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Are you planning a visit to Nashville, but aren’t sure where to stay? Nashville Guru has you covered. In this guide to the best hotels and vacation rentals in Nashville, we’ve separated out where to stay based on the different areas and what they have to offer. We’ve also included a bonus section of our very favorite bars and restaurants in each area so you don’t end up wasting a meal somewhere that’s not very good.

This Where to Stay in Nashville Guide Features:

  • Neighborhood / Area Recommendations with Photos
  • Hotel Recommendations
  • Vacation Rental Recommendations
  • Restaurant & Bar Recommendations

If you’re looking for a list of some of the top hotels based on price, walkability, and trend factors, make sure to check out the Best Hotels in Nashville Guide .

Downtown Nashville

Most people visit Nashville for the one-of-a-kind experience offered on Lower Broadway. The famous neon lights of the Broadway honky tonks have deservingly earned Nashville the nickname “NashVegas.” This strip of bars offers live music every day of the week and partying into the early morning hours. Other attractions located in Downtown Nashville or SoBro (South of Broadway) include Bridgestone Arena, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ryman, Nissan Stadium, the Johnny Cash Museum, and many more.

These two areas combined have well over 150 bars and restaurants varying from local joints to national chains. As for shopping, Downtown Nashville mostly has boot shops, western wear, souvenirs, and music stores, but you’ll also find some local boutiques like NASH Collection and Southernaire Market .

When you stay in Downtown Nashville, you will be able to walk everywhere in Downtown Nashville and SoBro as well as to Demonbreun Hill and the Gulch. If walking isn’t your thing, though, it’s also very simple to grab a Lyft or Uber to the other awesome neighborhoods in Nashville.

Our favorite restaurants or bars in Downtown / SoBro: Acme Feed & Seed , The Southern , Skull’s Rainbow Room , Stateside Kitchen , Pinewood Social , Frothy Monkey , Robert’s Western World , Martin’s Bar-B-Que ,  Ellington’s , Black Rabbit , and Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse .

See all businesses in Downtown  and  SoBro .

Best Hotels in Downtown / SoBro:

  • JW Marriott
  • Grand Hyatt Nashville
  • Bobby Hotel
  • Westin Nashville
  • Fairlane Hotel
  • Dream Nashville
  • 21c Museum & Hotel
  • Hilton Nashville Downtown
  • Omni Nashville
  • Renaissance Hotel
  • Sheraton Nashville
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Bode – designed specifically for groups
  • The Capitol Hotel  – *cheapest*

Best Vacation Rentals in Downtown / SoBro:

  • Downtown Nashville Loft – 3 bedroom / 2.5 bath – Sleeps 8 – 150+ Five Star Reviews
  • The Heart of Nashville Loft – 2 bedroom / 1 bath – Sleep 6 – 200+ Five Star Reviews
  • The Music Loft – 2 bedroom / 2 bath – Sleeps 4-6 – 100+ Five Star Reviews
  • Honky Tonk Apartment – 3 bedroom / 2.5 bath – Sleeps 6-11 – 60+ Five Star Reviews
  • Printers Alley Penthouse – 2 bedroom / 2.5 bath – Sleeps 6 – 75+ Five Star Reviews

Photos of Downtown & SoBro:

where do tourist stay in nashville

The Gulch is one of our absolute favorite neighborhoods in Nashville. It’s a bit more upscale and trendy, but you also avoid some of the touristy stuff. If a more local feel is your style, definitely consider grabbing a hotel room in the Gulch. You can still walk or take a quick ride to Downtown Nashville and SoBro to experience why we’re labeled NashVegas.

There are over 50 restaurants in the Gulch ranging from an awesome burger place to one of the nicest steakhouses in Nashville. You can also pop into the Turnip Truck to get some groceries for your hotel room or a smoothie from their smoothie and juice bar for breakfast.

This is the place to stay if you want to do some shopping! From more well-known stores like Urban Outfitters and Parachute Home to local shops such as e.Allen Boutique and Kristin Cavallari’s jewelry store Uncommon James , you’ll have plenty of shopping options. From the Gulch, you can also walk to the Downtown Nashville, Demonbreun Hill, and Midtown neighborhoods.

Our favorite restaurants or bars in the Gulch: Saint Anejo , Sunda , L.A. Jackson ,  Virago , MOTO ,  Burger Republic , Hops & Crafts , Barista Parlor , Biscuit Love , and Otaku Ramen .

See all businesses in the Gulch.

Best Hotels in the Gulch:

  • W Nashville
  • Thompson Nashville
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites
  • Best Western Plus  – *cheapest*

Best Vacation Rentals in the Gulch:

  • One Bedroom Condo near Gulch – 2 beds / 1 bath – Sleeps 4 – 30+ Five Star Reviews
  • Vacation Home near Gulch – 4 bedroom / 6 bath – Sleeps 12 – 100+ Five Star Reviews
  • Upscale Home – 4 bedroom / 4 bath – Sleeps 8 – 100+ Five Star Reviews
  • Three Bedroom Townhouse near the Gulch – 3 bedroom / 3.5 bath – Sleeps 6 – 100+ Five Star Reviews

Photos of the Gulch:

where do tourist stay in nashville

With over 40 bars and restaurants, Midtown is a total mix of upscale dining, local favorites, and good ole bars. There is hardly any shopping in Midtown so plan to eat and drink if you visit this neighborhood. Midtown gets a lot of attention thanks to Patterson House , a nice bar with a speakeasy theme, and the unique dining concept at The Catbird Seat . This area is less touristy than Downtown Nashville and is more of a bar-hopping area for young professionals and college students. This is a great area to get a hotel if you want to see how local Nashvillians live.

Our favorite restaurants or bars in Midtown: Henley ,  Patterson House , The Catbird Seat ,  Hattie B’s , Red Door , and DeSano Pizzeria.

See all businesses in Midtown.

Best Hotels in Midtown:

  • Kimpton Aertson Hotel
  • Embassy Suites Hotel
  • Home2 Suites

Best Vacation Rentals in Midtown:

  • Classic Southern Mansion – 4 bedroom / 3 bath – Sleeps 12* – 90+ Five Star Reviews
  • Music Row Apartment – 1 bedroom / 1 bath – Sleeps 4* – 50+ Five Star Reviews

*These vacation rentals are located outside of Midtown on Music Row or near Edgehill Village . However, you can easily walk to Midtown.

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where do tourist stay in nashville

West End is a bustling, central location within Nashville. Centennial Park, Nashville’s largest urban park, is located here and has events almost every weekend. Centennial Park is also home to the Parthenon, which is a popular attraction for visitors. Also, its proximity to Vanderbilt University, hospitals, and corporate headquarters make it a popular area to stay in Nashville.

West End has more chain restaurants than other neighborhoods in Nashville, but we’ve listed our top local places to eat and drink below. There is some shopping on West End, but the shops are spread out from one another. You can walk to Midtown or Elliston Place from this area, but will probably want to Lyft or Uber to get to other neighborhoods. Also, since it’s a touch outside of the most popular places to stay, hotels tend to be a little bit more affordable.

Our favorite restaurants or bars on or near West End:   Hurry Back , Pastaria , and Bricktop’s .

See all businesses on West End.

Best Hotels on West End:

  • Graduate Nashville
  • Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University
  • Loew’s Vanderbilt Hotel
  • The Hayes Street Hotel 
  • Hutton Hotel
  • Residence Inn
  • Homewood Suites

Best Vacation Rentals on West End:

  • Luxury Home – 4 bedroom / 3 bath – Sleeps 12 – 120+ Five Star Reviews
  • Huge Vacation Rental – 4 bedroom / 3 bath – Sleeps 12 – 100+ Five Star Reviews
  • Rooftop Dream House – 4 bedroom / 3 bath – Sleeps 12 – 80+ Five Star Reviews
  • Nashville Doll House – 4 bedroom / 3 Bath – Sleeps 12 – 30+ Five Star Reviews

Photos of West End:

where do tourist stay in nashville

12 South is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Nashville. It’s a place all visitors of Nashville should check out, whether you stay there or just grab a meal at one of the amazing restaurants. Since this neighborhood is small and residential, there aren’t any hotels. However, we’ve recommended some vacation rental options below.

12 South has over 20 bars and restaurants that range from a local pizza joint to a fine-dining establishment  to an amazing burger joint . You’ll also find some local shopping like custom jean-maker Imogene + Willie , local boutique MODA , and Nashville jewelry designer Judith Bright . This area has become more touristy over the years but still has the local neighborhood charm. Most people who hang out in 12 South are young professionals, families, and college students. This is the place for you if you want to see how Nashvillians spend their days.

Our favorite restaurants or bars in 12 South: MAFIAoZA’s , 12 South Taproom , Edley’s Bar-B-Que ,  Frothy Monkey , Bartaco , and Burger Up .

See all businesses in 12 South.

Best Vacation Rentals in 12 South:

  • 12 South Guesthouse – 1bedroom / 1 bath – Sleeps 3 – 450+ Five Star Reviews
  • 12 South Townhouse – 2 bedroom / 2 bath – Sleeps 6 – 150+ Five Star Reviews
  • Modern 12 South Home – 3 bedroom / 2 bath – Sleeps 6 – 75+ Five Star Reviews

Photos of 12 South:

where do tourist stay in nashville

Belmont Boulevard is a small area nestled between 12 South and Hillsboro Village. The neighborhood consists of gorgeous houses and an incredible walking experience if you stroll all the way down Belmont Boulevard (approximately one mile). There are only 10 places to eat on Belmont, which include a  coffee shop , the best bagel shop in town , more. Although this area is quaint, it’s a wonderful place to stay because you can walk to 12 South and Hillsboro Village so easily. Because of the proximity to Belmont University and all of the housing, you’ll mainly find college students and families in this area. Besides students’ parents, very few tourists know about the Belmont area.

Our favorite restaurants or bars on Belmont Blvd: Proper Bagel , Bongo Java , Martin’s BBQ , and International Market.

See all businesses on Belmont Blvd.

Best Vacation Rentals on Belmont Blvd:

  • The Nashville Doll House – 4 bedroom / 3 bath – Sleeps 6 – 70+ Five Star Reviews
  • Stunning Vacation Rental – 4 bedroom / 4 bath – Sleeps 12 – 100+ Five Star Reviews
  • Luxury home – 4 bedroom / 2 bath  / 2 half bath – Sleeps 12 – 20+ Five Star Reviews
  • Huge Designer Home – 5 bedroom / 4.5 bath – Sleeps 12 – 20+ Five Star Reviews

Photos of Belmont Blvd:

where do tourist stay in nashville

Hillsboro Village

Hillsboro Village is a fun, urban neighborhood filled with college students, young adults, and families. The area has a mix of houses, condos, and apartments, but no hotels. Over 25 bars and restaurants keep this neighborhood lively. If you decide to stay in Hillsboro Village, you have to try the  famous pancake house and super-popular local coffee shop .

Hillsboro Village also has more shopping than some of the other areas we’ve mentioned, including clothing boutiques, kid’s store, and a flower shop. It’s also home to Belcourt Theatre, which is a local theater house featuring films and performances. Belmont Boulevard and Midtown are within walking distance of Hillsboro Village.

Our favorite restaurants or bars in Hillsboro Village: Fido , Pancake Pantry , The Grilled Cheeserie , Biscuit Love , and Double Dogs .

See all businesses in Hillsboro Village.

Best Vacation Rentals in Hillsboro Village:

  • Adorable 2 bedroom Rental – 2 bedroom / 1 bath – Sleeps 4 – 65+ Five Star Reviews
  • Charming Home – 4 bedroom / 3 bath – Sleeps 8 – 50+ Five Star Reviews
  • One Bedroom Apartment – 1 bedroom / 1 bath – Sleeps 4 – 30+ Five Star Reviews

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where do tourist stay in nashville

East Nashville

If you’re visiting Nashville, you’ve probably heard about the east side. East Nashville is home to many artists and musicians as well as young families. This is definitely an area to visit if you want to know how the locals live. It’s kind of a city in itself with over 100 local restaurants and over 50 local shops. If you’re wanting to see some live music (not country), eat at some tasty restaurants, and do some shopping, this is the spot for you! You can’t walk to any other areas from East Nashville.

Our favorite restaurants or bars in East Nashville: The Fox Bar & Cocktail Lounge , Folk , Pearl Diver , Lockeland Table , Cafe Roze ,  3 Crow Bar , Five Points Pizza , Barista Parlor , Rosepepper , Ugly Mugs , The Pharmacy , and Mas Tacos .

See all businesses in East Nashville.

Bed & Breakfasts in East Nashville:

  • Urban Cowboy : The Urban Cowboy Bed & Breakfast opened in Nashville in March of 2016. It has quickly become a popular stop for travelers, especially creatives.
  • The Big Bungalow : The Big Bungalow is a little three-room bed and breakfast located in East Nashville. Reviewers rave about how wonderful the host is and love the location.

Best Vacation Rentals in East Nashville:

  • East Nashville Cottage – 2 bedroom / 2 bath – Sleeps 6 – 200+ Five Star Reviews
  • East Side Condo – 3 bedroom / 2 bath – Sleeps 6 – 90+ Five Star Reviews
  • Luxury Bungalow – 4 bedroom / 3 bath – Sleeps 10 – 30+ Five Star Reviews
  • Private Carriage House – 1 bedroom / 1 bath – Sleeps 4 – 100+ Five Star Reviews

Photos of East Nashville:

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where do tourist stay in nashville

I stayed at 506 Lofts off Church St. in the heart of downtown last time I visited Nashville and it was absolutely amazing! They are beautiful, urban, unique and only two blocks from broadway. The host was so nice and available every time I called or messaged her. The weekend that I am coming back they are all booked so I was looking for somewhere else and ended up here but I thought i should share my experience for others looking! I have also stayed at the capitol hotel and like they said above it was definitely the cheapest option and still pretty nice! Free breakfast too! Great for those traveling on a tight budget.

21C Museum Hotel should definitely be added to the downtown portion. Great list Nashville Guru!

Thanks much – this is soooo helpful the summaries you’ve put together along w/ the “vibes” and feel of the different neighborhoods to look @ for hotels along w/ the local restaurants! So glad I stumbled upon this blog!!!

Well… I have been researching Nashville for a week for 6 of us, visiting your city this summer to celebrate our 60th birthdays! You have given me the exact information that I need to plan a fabulous week. Sadly, one of your recommended home rentals is booked for the week that we will be visiting! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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Where to stay in Nashville

For foodie trips and music-packed city tours, here are the best neighborhoods in the city (and what to do in them too)

You’ll never forget your first time in Nashville . There are pockets of culture and fun all over the city, but where you stay can when you’re there can make a trip that extra bit special. And we’re not just talking about hotels; we’re talking about Nashville’s neighborhoods . 

Whether you’re looking for a honky-tonk-filled musical vacation, a foodie trip in the city or a culture-crammed excursion through Nashville’s many museums and galleries, our list of the best places to stay will give you everything you need for a perfect trip. Oh, and we’ve included exactly what to eat, drink and do when you’re there as well. Here is exactly where to stay in Nashville. 

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Best areas to stay in Nashville

Downtown

1.  Downtown

Downtown is Nashville’s economic and tourism hub, as well as the geographic center and home to Lower Broad. This is where you’ll find the honky-tonks, belting out Western swing music al­most any hour of the day. But this area isn't just for partiers; in addition to some of the biggest attrac­tions, Downtown is home to swanky hotels, restaurants, and enviable views of the Cumberland River. This location appeals to tourists who want a walkable stay in Music City, no car needed. 

EAT:  Fifth + Broadway’s  Assembly Food Hall  is a collection of small eateries from the city’s best restaurants. Want hot chicken? Chinese comfort food? Red-velvet tacos? Kurdish food? Check, check, check, and check. It is all here at affordable prices, with amazing views of the Ryman Auditorium and Broadway. Free live music is an ongoing perk. 

DRINK:  As discussed, there are many honky-tonk-style bars in downtown Nashville. Locals love  Robert’s Western World  because the owners hire great musicians to play world-class Western swing and country music ... and because they sell cheap beer.

DO:  Head to the second floor of the Nashville Public Library. That is where the  Civil Rights Room  details the most significant events of the 1960s student-led sit-in protests that happened here and helped to desegregate the entire country. 

STAY:  With a minimalist 1970s décor and a decidedly 2020s approach to service and amenities,  The Fairlane Hotel  is one of the best spots in town. Head here to lounge in velvety opulence, and take in city views from guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows. Grab breakfast from the  Bagelshop  downstairs before heading out to explore.

If you do just one thing...  Catch a show at the  Ryman Auditorium . Seriously, it doesn't matter who’s playing, you just want to experience the sacredness and fabulous acoustics of the space. If you can’t snag tickets, do a daytime tour to see the backstage magic.

Music Row

2.  Music Row

Music Row is where the business of Nashville gets done. Two parallel streets (connected by a roundabout sporting the joyful Musica sculpture) are lined with former houses converted into music studios and office towers. Scattered between these music-industry essentials are places to eat, drink, listen to music, and sleep.

EAT:  With 32 seats around an open kitchen,  The Catbird Seat  provides a multi-hour culinary performance as much as it offers a mere dinner. Book in advance and watch the team make magic from local ingredients.

DRINK:  Q: Is there anything more Nashville than drinking beer and listening to singer-songwriters tell tales of universal woe? A: No, there is not. The best of this Music City action takes place at  Bobby’s Idle Hour Tavern , a beloved Music Row bar.

DO:  Names like Elvis Presley wrote and recorded hit after hit at  Historic RCA Studio B . The Music Row studio, preserved as it was then, is open for tours. Book your tickets and catch the shuttle here; tours depart from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

STAY:  With its signature red staircase, popular rooftop pool, and extra-large guest rooms with great views,  Virgin Hotels Nashville  is the best way to stay in the center of it all.

If you do just one thing...  Shop at  Any Old Iron , designer Andrew Clancey’s temple to all things sequined. If it is good enough for Miranda Lambert, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift, all of whom have worn Clancey’s designs, it is good enough for you to take home (if you make it there, note that Clancey now has a line in Free People stores).

The Gulch

3.  The Gulch

Named for the physical gulch that houses the railroad tracks that ran through this area, this is perhaps Nashville's most modern neighborhood in terms of construction, with high rises and dense city living combined with retail space. It is within walking distance to downtown, SoBro, and Midtown, but chockfull of its own attractions, primarily shopping-, eating- and drinking-oriented (but what else do you need?).

EAT:  Celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan brings her take on Indian food, spices, and cooking to lucky Nashvillians at her flagship  Chauhan Ale and Masala House . Order a selection to sample her fusion recipes, but don’t skip the hot chicken pakoras.

DRINK:  If your idea of a good time includes playing duckpin (a type of bowling that doesn’t require rental shoes), bocce, pinball, or foosball, head over to  Pins Mechanical.  All these games, plus cocktails, beer, and wine (which are sure to improve your aim), are on the menu at the inclusive bar.

DO:  Walk the  Gulch Greenway  to Frankie Pierce Park in Capitol View. This urban outdoor oasis is perfect for walking or biking an easy one-mile path along city streets, with views of skyscrapers and green spaces. There are plenty of outdoor murals to stop and admire en route.

STAY:  A glass tower from the outside, the  Thompson Nashville  is a modern hotel with lots of interesting touches, including art elements made from reclaimed wood from the surrounding neighborhood. Don't skip a trip to the rooftop bar, L.A. Jackson.

If you do just one thing...  Among all these high-rises is a simple cinder block building, which for decades has housed the best bluegrass music in the country.  The Station Inn  is a must for all visitors to Nashville, not just The Gulch.

East Nashville

4.  East Nashville

East Nashville has a love-hate relationship with the “hip” moniker it has earned over the years thanks to its high concentration of creative folks. This large neighborhood just east of Downtown is home to stylish vintage boutiques and purveyors of handcrafted goods, not to mention many of the tastiest chef-owned restaurants and the best tiny watering holes.

EAT:  Melvil Arnt and his parents moved to Nashville from Paris, and that is evident in every part of  Once Upon A Time In France ,­ from the décor to the food to the wine list. The French bistro doesn’t take reservations, so plan to chat with locals over a glass of wine while you wait for a table.

DRINK:  Order a tropical cocktail or two at  Pearl Diver , a stylish lounge that brings an island vibe to its menu, its communal spaces, and its attitude. If you’ve only been to cheesy tiki bars, be prepared to be impressed by the thoughtfulness of this tropical experience.

DO:  Browse in the small boutiques at the  Shoppes on Fatherland  and nearby at the  Five Points Alley Shops.  These collections of tiny storefronts house handcrafted goods, vintage finds, and more.

STAY:   The Gallatin Hotel’s  brightly colored hallways, front archways, and garden underscore the “Stay Joyful" mantra. In addition to the plethora of selfie spots, the hotel contributes to a local initiative that works with Nashville's homeless population.

If you do just one thing...  Every single Monday at  5 Spot , locals cut a rug. They call it Motown Mondays, but in truth, it's just dancing to a bunch of good music, starting with Western swing. Lots of people who show up know their footwork, but you don’t need to be an expert to join in.

SoBro

5.  SoBro

The moniker means "south of Broadway" and this micro-neighborhood separates itself from other areas downtown. It is home to the hockey arena, the symphony, the convention center, and a range of hotels, restaurants, and museums. Like its neighbor to the north, Sobro is a walkable area for tourists, but with a more offbeat vibe. 

EAT:  It is not magic to make a restaurant that is fun and serves good food and drink, although sometimes it can feel like it. At  House of Cards , you can eat some steakhouse-style classics (or a vegan surf and turf, if that’s your thing) and watch mentalists and magicians do their thing. Pack a sports jacket, as there is a dress code to get in on this fun.

DRINK:  An amazing contemporary art collection (all of which is for sale, just ask to see the binder) is as good as the specialty cocktails on the menu at the hideaway called  Bar Sovereign .

DO:  While the honky-tonks have the flash, Nashville is a songwriter's town at heart. Hear their stories and acoustic sets by catching a low-key sit-down show at  The Listening Room Café .

STAY:  The luxury  Joseph Nashville  is stacked with one-of-a-kind experiences, from its world-class art collection (don’t forget to look down when at the rooftop bar) to its award-winning Italian kitchen and indulgent spa. Enjoy the views from the guest rooms out to the city below.

If you do just one thing...  learn about country music. A trio of music-themed museums, the  Johnny Cash Museum , the  Patsy Cline Museum , and the  Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum  give you a deep dive into the genre's roots. Whether an avowed country music fan or not, these are must-visits.

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Where to Stay in Nashville: The Best Neighborhoods for Your Visit

A view overlooking Nashville, TN at night with the downtown all lit up

Nashville is more than just a weekend getaway spot. While a lot of people come to party on honky tonk lined Broadway Street, Nashville is way more than a bachelor/bachelorette spot. The Tennessee capital has a decadent dining scene, worthwhile museums, stunning parks, and chill neighborhoods with cozy cafés.

I always love visiting ( it’s one of my favorite cities in the US ).

Since Nashville doesn’t have a great public transportation system, when you visit, it’s important to plan ahead and research what neighborhood you want to stay in. Otherwise, you’ll be taking a lot of expensive Ubers.

To help you narrow it down, here is my breakdown of the best neighborhoods (plus accommodation options for each) so you know exactly where to stay in Nashville.

Nashville Neighborhood Overview

  • Where to Stay for Sightseeing
  • Where to Stay for Families
  • Where to Stay for Local Vibes
  • Where to Stay for Music Lovers

Where to Stay in Nashville for Sightseeing: SoBro

The Country Music Hall of Fame in sunny Nashville, TN, USA

Best places to stay in SoBro

  • BUDGET : Bode — This is perfect for budget travelers who want a central location. This hotel has really comfortable rooms and a retro in-house café where you can relax with a coffee. The staff is friendly. It’s the best value in the area.
  • MIDRANGE : Placemakr SoBro — This beautiful hotel is right next many of the city’s main attraction, including the Johnny Cash Museum and the Ryman Auditorium. The parquet floors and chic furniture are great, the beds comfortable, and the staff super friendly.
  • LUXURY : 1 Hotel Nashville — If you want a hotel with ambience, this sustainably-minded luxe property has 56,000 plants scattered about the hotel, with spacious rooms bedecked with wood-paneled walls. I’m a big fan of this brand as their rooms are really nice, the beds super comfortable, and the rain shower is great. If you have a bigger budget, definitely stay here.

Where to Stay in Nashville for Families: Midtown

The Parthenon in Nashville, TN on a sunny summer day surrounded by greenery

Best places to stay in Midtown

  • BUDGET : Hampton Inn & Suites — This hotel is perfect for budget-conscious families. Located near Vanderbilt University, it’s pet-friendly, there’s a large pool, and breakfast is included.
  • MIDRANGE : Hyatt House Nashville at Vanderbilt — A clean and comfortable three-star hotel right next to the university, the rooms here are spacious and have blackout curtains to ensure you get a good sleep. I love the seasonal outdoor pool perfect and free breakfast. It’s standard, good value Hyatt property.
  • LUXURY : The Graduate — This boutique hotel features lots of bright colors, music vibes, and a retro theme. They have a Dolly Parton–themed rooftop bar that’s very cool. I love how their rooms are a mix of modern art vibes and old Southern B&B charm. It’s really unique place to stay.

Where to Stay in Nashville for Local Vibes: Five Points

A colorful building with street art on the corner in Five Points, Nashville

Best places to stay in Five Points

  • BUDGET : Waymore’s Guest House & Casual Club — A hip and fresh retro-looking hotel, this is a good choice for travelers who want a quieter place to stay. The rooms are standard hotel rooms and there’s nothing fancy about this place but it’s super affordable!
  • MIDRANGE : The Gallatin — This artsy boutique hotel has colorful Insta-worthy walls are adorned with local art and complimentary snacks. I love the decor here, the comfy beds, and friendly staff.
  • LUXURY : The Russell — This boutique property is housed in an all-brick church from the early 20th century. Each room has a different decor, the beds are nice, and it’s a colorful place. I love the attention to detail as well as the on site bar. They donate a portion of their proceeds to homeless shelters too.

Where to Stay in Nashville for Partying: Downtown

The bright lights of Honky Tonk Row in Nashville, TN lit up at night

Best places to stay in Downtown

  • BUDGET : The Score — If you want to party on a budget, this property is the most affordable option in Downtown. Studio and one-bedroom apartments are available and each unit has a kitchen and laundry machines.
  • MIDRANGE : 21c — This stylish, artsy hotel is housed in a building from 1900 and offers excellent value. The rooms have wood floors and high ceilings, in-room coffee makers, Malin + Goetz bath products, and original artwork on the walls. Its in-house restaurant serves contemporary Southern fare with worldly flair. It’s a very comfortable place to stay.
  • LUXURY : The Moxy Downtown — This hip hotel has spacious rooms with plus-sized TVs, ample USB ports, upscale bath products, and the rooftop bar offers stunning views. A Marriott property (so everything here is pretty standardized), it’s the nicest hotel in the downtown core.

Nashville is a bit spread out, so if you base yourself where you want to play and explore, you won’t need a car. All of these neighborhoods are walkable and everything is a short Uber ride away (East Nashville). Midtown and SoBro are my favorite areas for quiet, value, and convenience.

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Where to Stay in Nashville: 8 Best Areas to Stay in 2024

Written By: Sara Oprasic

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Published On: March 12, 2024

Nashville is a vibrant city in Tennessee, famous for its incredibly rich music history. It’s also a big city, and deciding where to stay is not easy unless you’re acquainted with the different neighborhoods. After visiting Nashville a couple of times (the most recent being just a few months ago), I think I have a good idea of the area and can easily help you figure it out with this guide on the best places to stay in Nashville!

First, you need to know which part of the city works best for your trip. The central area is best for a first visit, but not great if you’re on a tight budget. If you are looking to save some money, then maybe look into the Mid-town area. It may be a little more no-frills, but it is also much cheaper than Downtown. Music Row is where we usually stay when we are in Nashville. We love the vibe there, and you are still within walking distance of most of the cool things to do in the city.

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Best Places To Stay In Nashville 

Best Places to Sty in Nashville

Throughout this guide, we will break down 8 of the best places to stay in Nashville, including hotel recommendations, the pros and cons of each area, and a good description of what to expect if this is the area you choose to stay in the Music City. All of these recommendations are our personal suggestions after spending a good amount of time in the city. Read on, and you will find out why we fell in love with Nashville and visit again and again.

1. Downtown 

Where to stay in Nashville Downtown Neighbourhood

Downtown Nashville is the best area for first-time visitors. It’s the city center with all the top tourist attractions and landmarks, including the Tennessee State Capitol, the Frist Art Museum, the Johnny Cash Museum, and much more.

The district encompasses several neighborhoods, including Sobro, The Gulch, Pie Town, and Capitol View. Any of these smaller neighborhoods is great for a stay in Nashville, and it’s only a 45-minute walk from one end of Downtown to the other. The district is walkable, and you can quickly move between the popular Nashville attractions. 

I recommend this area to travelers who are willing to pay a bit more for a nice hotel room. Few hotels in this part of the city are affordable, so you might want to consider a different part of Nashville if you’re traveling on a tighter budget. 

Where to stay in Nashville Downtown Legends Corner

Luxury: W Nashville

The W Nashville is a fabulous five-star hotel in the center of The Gulch. The location is excellent if you want to be within walking distance of the best attractions in the city, but also great restaurants and live music bars. The hotel features an outdoor pool, a rooftop bar, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and even a yoga lawn. 

Stay at the W Nashville if you like extra-large and comfy beds because all the hotel rooms have them. All the rooms feature spacious ensuite bathrooms, desks, and seating areas. Also, all guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows so you can wake up to spectacular city views. 

Mid-Range: Dream Nashville by Hyatt

Dream Nashville Hotel is set in two historic buildings in Printer’s Alley. It features spacious art-deco rooms with large double beds and colorful furniture. I like that the guest rooms have some character, and it’s not just white and beige decor throughout. 

Every hotel room at the Dream Nashville Hotel has a private bathroom, a seating area, and a desk. Also, with six options for dining and nightlife, some of Nashville’s best bars and restaurants will be mere steps away from your bed. The hotel has a modern fitness center and 24-hour room service, but unfortunately, there’s no pool on the grounds. 

Budget: The Capitol Hotel Downtown

The Capitol Hotel Downtown is one of the most affordable hotels in Downtown Nashville, with a central location. It features clean and spacious rooms with ensuite bathrooms, dedicated workspaces, and coffee makers. The hotel has a 24/7 reception desk, but the rooms are easily accessible through exterior corridors. 

There’s a small fitness center at this modern hotel, as well as a laundry room and a bar. But there’s no pool, and overall the amenities offered by the Capitol Hotel Downtown are quite scarce. It’s a three-star hotel with a nightly rate that starts at around $190, which is as cheap as it gets for Downtown Nashville, barring any special deals. 

Pros and cons of Staying in Downtown Nashville

Pros of Staying in Downtown

  • Walking distance to popular attractions
  • Lots of things to do in the neighborhood
  • Great bars and restaurants 
  • A safe area for tourists

Cons of Staying in Downtown

  • Hotels and restaurants are quite expensive 
  • Crowded with tourists 
  • Few budget accommodation options 

Where to stay in Nashville SoBro Neighbourhood

SoBro is a neighborhood in Downtown Nashville that deserves its own entry on this list. It’s one of the best parts of the city for tourists because it’s home to many of the city’s best sights. You can quickly walk to Downtown Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame, and Music City Center is just minutes away from the heart of SoBro.

SoBro is a launchpad on the outskirts of Nashville’s Downtown area, perfect for experiencing a different atmosphere yet still being next to all the best attractions. Head to live music venues like Mercy Lounge, walk into Downtown Nashville for a day of sightseeing, catch a show at The Bridgestone Arena, or sample some local cuisine at one of the surrounding neighborhood restaurants.

Known for neon lights and countless honky tonks, SoBro is also home to many of Nashville’s best name-brand hotels. Staying here won’t be cheap, but it will be a fabulous experience because all the hotels in SoBro are top-notch.

Where to stay in Nashville SoBro Downtown

Luxury: The Joseph

The Joseph is one of the best five-star hotels in the entire city. It boasts an outdoor pool, private garden, fitness center, restaurant, and bar, so you’ll have everything you need. And the decor throughout the entire place is flawless, with lots of nods to the significance of music in Nashville. 

I love that every hotel room has a vintage radio, and the luxe suites even have record players. Every room at The Joseph has its own bathroom, desk, and seating area. The beds are extremely comfortable, and you can make coffee or tea in the room as soon as you open your eyes every morning. 

Mid-Range: Omni Nashville Hotel

Omni Nashville Hotel is a great four-star hotel in the heart of SoBro. It’s adjacent to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, so you can’t get any closer to Nashville’s best sights. And it’s truly a fabulous hotel with designer rooms, a large outdoor pool, and five restaurants. 

The hotel rooms are impeccable. The decor features lots of dark wood, which makes the rooms feel more sophisticated. You will have access to everything they need because every room has a private bathroom, flat-screen TV, desk, seating area, and coffee maker. 

Budget: Sentral SoBro

Sentral SoBro is an interesting option in this premium neighborhood. The hotel doesn’t have traditional rooms but instead offers studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments. They’re surprisingly affordable considering the location and equipped with all the essentials for a longer stay in Nashville. 

Consider this hotel if you’re staying in the city for a while and you want to be centrally located without spending a fortune on accommodation. The apartments are beautifully decorated and actually feel like homes. Also, all the apartments have a full-sized kitchen and laundry room, as well as roomy bathrooms. 

Where to stay in Nashville SoBro Live Music

Pros of Staying in SoBro

  • Central location in Nashville
  • The city’s best attractions are all close by 
  • Great for luxury hotel stays 

Cons of Staying in SoBro

  • Pricey accommodation 
  • A busy area of Nashville
  • Parking is usually not included in the room rate

3. Midtown/West End

Where to stay in Nashville MidTown Neighbourhood

The West End, also known as Midtown, is the area surrounding Vanderbilt University. This district is adjacent to Downtown Nashville, so you can still be within walking distance of the city’s best attractions. 

Also, the West End has plenty of its own landmarks, from The Parthenon at Centennial Park to Church Street with the best live music venues. It’s Nashville’s nightlife hub and the place to be if you want to just a short stroll from the best parties in the city. 

Midtown is also home to some of the best hotels in Nashville, and you’ll have plenty of options for mid-range and luxury accommodations. This neighborhood still isn’t great for budget travelers as hotels aren’t cheap, but you generally get more bang for your buck in the West End than Downtown.

Luxury: Conrad Nashville

The Conrad Nashville is an excellent five-star hotel in the West End. It’s only a 10-minute walk from Downtown Nashville, so if you were to stay at this hotel you could easily explore most of the city’s attractions on foot. It boasts an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, room service, and free WiFi throughout the entire property. 

The room options at the Conrad range from a classic King Room to a huge Superior Suite. All the rooms have a private bathroom, workstation, and a seating area. Most rooms are also equipped with a kitchenette complete with a dishwasher, which might just be my favorite thing about this hotel. 

Mid-Range: Graduate Nashville

Graduate Nashville is probably the most unique hotel in Nashville, at least in terms of the decor. I immediately fell in love with all the pink furniture and accents, so you might want to consider a different hotel if that’s not a color you particularly enjoy. Pink permeates even into the shared spaces, which made me like the Graduate even more. 

Apart from the vibrant decor, the hotel is known for spacious bathrooms that make getting ready in the morning much more enjoyable. The beds are very comfortable, and you’ll get a flat-screen TV, a seating area, and a desk in every room. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that every single room is uniquely decorated, whether it be with gorgeous artwork or guitar-shaped beds. 

Budget: Hayes Street Hotel Nashville

Hayes Street Hotel Nashville is an affordable three-star hotel a short distance from the Downtown. If you’re on a tight budget but still want to be centrally located in Nashville, this is one of the best budget hotels in Music City. 

The rooms are basic but feature extra-large beds and some color accents. Every hotel room has a flat-screen TV, coffee machine, and free WiFi. The hotel has a small fitness center, lounge, and bar, plus there are dozens of restaurants within a five-minute walk. You won’t be impressed with the facilities at the Hayes Street Hotel, but you will be impressed with the price! 

Where to stay in Nashville West End Neighbourhood

Pros of Staying in Midtown/West End

  • Hotels and restaurants are more affordable
  • Easy access to the city center 
  • Best for nightlife in Nashville

Cons of Staying in Midtown/West End

  • Fewer things to do in the neighborhood
  • Can be loud because of the hospital
  • The university area is very busy during the day 

4. Music Row

Where to stay in Nashville Music Row Neighbourhood

Music Row is home to many radio stations and record label offices, which makes it immensely popular with tourists. It’s no surprise that some of the city’s best hotels are precisely in this neighborhood. We stayed here and have found it to be our favourite area to suggest to people when they are looking for the best areas to stay in Nashville.

Music Row is adjacent to both Midtown and Downtown, so you can easily get around Nashville’s best neighborhoods. Most hotels in this area are within walking distance of the city center, plus there are quite a few interesting places to explore in the neighborhood itself. 

Overall, this is probably the second-best neighborhood to stay in Nashville, right after Downtown. Especially in terms of value for money because the hotels in Music Row are significantly cheaper than those with a more central location but offer equal amenities. 

Where to stay in Nashville Music Row Virgin Hotels

Luxury: Virgin Hotels Nashville

Virgin Hotels Nashville is the nicest hotel in this neighborhood, and where we have stayed multiple times, so I’m counting it as a luxury hotel even if it has “only” four stars. It makes up for the lack of the fifth star with an excellent rooftop pool, contemporary rooms with high-end appliances, and fabulous landscaping in the hotel’s mini garden. 

The hotel rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated. All have a private bathroom, desk, and seating area, while some rooms even have private balconies. Also, some rooms on higher floors offer sea views, which is pretty rare for Nashville. This hotel is even pet-friendly, making it the top option for those who are traveling with their furry friends. 

Mid-Range: Kimpton Aertson Hotel

The Kimpton Aertson is an excellent four-star hotel in Music Row, roughly a 20-minute walk from Downtown Nashville. It’s got an amazing rooftop pool with a sun deck and a wellness center with modern gym equipment.

The rooms at this boutique hotel are spacious, with extra large double beds and pristine ensuite bathrooms. All hotel rooms have a minibar, a flat-screen TV, a desk, and a Bluetooth sound system. Guests have access to multiple lounge areas, a modern American restaurant, and an excellent on-site bar with a fantastic collection of Tennessee whiskies. 

Budget: Best Western Plus Downtown

Best Western Plus Downtown is one of the best budget hotels in Nashville. It’s a three-star hotel located in the north of Music Row, just a few minutes away from Downtown. The hotel is very close to the city center, and it’s great value considering the location.

The rooms are unusually sleek for the price. You won’t be wowed by the decor, but you won’t feel like you’re in a cheap, run-down hotel either. The beds are very comfortable, every hotel room has a desk and a flat-screen TV, plus breakfast is included even in the cheapest nightly rates. The hotel even has a pool, albeit a very small one with views of the road. 

Where to stay in Nashville Music Row Hattie Bs

Pros of Staying in Music Row

  • A historic area of Nashville
  • Not too busy 
  • Very close to the city center

Cons of Staying in Music Row

  • Not many bars and restaurants
  • Fewer hotel options 
  • Tourist attractions are scarce

5. East Nashville

Where to stay in East Nashville Neighbourhood

East Nashville is a vast residential neighborhood northeast of the city center. It’s the best option for travelers on a tight budget because this is where you’ll find all the most affordable Nashville hotels. However, I must point out that the majority of this neighborhood is quite far from the city center, so I recommend staying in East Nashville only if you have access to a car. 

While the area might not have countless tourist attractions and landmarks, it is home to many trendy restaurants, bars, and interesting boutiques. This district is also known for street art, which you can discover on casual evening strolls. And if you can drive around Nashville, you’re just 10 minutes from the Downtown with all its museums and landmarks. 

Stay in East Nashville to save money on accommodation while still experiencing the unique vibe of the city. Even in this residential neighborhood, there are plenty of bars and other venues where you can enjoy live music performances pretty much every night.  

Luxury: The Russell

The Russell is a three-star hotel, so it’s not a proper luxury hotel, but it is very special. It is set in a former church, and staying here is a one-of-a-kind experience. Also, this is a three-star hotel because it has no restaurant or fitness center, but that’s to be expected because the building is so limited in space. 

The rooms are exquisite, though. They boast clean, modern furnishings that create a beautiful contrast with the exposed brick of the church building. Every room has an ensuite bathroom, a flat-screen TV, and a coffee maker. So, even though you’re staying in a historic building, you will still have access to all the modern essentials. 

Mid Range: Waymore’s Guest House and Casual Club

Waymore’s Guest House and Casual Club is an awesome hotel with inexpensive rooms. Best of all, you don’t even need a car to stay at this hotel because it’s very close to East Bank and Downtown. There’s a bus stop practically in front of the hotel, and you can be in the city center in just 5-10 minutes. 

The hotel rooms are beautifully decorated with comfortable beds, desks, coffee machines, and free WiFi. Every room has a private bathroom, and guests can choose from a myriad of room types, ranging from single rooms to family suites. There’s also a restaurant on-site that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and doubles as the hotel bar. 

Budget: Sleep Inn Nashville

Sleep Inn Nashville is an affordable two-star hotel situated in the far north of East Nashville. It’s quite far away from the city center, but if you have a car, you can be in Downtown Nashville in roughly ten minutes. So it’s a great option if you’re on a tighter budget and don’t mind staying a bit farther away to save money. 

The rooms are surprisingly spacious and equipped with all the essentials. You get a comfy bed, an ensuite bathroom, a dedicated workstation, a coffee machine, and a flat-screen TV – not bad for a two-star hotel. There’s even a seasonal outdoor pool that all guests are welcome to use, plus free breakfast and parking are included in the stay, which starts at $110 per night. 

Where to stay in East Nashville Hot Chicken

Pros of Staying in East Nashville

  • The hotels are more affordable
  • Lots of venues with live music
  • Excellent bars and eateries

Cons of Staying in East Nashville

  • Fewer landmarks and attractions in the neighborhood
  • Not within walking distance of the center 
  • Very few hotels 

6. Airport 

Where to Stay in Nashville Near the Airport

Hotels close to the airport are great for travelers who have an early flight or are in town for a very short time. Plus they’re generally cheaper than hotels in other neighborhoods and you’ll get better value for money. 

If you have a car in Nashville, you can be in the city center in less than 15 minutes. Otherwise, I don’t recommend staying near the airport because the public transport is painfully slow, and there’s hardly anything to do here other than visit the other hotels. 

Luxury: Sonesta Nashville Airport

Sonesta Nashville Airport is a four-star hotel with spacious and clean rooms. A hotel room like this in the city center would be at least double the price, especially with those huge windows and panoramic views. 

All guests staying at the Sonesta will have access to a private bathroom, seating area, and a desk in the room. Also, the hotel has two swimming pools and two restaurants, so you get excellent facilities for little money. 

Mid-Range: Sheraton Music City 

Sheraton Music City is a great hotel close to the airport with two swimming pools, a bar, two restaurants, and a fitness center. This is a pet-friendly hotel with a sprawling garden, and it’s one of the best mid-range hotels in Nashville for travelers with pets. 

Guest rooms are quite spacious with big, comfortable beds and a separate seating area. Every room has a desk, TV, and private bathroom, and I will say that the decor is nice for the most part. Also, double and quadruple rooms are priced the same, so the Sheraton offers great value for families and groups. 

Budget: Alexis Inn and Suites Hotel

Alexis Inn and Suites Hotel is one of the cheapest hotels near the airport. The rooms are surprisingly nice for the price, and hotel facilities include a restaurant, fitness center, and breakfast bar. 

Amenities at the guest rooms are fairly standard. Everyone gets an ensuite bathroom, TV, desk, and a coffee maker. I will say that some rooms have a sink opposite the bed, which is a little weird. But hey, there’s free WiFi and an ironing board, so I can get past that. 

Where to stay in Nashville Near the Airport Pros and cons

Pros of Staying at The Airport

  • Cheap hotels
  • Great for short stays and early flights
  • Just a 15-minute drive from the city center

Cons of Staying at The Airport

  • Hard to get around without a car
  • No proper luxury hotels
  • No things to do in the area

7. East Bank

Where to stay in Nashville East Bank Neighbourhood

East Bank is a waterfront area of Nashville. It’s in development so it’s not the most pleasing part of the city to look at, but it is adjacent to the Downtown. If you stay here, you will be super close to all the top attractions and things to do in Nashville, plus East Bank hotels tend to be cheaper than those in the more central city neighborhoods.

The Nissan Stadium is here, making East Bank one of the best neighborhoods for people traveling to Nashville for concerts or NFL games. After the concert or game, you can easily walk back to your hotel, or you can just walk across the bridge to the bars and restaurants in Downtown Nashville. 

Mid-Range: La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham is a nice three-star hotel just a couple of minutes away from the Nissan Stadium. It’s also just a 20-minute walk from the best attractions in Downtown Nashville, so you’re still super close to the center. The hotel features surprisingly big rooms with comfortable beds and ensuite bathrooms, plus it has a swimming pool and a fitness center. 

Breakfast is included in the nightly rate, which is just under $200. All the rooms are air-conditioned, and equipped with a coffee machine, a flat-screen TV, a seating area, and a desk. On top of that, the hotel has a bar and a restaurant on-site. 

Budget: Clarion Hotel Downtown Nashville – Stadium

Clarion Hotel Downtown Nashville is a great option for travelers looking for cheap hotels in Nashville. A night at this three-star hotel starts at around $160, which buys you a spacious room with two queen beds (or a king bed) and a buffet-style breakfast. Guest rooms all have a private bathroom, flat-screen TV, desk, and a coffee machine. 

And it gets better. The hotel has an indoor saltwater pool, which means it’s accessible year-round. There’s also a fitness center, as well as a business center complete with conference rooms. Best of all, this hotel is merely 10 minutes from the city center by bus, so you’re still very close to all the best attractions in Nashville. 

Where to stay in Nashville East Bank Pros and Cons

Pros of Staying in East Bank

  • The hotels are affordable
  • Walking distance to the city center
  • Close to the Nissan Stadium 

Cons of Staying in East Bank 

  • Very few bars and restaurants
  • No landmarks in the neighborhood
  • Extremely busy during concerts/NFL games

8. Music Valley 

Where to stay in Nashville Music Valley Neighbourhood

Stay in Music Valley if you’re traveling to Nashville for a relaxed vacation or a musical event. This is where you’ll find the best and most elaborate resorts in Nashville, as well as the city’s best golf courses and even some hiking trails . 

Another advantage of Music Valley is that it’s one of the safest neighborhoods in Nashville. While you might not have a lot to do here in the evening other than visit a bar or go out to a restaurant, at least you’ll feel comfortable walking around at night, even if you’re alone. 

Grand Ole Opry is naturally the highlight of this entire neighborhood. The home of country music is open for tours every day, and it’s the main reason why so many tourists will go out of their way to visit Music Valley, even if they’ve booked a hotel in SoBro. 

Where to stay in Nashville Music Valley Grand Ole Opry

Luxury: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is so decked out with features that you could spend half your trip to Nashville just touring the resort. It is absolutely massive with 4 bars, 15 restaurants, and several retail shops. 

The hotel rooms are sleek and modern, with comfortable beds and roomy private bathrooms. All guests will have access to a desk and flat-screen TV in their room, and some will even have a private balcony. However, I must say that the rooms seriously lack character, so you might want to consider a different hotel if you’re not a fan of the all-white hotel room decor.  

Mid-Range: Club Wyndham Nashville

Club Wyndham Nashville is a great option for longer stays in Nashville. The hotel offers suites and condos for groups of 4-6 people, and they’re incredibly affordable. It comes down to roughly $50 per person, which is insane when you consider that the hotel has three swimming pools! 

The suites aren’t the prettiest, but they’re clean and equipped with all you might need for a longer trip. You’ll have either a kitchenette or a full kitchen, a separate bedroom, and a private bathroom. The hotel also offers laundry facilities. 

Budget: Best Western Suites 

Best Western Suites is an affordable hotel in Opryland. It’s got a pool and a fitness center, which is honestly a bit surprising considering how cheap the rooms are. If you’re traveling to Nashville to visit the Grand Ole Opry and need an inexpensive room close by, this is a top option. 

The rooms are basic but include all the necessities. You’ll have an oversized desk, a TV, and a private bathroom, plus breakfast is included in the nightly rate. Parking is also free for all guests, making this hotel excellent value for the money. 

Where to stay in Nashville Music Valley Pros and cons

Pros of Staying in Music Valley

  • A very safe neighborhood
  • Great for visits to the Grand Ole Opry 
  • Lots of resorts 

Cons of Staying in Music Valley

  • Far away from Downtown Nashville
  • Few things to do in the area 
  • Not a good place to stay without a car

Best Areas To Stay In Nashville FAQs

Best Areas To Stay In Nashville

What is the best part of Nashville to stay in? 

Downtown is the best part of Nashville to stay in, especially for first-time visitors. East Nashville is a close second, especially if you’re looking for better deals and have access to a car. 

Is it better to stay Downtown or Music Row in Nashville? 

It is generally better to stay in Downtown Nashville. The area has more attractions that are within walking distance and a much wider selection of hotels than Music Row. 

Is Downtown Nashville a walkable city? 

Downtown Nashville is an easily walkable neighborhood. It’s only 45 minutes from the far end of one end of the neighborhood to the other. 

Which side of Nashville is the best?

According to the locals, the East side of Nashville is the best. Although the Downtown is most popular with tourists, East Nashville is one of the best areas for residents. 

Where Not To Stay In Nashville

Nashville is a very big city, and just like every other big city, it has safe areas and those that aren’t. Neighborhoods to avoid in Nashville are the Bordeaux Area, Capitol View, and North Nashville. Even East Nashville has some pockets that aren’t entirely safe, but I made sure not to include hotels in those areas. 

Instead, stick to the districts recommended in this guide. The city center, along with Midtown and Music Valley, is the safest for tourists. Sure, the hotels are a bit pricier, but I don’t think you can put a price on your own safety. 

Why We Love Nashville 

Top Places to Stay in Nashville

We love Nashville because the city has a soul. The locals are very friendly, the city’s food scene is amazing, and the music here is off the charts. It’s one of the best places to visit in the United States , especially for (country) music lovers. 

Stop by Nashville during a US road trip , or come here for a romantic getaway –  I don’t doubt you’ll have the time of your life. And you’re bound to get inspired to give your travel playlist a complete overhaul!

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Nashville is a great weekend getaway. We love the midtown area best. Conrad Hotel is our favorite midtown hotel. The graduate is on our wish list. The Dolly Patron theme is truly Nash Vegas.

Such a massive impressive post you guys doing incredible job. As a native of Tennessee I can say you really hit the nail on the head with this one well I don’t live in Nashville I do live just a few hours away in Chattanooga Tennessee another wonderful spot by the way.

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For those who prefer indie music bars, eclectic shops, and a local feel, East Nashville is your go-to. With its laid-back vibe and a plethora of craft breweries, it’s no surprise that this neighborhood is a favorite among younger visitors and artists alike.

Downtown: The Heartbeat of Nashville

Want to be in the midst of it all? Downtown Nashville offers a pulsating experience with its honky-tonk bars, historic landmarks, and the renowned Country Music Hall of Fame. It’s a place where the city’s history and vibrancy meet.

Why Location Matters

Choosing the right neighborhood is not just about proximity; it’s about experiencing Nashville’s soul. As travel blogger Nomadic Matt aptly puts it, “Nashville is much more than just a city of music. It’s a city with a soul. Staying in its heart allows you to experience that soul firsthand.”

Flora Goodwin’s Insider Tips

While the popular neighborhoods have their allure, Flora suggests venturing a bit off the beaten path. Areas like 12 South offer a blend of local shops, exquisite dining, and fewer crowds. For luxury seekers, the Green Hills area boasts upscale shops, boutique hotels, and a touch of elegance.

Why Nashville’s Ambiance is Unmatched

It’s not just about the music, although that is the heartbeat of this vibrant city. It’s about the spontaneous street performances that make every corner come alive, the history that permeates every brick and building, and the Southern hospitality that warms every visitor’s heart. Nashville is a blend of old-world charm meeting new-world sophistication.

The Culinary Delights of Music City

Nashville’s culinary scene is as diverse as its musical notes. From mouthwatering hot chicken that sets your taste buds on fire to traditional Southern BBQ that melts in your mouth, the city offers an array of delightful dishes. Let’s not forget the hearty breakfasts at local diners or the upscale dining experiences in posh restaurants. The gastronomic scene here is a testament to the city’s rich cultural tapestry.

Local Events That Can’t Be Missed

While the big music festivals get international attention, Nashville’s local events and festivals add a unique touch. From art crawls to local bluegrass jams, there’s always something happening that brings the community together. These local events allow tourists to immerse themselves in the authentic Nashville spirit, rubbing elbows with locals and experiencing the city’s true character.

Navigating Through Music City

Moving around Nashville is as much a part of the experience as the attractions themselves. The vintage trolleys are not only a practical means of transportation but also a nostalgic journey back in time. For the more adventurous, bike rentals are a great way to explore the city at your own pace, especially when the sun sets, and the city lights begin to shimmer against the backdrop of the Cumberland River.

In essence , Nashville isn’t just a destination; it’s a mosaic of experiences. Every street, every corner, and every note played adds a unique hue to the city’s vibrant canvas. So, when considering where to stay in Nashville, remember it’s more than just a room – it’s your gateway to a world of unmatched Southern charm.

Nashville, with its rich musical history and cultural tapestry, promises an experience like no other. Whether you’re here for the music, the food, or the sheer love of travel, knowing where to stay can amplify your Music City memories. Dive deep, explore, and let the rhythms of Nashville guide your stay.

Which neighborhood in Nashville is best for first-time visitors?

Downtown is ideal for first-timers due to its central location and a plethora of attractions.

Is East Nashville safe for tourists?

Yes, East Nashville is generally safe but, like any urban area, always remain vigilant, especially at night.

What unique experiences does The Gulch offer?

The Gulch offers a mix of music, art, dining, and shopping, all with a contemporary twist.

  • Statista, Nashville Tourism Statistics 2019.
  • Visit Music City, Neighborhood Guide.
  • Nomadic Matt, Exploring the Soul of Nashville.

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Where to Stay in Nashville: 7 Best Areas

Where to stay in Nashville

In this blog we are recommending seven of the most popular places to stay in Nashville , along with their accompanying attractions ranging from music must-sees to world-famous shopping districts and eateries.

Lovers of all music genres, especially country, have flocked to Nashville for over a century in search of either a big break or breakout act, and the city’s combined heritage roots and up-and-coming hipness make for a one-of-a-kind travel experience.

The capital of Tennessee, Nashville is home to several of the nation’s most renowned universities, including Vanderbilt and Belmont , as well as some of the music industry’s greatest legends. 

Here you’ll find the Grande Ole Opry , founded in 1925 and featuring the longest-running radio broadcast in America, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum , and countless live venues and even livelier honky-tonks.

Nashville isn’t all music all the time however; the city’s shopping, dining, and entertainment selections could easily rival those of the most sophisticated metropolis. Whether you’re taking a romantic retreat, solo adventure, or family vacation, Nashville is truly a place that gives new meaning to “something for everyone.”

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1. Downtown, the best area to stay in Nashville

Rightfully referred to as the hub of Nashville’s music scene , the downtown area is where multiple cultural crossroads meet and intersect, with something to suit every visitor’s taste. 

A stroll down Broadway is the perfect introduction to the city’s rich and eclectic nightlife , with honky-tonk bars and live music venues as well as The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and First Art Museum , the latter residing in a converted post office from the 1930s and featuring an ongoing rotation of modern and historic exhibitions.

Music isn’t the only downtown to-do; Nashville is nothing if not an oasis of mouthwatering eats. The open-air Farmer’s Market, located on Rosa L Parks Boulevard, features over 150 stands of local fresh produce, breads, cheeses, crafts, and much more. 

The Farmer’s Market additionally boasts a restaurant section called The Market House , where guests will find a mouthwatering array of traditional and international pop-ups, demonstrations from up-and-coming chefs, workshops, and classes. 

BBQ buffs would be remiss not to check out Martin’s Bar-B-Que-Joint , routinely voted the best in Nashville. 

Also keep an eye out for the Night Market, which occurs the third Friday of every month and showcases a range of DJ sets and live bands .

The Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is located on nineteen acres of green parkland and contains a 2,000-seat amphitheater with year-round events, festivals, and performances. 

For history lovers, the timber replica fort located in Riverfront Park is not to be missed, and offers a fascinating glimpse into Tennessee’s early settler life.

There is no shortage of downtown hotels for your stay in Nashville, from five-star luxury suites to more budget-friendly options. As is often the case with popular tourist destinations, prices vary according to the time of year and headline events.

2. SoBro, hip district

Just south of downtown’s Broadway, SoBro is Nashville’s “hip district,” with plenty of bars, eateries, and live music spaces to satiate every palate. Here you’ll not only find the aforementioned Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, but The Johnny Cash Museum , dedicated to the late music icon. 

Performance venues such as the Ascend and Bridgestone Arena continue to showcase the nation’s rising stars, while the Schermerhorn Symphony Center features state-of-the-art acoustics and music from multiple eras.

Families with small children will definitely want to treat their youngsters to a visit to The Soda Parlor , which serves up some Nashville’s best ice cream, frozen yogurt, waffles, and free arcade games, with the nearby Adventure Park At Nashville more than delivering on its promise.

SoBro may be where Nashville’s legendary Music Mile ends, but the conclusion is anything but dismal. With its impressive convention center, endless music, dining and shopping options , as well as assortment of chic boutique hotels, SoBro is a designated “it” spot and one of the most exciting places to stay in Nashville.

3. East Nashville, where to stay in Nashville for foodies

Often referred to as SoBro’s quirkier twin, East Nashville is where artists and art lovers alike convene, and creative minds of all mediums set up shop to showcase their wares. 

Famed for its street art and trendy restaurants , Five Points is the perfect spot to shop for hard-to-find treasures, sample a signature craft cocktail, and stroll along the bustling but laid back boulevards. 

Architecture fans will appreciate the neighborhood’s historic homes dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries , while sports enthusiasts will no doubt be drawn to the nearby Nissan Stadium, home to the Tennessee Titans.

For those looking to enjoy the outdoors during their stay in Nashville, Shelby Bottoms Park is an idyllic refuge with over five miles of secure inland trails, as well as a nature center and explorable defunct airpark.

Today the arts-inclined East Nashville is equally renowned for its culinary output, from traditional southern dishes to global fusions. There is truly no better stomping ground for foodies , artists, and lovers of the unique.

4. The Gulch, affluent neighborhood with high-end boutiques

Despite its somewhat unflattering name, the Gulch is an affluent neighborhood known for its high-end shopping boutiques , stylish eateries, and trendy music spots. Once a derelict district of empty warehouses and neglected lots, the Gulch is now among the most in-demand areas to stay in Nashville.

Visitors with discerning tastes will love the Gulch’s museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants, to say nothing of the famous Station Inn , where bluegrass legends have taken to the stage since the 1970s and the indie-oriented Mercy Lounge a mere stone’s throw away. 

The Gulch is also home to Nashville’s most prestigious spas and salons, making it the perfect destination for a day of pampering.

For those looking for a less intimidating way to take it easy there’s Hops & Crafts , which offers 36 beers on tap and some grin-inducing nods to country music’s greats in its menu listings.

Hotels in and around the Gulch neighborhood lean towards the pricier side thanks to their boutique appeal and luxury amenities, but it’s worth keeping an eye out for special promotions and online discounts.

5. West End/Midtown, good for nightlife

Nashville’s buzzing Midtown and West End districts are where the city’s true spirit emerges, where old meets new and individuals from all walks of life merge, exchange, and celebrate. 

Rock, country, and pop are all given their due spotlight at venues such as The End and Exit/In , while smaller bars and cafes closer to Vanderbilt University feature their own distinctive line-ups and student dynamic. 

Visitors to the West End can additionally partake in the Old Town Trolley hop-on hop-off city tour , which makes fourteen stops around Nashville.

Midtown is famous for its meeting of music novices and industry professionals, and it’s no stretch to surmise that today’s nobody may very well be tomorrow’s next big star. 

Music isn’t the area’s only offering, however; the Midtown and West End areas each respectively boast some of the city’s top restaurants and bars . Midtown has a great nightlife.

Coupled with its ease of walkability and hotel options , this dual area is ideal for first-time visitors looking to get a taste–and the best–of both worlds.

6. Music Valley/Opryland, where to stay in Nashville for families

Nashville’s history, and thus identity, is rooted in all things music, with country continuing to rule the city’s world-famous scene. Located just ten miles east of downtown and a mere seven miles north of Nashville’s International Airport, Music Valley is where country’s chart-topping tunes mingle with the city’s more nuanced diversities. 

Home of the Grand Ole Opry House and Opryland Resort, Music Valley offers an immersive family-friendly experience by way of music, dining, shopping, and cultural attractions.

Couples, friends, and families can all enjoy Music Valley’s activities, from music tours to riverboat cruises, along with an endless lineup of live acts. 

Across the board recommendations include learning how to line dance at the Wildhorse Saloon, visiting the Willie Nelson and Friends Museum, and catching a live broadcast of the second-longest running radio show, the Midnite Jamboree.

Visitors can stay at the lavish Opryland Hotel or one of the area’s many lodgings and themed bed & breakfasts, all within walking distance of popular tourist destinations.

7. Music Row, great for music lovers

The heart of Nashville’s music industry, Music Row is where you’ll find executive offices, licensing firms, video production studios, radio and recording stations, and a neverending homage to rock & country’s all-time legends. 

Guests can tour the historic RCA Studio A and Studio B , where the likes of Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley recorded some of their most enduring hits, hunt for prized vintage musical instruments, and take in any number of live music acts throughout the day.

A small but significant point of interest, the Owen Bradley park is dedicated to the titular singer, songwriter, and publisher and features a life-size bronze statue of the man in question at his piano. 

On the opposite end of Music Row sits the Belmont and Vanderbilt University campuses , the former being the notable home of the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business (CEMB).

While Music Row is inarguably dedicated to Nashville’s ever-evolving presence in the music industry, there are plenty of alternative recreations on offer. 

Brew and touring enthusiasts will definitely want to check out the Nashville Pedal Tavern and Party Barge , while auto aficionados will find no shortage of dream-worthy wheels at the Car Collector’s Hall of Fame .

Traveler’s Tip: Know Before You Go

While visitors would be hard-pressed to run out of things to do during their stay in Nashville, there are a number o f day trips that can easily be made to and from the city, and are well worth the itinerary allotment. 

For example, the Jack Daniels Distillery, located in the quaint nearby town of Lynchburg, offers daily tours and sightseeing, with roundtrip transportation and amenities included in ticket purchase.

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Where to Stay in Nashville: Best Hotels and Areas

August 13, 2022 //  by  Southern Trippers

If you’re wondering where to stay in Nashville this is the accommodations guide for you! There are so many amazing hotels, vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and more in this wonderful city. And lucky for you, we have narrowed down some of the best ones!

Planning your trip to Nashville last minute?

Make sure to book your hotels and tours in Nashville in advance to ensure availability! The longer your wait, the harder it gets. Here are our top picks for your trip:

Top Experiences And Tours In Nashville:

  • Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour (Our top pick!)
  • Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour (Super unique)
  • Country Music Hall Of Fame + Museum (A must-see)
  • All-Inclusive Pub Crawl (Great for bachelorettes or groups)

Top Picks For Hotels In Nashville:

  • Hayes Street Hotel Nashville (On Music Row! Our pick)
  • Club Hotel Nashville Inn And Suites (Great budget option)
  • Graduate Nashville (Chic and modern on Music Row)
  • Dream Nashville (Luxe downtown location)

Nashville is a city known for legendary country music venues, its great food , fun nightlife, and more. You will not find a city that plays such a big role in music’s history– where else can you find the Grand Ole Opry or Ryman Auditorium? Nashville is known as Music city for a reason– and because of that, there are plenty of places to stay in Nashville.

This guide features the best hotels in Nashville and more. There is no more need to worry about where to stay in Nashville– because we have got you covered! So book a stay, and enjoy Music City! (And if you’re looking for more: check out our things to do article or our suggested itinerary! ).

The neon lights of downtown Nashville line the streets as cars zoom by, just encouraging people to stop and stay and explore without fear of where to stay in Nashville.

Understanding Nashville Neighborhoods

When considering where to stay in Nashville, you can’t really go wrong. Each neighborhood has a distinct character to it. Some even argue that the vibe in each neighborhood makes it feel like you are visiting multiple places inside one city!

The best places to stay in Nashville range from the skyline in SoBro to the Honky-Tonk Highway of Downtown. Or if you want something recently re-imagined, check out The Gulch, Midtown (AKA Music Row) or even the West End. All these places are the best areas to stay in Nashville, so it may be hard to pick just one to visit. Have you considered staying in multiple neighborhoods on your trip?

When considering where to stay in Nashville, look at the city as a whole, like in this photo which shows an overhead view of the water, skyline, and more. There are lots of options!

SoBro is Where to Stay for First Timers

If you just so happen to be visiting Tennessee’s capital for the first time, Sobro is the best neighborhood to stay in Nashville. This lovely neighborhood is within walking distance of Downtown and is up and coming! With new hotels opening, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and gorgeous skyline views, you don’t want to miss Sobro!

Sobro is where to stay in Nashville because there is much to do, as seen in this photo which shows the Country Music Hall of Fame as crowds gather on the stairs to get inside.

Best Places to Stay in Sobro, Nashville

Sentral sobro.

Of all the best hotels in Nashville, Sentral SoBro has to be there! When considering lodging in Nashville, this hotel is located just 9 minutes from the Bridgestone Area. This means there are popular points of interest nearby, like the Johnny Cash Museum and more!

Better yet, these gorgeous rooms are perfect for those who are considering where to stay in Nashville with kids because each room is fully furnished. That’s right– you get a kitchen!! Combined with a shared lounge and a huge outdoor pool, the sun terrace is also fantastic. It may be a place to consider for the best vacation rentals in Nashville as well. Here you can stay a while!

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Places like Sentral SoBro are great for when considering where to stay in Nashville: this hotel feature balconies, living areas in blue hues, and more.

Country Music Hall of Fame, SoBro/Downtown Area

Who says you can’t find paradise in Nashville? With this modern resort, this studio is perfect for escapism, and it really is where to stay in Nashville. Combining “island” vibes with Nashville’s attractions, you will be able to relax with the king-size bed, sofa, and more.

Better yet? When considering lodging in Nashville, this is one of the best places to stay in downtown Nashville (aka SoBro)! You are only 5 minutes from the Country Music Hall of Fame, and 25 minutes from the Grand Ole Opry. Being close to nightlife will have you so excited– and the rooftop deck is also to die for here!

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When considering where to stay in Nashville, vacation rentals that offer great additional perks-- like the rooftop lounge and fireplaces of this apartment-- must be considered.

Downtown Nashville is the Best Area for Nightlife and Dining

No matter where you choose to stay in Nashville, you won’t be disappointed. But if you need some more entertaining experiences with nightlife and great food, pick downtown!

From sightseeing all the classic, touristy places, to getting down at honky Tonks, downtown is for you! This area features many of Nashville’s attractions in addition to venues, bars, museums, historic landmarks, and many of the best Nashville restaurants. So if you want to walk down Broadway (nicknamed “Nashvegas” make sure to grab a drink, and then check out something like the Johnny Cash Museum!

Make sure to check out our epic list of the Best Things To Do In Nashville At Night for nightlife and more!

The bright lights, crowded streets, and strips of must see adventures makes downtown Nashville the place to stay when you're considering where to stay in Nashville.

Best Places to Stay in Downtown for Sightseeing

Homewood suites by hilton nashville downtown.

The best neighborhood to stay in Nashville has to be downtown. The close proximity to major attractions, great food, and wonderful experiences have it all. But when you factor in stunning lodging like the Homewood suite s, you really won’t want to leave!

Homewood suites is only steps from popular attractions. And with rooms that have kitchenettes, daily breakfast, and reception with wine, beer, and light bights, it is the perfect way to ease into your downtown adventures. With easy parking, family rooms, and being pet friendly, you might just want to stay here forever.

A desk with a chair and mirror that sits below a classic "Play" sign that you would see at the Music City Hall-- a place you have to visit even when just looking for where to stay in Nashville.

Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown

Stay in the heart of Nashville at the Sheraton . With only being a 5-minute walk from the Ryman Auditorium, and the Bridgestone Arena, this property is in the middle of everything. Plus, the city views are to die for. It is perfect Nashville accommodations!

Better yet, while this is not one of those bed and breakfasts in Nashville, there are fun on-site dining options that have great food. The Library Bar and Skye Lounge are hip and entertaining and perfect to stay for your downtown adventures. The rooms here are also well designed, cozy, and private. So while you will love spending time outdoors seeing the skyline, you’ll also enjoy being inside here!

The interior walkway of the Sheraton makes this where to stay in Nashville-- this hotel is modern with lots of bright lights, tiled floor, white paint and more.

Riverfront Delight on the Cumberland: Downtown Condo

We know when choosing where to stay in Nashville that you have plenty of options. But renting vacation rentals that allow you to have whole condos to yourself just might be the way to go! This Riverfront condo is less than half a mile away from Broadway and Downtown Nashville. Plus, the stunning views of the Cumberland River are to die for!

This Condo is traditional in style but totally comfortable for you and your space. It will be the perfect “home” for your vacation. The French doors that lead to the views of the river are iconic, and having a kitchen bar and balcony will allow you to rest and relax and enjoy every minute of your vacation.

Cute little condos are perfect for where to stay in Nashville: this one features a small kitchenette with chairs, and living room, and more.

Music Valley is the Best Area in Nashville for Families

Looking for where to stay in Nashville with kids? No worries! We’ve got you covered in Music Valley. You would be staying just northeast of East Nashville here, meaning you are away from the crowds and loudness of downtown itself.

Despite not being near downtown, Music Valley is still ripe with tourist opportunities. Visit the Opry, or even the Opry Mills, which is the largest shopping center in Nashville. Most hotels tend to be a bit cheaper here, and with the tourist attractions being nearby, including the Opryland Resort. Check out the 9-acre atrium for free– even if you don’t stay there!

The Grand Ole Opry is a must see when considering where to stay in Nashville: you won't miss it, as there is big signs outside, and giant guitar, as seen in this photo.

Best Places to Stay in Music Valley

Gayland opryland resort & convention.

Traveling with kids and family doesn’t have to be stressful, especially when considering where to stay in Nashville and finding Gayland Opryland as an option! This resort is in the middle of Music Valley, which is perfect for families.

Make sure to check out our list of the Best Resorts In Tennessee!

This resort features indoor gardens, winding rivers, waterfalls, 15 restaurants, bars, and stores. There is something for everyone– even the water experience known as “Sound Waves.” With so much to do at the resort, you and your family won’t be bored when out and about, or just staying in!

The interior gardens at the Galyand Opryland resort make it the place to stay when looking for where to stay In Nashville: at night, the darks sky illuminates the bright, hanging lights and plants through the clear ceiling tiles and glass frames.

The Inn at Opryland, a Gaylord Hotel

If you are looking for something a little more quaint than the resort mentioned above, check out the Inn at Opryland . This hotel is much more casual, but still has tons to offer: with an indoor pool, fitness center, room service, and two on-site restaurants, there is still much to do!

People love the location here: tourist attractions like the Country Music Hall and the shopping and dining excitement of downtown is only 15 miles away. Thankfully here, however, you are in a quieter area so you can get some rest! Book today!

The Inn at Opryland is a classic place of where to stay in Nashville: this room features two beds, bright orange walls and a nice private bathroom.

Willow Springs/Spread Out in East Nashville/Pet Friendly

Families can be big, so traveling requires more space. When considering where to stay in Nashville and appropriate Nashville lodging, it may require you to consider booking a home. This 4 bedroom 2 bath is close to Opryland and in a perfect urban area.

Kids will love the large lots, open spaces, and big trees on the property. Plus a creek? No one will want to leave! Keep your family busy with trailheads and more. So stay in a neighborhood within a Nashville neighborhood, you won’t be disappointed.

Rentals may be where to stay in Nashville when considering pricing-- this small rental is perfect for a visit, and its comfortable living room features a great big window, chairs, coffee tables and more.

Midtown is the Best Place to Stay in Nashville for Music

Midtown lies West of Downtown and is popular for locals and tourists. It is not as crowded as downtown, but don’t mistake that for a lack of entertainment. In fact, this neighborhood is full of adventure! Especially as Midtown is iconically known as Music City.

Music lovers flock to the local venues that host artists who perform a variety of genres. Bars and clubs are always putting on shows, so there truly is never a dull moment. And factoring in that Vanderbilt University is in Midtown? You know you’ve got some talent in that student population!

A man stands in the streets of Midtown, knowing where to stay in Nashville. His cowboy hat and black shirt that has pink flames on it stands out against the crowded strip of restaurants in Midtown.

TownePlaces Suites by Marriott Nashville Midtown

Looking for where to stay in Nashville, and specifically within Midtown? Check out Tow n ePlaces ! These Suites are associated with Marriott and has a restaurant, fitness center, bar, and lounge on-site. The rooms are spacious and comfortable too! And there is a buffet breakfast!

But most people love the points if interest close by: from Vanderbilt to the Roman Auditorium and more, the close location is perfect for those who want to spend time outside of the hotel. So book a room and relax by the snack bar or seating rooms!

The rooftop views of towneplaces suites makes it one of the places where to stay in Nashville because the sunset at night cannot be missed, as seen in this photo. Pull up a soft, cushioned chair and take in the view!

Graduate, Nashville

Lodging in Nashville doesn’t have to be boring! In fact, you MUST check out the Graduate . Only 1,300 feet from Vanderbilt University, this hotel always has something going on. Visit the rooftop bar for skyline views, eat at the restaurant on site, or sing your heart out at the karaoke bar.

An a la carte breakfast is available each morning too– so this is almost like a bed and breakfast in Nashville! But if you miss breakfast hours, the Poindexter Cafe is always open. Just be careful– these modern designed rooms can sell out when the University has large events!

The Graduate is a fun hotel full of lots of colors: this lobby makes a impact and wants your to consider it when looking for where to stay in Nashville . This lobby features 9 couches in different colors, paisley carpets and more!

Boutique Hotels are Where to Stay in Nashville for Historic Charm

There is always so much to see and do in Nashville. With the vibrant music scene, nightlife, and overall culture, there is much to do! And this also means that with an exciting city, comes exciting hotels.

Boutique hotels in Nashville come in all shapes and sizes. They are diverse and unique, and all over the city. From cool ones, to romantic ones, the historic charm will not leave you disappointed, so book today!

Boutique hotels are to die for, and are where to stay in Nashville. They stand out-- like this one-- which has a self-serve coffee bar in the lobby. A man stands at the bar and makes his own order.

Best Boutique Hotels in Nashville

This hotel is much more than just a hotel.  21c Museum  is home to a 10,500-square-foot exhibition space and a rotating art gallery making it where you want to stay in Nashville! As you would expect the hotel has an arty feel with artwork from 21c’s co-founder, Laura Lee Brown adorning the walls. Even the bar and restaurant are full of paintings and sculptures. 

Everything here screams culture and comfort and it’s the little touches that matter. Goo Goo Clusters are in rooms, craft beers in the bar, and Malin and Goetz bath products in the bathroom. This is one of the trendy hotels in Nashville where fashionable and understated luxury mixes with quirky extras. This is definitely one of the best boutique hotels in Nashville. 

The 21c Museum Hotel is where to stay in Nashville because the private terraces look over greenery and still shows you downtown too! They are also massive!

Caroline House Nashville Historic Inn

A five-minute drive from Nashville Broadway is one of the cutest Nashville boutique hotels.  Caroline House Nashville Historic Inn  is located in a beautiful property with simple, yet gorgeous rooms. The Inn also has a restaurant a fitness center and a spa area.

A snack bar/deli is also on-site as well as a lovely garden. There are only 4 rooms on site so it is on the smaller side. If you are looking to stay in one of the cute hotels in Nashville then this is it.  Boutique hotels in Nashville don’t come much smaller and perfectly formed than this.

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This historic inn shows comfortable patios and a great front door-- it is almost more of a bed and breakfast than a hotel when considering where to stay in Nashville.

The Gulch: The Most Unique Place to Stay in Nashville

Since we talked about Boutique hotels, it only seems appropriate to mention the Gulch Neighborhood, which is located between Downtown and Midtown! It’s a small area, but it is trendy and up and coming!

Here you can find boutiques, spas, and fantastic dining. There is always live music going on– especially bluegrass! And Art lovers will love the First Art Museum and the Art Deco architecture. From clubs and all your high-end wants and needs, you’ll never be bored at the Gulch!

The underpass and streets of The Gulch are up and coming-- you can see the buildings growing and bright lights in this photo. It is now a popular place of where to stay in Nashville.

Best Hotels in The Gulch

Thompson nashville.

Considering where to stay in Nashville TN has never been easier! Book at the Thompson for a great experience and scenic views. This hotel is almost boutique-like, with its contemporary designs and on-site restaurants. The seafood-focused Southern cuisine is to die for!

With large event spaces, great popular locations nearby, and things like rooftop bars that feature regional beers and crafted cocktails, you may never want to leave!

Considering where to stay in Nashville shouldn't be hard with large hotel rooms like this: the stunning windows and view and big beds make it easy to pick places like the Thompson.

Stylish Loft Near Downtown Nashville

Renting and staying at apartments may be a better option for lodging in Nashville. The Gulch in particular is a pricey neighborhood, so check out places like this Stylish Loft in addition to other hotels.

This Loft has great access to everything! It is only 1 mile from Honky Tonk Row and is easy to navigate when going to and from. The walkable paths to nearby restaurants, coffee shops, and shopping has people want to stay forever– and considering this is a 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms with a kitchen and living room, you might agree!

Lofts may be a great option for rentals and where to stay in Nashville. This loft features a wall made of all windows and has a spacious area for both the kitchen and the living room.

And there you have it, folks! A breakdown of where to stay in Nashville based off of neighborhoods. You really can’t go wrong with any neighborhood or hotel in all honesty, because Nashville is just the best! There are so many things to do , places to eat at, and memories to make. Have a blast and enjoy the music!

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Where to Stay in Nashville (Best Places in 2024)

Over the past few years, Nashville has emerged as one of the coolest cities in the United States. It’s a city that caters to all types of visitors with its legendary music scene, boisterous bars, indulgent restaurants and interesting history.

Nashville is an expensive city and finding budget accommodations can be a real challenge, which is why I wrote this guide for the best places to stay in Nashville, so you’ll be able to enjoy the best of the Music City without breaking the bank.

Compiled by travelers for travelers, this guide will help you find the best neighborhoods and accommodations in Tennessee’s infamous Music City. Whether you’re looking to party all night long on Honky Tonk Row, see the top sights, or are traveling with kids, I’ve got a neighborhood that’s perfect for you!

Let’s get right to it – here are my top picks for where to stay in Nashville!

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Are you visiting Nashville? Looking for a specific place to stay? These are my highest recommendations for places to stay in Nashville. It’s one of the most fun destinations in America and somewhere you just have to add to any USA backpacking trip .

SoBro Guesthouse | Best Hotel in Nashville

SoBro Guesthouse

The SoBro Guesthouse is my choice for one of the best hotels in Nashville to stay at. This four-star property is centrally located in trendy SoBro, also known as south of Broadway, making it an outstanding base for your time in Nashville. It is within walking distance to top sightseeing attractions, such as the Johnny Cash Museum and Country Music Hall of Fame, and dining and entertainment options. On-site, you’ll enjoy laundry facilities and comfortable rooms.

Tru By Hilton Nashville Downtown | Best Hostel in Nashville:

Tru By Hilton Nashville Downtown

Now you might not think a Hilton hotel would live up to hostel vibes, but the Tru Hotel does just that! Although there are only private rooms available, this hotel/hostel has a huge shared lounge with a foosball table and pool table, as well as a kitchen for guests to use. There’s also an outdoor pool, the perfect place to mingle with other like-minded travelers. It has a BBQ and fitness center, as well as a working space. It combines the best parts of a hostel and hotel in the ideal location: downtown Nashville.

Beautiful Musician’s Guesthouse | Central Nashville Pad

Beautiful Musician's Guesthouse in central Nashville

Located right in the heart of Nashville’s city center, this place is great for first-timers. You’ll have access to a huge range of restaurants to suit all budgets, museums, and galleries, all within walking distance. The great access to public transport will make exploring the city at large a breeze. It’s one of the best Airbnbs in Tennessee, for sure.

SoBro, Nashville

SoBro – or South of Broadway – is set in Nashville’s City Centre. A short walk from downtown and the state capitol building, SoBro is a neighbourhood famed for its honky tonks and neon lights, its lively bars and exciting sights.

Downtown, Nashville

Downtown Nashville is a neighbourhood located at the heart, soul and centre of the city. A hub for entertainment and excitement, downtown is a neighbourhood brimming with music venues, eateries, arts and cultural, and historic landmarks.

Midtown, Nashville

Located west of the city center is the bustling Midtown neighbourhood. Home to Vanderbilt University and a thriving student population, Midtown is known for hosting some of the most exciting and fun nightlife in the city.

The Gulch, Nashville

Nestled between downtown and Midtown is The Gulch. Far and away the coolest neighbourhood in the city, The Gulch is a LEED-certified neighbourhood with a rich industrial history.

Music Valley, Nashville

Music Valley

Well outside the city centre is Music Valley. A charming and historic neighbourhood in East Nashville, Music Valey is known for its outstanding entertainment, cultural and historic activities, unique shopping and outdoor adventures.

Nashville is the capital and largest city in the state of Tennessee. It’s a city famous for its country music scene, southern fried fare, and charming way of life, and over the past decade, Nashville has risen the ranks to become one of the most popular travel destinations in the United States. Visiting Nashville is a real kick-ass experience.

The city covers an area of 1,362 square kilometers and is divided into more than 20 distinct and diverse neighborhoods. This guide will highlight the must-sees broken down by interest.

Downtown Nashville is the neighborhood at the center of the city. It is a hub for entertainment and is where you’ll find a great selection of the city’s most famous sightseeing attractions and historical landmarks, and the perfect spot for country music fans.

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Head south from there, and you’ll arrive in SoBro. A trendy and central neighborhood, SoBro is home to rocking bars, hip restaurants, exciting activities, and amazing tourist attractions.

Travel west across 8th Avenue to The Gulch . Far and away from the coolest area of the city, The Gulch is a LEED-certified neighborhood famous for its boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and bars. It’s also close to the iconic Centennial Park, the ultimate place for relaxing.

Continue northwest to Midtown . A bustling neighborhood known for its nightlife, Midtown is where you’ll find the best bars, clubs, and after-dark fun in town. It’s packed full of music studios and live music venues. There are quite a few cool Nashville vacation rentals in the surrounding neighborhood too.

And finally, head east, all the way across town to Music Valley . Set on the banks of the Cumberland River in East Nashville, Music Valley is home to iconic sights, lush parks, and a whole host of family-friendly fun and games.

Now, let’s take a look, in more detail, at the five best neighborhoods to stay in Nashville. Each is a little different from the last, so make your days in Nashville a little more tailored to you by picking the right neighborhood.

1. SoBro – Where to Stay in Nashville For Your First Time

SoBro – or South of Broadway – is set in Nashville’s City Center. A short walk from downtown and the state capitol building, SoBro is a neighborhood famed for its honky-tonks and neon lights, lively bars, and exciting sights. For country music fans, this is the place to be.

It’s where you’ll find everything from great local restaurants and southern charm to diverse history and electric nights, which is why it’s my pick for where to stay in Nashville if you’re visiting for the first time.

SoBro was once known for its worn-down streets dotted with empty buildings. After undergoing revitalization in recent years, SoBro is now one of the coolest neighborhoods in the city. Not only is it strategically located, but it is home to a great selection of country music institutions, museums, art houses, shops, and more.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center in SoBro, Nashville

Sentral SoBro | Best Hotel to Stay in SoBro Nashville

Sentral SoBro

This modern, brightly lit hotel feels more like an apartment than a hotel, which is why it’s one of my absolute fave places to stay in Nashville. Located in the downtown SoBro area, you’ll also have access to a legit kitchen, washing machine, and flat-screen TV inside your unit! Known as an “aparthotel,” you’ll also get to lounge around an outdoor pool, and enjoy your own balcony too.

Margaritaville Vacation Club | Best VRBO in SoBro

Margaritaville Vacation Club

This beautiful resort offers great studios in the heart of SoBro. It might not be the cheapest place for a solo traveller but the studios sleep up to 4 people – bring your friends along, split the bill at the end and enjoy some luxury for a super affordable rate. The building offers an outdoor pool, a games room, and an indoor hot tub, which are free to use. Check out the pictures yourself – you’ll fall in love with this epic Nashville VRBO .

Beautiful Musician’s Guesthouse | Cool Downtown SoBro Apartment

Beautiful Musician's Guesthouse in Central Nashville

Located right in the heart of Nashville’s city center, this place is the best place to stay for first-timers. You’ll have access to a huge range of restaurants to suit all budgets, museums, and galleries right on your doorstep, and the great access to public transport will make exploring the city at large a breeze.

Things to See and Do in SoBro

  • Dive deep into the history of popular American music at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
  • Enjoy tasty food and good drinks with a side of great music at The Listening Room Café.
  • Get to know the Man in Black by visiting the Johnny Cash Museum.
  • Grab a drink and enjoy amazing views from the rooftop of Rippy’s Bar & Grill.
  • Root for the hometown hockey team, the Nashville Predators, at Bridgestone Arena.
  • Visit Honky Tonk Central one of the largest and liveliest bars in town.

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2. Downtown – Best Place to Stay in Nashville on a Budget

Downtown Nashville is a neighborhood located at the heart, soul, and center of the city. A hub for entertainment and excitement, downtown is a neighborhood brimming with live music venues, eateries, arts and culture, and historical landmarks.

It’s also my pick for lodging in Nashville if you’re traveling on a budget. Home to the only hostel in the city, downtown is teeming with affordable accommodation options that are ideal for travelers of all ages and styles.

So whether you’re looking for a social hostel or a chic boutique hotel, you’ll find a great place to stay in vibrant downtown Nashville.

Downtown, Nashville

Tru By Hilton Nashville Downtown | Best Hostel in Downtown

This is one of the coolest hostels in Nashville to stay at and the only one downtown! It is set a short walk from top attractions and is surrounded by eateries, shops and bars. This hostel boasts an outdoor pool, fitness center, laundry facilities, free wifi, and a billiards table. All this combined makes it my pick for where to stay downtown.

Fairlane Hotel | Best Luxury Hotel in Downtown

Fairlane Hotel

With its central location, stylish décor and myriad of modern facilities, it’s no wonder this is one the best luxury hotels in Nashville. Set downtown, this four-star hotel is a short walk from trendy restaurants, bars, shopping and sightseeing. It has 77 retro rooms, each outfitted with essential features and charming designs.

River & Blues-Downtown | Affordable Downtown Room

River & Blues-Downtown Nashville

If you are visiting Nashville on a budget, then you don’t need to splurge on renting a whole pad when you can get this lovely private room at a super affordable price. This is a lovely, clean comfortable double bedroom located inside a Germantown apartment. You can use the shared bathroom and kitchen, and the host will stay well out of your way. 

Things to See and Do in Downtown Nashville

  • Catch a show at the iconic Ryman Auditorium .
  • Explore Tennessee’s rich and diverse history at the Tennessee State Museum.
  • Grab a drink at Robert’s Western World.
  • Listen to live country music at the Second Fiddle.
  • Learn about the history of African American music at the National Museum of African American Music .
  • Spend a night at the fun and festive Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar.
  • Visit the Musician’s Hall of Fame and Museum.
  • Wander through the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

3. Midtown – Best Area to Stay in Nashville for Nightlife

Located west of the city center is the bustling Midtown neighborhood. Home to Vanderbilt University and a thriving student population, Midtown is known for hosting some of the most exciting and fun nightlife in the city.

It is where you’ll find a myriad of great bars, pubs and clubs offering up music, drinks, dancing and fun for travellers of all ages and styles. So whether you’re looking to dance until dawn or chill with a glass of wine, Midtown is the place to be, especially for music lovers!

But there’s more to Midtown than parties and pubs. This eclectic neighborhood is packed with interesting artifacts, unique landmarks, lush parks, and plenty of charming cafes and trendy restaurants.

Partial skyline of Midtown Nashville

Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville | Best Hotel in Midtown

Hampton Inn and Suites Nashville

This hotel is my best pick for where to stay in Midtown. Located in a lively and vibrant neighborhood, this hotel is close to great restaurants, bars, and clubs, as well as major attractions. The modern hotel room comes complete with flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, and private en-suite bathrooms.

Cash, Presley & Beatles Loved It | Johnny Cash’s Old Pad!

Guitar-shaped pool at Cash, Presley & Beatles Loved It

If you’re a music fan, there’s a good chance you’re in Nashville to soak up the city’s world-famous live scene. It’s not all country and western though – Nashville is still a favorite of songwriters from around the world. Why not join the party by staying at the same place as Johnny Cash, The Beatles and Elvis Presley. It’s even got a guitar-shaped pool! Rock and roll!

8th Ave Studio | Midtown Studio with Pool Access

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Nashville can get damn hot (it is the South, after all), so what better way to cool down than by taking a dip in your very own pool! This lovely one-bedroom studio offers access to a shared on-site pool. There is free parking, too, making this a very well-served Midtown Nashville option.

Things to See and Do in Midtown

  • Dine on rustic dishes and traditional Southern food at The Row.
  • Enjoy a food tour of Nashville and sample all the local cuisine.
  • See the Parthenon, a life-size replica of the ancient Greek relic .
  • Spend a night at the Patterson House, an old speakeasy with an upscale twist.
  • Take a stroll along Music Row.

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4. The Gulch – Coolest Place to Stay in Nashville

Nestled between downtown and Midtown is The Gulch. It’s far and away the coolest neighborhood in the city. The Gulch is a LEED-certified neighborhood with a rich industrial history. Once the site of the city’s main rail station, The Gulch is today a hotspot for Nashville’s young, hip and fabulous populations.

Large mural on a wall near The Gulch, Nashville

The Gulch is known for its trendy dining and high-end fashion boutiques. This is the ideal place to stay in Nashville if you’re a culture vulture or fashionista who is keen to explore the streets and pick up a few unique pieces.

This is also a great neighborhood to indulge in Nashville’s favorite pastime: listening to incredible live music. The Gulch is home to The Station Inn, a charming establishment that’s been hosting the best bluegrass music and artists for more than three decades.

Holiday Inn Express Nashville Downtown Conference Center | Best Budget Hotel in The Gulch

Holiday Inn Express Nashville Downtown Conference Center

Conveniently located in the trendy Gulch neighborhood, this two-star hotel is close to downtown and all of Nashville’s top attractions . It boasts comfortable and spacious rooms with great modern amenities. Guests can enjoy a drink or meal in the stylish on-site bar.

Chic Loft Apartment | Best Airbnb in The Gulch

Chic loft apartment in The Gulch neighborhood

This chic city apartment is great for city breakers. It’s in a great suburb, prime for pedestrian exploration. Clearly, a lot of love and work has gone into decorating this studio, making it a great place to hang out, offering fantastic views with it’d floor to ceiling windows. It’s fully kitted out with brand-new amenities as well.

Massive Luxury Mansion (Sleeps 12) | Best High-End House in The Gulch

Massive Luxury Mansion

Alright, you’ve caught me – this is definitely not cheap accommodation, but hear me out. This incredible house sleeps up to 12 people! Bring your friends along to the coolest area in Nashville and split the bill at the end. Boom – affordable high-end luxury! But seriously, this massive mansion is worth every penny. Designed with a perfect eye for detail, located in the best area, and flooded with light throughout the day, the house is an amazing place to spend your stay in the city.

Things to See and Do in The Gulch

  • Walk around Nashville’s largest urban park, The Centennial Park.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Nashville from Up Rooftop Lounge.
  • Hunt for treasures and trinkets at the Downtown Antique Mall.
  • Listen to the best bluegrass music at The Station Inn.
  • Sample beers from local brewers at Yazoo Brewing Company and Jackalope Brewing Company.
  • Savor succulent BBQ at Peg Leg Porker.
  • See fantastic exhibits and incredible works of art at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

5. Music Valley – Best Neighborhood in Nashville for Families to Stay In

Well outside the city center is the Music Valley. A charming and historic neighborhood in East Nashville, Music Valley is known for its outstanding music, entertainment, cultural and historical activities, unique shopping, and outdoor adventures.

With a wealth of iconic attractions and interesting activities, Music Valley gets my vote for the best place to stay in Nashville for families.

Music Valley, Nashville

Music Valley is home to the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville’s most famous and iconic tourist attraction. Founded in 1925, the Grand Ole Opry has hosted some of the most famous names in country music over the last nine decades.

Whether you explore on a tour or catch a show, make sure you take the time to visit this one-of-a-kind American landmark.

The Inn at Opryland A Gaylord Hotel | Best Hotel in Music Valley

The Inn at Opryland A Gaylord Hotel

The Inn at Opryland is a modern and stylish hotel ideal for families visiting Nashville. It is conveniently located near top sightseeing and dining options. It has a variety of wellness facilities, including a fitness center and an indoor pool, as well as a delicious on site restaurant.

Best Western Suites near Opryland | Best Cheap Hotel in Music Valley

Best Western Suites near Opryland

With its comfortable rooms and great location, it’s no wonder the Best Western Suites is one of my favorite family hotels in Nashville. Located in Music Valley, this luxury hotel is close to a range of restaurants and cafes. It has a fitness center, swimming pool, and 100 spacious suites.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Nashville – Opryland

Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Nashville Opryland

This fantastic three-star hotel gets my vote for best hotel to stay in Music Valley. A short distance from the Grand Ole Opry, this hotel is close to shops, restaurants, bars, and attractions. Guests can enjoy a great selection of fitness and wellness facilities. A buffet breakfast is also available.

Things to See and Do in Music Valley

  • Enjoy American fare, cocktails, and plenty of games at lively and exciting Dave & Busters.
  • Explore the lush Two Rivers Park.
  • Hear incredible free live music at the iconic Grand Ole Opry .
  • Rent kayaks and cruise along the Cumberland River.
  • See props, pictures, and costumes from the Dukes of Hazzard at Cooter’s Museum.
  • Take a day trip to the Jack Daniel’s Distillery

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Here’s what people usually ask me about the areas of Nashville and where to stay.

Where is the best part of Nashville to stay?

The Gulch is definitely the coolest area of the city. However, Downtown is a more affordable area of an expensive city and offers a dense collection of exciting attractions. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

Where should I stay for nightlife in Nashville?

Midtown is the nightlife hotspot! After dark, it is the most bustling part of the city, with bars, restaurants, and clubs to satisfy your every need.

Where is the best place to stay in Nashville for the first time?

SoBro is the best area for a first time in Nashville. You will find all the most charming sights of the city here at your fingertips. I absolutely love SoBro Sentral for its unique “aparthotel” vibe.

Where is a good place in Nashville for families?

Music Valley is great for families! It has some of the most exciting attractions of the city in this area. For a unique stay with the family, check out the cabins in Nashville that you can rent out to fit the fam.

What is the best area to stay in Nashville without a car?

SoBro or Downtown are my top places to stay in the city if you don’t plan on renting a car. You’ll be within walking distance from a lot of the top sights or a short Uber away from any others.

Is it better to stay in Downtown Nashville or Music Row?

My vote goes to Downtown. It’s closer to all the action, especially if you plan on going out at night. Music Row does have some famous locales, but it’s a bit farther away from the center which is why it’s my pick for families, but not the overall winner.

What are the best Downtown Nashville hotels?

Tru By Hilton Nashville Downtown and Fairlane Hotel are two of my fave places to stay in Downtown Nashville.

Is Nashville fun for a girls trip?

ABSOLUTELY! Plenty of girls have bachelorette parties or other trips here and I can absolutely see why. The city is unlike any other in the US, and the nightlife is fun and fantastic. And while I wouldn’t say it’s the cheapest, it’s certainly not as expensive as NYC or Miami.

What should I be careful of in Nashville?

Pickpocketers and ticket scams are two of the most common crimes to watch out for while traveling in Nashville. But beyond that, avoid going outside of the tourist areas in general, but especially in the late or early morning hours.

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There’s no doubt that Nashville is an eclectic city bursting with fun and excitement, good food, great music, and a one-of-a-kind history.

In this guide, I hope I’ve given you a good idea of the very best neighborhoods to stay in Nashville. While there aren’t many hostels in the city, there are still some inexpensive options like sociable hotels and Airbnbs.

If you’re a first time visitor, go ahead and book a room right in Downtown , so you won’t be far from the action. It’s always my go-to when I find myself in Music City!

Wherever you decide to stay in Nashville, I hope you have an epic time in the country music capital!

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Where To Stay In Nashville: The Ultimate Neighborhood Guide

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Nashville, the capital of Tennessee, has plenty to offer visitors. Of course, country music fans will be in seventh heaven in Music City thanks to attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame, the iconic Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman Auditorium, and the Johnny Cash Museum. But there's more to Nashville than country. As well as seemingly infinite live music venues, the city offers amazing restaurants, galleries where you can explore the visual arts, the chance to delve into the history of the state at the Tennessee State Museum and the Tennessee State Capitol, and a vibrant night scene that rivals any in the country. In fact, there are many unmissable things to do at night in Nashville that you definitely shouldn't neglect on your next trip.

Since the city has so much to offer, your choice of where to stay in Nashville will have a big effect on the kind of trip you have. Obviously, downtown Nashville offers most of the main attractions. But the city is also home to several other vibrant neighborhoods that are worth exploring. And if you want to see another side of Nashville, one that most tourists and even some locals are unaware of, you'll need to do some exploring.

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Where to stay in Downtown Nashville

Downtown Nashville is an obvious choice for where to stay in Nashville, and there is good reason for that. If you want to be within walking distance of everything the city has to offer, this is the best place to do it. Downtown Nashville is home to some of the city's top attractions, including the popular Country Music Hall of Fame, the National Museum of African American Music, the Tennessee State Capitol, and the Tennessee State Museum, among other options.

Plus, staying downtown is one of the best ways to enjoy live music. Lower Broadway in the city center is absolutely packed with bars and honky-tonks where you'll be able to hear endless examples of the city's musical talent and possibly catch the next big artist on their way up in the city. When it comes to nightlife, downtown Nashville is hard to beat. That's even more true if you include The Gulch, a formerly industrial area that has been reinvented as a vibrant neighborhood full of trendy restaurants and microbreweries. If you want to sample some of the best cooking in Nashville, whether it's local favorites like hot chicken and soul food or the latest in international cuisine, this is one of the best places to do it.

Sounds good, right? Well, it is. But downtown Nashville is hardly a hidden gem. Hotels in the downtown area will cost more than they do in any other part of the city. Also, while you'll find plenty of luxury hotels mixed in with budget accommodations, it can be a struggle to locate midrange boutique hotels. If that's what your dream Nashville trip entails, it might be better to look elsewhere.

If money is no object and you like a taste of the highlife when visiting Nashville, the Hermitage Hotel is hard to beat. Offering a great central location close to the State Capitol, this five-star establishment dates back to 1910, and the spacious suites with floor-to-ceiling windows plus the on-site restaurant and the traditional afternoon tea make it one of the best luxury hotels in the city. This hotel also offers one of the best brunches in Nashville , which is good to know if you overindulge in the endless nightlife options in the area. Of course, all this luxury comes at a price, and not a cheap one. Alternatively, the Fairlane Hotel offers a slightly cheaper alternative less than half a block away. If you'd prefer a more modern hotel, the JW Marriott Nashville offers 24-hour room service from three different on-site restaurants and is within walking distance of the area's top attractions. There's also an on-site spa and an outdoor pool, making this a hotel that has everything you need in a desirable location.

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Where to stay in East Nashville

If you're wondering where to stay in Nashville that will put you in one of the most creative districts of the city, East Nashville is a place you should seriously consider. Located on the other side of the Cumberland River from downtown, this neighborhood is where you'll find some of the most creative up-and-coming restaurants, coffee shops, and bars in the whole city. It's also a fantastic place to go shopping, thanks to the seemingly endless supply of fashion boutiques and vintage stores that make this area their home. Plus, if you're looking for brewpubs that eschew Nashville's traditional country esthetic in favor of something more modern, East Nashville is where you'll find them.

Located just a little outside the city's built-up core, East Nashville's location next to the Cumberland River means it also has some enticing outdoor activities to offer. Shelby Bottoms Park is a great place to rent a bike and take a cruise along the water before heading to Eastland Avenue to check out vintage stores and eateries. It all makes East Nashville the perfect place to explore the cutting edge of the city's creative spirit. This trendy neighborhood full of hip restaurants isn't the cheapest in the city by any means, but it does offer some cheaper options than downtown Nashville.

Where to stay in Germantown

This neighborhood, located north of downtown, owes its name to German immigration to Nashville in the mid-19th century. Although you won't find too many traces of this European ancestry in the neighborhood today, it's still a great place to stay in the city outside of the downtown core. The Tennessee State Museum lies just to the south of the neighborhood, and Germantown is known as one of the best places in Nashville to shop and eat. Many of the city's top restaurants are located here, making it the perfect place to stay for foodies. You'll also find plenty of boutique hotels in this historic area that ooze old-school charm.

As you get beyond Germantown and head into North Nashville, you'll be able to explore the African American history of the city. This area played a big role in the civil rights movement in Nashville, and is home to the historic Fisk University. You'll also find great soul food restaurants here, including popular local favorites Monell's and City House. Best of all, this area remains relatively undiscovered by tourists, so it's the ideal place to get a better sense of the real life of locals in Nashville. You'll find that hotel prices are much cheaper here than in downtown, and it's very easy to reach all the city's main attractions from here. If you're wondering how to get around Nashville, check out our guide to the city's public transportation system.

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Where to stay in Green Hills

Wondering where to stay in Nashville where you can be close to the more natural side of Tennessee? The aptly-named Green Hills is the first place you should look. This area is home to the beloved Warner Parks, which offer some of the best hiking in the city. The demanding trails through the Tennessee forest are the perfect introduction to the backcountry of the state, and will make you feel like you've traveled a long way from the bustling city even though you really haven't.

For more natural splendor, check out Cheekwood Botanical Garden and the vast Natchez Trace Parkway which is accessible in this area. You'll also find plenty of hotels in the surrounding neighborhood that make ideal places to stay if you want to be away from the noise and bustle of downtown. Most of the major hotel chains have a foothold in the area, including Courtyard by Marriott , Hilton, and Hampton Inn .

Where to stay in Midtown

Located right next to downtown Nashville, Midtown is home to some of the city's top attractions, including Centennial Park and its impressive Parthenon. It also borders Music Row, which is one of the best places in the city to explore the history of music in Nashville and also enjoy live music in the many bars and venues you'll find here. If you're wondering where to stay in Nashville that lets you enjoy what downtown has to offer at a slightly slower pace and a potentially cheaper price, Midtown is your answer.

Centennial Park is the centerpiece of this neighborhood, and it's no wonder why. As well as its ample green space and lake, along with the replica Parthenon that recalls ancient Greece, this park hosts Musicians Corner, a free music festival that will remind you why Nashville is known as Music City - as if it was possible to forget.

Midtown is a great place to stay where you'll be close to everything you want to see without paying the premium you will to stay downtown. For example, check out the Hayes Street Hotel , which offers modern rooms and complimentary breakfast plus an on-site fitness center close to Vanderbilt University. Homewood Suites by Hilton offers pet-friendly rooms right on Centennial Park, but if cheap hotels are more your thing, places like the Best Western Music Row offer unpretentious accommodation in a great area for nightlife.

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Where to stay in Music Valley

In a city with as much to do as there is in Nashville, it's tempting to want to stay as close to downtown as possible. However, depending on your tastes, you may find that the Donelson area and Music Valley work out better for you. For one thing, Donelson is bordered to the south by Nashville International Airport, making it easy to reach from the moment you get into town. But also, Music Valley is home to some of Nashville's top attractions.

One of those is the Grand Ole Opry. While in Nashville, you should make it your mission to catch this legendary radio show performed live at the Opry House , which is about as Nashville an experience as you could possibly have. Plus, Music Valley is also home to Gaylord Opryland Resort. This sprawling complex is one of the top attractions in Nashville, offering a waterpark complete with artificial beaches, shopping, restaurants, and music venues. The resort is operated by Marriott and has an on-site hotel, but you can access many of the facilities without being a guest. Although Donelson lies outside the city center, it is connected to Riverfront Station by the Music City Star commuter rail line, so if you choose to stay in this area, you won't find it difficult to get into central Nashville to enjoy everything it has to offer.

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Part of the appeal of Nashville for tourists is that many of the city's top attractions are within walking distance of one another in Nashville's charming city center. However, the city has more to offer than the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Tennessee State Museum. The eclectic and vital neighborhoods of Nashville offer hiking trails, amusement parks, historical attractions, incredible restaurants, and just about everything else you need to give you a spectacular vacation. So drop off your bags at a Bounce luggage storage and open yourself up to exploring other parts of the city. When you see everything there is to do in Nashville, you'll be glad you did.

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Where to Stay in Nashville – Neighborhoods & Area Guide

Dubbed as the “country-music capital of the world,” Nashville is the capital and the most populated city in the state of Tennessee. The ever-growing city also shines as a center for higher education and tourism and has emerged as one of the most vibrant cities of the United States of America. Lovingly called the ‘Music City’, Nashville is nestled on the banks of Cumberland River and has been considered as one of the fastest growing economies in the country.

Due to the city’s richness in music, culture, and history, Nashville has gained a reputation of being a fun and alluring tourist destination, attracting visitors from within the country as well as all over the world. Tagged as the “It City” by the reputed New York Times, Nashville is home to the world-renowned Grand Ole Opry, a country-music stage which has been in existence since 1925!

Let us now explore some of the most popular neighborhoods in the city to help you plan where to stay in Nashville during your visit.

Downtown Nashville

Downtown, the heart of Nashville, is what truly defines the lively, vibrant character the Music City is known for. Truly the epicenter of all entertainment activities, the neighborhood offers a lot in terms of attractions and activities. For an unusual experience, catch a Broadway show at Tennessee Performing Arts Center or admire the many art galleries that line the streets around the 5 th Avenue. And, for a blasting night out, head to none other than the infamous Honky Tonk Highway, an entire street dedicated to bars playing live music and your favorite country numbers. While here, do not miss a visit to Ryman Auditorium and Country Music Hall of Fame Museum. Need more? Check out our post on things to do in downtown Nashville .

Good for: All kinds of travelers. Other Highlights: The Johnny Cash Museum, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Tennessee State Capitol, Riverfront Park, and Nashville Music City Center.

Hotel Recommendations:

  • 21c Museum Hotel Nashville – A few minutes’ walk from the famous Ryman Auditorium, this stylish hotel offers well-appointed guestrooms with a flat-screen TV with cable, a tea/coffee maker, a wardrobe, a work desk, and an ensuite bathroom with free toiletries. Guests can also make use of the on-site business center, bar and restaurant, and fitness center. Suitable for all kinds of travelers.
  • Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown – Less than 5 minutes’ walk from the Tennessee State Capitol and Victory Park, the luxurious hotel features plush guestrooms fitted with air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, tea/coffee maker, and an ensuite bathroom. The property also houses an on-site restaurant, a bar, and an indoor pool. Great for all kinds of travelers.
  • Renaissance Nashville Hotel – Every guestroom at Renaissance Nashville Hotel comes with 55-inch flat-screen TV with Netflix, seating area, safety deposit box, wardrobe, and ensuite bathroom. The hotel also offers on-site bar and restaurant, a hot tub, and a fully-equipped service center. Great for all kinds of travelers.

Thompson, Nashville

A bit classier and more upscale than the Downtown neighborhood, the Gulch is known for its significant industrial history, trendsetting dining experiences, and high-end fashion boutiques. Located at a convenient distance from Downtown and SoBro, the Gulch is reportedly the first LEED-certified neighborhood in the South. Once filled with old factories and abandoned warehouses, the area has now transformed into luxury hotels, chic restaurants and bars, glamorous clubs, and hip shopping stores. The Station Inn, practically considered an institution around the neighborhood, has been serving its guests with the best live bluegrass music for the last three decades.

Good for: All kinds of travelers, especially the young. Other Highlights: Yazoo Brewing Company, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville Music City Center, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and Fort Negley Visitors Center.

  • Thompson Nashville – A 5 minutes’ drive from Vanderbilt University, Thompson Nashville offers well-furnished guestrooms with a minibar, Bluetooth speakers, a laptop safe, a flat-screen TV, and an ensuite bathroom. Facilities at the hotel include free Wi-Fi, a rooftop bar, a multi-cuisine restaurant, conference rooms, and much more. Perfect for all kinds of travelers.
  • Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Nashville Downtown/The Gulch – Located in the heart of the neighborhood, this luxurious hotel features beautifully decorated guestrooms with modern amenities, a complimentary buffet breakfast, a rooftop lounge, and a fitness center. Great for couples and families.
  • Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown/Convention Center – A short stroll away from the prominent Country Music Hall of fame Museum and Nissan Stadium, the hotel offers well-appointed rooms with flat-screen HDTV, a mini refrigerator, a separate living room area (in selected rooms), a microwave, and much more. Other amenities include on-site restaurants, business center, fitness center, and an outdoor pool. Perfect for all kinds of luxury travelers.
  • Midtown/Vanderbilt/West End

Parthenon, Nashville

Midtown, also known as the West End, is a bustling neighborhood located almost next to the Gulch and is known for offering one of the most thriving nightlife scenes in the city of Nashville. While the late-night cafes are frequented by the students of Vanderbilt University, clubs and bars around Church Street are known for their live music, drag shows, and LGBT-friendly visitors. When in the neighborhood, you absolutely can’t miss a visit to the Parthenon, a real life-size replica of the actual structure in Greece, that stands majestically within Centennial Park.

Good for: All kinds of travelers. Other Highlights: Centennial Art Center, Belmont Mansion, John F. Kennedy Plaza, and the Gallery of Iconic Guitars.

  • Homewood Suites Nashville Vanderbilt – One of the best-rated properties in the area, the hotel provides comfortable suites with fully-equipped kitchen, cable TV, free Wi-Fi, and an ensuite bathroom. On-site facilities include an outdoor pool, a fitness center, a business center, and a snack shop. Great for families and group travelers, including large groups of up to 8 members.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Vanderbilt-Elliston Place – A few minutes’ walk from the Centennial Park and the revered Vanderbilt University, the hotel features modern rooms with microwave, work desk, seating area, a coffee machine, and free Wi-Fi. Guests can enjoy the complimentary breakfast and the seasonal outdoor pool. Suitable for all kinds of travelers.
  • Loews Vanderbilt Hotel – This luxurious hotel, situated opposite Vanderbilt University, features spacious rooms with pillow top mattresses, flat-screen TV, minibar, and ensuite bathroom with free toiletries. Additional amenities at the hotel include a gourmet-style restaurant, free Wi-Fi, and 24-hour room service. Perfect for all kinds of travelers.
  • Music Valley/Opryland

The Grand Ole Opry

Set right on the banks of Cumberland River, the Music Valley neighborhood is the perfect spot for all country music lovers. And, if you are not a big fan, you would want to visit the neighborhood anyway, for it is home to several important sights in the City, including the Grand Ole Opry and the Nashville Palace entertainment complex. The neighborhood also houses a number of delightful diners that cater specifically to Southern delicacies. Music Valley is also known to be an extremely child-friendly area.

Good for: All kinds of travelers, especially families. Other Highlights: General Jackson Showboat, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, and Opry Mills Mall.

  • Hyatt Place Nashville Opryland – Located in the famous neighborhood of Opryland, this luxurious property features fully-furnished guestrooms with daily complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, coffee-making facilities, safety deposit box, and an ensuite bathroom. Guests can also use the on-site fitness center, business center, and free airport shuttle. Suitable for all kinds of travelers, including big groups of up to 6 members.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville at Opryland – Situated within close proximity of the Grand Ole Opry Theatre, Opry Mills Hall, and Cumberland River, this splendid hotel offers luxurious rooms equipped with flat-screen TV, tea/coffee maker, refrigerator, and ensuite bathroom. A complimentary breakfast is offered daily. Great for all kinds of travelers, including big groups of up to 5 members.
  • Best Western Suites near Opryland – This wonderfully decorated all-suites hotel provides well-appointed rooms with air-conditioning, safety deposit box, refrigerator, flat-screen TV, and free Wi-Fi. Guest can enjoy the on-site outdoor pool, the 24-hour business center, and the fully-equipped fitness center. Suitable for all kinds of travelers.

Music Row

Famed as the beating heart of Nashville’s entertainment scene, Music Row is the mecca of country music milestones and famous recording studios neatly tucked between tree-lined boulevards and stunning residential and commercial buildings. Edgehill Village, a charming neighborhood adjacent to Music Row, is home to a plethora of well-curated diners, Nashville boutiques, and several high-end designer brand stores. When here, don’t forget to pay your respects at the Historic RCA Studio B, a legendary recording studio where the likes of Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton recorded some of their blockbuster melodies.

Good for: All kinds of traveler, especially country-music aficionados. Other Highlights: Columbia Studio A, Owen Bradley Park, and MUSICA.

  • Kimpton Aertson Hotel – Set in the heart of Music Row, Kimpton Aertson Hotel features well-furnished guestrooms with a flat-screen TV, minibar, seating area (in selected rooms), safety deposit box, and an ensuite bathroom with free toiletries. Additional features include an outdoor pool, a modern American brasserie, a fully-stocked bar, and much more. Perfect for luxury travelers, especially couples.
  • Hutton Hotel – The eco-friendly Hutton Hotel offers spacious guestrooms with a large work desk, a 42-inch LCD TV, a minibar, a safety deposit box, and a coffee maker. On-site facilities include a fine-dining restaurant, a 24-hour fitness center, a full-service spa, and valet laundry service. Suitable for all kinds of travelers.
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Nashville Vanderbilt/West End – A few minutes’ walk from the famous Vanderbilt University, this luxurious hotel offers well-equipped guestrooms with state-of-the-art facilities, an outdoor pool, a business center, dry cleaning and laundry facilities, a fitness center, and complimentary breakfast. Great for solo travelers, couples, and small families.
  • SoBro (South of Broadway)

SoBro, Nashville

Located next to the Downtown neighborhood, SoBro, short for South of Broadway, is known for its pulsating music scene, lively bars, and trendy restaurants. An area once dotted with worn-down paths and vacant buildings, was put back into life after the opening of the highly significant Music City Center Convention Center. There are plenty of sights in the area that are aimed at honoring the legacy of country music that the city of Nashville is known for, including Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Johnny Cash.

Good for: All kinds of travelers. Other Highlights: Music City Walk of Fame Park, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Patsy Cline Museum, Music City Shop.

  • The Westin Nashville – Situated just a few hundred meters from the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum, the Westin Nashville features spacious, well-appointed guestrooms with air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, tea/coffee maker, minibar, and an ensuite bathroom. Guests can also enjoy the on-site spa and sauna, the indoor pool, the fitness center, and the restaurant. Suitable for all kinds of travelers.
  • Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown – Located in the heart of South of Broadway, the elegant hotel offers modern guestrooms with top-class amenities such as a flat-screen TV, refrigerator, tea/coffee maker, and ensuite bathroom with free toiletries. Guests also enjoy the delight complimentary breakfast daily. Great for all kinds of travelers, including big groups of up to 6 members.
  • SoBro Guest House – This wonderful boutique hotel, located very close to the Ryman Auditorium and Bridgestone Arena, offers well-appointed suites with a fully-equipped kitchen, modern furnishings, daily housekeeping, and an ensuite bathroom with free toiletries. Perfect for families.

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Where to Stay in Nashville: The Best Neighborhoods, Hotels and Rental Homes

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People from all over the world visit Nashville, Tennessee to experience the Honky Tonks, vibrant nightlife and live country music. Nashville has been our home base since 2019 and we absolutely love living here! We get asked all of the time where to stay in Nashville when guests come to visit this lively town. Here is a complete list of the best places to stay in Nashville from neighborhoods, hotels and rental properties.

Planning a trip to Nashville? Here are the 25 best things to do in Music City!

The best neighborhoods to stay in Nashville

Where to stay in Nashville

One of the great things about Nashville is that Uber and Lyfts are easily available and affordable all over the city. Downtown Nashville actually spreads much farther than the Honky Tonks on Broadway. Locals live within 5 miles from Broadway and still consider themselves to live “downtown”. There are many more neighborhoods and areas to stay in Nashville beyond that famous strip of bars.

Downtown Nashville and The Gulch

Downtown and The Gulch are probably the most popular areas to stay when visiting Nashville but it will also be the most expensive. If you can find housing nearby within your budget, the Gulch is a great area to stay because you will be walkable to many bars and restaurants. Depending on your exact location, Broadway will be either a short walk or drive away.

Midtown Nashville

Midtown is another great area to stay because there are many popular bars and restaurants in this area. This is also the best place to stay if you are visiting Vanderbilt for any reason. You will still be a short drive to downtown if you stay in the midtown area.

Germantown is slightly North of The Gulch and is a great area to stay in Nashville. It is walkable to downtown Nashville and there are tons of great local bars and restaurants in the area!

12 South is a popular shopping area close to downtown Nashville. There are multiple bars, restaurants and boutiques walkable in this area and a short drive to downtown.

West Nashville

West Nashville, also known as The Nations, is slightly farther from the downtown area but is where many locals live and is about a ten minute drive to Broadway. You will likely find many rental homes in this area for an affordable price and there are many local bars and restaurants to try in this area!

East Nashville

East Nashville is on the other side of the Cumberland River and about a ten minute drive to downtown. East Nashville is a very local area known for unique dive bars and delicious restaurants! There are many rental homes available in East Nashville for groups visiting Nashville.

The best hotels in Nashville

best hotels in Nashville

There are hundreds of hotels to choose from in Nashville. This list of the best hotels in Nashville will help to narrow down your options depending on your budget preferences!

Luxury hotels in Nashville

Thompson nashville.

  • Neighborhood: The Gulch
  • Why stay here: Located in the heart of The Gulch, everything is walkable from this hotel. There is also a great rooftop bar and local coffee shop in The Thompson.

The Hermitage Hotel

  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Why stay here: The Hermitage is a historic hotel in downtown Nashville. It is walkable to Broadway and has unmatched historic charm.

W Nashville

  • Why stay here: The W is another stunning hotel in The Gulch with a pool and gorgeous rooftop restaurant.

Four Seasons Hotel Nashville

  • Why stay here: This downtown Nashville Four Season brings luxury to a new level. This hotel is known for its modern vibe and amenities.

Omni Nashville Hotel

  • Why stay here: Take in gorgeous city views with this Nashville staple hotel that provides a comfortable and luxurious experience.

JW Marriott Nashville

  • Why stay here: This JW Marriott was recently built and it towers over the city in all of its beauty. It is walkable to downtown and is known for stunning views and the rooftop restaurant.

Boutique hotels in Nashville

Graduate nashville.

  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Why stay here: The Graduate is a fun hotel stay with unique room designs and the Dolly Parton themed rooftop bar.

Virgin Hotels Nashville

  • Why stay here: The Virgin has one of the best pools in Nashville and is in the heart of midtown walkable to tons of bars and restaurants.

The Dive Motel

  • Neighborhood: East Nashville
  • Why stay here: The Dive is a one of a kind unique boutique hotel. It is all 70s themed with a lively pool deck and dive bar.

Bobby Hotel

  • Why stay here: Stay right downtown with stunning city views and one of the best rooftop bars in Nashville.

The Union Station Nashville Yards

  • Why stay here: This is one of the most iconic Nashville hotels located right in the Gulch and built on top of a train station.

Hotel Fraye Nashville Midtown

  • Why stay here: This is a luxury and boutique hotel all in one located in midtown and walkable to downtown.

1 Hotel Nashville

  • Why stay here: This stunning hotel is right downtown and known for its unique design and popular restaurant and spa inside.

Mid-range hotels

  • Why stay here: This stunning hotel is right downtown and actually has a hidden speakeasy bar inside through a closet.

The Westin Nashville

  • Why stay here: Take in gorgeous city views at this great luxury stay downtown Nashville at a lower price point.

Hilton Nashville Downtown

  • Why stay here: If you want to stay downtown but don’t have the budget for a luxury stay, this Hilton will be your best option!

Conrad Nashville

  • Neighborhood: West Nashville
  • Why stay here: This stunning newly constructed luxury hotel in The Nations is a great place to stay in Nashville!

Hotel Indigo Nashville

  • Why stay here: Hotel Indigo is very reasonably priced considering its downtown location and boutique vibes.

Budget hotels in Nashville

Loews vanderbilt hotel.

  • Why stay here: This is a great place to stay walkable to midtown and Vanderbilt.

Kimpton Aertson Hotel

  • Why stay here: This is a boutique-like hotel stay on a budget with a pool and in a great area of midtown Nashville.

Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown

  • Why stay here: This Sheraton is located right downtown and is a great stay in Nashville walkable to everything at a lower price point.

Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown Capitol View

  • Why stay here: Located in the North Gulch, this Hampton Inn is a great place to stay at a reasonable price close to downtown.

Aloft Nashville West End

  • Why stay here: This is another great budget hotel option located in the heart of Midtown.

The best rental homes in Nashville

best homes to rent in Nashville

Nashville is a very popular destination for a large group trip. It is often better for a group to stay together in a rental property rather than in a hotel. There are so many luxurious and amazing rental homes in Nashville to choose from! This list of the 20 best rental properties in Nashville is broken down by group size and will work for a variety of budgets.

All of these rental options are on this list of the best places to stay in Nashville because they are in a good location and close to downtown areas. Uber and Lyft are very accessible and affordable in Nashville so as long as you stay within a couple miles of the main downtown area, your group will be able to travel around town with ease!

Nashville rental properties for up to 10 people

Upscale 4 bedroom home.

This gorgeous townhome near 12 South is perfect for a couples trip to Nashville with a large rooftop space and 4 king beds.

  • Neighborhood: 12 South
  • Number of rooms: 4

3 Bedroom Midtown Home

This is another great option for couples visiting Nashville. This home is spacious and walkable to Vanderbilt University.

  • Number of rooms: 3

Downtown Rooftop Condo

This spacious three bedroom condo with a rooftop lounge is walkable to downtown and spacious for a group of 6.

Rooftop Deck and City Views

This stunning modern home has a gorgeous rooftop with city views located between midtown and The Gulch.

Bachelor(ette) Rooftop Sky Terrace

This stunning home with a large rooftop terrace is perfect for a large group of friends with plenty of beds.

  • Neighborhood: Germantown

Nashville rental properties for up to 15 people

5-star music row house.

This spacious house is located near Music Row which is one of the most popular streets in between The Gulch and Midtown.

  • Number of rooms: 5

Large Germantown House

This is another large home located in Germantown about a mile from Broadway.

Charming Downtown Loft

This modern loft is absolutely stunning and in an ideal location downtown minutes walking to Broadway.

East Nashville Mansion

This gorgeous house in East Nashville would be great for a large group of friends to all stay together. You will be around a 10-15 minute drive to downtown with lots of local favorites nearby.

Modern West Property

Take in all of the city views from this house with a massive rooftop and plenty of space for a large group. This house is just a short drive to all of Nashville’s main attractions.

Nashville rental properties for up to 20 people

West duplex.

This modern duplex with separate properties would be great for a joint bachelor/bachelorette party! This house is in between West Nashville and Downtown so it is just a short drive to bars and restaurants.

  • Number of rooms: 6

Sunny Modern Oasis

This is a stunning property in the heart of Midtown with plenty of space and amenities for a luxury weekend in Nashville.

Modern Downtown Mansion

This house was built with bachelor or bachelorette parties in mind with the modern amenities and room layouts. It is worth the splurge for the comforts of this home and convenient downtown location!

Germantown Rooftop Paradise

This Germantown home is absolutely stunning down to every detail. There are plenty of rooms for a large group plus a large rooftop to take in the city views.

Large Nations House

This 6 bedroom house in West Nashville is a great budget option for a large group to stay together. You will be about a 10 minute drive to downtown with other local restaurants nearby.

Broadway Loft

If your group is looking to hit the honky-tonks all weekend, this massive loft on Boradway is the perfect place to stay!

North Gulch Bungalow

This house is in between The Gulch and Germantown. Enjoy a morning walk through Marathon Music Works from this spacious bungalow!

Nashville rental properties for over 20 people

Music row mansion.

This classic Southern Mansion is right near midtown and has both charm and space for a large group to be comfortable on a trip to Nashville!

  • Number of rooms: 10

10 Bedroom Duplex

This massive duplex is in between The Gulch and West Nashville and very spacious for a large group. This house is about a 10 minute drive to Broadway.

West End Party Home

This modern house in West Nashville will be perfect for a bachelor or bachelorette party, This is a 10-15 minute drive to downtown.

  • Number of rooms: 8

We hope this list of the best places to stay in Nashville helps plan your trip to this iconic town! Let us know in the comments where your favorite place to stay in Nashville is. Be sure to also check out our other Nashville guides to plan your trip. Cheers and have fun in Music City!

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In Nashville, Boisterous Fun and Decadent Eating

With the opening of a big African American music museum, new retro bowling halls and a ramped-up food scene, Nashville just kept on growing over the last two years. A visitors’ guide.

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By Colleen Creamer

As the weather warms, travelers anxious to get back to honky-tonkin’ in Nashville can expect not only to find things much as they were prepandemic — Tootsies Orchid Lounge , Legends Corner and Robert’s Western World are still cranking out boisterous fun along Lower Broadway — but also a vertiginous number of new restaurants, hotels and music venues. They will also find one of the most impactful music museums to open anywhere in decades: the National Museum of African American Music .

There were losses, of course, such as the closing of Douglas Corner, the well-known music venue, and Rotier’s Restaurant, but venerated country music draws like the Ryman Auditorium , the Grand Ole Opry House and the small-but-mighty singer/songwriter venue, The Bluebird Cafe , made it through, as did most Nashville restaurants.

Indeed, according to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp . (NCVC) the city added a staggering 197 new restaurants, bars and coffee shops; a couple of jazzy retro bowling alleys; and 23 hotels in 2020 and 2021.

“I think we are one of the very few destinations that kept building while everything was shut down,” said Deana Ivey, the president of the NCVC. “We have more music, more restaurants, more hotels and a growing arts and fashion scene. If the early numbers we’ve received for March are correct, then March will be the best month in the city’s history.” As an indicator, she said, the preliminary number for hotel rooms sold in March 2022 was 7.6 percent higher than March 2019.

Currently, according to the NCVC, vaccination and masking requirements are being left up to businesses, and a number of music venues are requiring proof of a negative Covid-19 test, so visitors should contact those venues directly.

Culture and revelry

Nashville’s newest cultural gem, the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM), opened last year at the long-planned 5th + Broadway , a complex of restaurants, shops, offices and residential space across the street from the Ryman Auditorium. The museum aims to tell the comprehensive story of African American music’s influence on American culture. Museum designers have done a noteworthy job of laying out the intersectionality of varying genres in the 56,000-square-foot facility where videos of musicians are in constant rotation.

Numerous artifacts on display include B.B. King’s guitar “Lucille,” George Clinton’s wig and robe, and a microphone used by Billie Holiday. Storytelling is partitioned into six main rooms, five dedicated to specific genres, including R&B, hip-hop, gospel, jazz and blues, with rock ’n’ roll mingled throughout. The main gallery, Rivers of Rhythm, ties it all together within the context of American history. The museum also informs visitors that Jimi Hendrix, Little Richard and Etta James all spent time singing and playing in Nashville.

In the revelry lane, Nashville now has two venues with a common theme, Brooklyn Bowl Nashville , in the Germantown neighborhood, and Eastside Bowl , in Madison. Both claim a stylish 1970s décor and vibe that combine bowling with a restaurant/bar/music experience. The music venue at Brooklyn Bowl Nashville, based on the original Brooklyn Bowl in, well, Brooklyn, seats 1,200. Jimmy Fallon hopped onstage in February to join the local Grateful Dead cover band The Stolen Faces , and Grand Ole Opry’s new inductee, Lauren Alaina , recently played; Neko Case is scheduled for August.

Over in Madison, Eastside Bowl, which seats 750, is also bringing in respected talent. The singer-songwriter Joshua Hedley performed in April, and the Steepwater Band rockers are scheduled for May. Eastside Bowl has regular bowling and “HyperBowling,” a cross between pinball and bowling with a reactive bumper used to navigate the ball. The food includes the much-missed shepherd’s pie from the Family Wash, an Eastside institution that closed in 2018.

Eat and sleep

Nashville fans coming back to the city for the first time in two years will find a food scene still ramping up at breakneck speed with the chef and founder of Husk , Sean Brock, doing some heavy lifting. In 2020, he opened Joyland , a burgers and fried chicken joint, and, on the other end of the spectrum, the Continental , an old-school, fine-dining restaurant in the new Grand Hyatt Nashville . Recent dishes there included tilefish with crispy potatoes, leeks and watercress, and an unforgettable whipped rice pudding with lemon dulce de leche and rice cream enveloped in a sweet crisp. Last fall, Mr. Brock launched his flagship restaurant, Audrey , in East Nashville, which centers on his Appalachian roots; upstairs his high-concept restaurant, June , is where he hosts “The Nashville Sessions,” which highlight tasting menus created by notable chefs.

Other renowned chefs are finding a place in Nashville. The French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten developed the concept for the new restaurant Drusie & Darr at the recently renovated Hermitage Hotel , and the James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini has brought in Music City outposts of New York’s The Dutch and Carne Mare , both at the newly installed hotel W Nashville in the Gulch neighborhood. Others are adding on; RJ Cooper, also a James Beard winner, launched Acqua , next door to his swanky Saint Stephen in Germantown last month.

For both locals and travelers, the opening of a second Pancake Pantry downtown is relieving fans of having to wait in line at the Hillsboro Village location for the shop’s made-from-scratch flapjacks (their heavenly sweet potato pancakes with cinnamon-cream syrup come to mind). Similarly, the much-applauded Arnold’s Country Kitchen on 8th Avenue South now has a night and weekend schedule to accommodate the usual crush of meat-and-three fans. Cheering things up on the West End Corridor is the historic and colorful Elliston Place Soda Shop , back after relocating to 2105 Elliston Place. The ice-cream shop had been in operation for over 80 years right next door, and now has a polished-up menu, a full bar and, you guessed it, a stage for live music.

Certainly, there won’t be a dearth of accommodations for visitors any time soon. The city added 4,248 hotel rooms over the last two years. The 130-room, hipster-forward Moxy Nashville Vanderbilt is the first hotel ever to open in cozy Hillsboro Village, and the massive new luxury monolith, the Grand Hyatt Nashville , downtown has one of the highest rooftop bars in the city, along with seven restaurants.

On the extreme luxe side (think “curated pillow menu” and original art in each room) the Joseph , which began taking reservations on Korean Veterans Boulevard in mid-2020, brought in the Michelin-starred chef Tony Mantuano to oversee the food at the hotel’s restaurant Yolan .

Some losses

Nashville’s gains over the past two years did not come without some collective gasps at the losses. The popular Sutler Saloon in the Melrose neighborhood announced in March that it would be shutting down. The closing, also in March, of the Ernest Tubb Record Shop, a country music institution on Lower Broadway, surprised the city, as did the closing of Douglas Corner after 33 years of helping launch some careers (Trisha Yearwood, and Alan Jackson, for starters). The beloved Rotier’s Restaurant, which had operated off West End Avenue since 1945 will also be missed, and the George Jones Museum, which had only been in operation downtown for six years, shut down in 2021, citing the pandemic. Finally, after being a generator of family memories for generations, Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theater called it quits in 2020.

Still, it seems every day in Nashville there is fresh news about a restaurant, cafe or honky-tonk swinging open its doors. Just this month, Garth Brook s announced that he had purchased a property on Lower Broadway, and teased the name of his future bar on Twitter with a video of his new three-story building and letters slowly spelling out “Friends in Low Places,” one of Mr. Brooks’ finest bar anthems.

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Where To Stay in Nashville the First Time

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From the Author: I've lived in Nashville for 12 years, and my wife was born here. We love Nashville and know it well, having worked downtown for five years. As a tour guide at the Musicians Hall of Fame, I always speak with visitors, and I'm thrilled to give you my local advice. If you have any questions, we respond quickly to comments!

where do tourist stay in nashville

Downtown – Most Convenient

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Best for Broadway Access: Hilton Downtown Nashville (Check Availability)

Best for Price: Hampton Inn & Suites (Check Availability)

Best for Location: DoubleTree (Check Availability)

Best for Luxury: Townplace Inn & Suites (Check Availability)

Dog Friendly: Dream Nashville (Check Availability)

Downtown Nashville is easily the most convenient location. All the major attractions are within walking distance.

You can walk to Broadway, all the museums, Bridgestone Arena, the Ryman Auditorium, great shopping, and more.

There are two cons to saying downtown:

  • It can be expensive. At certain times, prices can skyrocket due to demand and constant festivals and special events . You can avoid this by staying in neighborhoods outside the downtown area . More on that below.
  • The hustle, bustle, and noise. Downtown Nashville is a lively place. If you prefer a quiet, more laid-back atmosphere, you may want to consider the Gulch or Midtown.

where do tourist stay in nashville

Luxury : W Nashville – Voted my exciting hotel in Nashville (Check Availability)

Best for Price: Fairfield Inn & Suites (Check Availability)

Boutique: Thompson Nashville (Check Availability)

Dog Friendly: Fairfield Inn & Suites

The Gulch is ideal if you want to be away from the noise and crowds while being only a minute's walk from downtown. It's one of my favorite areas of town.

If you plan to visit Broadway and stumble back to your room, it's not the best choice. If you want to be in an area still considered downtown but away from crowds, the Gulch is for you!

It has an urban, progressive, and relaxed atmosphere with restaurants, bars, and live music. It's also a popular spot for bachelorette parties .

The Gulch is home to the famous Wings Mural.

Grand Ole Opry Nashville Tennessee

Music Valley – Best for Families

Music Valley and Opryland are about a 20-minute drive from downtown Nashville. The Opryland Hotel is huge, with a complete village and a mall next door.

Opryland has acres of pathways, waterfalls, dining, and shopping. They host many different types of events throughout the year. It is a self-contained experience, and if you are visiting to visit the Grand Ole Opry primarily, this is a great choice.

There are three main reasons visitors choose to stay in Music Valley:

  • Visit the Grand Ole Opry. This is one of the most famous locations in Nashville, as it's the home of the legendary weekly country music stage and concert radio show.
  • Stay at Opryland Resort. This epic indoor village features waterfalls, gardens, paths, and boat rides.
  • Shopping at Opry Mills – a vast, family-friendly shopping mall with attractions for kids and shopping for adults.

Mid-Range : Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center (Check Availability)

Best for Price: Holiday Inn Express Opryland (Check Availability)

Best for Location: Hyatt Place Opryland (Check Availability)

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Music Row – Best For Music History

Music Row is a historic district home to many of Nashville's major record labels and recording studios. It is a fascinating spot for music fans, industry professionals, and those interested in music history. Whether downtown or Music Row is better for you depends on your preferences and what you hope to experience during your visit to Nashville.

Music Row is a 45-minute walk or ten-minute drive from downtown Nashville.

Don't get confused between Broadway and Music Row. Music Row was a suburban Nashville street where recording studios converted homes into studios. Today, it still feels like a neighborhood street.

Top attractions include RCA Studio B, operated by the Country Music Hall of Fame. Huge stars recorded there, including Elvis.

Editors Roundup

Best for Music Row Access: Virgin Hotel (Check Availability)

Best for Price: Hilton Garden Inn (Check Availability)

Best for Amenities: Placemakr Music Row(Check Availability)

Best for Luxury: Virgin Hotel (Check Availability)

Midtown Nashville

Best Place to Stay Near Vanderbilt

Staying near Vanderbilt is ideal if visiting a friend or loved one in the hospital.

The best area to stay is the West End/Hillsboro area. It's safe and away from downtown so you won't have any problems.

The area is very easy to walk around. You won't need a car unless you want to go downtown. Plus, a well-kept secret is that parking at Vanderbilt is free.

Best Value: Hampton Inn & Suites (Check Availability)

Best for Price: Embassy Suites by Hilton at Vanderbilt (Check Availability)

Best for Long Stays: Homewood Suites by Hilton (Check Availability)

where do tourist stay in nashville

SoBro stands for “South of Broadway” and is just a 10-minute walk from the heart of downtown. You are still in the downtown district, not centered in the middle but within what is considered “downtown Nashville.”

Key attractions in SoBro include the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ascend Amphitheater with its beautiful riverfront views, and the Nashville Symphony at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

The biggest advantage to SoBro is that you're still within easy walking distance of major Nashville attractions like Broadway, Bridgestone Arena, the Musicians Hall of Fame , etc.

Best Location: The Westin Nashville (Check Availability)

Best for Value: Hyatt Place Downtown (Check Availability)

Best Price: SoBro Guest House (Check Availability)

where do tourist stay in nashville

Midtown – Close to Vanderbilt

Midtown is not considered downtown and is less touristy than other areas. Locals like this area as it has a terrific, walkable strip of bars and restaurants.

Midtown is a 10-minute drive Southwest of downtown. Visitors like it because it is close to Vanderbilt University, Music Row, The Parthenon, and Centennial Park.

The neighborhood also has a popular nightlight spot at Division Street, with eight bars and restaurants within walking distance.

You should stay in Midtown if:

  • You don't mind being a little further up the road from Broadway.
  • Close to Vanderbilt, Music Row, Centennial Park, and The Parthenon.
  • Want a local vibe with different places to eat and drink.

Best Location: Loews Vanderbilt Hotel (Check Availability)

Best for Value: Hampton Inn (Check Availability)

Best Price: Hilton Garden Inn (Check Availability)

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East Nashville

East Nashville is separated from downtown Nashville by the Cumberland River, although it's still only a short drive from downtown. I wouldn't recommend walking from East Nashville into downtown as it's a bit far, and you'd have to walk near traffic, making it a bit dangerous.

East Nashville can be thought of as more of a suburban neighborhood than a tourist draw.

One major advantage of East Nashville is the lower prices for hotels (since it's further from the action) and it's closer to Nissan Stadium. If you are in town to see a concert or game at the stadium, this is a good option.

The neighborhood has several great things to do:

  • Shelby Park.  A 300-acre multi-use park just two miles from Downtown. It offers kids' playgrounds, river views, fishing, boating, picnic shelters, dog parks, golfing, and more.
  • The Basement East.  A prime music venue for  live  music in Nashville. Known by local musicians to be one of the best places for  live music .

East Nashville is also known for its hip feel and food scene. Popular restaurants include:

  • Butcher and Bee.  Serving coffee, juice, sandwiches, and more.
  • The Pharmacy.  Famous burger parlor and beer joint.
  • Mas Tacos Por Favor.  Snug, no-frills Mexican restaurant.
  • Five Points Pizza.  Perhaps the most famous and popular pizza restaurant in Nashville.

If you like going for a walk and don't mind being a little further from downtown, stay in East Nashville.

Best Location: The Russel (Check Availability)

Best for Value: The Gallatin Hotel (Check Availability)

Best Price: Waymore's Guest House and Casual Club (Check Availability)

where do tourist stay in nashville

Hillsboro is a cool neighborhood with many boutique shops, bars, and restaurants. It's a popular place for Vanderbilt and Belmont students to hang out as it's close to the campus and West End. My wife and I have always enjoyed Fido's Coffee Shop; they always win the Best Burger in Nashville award.

Hillsboro/West End wouldn't be considered downtown. However, like most Nashville neighborhoods, it's just a short drive from downtown. Hillsboro is a self-contained area with famous restaurants like the Pancake Pantry, Belcourt Theatre, and Belmont Mansion.

If you want to stay in an area with a hip, family-friendly vibe and a more relaxed atmosphere, choose Hillsboro!

Best for Value: Moxy at Hillsboro (Check Availability)

Best Price: Hyatt House at Vanderbilt (Check Availability)

where do tourist stay in nashville

12 South is a popular Nashville neighborhood consisting mainly of single-family homes, artists, and musicians.

It features charming coffee shops and styling clothing boutiques, vintage guitars, and craft beer .

Some great restaurants include Edley's Bar-B-Que, Burger Up and Bartaco. It also has a popular farmers market during the warmer months.

Like other Nashville neighborhoods mentioned here, if you don't want to be within a short walk of major Nashville attractions but prefer a quiet, more relaxed atmosphere, 12 South might be for you while still only a short drive from downtown.

Best Location: Nashville Marriott (Check Availability)

Best for Value: Holiday Inn (Check Availability)

where do tourist stay in nashville

Germantown is just 5 minutes north of downtown and really close to everything. It's just a ten-minute walk to downtown.

Why would you stay in Germantown?

If you want to avoid the downtown buzz and feel a little more at home amongst a Nashville suburb, this would be a good choice without being far from the action.

The Bicentennial State Mall Park is in Germantown, a multi-acre park with a granite map of the state. In the distance, the Tennessee State Capital is visible.

You may also want to stay in Germantown if you are in town to see a Baseball game. This area is home to the Nashville Sounds, a minor-league baseball team.

Germantown is also home to the Nashville Farmers Market.

Best Location: The Germantown Inn (Check Availability)

Best for Value: Hampton Inn & Suites (Check Availability)

Best Price: Cambria Hotel (Check Availability)

where do tourist stay in nashville

Nashville Airport

Even at its busiest, the Nashville Airport is only about 20 minutes from downtown Nashville. That can't be said for many airports around the country!

If you have a late arrival or early departure, it's obviously a good move to stay near the airport.

Top hotel recommendations:

Best Location: Sheraton Music City Nashville Airport (Check Availability)

Best for Value: Hampton Inn and Suites Nashville Aiport (Check Availability)

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Where to stay in Nashville first time: 7 Best areas & safe neighborhoods

Where to stay in Nashville first time: Best areas and neighborhoods

Wondering Where to stay in Nashville for the first time? What is the best area in Nashville? Which area to avoid? In this post, I will help you to find the best areas and safe neighborhoods to stay in Nashville for first-time visitors, and the best hotels in Nashville for all budgets. 

Nashville is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Tennessee , located in the north-central part of the state along the Cumberland River. It is known for its vibrant music scene, particularly in country music, and is often referred to as the Music City.

The city has numerous music venues, honky-tonks, and recording studios . The Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum are some of the iconic places that celebrate Nashville’s musical heritage.

Nashville is renowned for its Southern cuisine and hot chicken . Hot chicken is a local specialty – fried chicken coated in spicy seasoning. You can enjoy a wide range of dining experiences from classic Southern fare to modern culinary delights.

Centennial Park is a popular spot in Nashville, featuring the replica of the Parthenon, a well-known landmark. The city has many other parks and green spaces where residents and visitors can enjoy outdoor activities.

Nashville is home to Vanderbilt University and Belmont University . The city has a diverse cultural scene with art galleries, theaters, and festivals that celebrate various forms of art.

Is Nashvile safe to visit?

Yes, Nashville is generally a safe city for tourists. But, to ensure a safe trip, as in any unfamiliar city, you should exercise the basic precautions for travel such as be aware of your surroundings, avoid wandering off the beaten track alone at night, and stay in popular tourist areas.

While the city has a high property and violent crime rate, the vast majority of violent crime is isolated in certain areas that visitors wouldn’t have any reason to visit. 

Some of the safest areas in Nashville to book your accommodations include Downtown, the Gulch, Midtown, West End, Hillsboro Village, and Music Valley. Avoid staying in Bordeaux, Talbot’s Corner, West Meade, Salemtown, and Four Corners.

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Where to stay in Nashville first time?

  • Downtown Nashville
  • Belmont/Hillsboro Village
  • East Nashville
  • Music Valley

The best areas to stay in Nashville for first-time visitors are Downtown, The Gulch, Midtown, West End, Hillsboro Village, East Nashville, and Music Valley. These are popular and safe parts of Nashville for tourists, offering plenty of accommodation options for all budgets.

Downtown is the best overall base in Nashville because it has the highest concentration of the major attractions and hotels. It offers easy access to the famous Broadway, the Country Music Hall of Fame, as well as a lot of honky-tonk bars and live music venues.

The Gulch is a trendy and upscale neighborhood, while Midtown, West End, Hillsboro Village offers a quieter atmosphere and more affordable accommodation options. Music Valley is a great base for a family holiday in Nashville.

During my trip to Nashville, I stayed at the mid-range Omni Nashville Hotel . It was a great hotel in Downtown, close to everything, including the Music City Center, and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The breakfast buffet was great. My room was clean and comfortable.

Below is the map of areas and neighborhoods in Nashville for first time. You can scroll down to view the live map.

Map of best areas/neighborhoods to stay in Nashville first time

Let’s get into the details of the recommended areas to stay in Nashville. I’ll provide you with some suggestions for the best places to stay in each area, catering to every budget. 

All hotels in Nashville have been carefully selected by me from well-known and secure booking sites such as booking.com, with guest review scores of at least 8.0 or higher at the time I chose them. 

If you don’t like my suggestions (perhaps they don’t suit your budget or preferences), you can click the “MORE HOTEL DEALS” button where you can choose your own hotel.

7 Best areas to stay in Nashville for first time visitors:

1. downtown nashville.

Downtown Nashville is the best overall area in Nashville for first-time visitors due to its central location, proximity to major attractions, live music venues, honky-tonk bars, restaurants, and shops. It also offers a widest range of accommodations for all budget travelers.

Downtown is home to Broadway (nicknamed Nashvegas), a famous honky tonk highway, packed with bars and live music venues and is a major draw for visitors looking to experience the city’s renowned music scene.

Additionally, Downtown is home to popular landmarks like the Country Music Hall of Fame, Bridgestone Arena, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville Symphony, Frist Art Museum, and Johnny Cash Museum , Music City Center, Tennessee State Capitol, among others.

Downtown is relatively compact, making it easy for visitors to explore on foot and take in the sights and sounds of the city. You don’t need to spend much money on taxis, Lyft, or Uber.

The Cumberland River runs alongside Downtown, and the Riverfront Park offers a pleasant place to relax and enjoy views of the water.

The area boasts a diverse range of restaurants , serving everything from traditional Southern cuisine to contemporary dishes.

The Downtown area is bustling with nightlife and live music performances, offering an exciting experience for those who want to immerse themselves in Nashville’s music culture.

Throughout the year, Downtown Nashville hosts a variety of festivals and events, including the CMA Fest, the Nashville Film Festival, and various holiday celebrations.

Due to its popularity, Downtown and Broadway areas tend to be crowded in the evening. Bars and restaurants can be expensive compared to other parts of the city.

Overall, Downtown is the best base for first-time visitors, families, and couples seeking a central location, with vibrant nightlife, and proximity to major attractions to do sightseeing. The area along Broadway is a great location for those seeking bachelorette or bachelor parties.

Best places to stay in Downtown Nashville first time:

  • Luxury ($$$): The Hermitage Hotel , 5-star hotel, located within walking distance from Ryman Auditorium, the city center, and Bridgestone Arena. Also close to  Johnny Cash Museum, Nissan Stadium and Tennessee Performing Arts Center.
  • Mid-range ($$): Fairlane Hotel Nashville, by Oliver , 4-star boutique  hotel, located  in the heart of downtown Nashville, within easy walk from the live music and entertainment on the famed Broadway Avenue.
  • Budget ($): TownePlace Suites Nashville , 3-star aparthotel, centrally located in Nashville, close to Johnny Cash Museum, Ryman Auditorium and Bridgestone Arena. 

2. The Gulch

The Gulch is a trendy and upscale neighborhood , just southwest of downtown. It has become one of Nashville’s most sought-after areas for both residents and visitors due to its proximity to downtown and its diverse range of activities and amenities.

The Gulch offers a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and cafes , showcasing Nashville’s culinary scene. You can find everything from Southern comfort food to gourmet dining options. 

Additionally, the neighborhood hosts live music venues and nightlife hotspots that contribute to its lively atmosphere. The Station Inn is a great place to visit for fans of bluegrass music.

There are boutique shops, upscale retailers, and art galleries in The Gulch, making it a shopping destination for both locals and tourists.

The neighborhood is characterized by modern apartment complexes and condominiums , attracting young professionals and individuals who prefer urban living.

One of the landmarks in the area is The Gulch Hotel, which might refer to the Thompson Nashville hotel, a boutique hotel known for its stylish accommodations and rooftop bar with panoramic views of the city.

Best places to stay in Nashville in The Gulch:

  • Luxury ($$$): W Nashville , 5-star hotel, located within a short distance from attractions such as Johnny Cash Museum, Vanderbilt University, and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  
  • Mid-range ($$): Thompson Nashville, part of Hyatt , 4-star boutique hotel in The Gulch, a short drive from Ryman Auditorium and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
  • Budget ($): Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott , 3-star hotel in Nashville city center,  in the middle of The Gulch restaurant district, and close to Broadway.

Midtown is a vibrant and popular neighborhood located just west of downtown Nashville. It is known for its lively atmosphere, diverse dining options, nightlife, and proximity to various attractions. 

Midtown offers a wide array of restaurants, bars, and live music venues. The area is especially known for its selection of eateries, ranging from traditional Southern cuisine to international fare.

Nashville is often referred to as “Music City,” and Midtown contributes to that reputation with various music venues and bars hosting live performances. You can expect to find a mix of genres, including country, rock, blues, and more.

Midtown  is less touristy and quieter than Downtown Nashville. It is popular with young professionals and college students, making it a great base to experience local life.

In Midtown, you can find Music Row , which is home to numerous recording studios where many legendary country artists and musicians have recorded their music. These studios have played a significant role in shaping the sound of country music over the years.

Midtown is adjacent to Vanderbilt University , one of the city’s most prestigious institutions. The university campus adds a youthful and academic element to the neighborhood.

Located just to the west of Midtown, Centennial Park is a large urban green space featuring the iconic Parthenon replica , a popular spot for locals and visitors alike.

Midtown’s central location makes it easy to access other parts of Nashville , including downtown, The Gulch, Broadway, and West End.

Best places to stay in Nashville in Midtown:

  • Mid-range ($$): Graduate Nashville , 4-star hotel, close to Vanderbilt University, offering  a rooftop bar with skyline views, a restaurant, and a karaoke bar. 
  • Mid-range ($$): Kimpton Aertson Hotel, an IHG Hotel , 4-star boutique hotel, located in Nashville’s Music Row district, within walking distance from Vanderbilt University.
  • Mid-range ($$): Hutton Hotel , 4-star eco-friendly hotel, situated in the heart of downtown Nashville’s Midtown neighborhood, within walking distance from Music Row and Vanderbilt University.

4. West End

Similar to Midtown, West End is a vibrant, central neighborhood , with lively nightlife and more affordable accommodation compared to downtown Nashville.

A highlight of West End Nashville is Centennial Park , a large urban park known for its full-scale replica of the Parthenon, which serves as an art museum and event venue.

It offers easy access to Vanderbilt University, one of the city’s premier educational institutions. The university’s campus is an integral part of the neighborhood and contributes to its youthful and academic atmosphere.

Also located within walking distance or a short Uber/Lyft  from Midtown and Elliston Place .

Best places to stay in Nashville in West End first time:

  • Mid-range ($$): Staybridge Suites – Nashville – Vanderbilt , great accommodation in the West End area, offering  air conditioning rooms with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. 
  • Budget ($): Hyatt House Nashville at Vanderbilt , 3-star hotel, close to Vanderbilt University,  featuring a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, private parking.
  • Budget ($): Holiday Inn Nashville Vanderbilt, an IHG Hotel , 3-star hotel, located between Vanderbilt University and Centennial Park.

5. Belmont/Hillsboro Village

Belmont/Hillsboro Village is situated next to 12 South, just a few miles southwest of downtown Nashville, making it easily accessible to the city’s main attractions and business districts.

One of the neighborhood’s highlights is Belmont University , a private Christian liberal arts university known for its excellent academic programs and beautiful campus. The university adds a youthful and academic flair to the area.

Hillsboro Village offers a mix of local boutiques, indie vintage shops, restaurants, coffee shops , and entertainment venues. It’s a great place to walk around, shop, and experience the local culture.

Hillsboro Village is home to Belcourt Theatre , a local theater with films and performances. It is located within walking distance from Belmont Boulevard, Music Row, and Midtown.

The neighborhood is home to charming historic homes, apartments, and condominiums. It attracts a diverse community of students, young professionals, families, and retirees.

Best places to stay in Nashville in Hillsboro Village:

  • Mid-range ($$): Moxy Nashville Vanderbilt , 4-star hotel, located within walking distance from Belmont University and Belmont Mansion.
  • Budget ($): Sonder Belcourt , easy access to Hillsboro village with a vibrant artistic and cultural scene, and a wide range of boutiques, eateries, and hip cafes. Also close to  Belmont Mansion and Belmont Boulevard with its many bars.

6. East Nashville

East Nashville is a residential neighborhood located in the eastern part of Nashville. It has become one of the city’s trendiest and most vibrant areas , known for its diverse culture, artistic community, and unique character.

East Nashville is composed of several diverse neighborhoods, each with its own unique character and vibe. Some of the well-known neighborhoods within East Nashville include Lockeland Springs, Five Points, and Eastwood.

The neighborhood boasts a mix of h istoric homes and charming bungalows , giving it a distinct vintage feel. Many of these houses have been renovated and preserved, adding to the neighborhood’s charm.

East Nashville is known for its locally owned shops, boutiques, and vintage stores . It’s a great place to find unique gifts, clothing, and other specialty items.

East Nashville hosts various community events, farmers’ markets, art festivals, and concerts that contribute to its lively and engaging atmosphere.

The neighborhood is home to Nissan Stadium and Shelby Park , a large green space that offers walking trails, sports facilities, and a golf course. This park provides a great opportunity for outdoor activities and recreation.

Over the years, East Nashville has experienced significant growth and gentrification, attracting young professionals, families, and artists. This growth has led to the revitalization of the area and an influx of new businesses and developments.

Best places to stay in East Nashville first time:

  • Mid-range ($$): The Russell
  • Mid-range ($$): The Dive Motel and Swim Club
  • Mid-range ($$): The Gallatin

7. Music Valley

Music Valley is a family-friendly area located in the northeastern part of Nashville and is known for its vibrant music scene and entertainment options. 

Some of the main attractions in this area include:

  • Grand Ole Opry . This iconic music venue hosts live country music performances and has a rich history dating back to 1925.
  • Opry Mills . A large shopping mall with a variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options.
  • General Jackson Showboat . An authentic paddlewheel riverboat that offers dinner cruises with live music performances.

The area is well-connected and easily accessible from Nashville International Airport (BNA) and major highways, making it convenient for travelers. Additionally, Downtown Nashville is a 20 minute drive away.

Best places to stay in Nashville in Music Valley:

  • Luxury ($$$): Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center , 4-star family-friendly hotel that has a glass atrium and is surrounded by 9 acres of indoor gardens, winding rivers and waterfalls.
  • Mid-range ($$): Holiday Inn Express Nashville-Opryland , 3-star hotel, close to Nashville’s Opryland and Nashville International Airport with free shuttle service, also easy access to the city center.
  • Budget ($): Country Inn & Suites by Radisson , 3-star hotel, located within a short drive from The Grand Ole Opry and Bass Pro Shops. 

You can continue reading about Nashvile in these articles:

  • Where to stay in Nashville without a car
  • Where to stay in Nashville for family with kids

In conclusion, Downtown, The Gulch, Midtown, West End, Hillsboro Village, East Nashville, and Music Valley are the best places to stay in Nashville for first-time visitors. These are safe neighborhoods, offering plenty of accommodation options for all budget travelers. 

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Where to Stay in Nashville

Determining where to stay while visiting Nashville can be a tough decision because there are so many great hotels, bed & breakfast, and even cabins or campgrounds. The first thing you need to think about is do you want a location in the heart of all of downtown, do you want to be near Opryland, or maybe save a little money and stay a little ways out of town. We have the following guide to Where To Stay in Nashville to help you find the right place. Enjoy Life, Nashville Life!

Nashville Opryland Hotel - a favorite spot of Music Lovers and Families

Opryland Hotel is one of the top Destination Hotels in Nashville because who comes to Nashville without seeing the Grand Ole Opry which is located right next door. The reasons to stay at Gaylord Opryland Hotel only continue because there are great family attractions right near by including Opry Mills and the General Jackson.

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There are so many great options of where to stay in Nashville that you might be overwhelmed, but just relax and ask yourself these questions: Do you want to be near the Live Music in Downtown Nashville? Do you want to stay in a historic hotel with loads of charm and style? Is it important to be near the Nashville Nightlife? Are you traveling with kids or pets and prefer to find a location that is friendly to your situation? Just make your list and check out listings including all of the great Things to do in Nashville that are nearby the hotels.

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Nashville: our favorite places to stay

Choosing to visit Nashville on a road trip offers a perfect blend of live music, Southern hospitality and mouthwatering barbecue joints to visit. It's a lively, and tasty, place to visit!

Nashville, famous for honky-tonks, buzzing music scene, and cultural attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame and Johnny Cash Museum, is a must for an music-fan. Stay for a few days to get the most out of the entertainment, both day and night.

Read on for our favorite places to stay from each category below, or click the links to skip to the hotel type you're looking for:

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Our favorite luxury hotel in Nashville

Looking for a visit to Nashville, Tennessee, and stay somewhere that is extra special? Then make sure to check into one of the finest luxury hotels around, we've a great one to recommend, so keep reading.

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

'the upscale one'.

📍 2100 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203, United States

Staying ay Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville offers a luxurious experience, in a prime location close to Downtown attractions.

Modern reception and lounge area, neutral decor with artwork, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

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Why we love staying at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

A visit to Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville ticks all the boxes when it comes to luxury comfort, convenience, and culinary delights. Here are some perks you can expect during your stay.

  • Modern and contemporary decor throughout this luxury hotel.
  • Gourmet dining at Mason's restaurant throughout the day. Make sure to stop by for brunch.
  • During the evening head to Mason's for live music and craft cocktails.
  • After a busy day snuggle down to enjoy on-demand films for relaxation.

What is there to do close to Loews Vanderbilt Hotel?

Just a 10-minute drive from the vibrant city center and the iconic Country Music Hall of Fame.

  • Music City Walk of Fame Park - Honors legendary musicians with stars embedded in the sidewalk.
  • Johnny Cash Museum - Immerses visitors in the life and legacy of the iconic "Man in Black."
  • Lane Motor Museum - Showcases collection of rare and unique vehicles, celebrating automotive design.
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum - Details iconic history of country music, celebrating legendary musicians.
  • The Parthenon - A full-scale replica of the ancient Greek structure, offers art exhibitions and cultural experiences.

Click here for more information about Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

Our favorite boutique hotels in Nashville

Add the 'wow' factor to your stay by booking your stopover at a more interesting hotel options in Nashville, Tennessee. Here you can be sure of a memorable visit, with some great options of where to stay below!

Graduate Nashville

'the retro-chic one'.

📍 101 20th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203, United States

Visit Graduate Nashville and you can expect a unique and vibrant experience, combining retro-inspired design and lively atmosphere in the heart of Nashville entertainment scene.

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Why we love staying at Graduate Nashville

Book a stay at Graduate Nashville, and you'll be impressive with both the deluxe hotel but also it's closeness to top Nashville sites. However here are some reasons it might be hard to leave the hotel!

  • Guest rooms are each inspired by local legends with distinctive Graduate flair.
  • Poindexter, the lobby café, serve handcrafted coffees and cocktails.
  • Head to White Limozeen's rooftop for late-night karaoke and skyline views.
  • Exercise whenever you feel like it in the 24-hour fitness center.

What is there to do close to Graduate Nashville?

In the heart of Nashville's Midtown neighborhood, on West End Ave, Graduate Nashville is close to all the action. Here are some local sites you must visit during your stay.

  • Johnny Cash Museum - Immerses visitors in the iconic "Man in Black's" life, showcasing memorabilia and celebrating his legacy.
  • The Parthenon - Full-scale replica of the ancient Greek structure.
  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts - Showcases diverse exhibitions for visual arts and cultural experiences.
  • Adventure Science Center - Engages visitors with interactive exhibits and educational experiences.
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum - Preserves and honors the rich history of country music legends.

Click here for more information about Graduate Nashville

'The Artistic One'

📍 200 4th Avenue North, Nashville, 37219, United States

A stay at Noelle in Nashville blends historic charm with artistic flair in the heart of the city. This well designed and unique accommodation is a fun base for exploring the city.

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Why we love staying at Noelle

Noelle provides a unique accommodation experience, and here are some of the perks you can expect.

  • Beautiful architecture and elegant decor throughout this pretty hotel.
  • Choice of three restaurants, including Makeready Libations & Liberation serving modern American dishes.
  • Take advantage of available bicycles or opt for car hire services.
  • Guests can also unwind in the inviting rooftop bar at the end of the day.

What is there to do close to Noelle?

Positioned just 500 meters from the iconic Johnny Cash Museum and within 300 meters of the bustling city center, Noelle offers easy access to Nashville's vibrant attractions. Here are our favorites.

  • Patsy Cline Museum - Pays tribute to the legendary country music singer and a glimpse into her life.
  • Riverfront Park - A scenic escape along the Cumberland River, and perfect for outdoor adventure.
  • Music City Walk of Fame Park - Celebrates music legends with stars embedded in the sidewalk.
  • Lane Motor Museum - Showcases a diverse collection of rare and unique vehicles.

Click here for more information about Noelle

Our favorite budget hotel in Nashville

If you are planning to spend most of your time, and money, on exploring incredible Nashville, then there are some top budget options to stay at, that still pack a punch. Here is our favourite.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Nashville Airport

'the comfortable one'.

📍 511 Royal Parkway, Nashville, TN 37214, United States

If you are looking for a hotel that doesn't break the bank, but you can still enjoy a quality stay, with relaxation areas and dining options, then Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Nashville Airport is a great option.

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Why we love staying at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Nashville Airport

You can expect a comfortable stay at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Nashville Airport. Here are some of the benefits staying over at this modern and convenient hotel.

  • Want to stay active? Make the most of the free bikes and a fitness center.
  • If you fancy something more relaxing head to the hot tub in the wellness center.
  • Delicious continental or American breakfast.
  • Free parking on-site, including electric vehicle charging station.

What is there to do close to Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Nashville Airport?

You don't need to drive too far from Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Nashville Airport to explore the very best of what Nashville has to offer. Here are some favorites.

  • The Gibson Guitar Factory - Offers fascinating tours showcasing iconic musical craftsmanship.
  • Lane Motor Museum - Showcases a diverse collection of unique and historic automobiles.
  • Donelson Civitan Softball Park - A vibrant venue for sports and recreational activities.
  • Nashville Zoo - Educational and entertaining experience with diverse animal exhibits.

Click here for more information about Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Nashville Airport

Our favorite family-friendly hotel in Nashville

If you are planning a family trip to Nashville, Tennessee, then it's no wonder. With plenty to do you'll want to stopover a night or two, and here is a top place we think all the family will enjoy.

Holiday Inn Express Nashville-Opryland an IHG Hotel

'the accessible one'.

📍 2461 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214, United States

Looking for a convenient and comfortable stay close to Grand Ole Opry and easy access to Nashville's entertainment and attractions? Then look no further than Holiday Inn Express Nashville-Opryland an HG Hotel

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Why we love staying at Holiday Inn Express Nashville-Opryland an IHG Hotel

This hotel provides modern and cozy accommodations designed to cater for the whole family! Here are some great perks you can expect.

  • Lovely indoor swimming pool to enjoy year-round.
  • Contemporary 24-hour Fitness Center equipped with the latest exercise facilities.
  • Complimentary breakfast each day, including fresh fruit and pastries.
  • Take advantage of the in-room coffee machine, microwave, and refrigerator.

What is there to do close to Holiday Inn Express Nashville-Opryland an IHG Hotel?

Holiday Inn Express Nashville-Opryland an IHG Hotel is in a great location with easy access to iconic attractions. Here are some to make sure to visit.

  • South Inglewood Park - Popular green space for outdoor relaxation and leisure.
  • Forest Green Trailhead - Access to scenic hiking adventures in natural surroundings.
  • The Hermitage - A historic plantation and museum showcasing President Andrew Jackson's life.
  • The Johnny Cash Museum - Celebrates the legendary musician's iconic career and contributions.

Click here for more information about Holiday Inn Express Nashville-Opryland, an IHG Hotel

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Nashville, Tennessee. The Music City. Athens of the South. Smashville. Nashville has many faces and many nicknames. Whether it’s for being the country music capital of the country, having a life-size replica of the Greek Parthenon building, or being the hockey leader of the South, Nashville is a bustling and diverse city. Once you’ve decided you’re coming to Nashville, and you’ve figured out the best time to visit , there’s just one thing left. Where are you going to stay?

Choosing somewhere to stay, especially in a huge city like Nashville, can feel very daunting. Which neighborhood is best to stay in? What type of accommodation are you looking for? What’s your budget and what do you plan on doing while you’re in Nashville? These are just some of the questions that I am going to help you answer until we’ve narrowed it down to the ultimate place to stay in Nashville.

Neighborhoods in Nashville

where do tourist stay in nashville

Okay, so one of the first things you’ll need to decide is what area of Nashville do you want to stay in? There are a few different neighborhoods to choose from which all have their own pros and cons. Let’s take a look.

1. Downtown

If it’s your first time visiting Nashville, Downtown could provide the perfect base for you to explore all the best bits the Music City has to offer. Geographically, it’s slap bang in the middle of Nashville and really is the tourism hub of the capital with everything within walking distance.

If you’re visiting Nashville you’re undoubtedly going to want to see some live music and this is the place to do just that. With a bustling nightlife, you’ll find bright lights, honky-tonks, and first-class live music every  day of the week. As if that wasn’t enough, for you music lovers out there, check out the Ryman Auditorium while you’re here. It used to be home to the Grand Ole Opry and although it has since been moved, it’s still a fantastic place to get a tour or see a show.

Downtown isn’t all music, music, music though. It’s more like music, music, food, drinks, music, food, drinks! Downtown is home to hundreds (yes, hundreds!) of delicious restaurants and bars. If you’re anything like me and you can’t decide on one thing, you have got to head to the Assembly Food Hall . Firstly, it’s on a rooftop with some awesome views and secondly, there are over 30 eateries to choose from! Hot chicken, Italian, Kurdish, Chinese, Mexican, and way more.

Downtown Overall

  • Everything is within walking distance
  • Live music every night
  • Tons of bars and restaurants to choose from
  • One of the most expensive places to stay

where do tourist stay in nashville

SoBro, or otherwise known as South Broadway, is located just outside of Downtown and offers a slightly more off-beat vibe when compared with its neighbor. SoBro is where all things music are happening. It’s the location of the Johnny Cash museum, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Walk of Fame Park. Even if you’re not that into country music, these are still worth visiting.

If sports are more your jam, SoBro is also home to the hockey arena! As mentioned before, Nashville (or Smashville) is well known for its excellent hockey teams from youth teams up to the big leagues.

When it comes to food and drink, SoBro is not going to disappoint. The streets are lined with some of Nashville’s best restaurants and bars. If you want something a little magical while you’re here, then head to House of Cards for a delicious steak with a side of live magic!

SoBro Overall

  • Hippie/offbeat vibe
  • Lots of music attractions
  • Hockey arena
  • Not as many places to choose from to stay
  • Quite expensive

where do tourist stay in nashville

Moving slightly out of the center, to the west, is Midtown. It’s still within walking distance of Downtown but just this little bit of distance has a healthy effect on the cost of accommodation here. Midtown is known mainly for its lively nightlife, partly thanks to the large student population here. Home to both the Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities, there is definitely a youthful feel to this area in Nashville.

Centennial Park, the largest urban park in Nashville, measuring 132-acres is also located here. With all that space you’re bound to find a quiet corner to escape the crowds and enjoy views of the stunning lake. This park is also home to the aforementioned Parthenon building too!

Of course, there’s plenty of tasty treats to be found here too. A couple of the most loved restaurants in this area include Hattie B’s Hot Chicken and Midtown Cafe.

Midtown Overall

  • Slightly cheaper to stay than Downtown
  • Lots of restaurants to choose from
  • Large urban park
  • Not much retail in the area
  • Not as much to do as in the city center

4. Music Row

where do tourist stay in nashville

Now here is a unique and Nashville-esque place to stay. This is where the magic happens. Not literally this time though; no, these two parallel streets are jam-packed with music studios, radio stations, and record labels. Famous artists, such as Elvis Presley, even recorded here in the Historic RCA Studio B . If you’re a big music buff or an avid Elvis fan, you should definitely try and get in on one of the studio tours here.

It’s not only music studios though; snuggled in between are dozens of bars, restaurants, places to sleep, and places to hear the music that’s being made here! Head to Bobby’s Idle Hour Tavern and have a cold beer whilst talking to the immensely talented singer-songwriters that frequent this much-loved bar.

Music Row Overall

  • Music lovers will be in heaven here
  • Totally unique to Nashville
  • Probably not very interesting for those not into music

5. The Gulch

where do tourist stay in nashville

Interestingly, The Gulch is anickname referencing the railroad tracks that ran through the area however, now The Gulch has taken on a persona of its own and that’s one of high class and luxury. Packed with high-rise buildings, luxury apartments and top-end hotels this area is as glamorous as they come. If shopping is high on your priority list and you’ve got some spare cash to flaunt, then you’ll be in heaven amongst the countless designer stores.

The Gulch also boasts some of the most relaxing and sophisticated salons and spas, restaurants, and rooftop cocktail bars. Basically, if you’re on the market to pamper and indulge then this would be the ideal neighborhood to check out. It’s just a short drive from Downtown and SoBro, so you’ll have the benefit of everything those areas have to offer too.

The Gulch Overall

  • Sleek, sophisticated, glamorous
  • Lots of high-end stores
  • Fine dining
  • Most expensive area to stay
  • Not as much of a music scene

6. East Nashville

where do tourist stay in nashville

Head out of Downtown and cross the Cumberland River and you’ll reach the hip and artsy East Nashville. Wander through the streets and uncover hidden coffee shops, art galleries, trendy eateries, and craft shops galore. East Nashville is a mixed-use area so finding somewhere to stay here will definitely set you back a lot less than the Gulch or Downtown.

If you’re not really into art or vintage stores, there’s plenty of less-hipster activities to take part in. Why not meander along the 5-miles of walking trails in Shelby Bottoms Park. Adjacent to the Cumberland River, there are some stunning views and some Insta-worthy photos to be taken here.

Alternatively, any football fans out there might be heading to the Nissan Stadium to see the Tennessee Titans do their thing (provided you’re visiting during football season, of course).

East Nashville Overall

  • Cheaper than the city center
  • Hipster/artsy area
  • Avoid the crowds
  • Not walking distance to the other neighborhoods
  • Not as many music venues and restaurants as Downtown

7. Opryland/Music Valley

where do tourist stay in nashville

This list wouldn’t be complete without talking about the new home of the Grand Ole Opry. For almost a century, the Grand Ole Opry has been showcasing and promoting the very  best  that music has to offer. They still have weekly live performances and tours so don’t miss out on seeing where years of music legends have performed.

In this area, you’ll also find Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center (legendary in its own right), Soundwaves, and the Opry Mills shopping center. If you do end up staying at the Gaylord Opryland Resort be prepared to have your jaw hit the floor when you enter the exquisite glass atrium; it’s like entering a whole other world. Then waste no time in heading over to Soundwaves, a 4-acre water park filled with waterfalls, lazy rivers, and slides of all shapes and sizes; you could easily spend days here and still not see it all!

Rooms at the Gaylord Opryland Resort start at around $348.

Opryland/Music Valley Overall

  • A 100% unique experience
  • Everything you need in one place
  • Will set you back a fair few bucks
  • Would need transport into the city center

Neighborhoods in Nashville: Overall

  • For being in the thick of it: Downtown
  • Avoiding the crowds: East Nashville
  • Music lovers: Music Row
  • Retail therapy: The Gulch
  • Best overall for first-timers: SoBro!

Accommodation in Nashville

Nashville is a bustling, vibrant city, and thanks to this, there’s no shortage of places to stay. However, not everyone will want to stay in the same type of accommodation. A high-end hotel might not be suitable for a single, shoestring backpacker just as a shared dorm room wouldn’t suit a family of four. Lucky for all you guys, Nashville has got it all. Let’s take a look at the different types of accommodation you can find in Music City.

Of course, we will start with the most obvious; hotels! With over 350 hotels in the Nashville area, narrowing it down to one can feel impossible so we’ve done the leg work for you, and here are our top picks.

Union Station Hotel – Downtown / 4* / Rooms from $280

where do tourist stay in nashville

Union Station Hotel is located in between Downtown and SoBro, making it an ideal location for anyone looking to explore the best Nashville has to offer on foot. When are you ever going to be able to stay that you stayed in a train station that was built in the 1900s! The stunning architecture is unlike anything else you’ll find in Nashville, with the grand atrium highlighted by a beautiful colored glass ceiling and grand chandeliers.

The Union Station Hotel boasts 125 beautifully and uniquely designed rooms and suites, with even some of them being pet-friendly! If you don’t quite feel like leaving this luxurious, medieval feeling hotel, then don’t! They have their own, highly esteemed restaurant, Carters, on-site as well as nightly whiskey tastings just for good measure (and trust me, the measure is  good!).

The Hermitage Hotel – Downtown / 5* / Rooms from $311

where do tourist stay in nashville

A list of Nashville hotels wouldn’t be complete without including the century-old Hermitage Hotel . Located Downtown, you’re a stone’s throw away from all the live music, activities, eating, and drinking you could possibly want. This 5* hotel will give you just that experience; valet-only parking, 24-hour room service, spa treatments whenever it takes your fancy  and  they’ll even walk your furry friend for you too!

The decor is in keeping with the age of the hotel, with a beautiful and ornate lobby, although it has been referred to as dated by those who don’t appreciate the history of it all! With all that experience, The Hermitage Hotel knows what its guests want when it comes to fine dining and they even have their own farm which supplies the ingredients (almost) straight to your dinner plate! It doesn’t get any fresher than that.

Graduate – Midtown / 4* / Rooms from $300

where do tourist stay in nashville

If you want to  really  soak up the true Nashville, you’ve got to stay at the Graduate hotel. Disclaimer: if you don’t like loud, happy, vibrant colors and mismatched patterns, do not stay here! The Graduate is channeling their inner Dolly Parton and they’re not afraid to show it. It’s fun, eccentric, and unique. What’s not to love?

Oh, and it’s also located right in the heart of bustling Midtown so get those dancing shoes on and get ready to dance the night away in one of the many, many bars in town!

Club-Hotel Nashville Inn & Suites – Opryland / 3* / Rooms from $135

where do tourist stay in nashville

Not every hotel we stay in needs to break the bank. If you want to save some of that cash for a little light retail therapy or to visit some much-loved attractions then you should do just that. The Club-Hotel Nashville Inn & Suites offers comfortable, clean rooms with all the amenities you could need. Feeling that summer heat of Nashville? Why not head outside your room and jump straight in the pool!

If you want to head further afield, you’re already right in the Opryland area and all that has to offer but Downtown is just 7-miles away too! Not quite walking distance but it’s definitely not going to be a lengthy journey.

Airbnb has taken off over the last decade, and for good reason. Suddenly, our travel possibilities extended far beyond just hotels and resorts and we could actually stay in someone’s home. We can ask their advice and find the hidden gems that only the locals know about. Anyway, I am a huge fan of Airbnb for a lot of reasons and there are some unique and cool accommodation options in Nashville too.

Stone Cottage – East Nashville / 4.89* / Entire home from $82

where do tourist stay in nashville

This listing is for the entire 2-bedroom home located just a 6-minute Uber from Downtown. Stone Cottage is said to be like being “in a fairy tale” with its adorable outside seating area, spacious, clean rooms but with some cozy, cottage decor incorporated flawlessly. There’s everything you need in this self-contained home with WiFi, 2 parking spaces, a kitchen, bathroom, toiletries, air conditioning, heating, and more.

With 120 reviews (at the time of writing this) and a score like 4.89*, you know you’re in good hands with this superhost.

Creekside – North Nashville / 4.91* / Entire guest suite from $53

where do tourist stay in nashville

Okay, if you’re looking to get out of the hustle and bustle of busy central Nashville, Creekside could be the perfect place to lay your head after a busy day sightseeing. Located in a quiet, suburban neighborhood, I couldn’t think of a better way to end the day than with a cold beer or glass of wine on the terrace overlooking the creek. You’re far enough out of the city that you’ll be able to see the stars on a cloudless night but  you’re just a 15-minute drive from Downtown for when you want to step it up a notch.

This guest suite has a private entrance, self-check-in, a queen size bed, kitchenette with a mini-fridge, and microwave. Basically, it has everything you’ll need for a comfortable and unforgettable stay in Nashville. If you don’t believe me, there are 117 reviews so far that agree with me!

Treetop Loft – South Nashville / 4.87* / Entire guest suite from $99

where do tourist stay in nashville

This is one of the reasons why I love Airbnb. When else are you going to get the opportunity to sleep in an actual “treehouse”. Okay, it’s not literally a treehouse but it’s close enough for me. The charming Treetop Loft boasts beautiful views of nature, your very own fire pit for those late-night smores, and a “pretty rad” tree swing!

Included in your room is a king-size Sleep Number bed which, if you don’t know, is one of those super fancy beds that you can change each side to suit whoever is sleeping there. Cool, right? You’ll also find a microwave, coffee maker, mini-fridge, and some complimentary snacks to start your Nashville trip off right!

Hotels and Airbnb’s are great, but what if you’re like me and you travel solo? They’re suddenly not quite as affordable and they don’t offer the same social aspect that hostels do. A solo trip discovering Nashville could soon turn into a raging party with five of your new best friends if you choose the right hostel! So, without further ado.

Nashville Downtown Hostel – Downtown / 8.8/10 (Booking.com) / Approx. $100

where do tourist stay in nashville

– At the time of writing this article, the Nashville Downtown Hostel is temporarily closed due to an unfortunate incident that damaged part of the building. However, their aim is to be open and fully operational again at the beginning of 2022. I have still included this hostel in the rankings due to its impressive and longstanding reputation, however, due to this temporary closure, an exact price per night could not be deduced. –

The Nashville Downtown Hostel is located in the perfect spot, 550-yards from the Johnny Cash Museum and just minutes from the live music venues that make Nashville who it is. In this hostel there are dorm rooms (co-ed, all-female, or all-male), there are en-suite dorms, private rooms, and rooms that can accommodate 35+ guests.

Save some cash on food by taking full advantage of the shared kitchen available. There’s also free WiFi throughout the building and a shared lobby for relaxing after a long day of exploring. Oh, and there’s also billiards! Get ready to show off some skills…or learn some!

Music City Hostel – Midtown / 8.1/10 (Booking.com) / Dorm bed from $48

where do tourist stay in nashville

The sister hostel to the Nashville Downtown Hostel, the Music City Hostel is located in the fun and youthful Midtown. There’s room for 30 guests split between dorms and private rooms. The hostel’s aim is to bring the eclectic group of Nashville visitors together, not only why they stay here but beyond. With so many musicians and artists coming to stay here, it’s not uncommon to have an impromptu jam session around the fire in an evening.

Enjoy laundry facilities, a shared kitchen, garden, BBQ grill, and bike storage all to make your stay more comfortable. This place is ideal for solo travelers and couples alike. It’s probably best for those who want to be social as everyone’s welcoming and friendly at the Music City Hostel.

Hopefully, this has given you some food for thought when it comes to deciding on the best place to stay in Nashville. Ultimately, wherever you stay in the Music City, there are so many wonderful places to explore that you’re bound to have a blast wherever you stay!

Answer : Downtown (for those who want to be in the thick of it) or East Nashville (for those wanting a quieter escape from the hustle and bustle).

Answer : There’s nothing that you need to avoid. As with any big city, having common sense and knowing your surroundings should be more than enough to keep you safe.

Answer : It depends on what you’re here for. Downtown has a lot of bars, restaurants, and live music venues. Opryland is like a little world of its own with the Opryland Resort and Soundwaves.

Answer : Nashville’s Honky Tonk Highway. It is located in Lower Broadway and has live music daily until 3 am!

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Revealed: The Best Places To Stay in Nashville for Families With Kids

posted by Charmaine Cortes on January 23, 2023 // last updated on February 2, 2023

Nashville. Music City. Athens of the South. Whatever you want to call it, the jewel of Tennessee is a popular tourist destination for many people. If you and the family plan to head to Nashville, you may have questions before hitting the road.

So, what are the best places to stay in Nashville, Tennessee , and what should families with kids look for in accommodations? We will answer all those questions, and more so you can start planning your vacation and be in the country music capital of the world before you know it. 

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There is no singular neighborhood that is best for families. The area you will want to stay in or visit will depend on various factors, such as the age of your kids and interests. We have compiled a list of some of the best areas to consider in Nashville, though the final decision will always be up to you.

Vacations have a way of getting expensive quickly, so you should look to save money where you can. Luckily, Nashville’s West End is one of the most affordable places in the city. You won’t have to sacrifice options for the reduced price, as West End provides many exciting opportunities for tourists. 

The central fixture of the West End is Vanderbilt University , a school with as much prestige as any Ivy League college. Over 17,000 students attend the school, so businesses cater to a more youthful and frugal clientele. You will find plenty of businesses with a hip atmosphere, and the prices will be more to your liking, as well. 

Despite being home to a college campus, West End is more peaceful than you might imagine. The neighborhood is less crowded than others, and you won’t have to worry about losing your family in the hustle and bustle of other areas. There is not much nightlife in the West End, so you should be able to go out at night with young children with ease.

So, what can you do in the West End? Of course, you can visit the Vanderbilt campus. The school hosts athletic competitions and other events regularly, so you can always count on those for activities. 

The real highlight of West End is Centennial Park , the grandest park in the city. You can enjoy an entire day at the park with your family if the weather cooperates. Children will enjoy all the room to play and run around, while adults can check out a 1:1 scale replica of the Greek Parthenon. 

Depending on when you visit, you may also find events happening at Centennial Park, including concerts. This area is one of the most overlooked by tourists, but it is worth checking out when you visit. Ask any Nashville local, and they’ll tell you that Centennial Park is one of the best places in the area.

West End is within walking distance of Downtown, though you may want a vehicle to travel to some of the other neighborhoods. Families hoping to be right in the middle of everything may be a bit disappointed with the more suburban vibe of West End. 

For accommodations, you should check out Hyatt House Nashville or Loews Vanderbilt . You will be able to get excellent value most times, though accommodations fill up quickly during bigger Vanderbilt events. 

Whether you are visiting a student at Vanderbilt or just want a quiet vacation destination, West End should be near the top of your list of best places to stay in Nashville.

  • Budget-friendly
  • Centennial Park
  • Near Vanderbilt and Downtown
  • You need a vehicle to get to other neighborhoods
  • Accommodations may sell out quickly

Let’s face it. When you think of Nashville, country music is likely the first thing that springs to mind. If you and the family love that style, you owe it to yourself to stay at the Music Valley, also known to some as Opryland. 

Music Valley is excellent for families. The area is safe, tourist-friendly, and has plenty of attractions for children and adults. Families will find a lot to enjoy at Music Valley.

The star of the show is the Grand Ole Opry , perhaps Nashville’s best-known attraction. Since 1925, the Opry has played host to legends of country music and newcomers to the scene. 

If you plan on taking a trip to Nashville, you owe it to yourself to book a show at the Opry. Hardcore country music fans can also purchase backstage passes to tour the legendary venue. Who knows, you may even get to see the next great country music star before they hit the mainstream. 

Of course, there is more to Music Valley than just the Opry, and businesses have built up a thriving tourist community in the area. The Opry Mills shopping center is popular with tourists, as you have a chance to shop at all your favorite stores. The center is the biggest shopping area in all of Nashville, so you can pick up nice souvenirs for yourself or your friends there.

The Gaylord Opryland Resort is perhaps the finest hotel in the city, though it is an expensive place to stay. Still, few resorts cater to country-music-loving families quite like the Opryland. Even if you choose not to stay at the resort, anyone can visit the grounds and explore the nine-acre area. 

The rest of the hotels in the area are cheaper, so this is another budget-friendly option for visitors. 

Families with picky eaters may like the food options in Music Valley, as they cater to tourists with chain restaurants and recognizable brands. If your family is not as adventurous about trying new foods, the Music Valley neighborhood should do nicely.

As far as drawbacks, Music Valley only has a few. You will be a bit far from Downtown, so you should prepare to bring a car or pay for a ride if you want to visit other neighborhoods. Older children and some adults may find the area too touristy or not authentic to the real Nashville.

  • Grand Ole Opry
  • Gaylord Opryland Resort
  • Perfect for tourists
  • Decent lodging options
  • Distance from Downtown
  • Some may find Music Valley inauthentic

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Petula Clark said it best when she sang how you can always go downtown. Downtown is a favorite neighborhood for first-time visitors to the Music City, as you will find many of the city’s most famous attractions here. Parents may enjoy the nightlife in the area, while others may find it a turnoff to the area.

It is always convenient to be within walking distance of all the attractions you hope to visit in the city. While you may not be close to the Grand Ole Opry, you will have the pick of the litter for Downtown attractions if you choose to stay in the neighborhood.

Downtown is another excellent option for country music fans, as you can easily walk to the Country Music Hall of Fame . You and the family could spend an entire day exploring the museum and seeing all the exhibitions they have on display. If you enjoy the genre, you owe it to yourself to take a family trip to the hall of fame.

Johnny Cash, the Man in Black, is one of the biggest legends of the country music scene. Nashville hosts the Johnny Cash Museum , where fans can admire the work of one of music’s favorite sons. The curators have stocked the museum with all the memorabilia and exhibits they could get their hands on. If you enjoy Cash’s music, you can’t miss this attraction.

The rowdy, crowded, and bar-lined streets of Broadway Downtown may be a turnoff for some families. You may want to avoid traveling too much at night with your children, as Downtown is filled with bar-hopping bachelor or bachelorette parties regularly. If you can find a babysitter, however, a night on the town for the parents is always a fun way to end a vacation day.

You do not need a car if you opt to stay Downtown. Many of the city’s attractions are tightly packed in the neighborhood, and you will be within walking distance of some of the other districts of Nashville. You can save a little money on your vacation by walking instead of driving or hailing a taxi.

Downtown is one of the most expensive districts in Nashville, so you should keep the price in mind when planning your visit. 

For lodging, we recommend the Drury Plaza Hotel , though there is no shortage of excellent places to stay Downtown.

  • You are within walking distance of most attractions
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Johnny Cash Museum
  • Ample choices for hotels
  • It may be too crowded for some
  • Nightlife may be negative for some families

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Midtown and the West End seem like a package deal to most tourists and locals, but either option is excellent for families with kids. We think Midtown is one of the best places to stay in Nashville because it has many of the benefits of Downtown with fewer crowds. If a quieter atmosphere is more to your enjoyment, you should give Midtown a try for your vacation.

Midtown is another neighborhood perfect for music lovers. You will find many venues with nightly live music, though you may struggle to find family-friendly options. Still, parents may enjoy a night to themselves with live music and delicious food.

You may have heard of Nashville’s Music Row, and you’ll find it in this neighborhood. The music scene came out of the area, and you can still see many studios lining the streets of Music Row. There is not much for a tourist to see, but it is worth looking around to see a historical area.

Midtown feels more local and authentic than other neighborhoods of Nashville, like Music Valley or Downtown. You will have a chance to sample much of the daily life of residents, as well as see performances from local bands. If you want the family to see the real Nashville, Midtown may be an excellent option for lodging.

Midtown’s location at, you guessed it, the middle of the city means you are within walking distance of many attractions. You could head to the Downtown or West End with ease and enjoy those neighborhoods for a day before returning to your Midtown hotel.

And speaking of hotels, Midtown has plenty to choose from. The Graduate is one of the most popular places to stay, though others choose more affordable lodgings like the Hampton Inn .

  • More affordable and quieter than Downtown
  • Walkability
  • More local atmosphere
  • The nightlife may be a turnoff for some
  • So-so attractions

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If you need your vacation to be as upscale as possible, you won’t find a better option than the Gulch. The Gulch has everything you need to enjoy the finer things in life, including trendy spas and shops. The neighborhood is young and trendy, so if you have teens in your family, they may enjoy the vibe and hipness of the area.

If you and the family love art, you owe it to yourself to check out the Frist Art Museum . You will find many exhibits in the building; of course, you can visit the museum without staying in the Gulch. But being near amenities like the Frist Art Museum makes your vacation more efficient.

If you or your family enjoy bluegrass, the Gulch should be a priority destination. The Station Inn has been one of the best places to hear bluegrass music in the world since it opened in the 1970s. The best part is that kids can attend the shows with an adult. So you can bring the whole family to the show to raise a new generation of bluegrass fans.

If you are heading to the Gulch, we recommend not driving there or leaving your car parked if you do bring it down. Parking is at a premium in the neighborhood, and losing your spot can lead to a headache as you try to find more parking. Luckily, the area is walkable, so you should not have much issue getting where you need to go. 

The Gulch has a convenient location between Downtown and Midtown, so you can quickly get to the attractions of those areas. The Gulch is tiny, so getting to other neighborhoods does not take much time. 

  • Upscale area
  • Bluegrass music
  • Walkable and near other neighborhoods
  • Parking at a premium

Germantown is an old suburb of Nashville, and as such, it is one of the most developed. You will find plenty of activities in the area, and it is perfect for visiting families. You will find plenty of amenities, and the area is safe and welcoming to tourists.

As the name implies, Germantown was a suburb European settlers established, and the culture has grown from that. As such, you will find plenty of unique architecture and businesses that set it apart from the rest of Music City. 

Germantown has a reputation for being a dream destination for foodies, and it certainly lives up to the reputation if you spend any time there. You will have no shortage of restaurants to try out, with the standout being City House . You will find some of the finest Italian food in the South at City House.

If you stay at an Airbnb or any place with a makeshift kitchen, you can take advantage of the local farmer’s market. The market has as much produce as you could ask for, and you save money buying directly from farmers instead of stores. Even if you do not have a kitchen at your disposal, you can still take some produce home with you to prepare a feast upon returning.

If the weather permits, you would be remiss not to visit the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. The park is massive at 19 acres, and you will find plenty of ways to keep your children occupied when visiting. If you enjoy the outdoors, this attraction in Germantown should be near the top of your list. 

Hotel options are not as plentiful in an area like Germantown, but the Germantown Inn is the best lodging. Of course, there are cheaper options available for visitors, as well.

  • Cozy, suburban neighborhood
  • Unique architecture
  • Fewer lodging options
  • A little out of the way

East Nashville is another residential area, but it is well worth your time and consideration for the best places to stay in Nashville. The neighborhood is quiet and has a more local and hip vibe. If you want to take your family to a place that’s a little more secluded, East Nashville is an excellent choice.

We should mention that football fans may want to stay in East Nashville if they plan to catch a Tennessee Titans game. Nissan Stadium is in East Nashville, so you will have little trouble making it to a game if that interests you. The stadium also hosts many concerts during the offseason, so it has a little something for everyone.

East Nashville resembles a small town more than most areas of the city, so if you enjoy a more low-key atmosphere, this might be your favorite neighborhood. There are few crowds in the area, so you won’t have to wait for ages for a table at a restaurant or sit in traffic for hours. 

Speaking of cars, one of the drawbacks of East Nashville is its walkability. While some city areas are perfectly navigable without a vehicle, you will need one to get around this neighborhood. Adding to that issue is the scarcity of parking. Be prepared to search high and low for a place to park your car. 

East Nashville is cheaper than staying in some of the other neighborhoods, so it’s a good option for those on a budget. You are also conveniently located near Downtown and its surrounding areas, so you can save money on lodging for more fun activities in the hub. 

If you are traveling with a family, you may not be affected by the early closing times of many local businesses. With the neighborhood being a residential area, its restaurants often close early. If you need to put the kids to bed early in the day, this isn’t a problem, but anyone hoping to enjoy the nightlife will need to look elsewhere. 

Looking for lodging in East Nashville? We recommend the Dive Motel . Do not let the name fool you. This is a wonderful place to stay with the family, thanks to its massive pool. The pool is even open to the public.

  • Nissan Stadium
  • Trendy, local feel
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to get to Downtown
  • Early business closures

Yes! Nashville, like most American cities, is safe for a trip if you use common sense. Stay in one of the neighborhoods we listed, and always use your head when out in the unfamiliar territory. If you are careful, you should not have much of an issue with crime in the area. 

Nashville has an above-average crime rate compared to other US cities, but tourists are unlikely to be affected. The crime in the city is mostly contained in a few areas you would likely not visit when on vacation. As long as you do not go looking for trouble, you are unlikely to find any.

Have you decided where you want to stay? If not, we have a few suggestions for choosing your hotel.

It’s a fact: kids love pools. Try to find lodging that includes a pool for younger kids to play in after a day of adventure. Parents can always take the opportunity to get a few laps in or relax in the chairs after a busy day.

Does the hotel have a game room? Any fun areas for kids to play in? If you plan on taking a trip with the family, you may want to find a hotel with a few activities for children to partake in while you recover from the day’s activities. 

Spacious Rooms

Children love to run around and cause a ruckus in hotel rooms. The more space they have to play, the less headache you’ll have.

Dining Options

Does the hotel have any restaurants on-site that are kid-friendly? Do they offer a continental breakfast? Feeding the family can often be an expensive part of the trip, so using the continental breakfast for a free meal can help keep the cost of the trip reasonable. 

Excited to get to Nashville? Now that you know the best places to stay in Nashville, we will share a few activities you must partake in when you visit. 

It’s called Music City for a reason. Nashville is a country music fan’s dream. No matter the neighborhood you decide to stay in or visit, you will likely find live music wherever you go. Of course, there is the Grand Ole Opry, one of music’s most famous venues. Take the kids for an experience that they will never forget for the rest of their lives. 

Outside of the Opry are plenty of opportunities for live music. Many local restaurants and bars have live shows nightly, though you may have to pick and choose to find suitable shows for your children to attend. No matter what style or era of country music you prefer, you will likely find your new favorite band during a trip to Nashville.

Local Restaurants

Nashville is not on the level of some of the other gastronomic hubs of America, but the city is quickly developing a reputation as being a place of foodies. If you look hard enough, you will find exquisite local restaurants of all models. While you will find plenty of chain restaurants for picky eaters or kids, we implore you to check out a few local eateries while in town.

Nashville is a great sports town, even if it doesn’t get the credit it deserves on that front. Of course, the first team that will jump to your mind is the Tennessee Titans of the NFL. Hockey fans are sure to think of the Nashville Predators. The city also hosts an MLS team and a minor-league baseball squad. 

If you are a fan of college athletics, you can check out a Vanderbilt game against some stiff Division 1 competition.

No matter your family’s preferred sport, you can likely find an exciting game to attend while in the city.

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No matter where you decide to lodge, you will find many of the best places to stay in Nashville on our list. Any of these locations are perfect for a family vacation with enough entertainment for the whole group.

What are the things you are most excited about in Nashville? Are there any attractions you think are a must-see? Let us know about your trip plans!

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5 Great Things to do in Nashville (Besides Party)

N ashville is one of the most exciting cities in the US to visit, whether you’re looking to reclaim your youth or have a more relaxed experience. The good news is that there are so many fun things to do in Nashville besides party!

After reading your article, you’ll know where to stay in Nashville, what to do in Nashville and pick up some valuable Nashville travel tips.

Where to stay in Nashville

To get that “Nashville vibe” considered staying in Downtown Nashville or nearby. Whether you plan to go out late or not, it’s nice to be able to pop back to your hotel at a moment’s notice!

We had a wonderful stay at Holston House , a Nashville boutique hotel run by Hyatt. It’s located in a historic building that has been beautifully updated. There’s a sense of warm sophistication at every touch! The location on 7th Street is perfect – close enough to walk to many of the main Nashville attractions, bars and live music venues on Lower Broadway but away from the unruly crowds.

There are a variety of rooms available including King and 2 Queen options of different sizes. Our room featured one of the most beautiful hotel bathrooms we’ve ever seen!

You can also enjoy the rooftop pool and bar both day and night. There’s a great low-key lounge vibe up there to complement the wonderful views. Both the rooftop and the lobby bar are. a nice respite if you want to have a drink and a conversation somewhere in Downtown Nashville.

Without question, I’d stay at Holston House again!

If you’re on a tighter budget or need more space to spread out, consider Hyatt Place Downtown Nashville . It’s around the corner from the Country Music Hall of Fame and in a slightly quieter area that’s still convenient to Lower Broadway.

There are plenty of room sizes to choose from and the largest ones will hold up to 6 guests. You’ll also get free breakfast and an indoor pool.

Best things to do in Nashville Besides Party

Whether you’re a non-drinker or just looking for a more low-key experience, there are tons of great things to do in Nashville during the day and night.

Listen to live music

Even if you aren’t into the party scene of downtown Nashville, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy live music at all hours.

During the day, push your way through the crowds and head toward the riverfront along Broadway. ACME Feed & Seed has several spaces that vary in how raucous they are (and what ages are allowed) but during the day you can enjoy live music with your lunch without worrying about overzealous partiers. Whiskey River Saloon (next door) has a fantastic whiskey selection and isn’t too over-the-top during the day though after dark it attracts big crowds.

Check the calendars to see what time bands are playing or just stroll around until something sounds good and doesn’t look too crowded, but we definitely found thinner crowds near the riverfront than around 2nd and 3rd streets.

If you want to hear live music in Nashville not on Broadway there are some excellent options. It’s good to know that many of the best spots sell tickets for their shows, so ideally you’ll decide where to go a week in advance (but even if you don’t, there’s still hope). Some of the best spots are The Bluebird Cafe , The Listening Room , Station Inn and The Basement East .

If you couldn’t snag tickets or your dinner plans don’t work with the show times, try one of the free shows at The Listening Room. In a city full of talent, you’ll find up-and-comers performing on the stage near the bar in a relaxed venue. This is also one of the best places to see live music with kids in Nashville!

Eat amazing food

Nashville is right up there with some of America’s top foodie cities, but obviously it’s got plenty of unique personality in its cuisine. There are a few things you have to try while you’re there:

  • Hot chicken – It’s like fried chicken, but taken to the next level with plenty of kick. The most convenient location (which is absolutely delicious) is Hattie B’s on Broadway, but for shorter lines and a more local feel check out the Melrose or West Nashville outpost if you have a car.
  • Biscuits – This is the South, so you’ll want to be sure to try some biscuits alongside your fried chicken. Check out Biscuit Love (conveniently located in The Gulch), Nashville Biscuit House or Sky Blue Cafe.
  • Donuts – If you haven’t had your fill of fried food yet, round out the trifecta with an excellent croissant-style 100 layer donut from Five Daughters Bakery in 12South or East Nashville.

When you need a break from deep fried fare, Nashville still has plenty of great options for you. For light “coastal” food check out The Hampton Social just off of Broadway, or mix it up with fantastic fancy tacos at Ladybird Taco in 12 South or incredible sophisticated Southern cooking at 5th & Taylor in Germantown.

For a unique experience, check out this great Nashville food tour in the historic-turned-trendy Germantown neighborhood. It’s a great way to learn about the city’s history while also sampling some of its finest offerings from BBQ to baked goods to cocktails.

Honor music’s greats

Once you set foot in Nashville, it’s no surprise that it’s been dubbed “Music City, USA”. Music is everywhere and it has been for decades. In addition to hitting up some great spots for live music, one of the best things to do in Nashville during the day is visit one of its many music museums.

We had time to visit three of these top Nashville attractions, and have a fourth on our to-do list for the next time we’re in town. The great news is that these are all located in Downtown Nashville so it’s easy to pop in for an hour or two. I promise, these are some of the best daytime activities in Nashville!

  • Country Music Hall of Fame – There’s so much more to country music than Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton, though they’re important of course. The Country Music Hall of Fame does a great job of tracing country’s roots and inspirations along with the turning points in the genre and crossovers between other styles. Even though we aren’t big country music fans, it was absolutely worth a visit! This is one of the only places in Nashville where we waited in line, so I recommend buying your tickets in advance . For a truly unique experience you can combine a visit to the Hall of Fame with a behind-the-scenes tour of RCA’s Studio B .
  • Johnny Cash Museum – If you’re even a little bit of a Johnny Cash fan, you can’t miss a stop here! This museum celebrates his music while also acknowledging the winding path of Cash’s life. You’ll see everything from the logbooks from his days in the Air Force to the chair he sat in for the sublime music video of Hurt .
  • National Museum of African American Music – This is “the one that got away” for us, but with just a weekend in Nashville we couldn’t see everything . It’s a one-of-a-kind museum that showcases and preserves the deep influence and critical role African Americans played in the development of American music over time.
  • Ryman Auditorium – While not technically a museum, the Ryman Auditorium is Nashville’s most storied music venue and a great place to witness history flowing into modernity. It was the original home of the Grand Ole Opry, which beamed country music to audiences around the country, and today hosts epic shows of all genres. The visit starts with a well-done movie and then moves into the Auditorium itself. We did the excellent guided tour, which also took us to the dressing rooms and included plenty of fun stories about the stars.

Explore Nashville history

While it’s often viewed as a one-dimensional party town, there are plenty of interesting historic sites in Nashville that are worth a visit.

We opted to visit the historic Belle Meade plantation, just 20 minutes from Downtown Nashville but certainly a world away. At its peak, the property covered more than 5000 acres and was a prominent stud farm in the thoroughbred racing world.

Thankfully Belle Meade has done an excellent job of sharing the lives and viewpoints of the people who were enslaved here in addition to the standard “plantation tourism”. The fascinating “Journey to Jubilee” tour was led by a historian who pulled no punches regarding the behavior and motivations of the plantation owner. He also asked questions that encouraged all of us on the tour to think critically about what we would have done if we had been enslaved at the time of emancipation and beyond.

Check out Nashville’s neighborhoods

Like so many cities, Nashville is comprised of many neighborhoods with distinctive flair. There’s so much beyond Downtown, so be sure to get out and explore! It’s one of the top options for what to do in Nashville, Tennessee.

One of the closest neighborhoods to Downtown is The Gulch, a trendy area full of hip restaurants and nice hotels. It’s a small area but nice to walk around. While you’re there, stop in for some food at Biscuit Love and consider taking in a bluegrass show at world-famous The Station Inn. If you’re staying Downtown, it’s an easy walk.

Head to Germantown to enjoy 19th century charm of Nashville’s first suburb – but updated to include great restaurants and interesting boutiques. This theme of redevelopment is playing out in many neighborhoods of Nashville and other major American cities. You can hear about Germantown’s history and present on this great Nashville food tour . Germantown is about a 10 minute Uber ride from Downtown.

12 South is another fun Nashville neighborhood to visit. It’s extremely walkable, it’s loaded with boutiques and eateries and there’s street art on just about every corner! While you’re there be sure to stop at Five Daughters Bakery. For a delicious locals-only lunch without the crowds, walk a few blocks off of 12th to Ladybird Tacos. Like Germantown, 12 South is a quick taxi ride from Downtown. We stopped here for a few hours on the way to Belle Meade , as 12 South is on the way.

Nashville travel tips

Overall we found Nashville a pretty easy city to visit, even with very little planning. But there are a few tips for planning a trip to Nashville that it’s worth keeping in mind:

  • If you’re on an adults-only trip to Nashville, it’s easy to get by with Uber and Lyft rather than renting a car. It’s obviously important to drive only when you can do so safely, and it’s easier not to have to think about your sobriety. Parking can also be difficult and/or expensive in some parts of the city. On the flip side, if you’re visiting with kids you’ll probably be doing a lot of exploring far from Downtown so renting a car would be a better choice.
  • Check the event calendars for popular music venues a week or two advance to give yourself plenty of options for what to see if you’re spending a weekend in Nashville. While there’s always live music in Nashville, ticketed shows sell out regularly even for under-the-radar performers.
  • Pace yourself and stay hydrated. Even if you’re just having a drink or two while you listen to great music, it’s easy to run yourself ragged with so much walking in the heat and humidity most of the year.
  • If you want to avoid some of Broadway crowds, cigarettes and smells, Demonbreun Street and Commerce Street run parallel just one block away on either side and are much, much more manageable.

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Downtown Cookeville

Cream City Ice Cream sign lit up at night in downtown Cookeville TN

Downtown Cookeville is a quaint town with great food and culture with loads to offer. Check out  Poet's Coffee  for strong coffee and delicious pastries;  World Foods International Market and Delicatessen for some of the best gyros and pizza;  Father Tom's Pub  for a laid back local atmosphere serving brews, scotch, cocktails and more; and Cream City Ice Cream & Coffee House  for milkshakes, ice cream cones and other sweet treats. Do some shopping at local boutiques and shops that line the downtown area. Before you leave, take a few photos in front of several murals decorating buildings.

Bee Rock 

Mountain views at Bee Rock in Monterey, Tennessee

Hike the short trail that leads you to Bee Rock which showcases sweeping views of tree-clad mountains and rugged terrain.  Spend some time in quiet reflection on one of the many boulders you can find at the top, while surrounded by rhododendron, mountain laurel and pine trees.  

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Waterfall at Fall Creek Falls State Park

Twenty-thousand acres on the Cumberland Plateau make up Fall Creek Falls State Park . A popular outdoor retreat for many, the area is home to streams, gorges, cascades, lush forests and waterfalls. Fall Creek Falls towers at 256 feet, making it the highest waterfall in the eastern United States. Take a hike to see this wonder and then explore the park to see Piney Falls , Cane Creek Falls and Cane Creek Cascades. Try your swing on the challenging 18-hole golf course or in the trees at the Canopy Challenge Course with more than 70 aerial obstacles and zip lines. If you want to sleep under the stars, Fall Creek Falls has campsites and 20 fishermen cabins located on Fall Creek Lake along with 10 landside cabins. 

Rock Island State Park

Rock Island State Park in Tennessee

Spend some time in the rugged wilderness found at Rock Island State Park . There are 883 acres of waterfalls, limestone paths and overlooks offering beautiful views. You'll hear the roar of water before seeing it as you hike to Great Falls. The falls rise up to 30 feet, creating a  horseshoe, cascading waterfall. Professional kayakers from around the world come to Rock Island to navigate the challenging whitewater. Boating, fishing and wildlife viewing are other popular activities in the park.

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Beautiful Bee Rock

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Overlooking the vast head of the Calfkiller River Valley

Cane Creek

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Piney Falls State Natural Area

Piney Falls State Natural Area

The tallest and most magnificent trees are the white pines that are found in the mixed mesophytic forest that occur on lower slopes in the gorge below Lower Piney Falls.

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Canopy Challenge Course at Fall Creek Falls State Park

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