year before the COVID-19 pandemic, the city set an all-time tourism record with 19.1 million visitors. We’re only halfway through 2022, but things are picking up quickly and the State of Tennessee says it’s on track for a banner year.
Nashville is one of the best places to listen to live music, in countless bars, and unlike other music-focused cities, you don’t have to wait until the evening as the scene here goes on all day. daytime. Because Nashville is a hub of the music industry and an epicenter of songwriting, some of the talent you can nab for free is the big stars of tomorrow. Meanwhile, today’s big stars perform regularly at legendary venues such as the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry. The Country Music Awards are held here, along with annual music festivals like Lightning 100 radio station’s free 5-day Live on the Green. Held at Public Square Park from September 1-5, there will be plenty of acts, including this year’s headliner, Grammy-winning superstar Sheryl Crow.
The bars and live entertainment have also made it one of the best singles and singles destinations in the country, as well as the culinary scene, with the full spectrum of Sothern food, from world-class barbecue to high-take trendy range in places like Husk. and The Catbird Seat, and of course Nashville’s signature dish, hot fried chicken. While Las Vegas has carved out a new niche as the number one travel destination for sports fans in the country, Nashville is close behind, a favorite place for NHL hockey and NFL football fans to catch their squad for away games while enjoying all the fun Music City has to offer. . While Vegas just made some really big news with the launch of an all-new F1 race in 2023, Nashville already has an IndyCar event, the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, August 5-7. For three days, the downtown streets will come alive with music, food and shopping, and country music superstar Tim McGraw will perform over the weekend.
Nashville already had plenty of cool hotels, but now there’s a huge wave of new openings, capped off by a luxurious Four Seasons coming this fall. There’s also a new Ritz-Carlton planned for 2025. About 7,000 rooms have opened in the past two years or are currently under construction.
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Among the recent wave, the W Nashville opened its doors in October 2021. It is located in the trendy Gulch district and has 346 rooms. Highly pet-friendly, W is a Marriott brand and part of the world’s largest (and arguably best) frequent hotel program, Bonvoy.
SoHo House, an industrial-chic boutique club and hotel housed in a former sock factory, opened in February 2022 in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. It has only 47 hotel rooms, a terrace with an outdoor swimming pool and a musical performance hall, the Sock Room, with a bar and two stages. It is part of London-based SoHo Home, a venerable interior design brand with dozens of “homes” (hotels) around the world, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami and Austin in this country.
The newest biggie is the Conrad Hotel Nashville which just opened (last month). Conrad is positioned just below Waldorf Astoria, near the top of the luxury brands in the Hilton portfolio. It has 234 rooms and is near Vanderbilt University, with a rooftop pool terrace.
Hilton’s suite brand, Embassy Suites Nashville Downtown, also opened last month. It is the largest Embassy Suites in the United States with 506 suites. It also features the tallest roof in Nashville.
Opening later this month, 1 Hotel Nashville is all about sustainability and is covered in greenery, with more than 56,000 individual plants inside and out — all free of fertilizers, insecticides, and pesticides. 1 Hotels is a nature-inspired lifestyle brand based on sustainability and local aesthetics, with 9 locations worldwide, most currently in the US, and 8 more under construction, including Paris, London and Melbourne . The 215 rooms feature reclaimed materials like wooden walls and organic cotton linens, while the dining service features local farm-to-table ingredients. There’s a spa, and the convenient location is central, within walking distance of Lower Broadway, the main bar and entertainment area, Bridgestone Arena, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and Music City Center.
Opening next month (late August), Hotel Fraye Nashville is a Curio Collection by Hilton property located in vibrant Midtown, steps from Music Row, Vanderbilt University, and downtown. Curio is Hilton’s brand for unique boutique hotels that don’t fit a cookie-cutter branding model. It will feature a 7e in-ground outdoor pool with poolside bar, an upscale casual restaurant, and just over 200 guest rooms and suites. The 16-story building at the corner of Broadway and 19e Avenue will wrap around one of Nashville’s culinary icons, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken.
Finally, the biggest luxury brand to arrive here comes in September with the debut of the Four Seasons Nashville, steps from Broadway and all the sports and entertainment venues, overlooking the Cumberland River. Following a similar opening last year in New Orleans, the all-new Four Seasons will offer 235 accommodations, including 42 suites, and two restaurants. It also has a private residence, a full spa, a modern 24-hour fitness center and a large outdoor terrace with infinity pool on the seventh floor with a bar and food and drinks. full service drinks.
For more information, check out Nashville’s excellent official tourist site, Visit Music City.