Living up to the nickname, ‘Music City’, Nashville is steeped in history, has a distinct atmosphere and is, of course, filled with legendary country music.
In early 2018 British Airways launched a direct flight to the Tennessee hot spot, making it easier than ever to get to the bright sights and sounds of honky-tonk town.
So, if the lure of the Deep South is calling your name, you just need to book your flights, plan your itinerary and find somewhere to stay.
We tried out one of Nashville’s newest and trendiest hotels.
Where is it?
The boutique hotel is situated in Midtown, at the end of the buzzy Broadway strip that runs through the centre of Nashville. A perfect location for those who don’t want to be in the constant hustle of bustle of the centre – the hotel offers the best of both worlds.
You’re only an 8-12 minute Uber from almost every attraction in the city, from the Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Café. Each journey will only set you back around $6-$8.
Alternatively you can also soak up the atmosphere right on your doorstep. The hop-on-hop-off bus stop is short walk away from the hotel, as is Hattie B’s, the most famed chicken restaurant in the city.
The buzzing Broadway strip is also steps away from the hotel and is filled with bars perfect for an evening cocktail. Or, if you’re looking for a quieter spot, walk 15 minutes to the outskirts of Vanderbilt University, which are filled with independent shops and cafes.
Although the Deep South is known for its distinct décor usually steeped in dark wood and rustic finishes, Kimpton Aetson is a modern haven.
Away from the brash glowing neon signs, the hotel is as boutique as they come. Each corner has a unique feel and depicts the town’s Nashville’s innate personality.
Kimpton Aertson celeverly juxtaposes industrial details with cosy home touches. The walls of the lobby and guest rooms are covered in eye-catching art by internationally established artists that has been individually sourced by contemporary art gallery, Cynthia-Reeves.
If you need a break from Nashville’s heat and crowds head up to the hotel rooftop where you will find an outdoor terrace, bar and pool area with 270-degree panoramic views of downtown Nashville. And, just in case you feel like you’re getting FOMO (fear of missing out) the relaxing outdoor space has country music softly playing through speakers.
The hotel also has a 24-hour fitness centre and free WI-FI. Amenities include complimentary morning organic coffee and tea and infused water at all times.
Forgotten something? Not a problem. The hotel offers “Forgot it? We got it!”, a foresightful addition that can supply mobile chargers, toothbrushes and sewing kits at the drop of a hat.
Food & Drink
As well as having bars, restaurants and, of course, the iconic Hattie B’s all within walking distance, the hotel also has its own brassiere, The Henley, which pays homage to Nashville’s food and drink scene.
The menu gives you the full Southern dining experience, from a traditional Tennessee breakfast of eggs, spicy greens, grits and pork sausage, to seasonally inspired dishes like Wedge Oak Farm Duck and Foraged Pink Oyster Mushrooms.
The bar is also fully stocked with all the Southern spirits you could ask for, including locally sourced Tennessee bourbon, whiskey, wine and Nashville crafted beers.
The hotel is made up of 180 guest rooms, which includes 12 suits and also offers interconnecting rooms in order to accommodate families, groups and entertainment.
Try to book one of the six rooms with balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows to soak up the downtown views.
One of the main perks of the hotel for any holidaymaker is the ‘social hour’ which takes place every night in the homely lobby between 5-6pm. The hour offers free wine and beer and is a chance to mingle with the other hotel guests, creating a lovely friendly atmosphere.
The hotel is also animal-friendly with no size limitation and no additional cost, a perk for pet owners.
For the more active, Kimpton offers a complimentary bike hire and there’s a Gaiam yoga mat in every guest room.
Someone who wants to explore the thriving music city, but also relax and get some TLC.
Starting rates at Kimpton Aertson Hotel are $249 (£195) per night.
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