Much of Nashville’s culture and business revolves around music, but there’s more to Music City than its namesake industry. The city boasts a thriving food scene, unique museums, and a bevy of architectural and design beauties. From the modern to the historic, Nashville’s cityscape offers a variety of impressive (and sometimes unusual) architecture. These Nashville hotels are not only architectural and design marvels in and of themselves, but they’re also conveniently located near some of the city’s other must-see buildings.
A railway station built in 1900 has been meticulously transformed into the Union Station Hotel. An exceptional example of Romanesque architecture, the hotel has an original 65-foot barrel-vaulted stained glass ceiling and bas-relief sculptures, all restored to their former glory. Within a 15- minute car ride (or 30 minutes via public transit) are two incredible mansions, both open to the public. The Cheekwood Botanical Garden is a Georgian-style mansion at the heart of luscious botanical garden grounds.
This recently renovated hotel is the last remaining example of commercial beaux-arts architecture in all of Tennessee. Hermitage has exceptionally large guest rooms, and its lobby features plenty of ornamental plaster, Grecian and Tennessean marble, and a painted glass ceiling. A block away from the hotel is the Nashville Downtown Public Library, with an Alabama limestone facade and Ionic columns. A ten-minute walk away is the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, an art museum housed in a historic white marble, art deco building that was once home to a U.S. Post Office.
What started out as a project by Southern Living Magazine to design and build the perfect Southern farmhouse has turned into a private hotel just outside the city. The Inn may be small, but there is no shortage of southern hospitality and a definite nods to the farmhouses of old — including spruce-planked walls and beams salvaged from an 1890 Tennessee barn. Guests can also visit the Fontanel Mansion, 27,000 square foot log home with an indoor pool and firing range, that was once the home to country star Barbara Mandrell.
The Sheraton Nashville put their 25 million dollar renovation in the hands of renowned designer Anna Busta, who incorporated a floating staircase and a 25-story glass chandelier into the new lobby. A half-mile from the hotel is the The Music City Center, a newly-built convention center with curves and waves reminiscent of an acoustic guitar.