The country’s capital for honky-tonk has been slowly welcoming a fresh crop of design-oriented Nashville boutique hotels, providing this city’s got more to offer visitors than live music. These very micro properties — as small as eight rooms — are thoughtfully curated by their proprietors with everything from flea-market finds to high-end accents like custom furnishings. Their offbeat design aesthetic extends well beyond the guest rooms into drinking and dining spots on property — perfect for those visiting the city for a bachelorette trip. If you are looking to stay somewhere stylish and more intimate than a hotel, here’s some of the best boutique hotels in Nashville that will make it a bachelorette to remember.
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The second Tennessee outpost for this collegiate-themed hotel group flaunts design in every square inch, from the street-level Poindexter Coffeé’s houndstooth-patterned fabrics to White Limozeen’s sea of pink hues on the rooftop (an ode to Dolly Parton).
Located in Midtown, near Vanderbilt University, the guest-room décor flirts with feminine details like floral-print canopies and pink-and-white striped walls while also building in homey details such as Grand Millennial-type bedside lamps. Pack your swimsuit to enjoy the Governor’s Pool at White Limozeen — that is if you can manage to snag a reservation to this very popular poolside experience.
Price: $189 per person
Snug in downtown Nashville, this 81-room hotel in the headquarters for a former bank packs in a lot of color and style, from the Kate Spade-ish polka-dot armchairs in the guest rooms to cherry-red leather sofas in the lobby. This is also one of the world’s few hotels with its own cheese shop: Cheese Gal.
Its artisanal cheese boards are true works of art. A family-owned bagel shop on site is open in the mornings and afternoons while Ellington’s, a restaurant on the fourth-floor, is a new twist on a classic steakhouse with not only surf and turf but also items like kale salad or its burger topped with a local farm’s egg. Dine either indoors or on a wraparound terrace. Being one of the best boutique hotels in Nashville, we recommend booking in advance, especially during high season.
Price: $289 per night/em>
The Dive Motel and Swim Club
Dialing it back to the look and feel of a mid-century modern motor lodge, this modern-motel sibling to Lyon Porter and Jersey Bank’s other Nashville property—the 8-room Urban Cowboy in a Victorian-era mansion—is all about the pool. Locals come here for day-club perks. Retro-inspired fringe umbrellas provide shade while DJs spin the tunes.
Each of the 23 rooms features a party switch that activates a disco ball paired with the period’s hits, and décor that, while unique to each room, is heavy on shag fabrics and bright wall murals, along with funky wallpaper and a woodsy, mountain backdrop as an accent wall. There’s no need to leave the property for dinner or drinks: tacos and fun beach-y cocktails, such as margaritas and Mai Tais, are served in the attached Dive Bar and Lounge.
Price: $242 per night
The Gallatin Hotel
This 25-room hotel’s style in East Nashville might bring you to your knees due to its roots as the former Eastside Church of Christ. Or, it could just be the vibrant style you’ve been craving. Think turquoise Galvanz fridges, orange shower tiles and color-block carpeting. It’s quite the surprise after walking past the all-white exterior façade and into its colorful orbit.
There are six room categories, from “cozies” (the smallest) to sprawling suites. Bunk Suites and Bunk Rooms are an updated version of a hostel if you’re traveling in a small group and want to stay in the same room. You can also feel good about staying here: its Rooms for Rooms program gifts a percentage of nightly profits to the local homeless population, helping to fund food, supplies and beds.
Price: $195 per night
Vandyke Bed and Beverage
If you adore cocktails or are a mixologist, then this eight-room modern riff on a b&b might be your vice. Each guest room is marked by a turquoise door and named after a spirit with the décor inspired by where that spirit stems. For example, the Tequila room is inspired by desert-chic décor and there’s tropics-inspired brightness in the Rum room.
It’s hard to tell what’s more popular: the guest rooms or St. Vito, the bar and restaurant downstairs that’s a hit with local foodies and cocktail enthusiasts. A courtyard and rooftop patio help celebrate warm temps, outfitted with a black-and-white, Old Hollywood-like design.
Price: $381 per night
Another great example of a church rehab is this 23-room hotel where all the historic hallmarks of a house of worship were preserved, such as tall ceilings, stained-glass windows and interior brick walls.
Rooms boast red-tile showers, coats of sky-blue and petal-pink accent paint, and shelves and mirrors that mimic an altar’s arch. But the crème de la crème are the repurposed pews as headboards in the guest rooms. Many of the furnishings, such as the rooms’ wardrobes, are custom designs by hometown firm Holler Design. As a sister property to The Gallatin Hotel, the property also vows to donate funds to Nashville’s homeless population.
Price: $186 per night
Revamping the shell of a mid-1900s downtown building is ambitious enough but then there are the modern tweaks at this 16-suite property — like its open-air SKYDECK rooftop lounge for private parties, or the suites’ wrap-around marble bath — that blend in nicely with preserved 10-foot arched windows and exposed-brick walls.
With 10 categories for 16 suites, none are exactly the same, and as small as 400 square feet or as roomy as 2,000 square feet. After a brief closure since its 2019 opening, the hotel plans to reopen on December 1, 2021.
Price: $260 per night
Downtown Sporting Club
While this might sound like a, um, sporting-goods store, it’s actually not. But the 20-room hotel is above a sports bar on Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville. Rooms feature Casper bedding, a preppy team-spirit theme with vintage-style banners and pendants, and black-and-white marble sinks.
Also at the hotel is a rooftop bar with games like shuffleboard plus DJs on weekends. There’s also Paradise Park Trailer Resort for grub like hot ham and cheese sandwiches and chili cheese dogs which is all set against a chill backdrop of vintage folding woven lawn chairs and live music.
Price: $249 per night
The Germantown Inn
Stray off the beaten path with a stay in Germantown, Nashville’s oldest neighborhood, and at this 10-suite whimsical boutique hotel in the heart of it all. If you love historical architecture, then this 1865 Federal-style home will easily woo you.
Each suite is named for a former US president — The Adams, The Jefferson, The Roosevelt, etc. Local interior designer McLean Barbieri was put to task on the rooms’ vibe, adding little surprises to the design like actress Andra Eggleston’s curtains and Nashville graphic designer and artist Caitlin Mello’s playful mixed-media portraits of former US presidents, commissioned by the inn.
Price: $289 per night