The best boutique hotels in Nashville

By: Margaret Littman

January 26, 2016

According to the Nashville Convention and Visitors’ Corp., there are more than 7,000 new hotel rooms being planned or built in Music City. In December 2015, Virgin Group announced it would open the 240-room Virgin Hotel Nashville at One Music Row in 2018. The hotel will have the requisite suites and rooftop pool and, of course, in Nashville, a state-of-the-art recording studio.

But for those hoping to visit before 2018, these are some of our favourite places to stay, with beds crisply made and staff ready to help you rest and recharge before another day out exploring the city. Here’s a look at four of the best boutique hotels in Nashville.


The 404 Hotel

The best boutique hotels in Nashville | The 404
The 404 Hotel has just five rooms © The 404 Hotel

Built in a former auto garage, The 404 Hotel offers an urban alternative to large or mid-size hotels, with just five rooms and “invisible” 24-hour service performed by an onsite manager. That means you’ll feel less like a tourist and more like a local when you stay here. Although few locals have rooms like this, with king beds and including a loft living area connected by a winding staircase, free Wi-Fi, art by local artists, fresh fruit and more. The hotel, which is located in the Gulch, is reserved for guests older than 15 years of age.


Hutton Hotel

The best boutique hotels in Nashville | Hutton
The Hutton Hotel has stunning views of downtown © Hutton Hotel

In just a few years, Hutton Hotel has become one of the city’s favourites places to stay. Located in Midtown, near Vanderbilt University, the hotel is close to Music Row and downtown, and convenient to the Interstate, without being right in the centre of all the action. The décor is modern and well edited, and the whole hotel has an emphasis on sustainability, from the biodegradable cleaning products to the bamboo flooring. Guests rave about the bathrooms, which include oversized, ceiling-mounted showerheads inside granite showers.


The Inn at Fontanel

The best boutique hotels in Nashville | Inn at Fontanel
The Inn at Fontanel may look like a farmhouse, but it’s all luxury © The Inn at Fontanel

Originally started with just six rooms (as a part of Southern Living magazine’s tradition of building an annual Idea House in the South), The Inn at Fontanel has become one of the best boutique hotels in Nashville. It was designed to look like a Middle Tennessee farmhouse, on the site of Barbara Mandrell’s former estate (which you can tour while here), but with all the plush amenities you’d expect at a modern hotel. It has been so popular that an additional 136 rooms are now in the works.


Hotel Preston

The best boutique hotels in Nashville | Hotel Preston
Form, function and an airport location make Hotel Preston a wise choice © Hotel Preston

The tried and tested combination of a boutique hotel with a near-the-airport location, Hotel Preston is a great choice for those who want something a little different, but on a budget. The rooms are modern and are stocked with Tazo tea and Starbucks coffee. If you’re a night owl, you’re in luck, with both a 24-hour fitness centre and 24-hour room service. Miss your pets at home? Ask for a pet fish to keep you company. Don’t miss the Pink Skip bar and nightclub, which features a sculpture by local artist Herb Williams.


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Have you been to any of these boutique hotels in Nashville? Which was your favourite? Let us know in the comments section below.


Written by Margaret Littman


Margaret Littman

Margaret Littman [] is a Nashville-based journalist who covers small businesses, travel and all manner of other topics. She is the author of many travel guidebooks, including Moon Tennessee and the Moon Nashville, which will be updated for 2016. Since moving to Music City she has acquired a 1967 Ford pickup and a lot of pairs of boots, but still not the ability to carry a tune.

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