The Best Historic Hotels in Nashville, Tennessee

Stay in a former station for a unique heritage experience
Stay in a former station for a unique heritage experience | Courtesy of Union Station Hotel Nashville, Autograph Collection / Expedia
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1 February 2021

Music City is rich in history, from suffragettes to gospel sounds. So while you’re here, why not check in somewhere with heritage as well as home comforts? From art deco wonders to reconstructed churches, explore the Nashville hotels that drip with details of yesteryear.

The Hermitage Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel
4.8/5 (340 Reviews)
The Hermitage Hotel
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Now from $368 per night
Since 1910, the Hermitage Hotel has been the first choice for travelers to downtown Nashville looking for a little glitz. Over the years big names including Al Capone, Gene Autry and seven US presidents have stayed at the Hermitage. With its location near the state capitol, it was the site of important debates, including that which ultimately gave women the right to vote in 1920. Rooms are furnished in an old-school style, all tapestries and florals, and the opulent lobby is worth a look-see, whether you’re a guest or not.
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Union Station Hotel Nashville, Autograph Collection

Business Hotel, Chain Hotel, Hotel
4.4/5 (431 Reviews)
Union Station Hotel Nashville, Autograph Collection
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Price Drop
Now from $250 per night
One of the most iconic buildings to grace Nashville’s skyline, Union Station today is a 125-room hotel located in what was once the main train station. Distinctions include magnificent ironwork and molding and an impressive marble-floored great hall that greets guests – all part of what makes this one of the National Trust’s Historic Hotels of America. The lobby has high ceilings and lofty interior balconies, but the guest rooms are cozy and it is remarkable just how quiet the spaces inside feel, just steps from Broadway.
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Holston House Nashville

Hotel
4.6/5 (830 Reviews)
Holston House
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Price Drop
Now from $241 per night
Once known as the James Robertson Hotel, this 1929 art deco stunner has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984. Give yourself time to take in all the period details that have been preserved and restored, such as brass hexagon lights, and the ornate exterior columns. Check out historic black-and-white photos of Johnny Cash and other Nashville music icons in the lobby, or head to the rooftop view to gaze out over Broadway.
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The Fairlane

Hotel
4.8/5 (447 Reviews)
The Fairlane
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Price Drop
Now from $288 per night
The Fairlane is a different type of historic property, thanks to its 1970s-retro feel. An old bank headquarters, the building features both carpeted and terrazzo tile floors, mid-century furnishings, including some random signature pieces, and vintage Vanderbilt yearbooks. As a result no two rooms are exactly the same. Beds even have flip-down cup holders in their velvet headboards so that you can Netflix and swill. There are several restaurants, one with an outdoor patio, plus a light-filled lobby with street-facing windows for people-watching.
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Caroline House Nashville Historic Inn

Hotel
5/5 (6 Reviews)
Caroline House Nashville Historic Inn
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Price Drop
Now from $374 per night
The historic Waverly Place area, part of the popular 12South neighborhood, is home to a very special restored bed and breakfast from 1921. Taking its name from Caroline Waldkirch, one of the matriarchs of the area, the inn features well-appointed rooms with ceiling fans, fluffy robes and private baths. From the outdoor porches and patios you can to take in the charm of the 12South neighborhood while sipping a daiquiri as you recline on an Adirondack chair.
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  • Noelle, Nashville, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

    Hotel
    4.7/5 (380 Reviews)
    Noelle, Nashville, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
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    Price Drop
    Now from $284 per night
    Art deco stylings that remain from its 1930 construction are combined with modern art at this glorious design hotel, the embodiment of Nashville’s creative class. The artwork in the guest rooms and public spaces is from Bryce McCloud of Isle Printing – who also runs a print shop/art gallery on the hotel’s ground floor, and highlights the men and women who made Nashville what it is today. The Trade Room bar in the lobby is an Instagram-worthy destination, as well as the site of some of the city’s best cocktails – and an impressive rotating selection of craft beers.
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    Germantown Inn

    Hotel
    4.8/5 (201 Reviews)
    Germantown Inn
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    Price Drop
    Now from $268 per night
    The exact date the brick building came into being is unknown, but many folk believe this place predates the Civil War (1861-1865). It is in Nashville’s oldest neighborhood, Germantown, and is a pocket of calm and respite in a busy part of the city. Today the inn has 10 suites, each named after a US president, resplendent with exposed brick, bright swathes of colorful paint and Frette linens, conspiring effortlessly to have you lingering each morning in bed.
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    The Russell Nashville

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    The Russell Nashville
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    You’ll be able to tell immediately that this East Nashville building used to be a church, thanks to the restored stained-glass windows, cathedral ceilings and repurposed church pews as headboards. The lobby is a stunner, what with those windows, its reading areas stocked with plenty to read from a neighborhood bookstore, and a podcasting studio. The Russell’s owners donate a portion of each room rate to homelessness ministries in the city, including supporting Shower Up, a truck that provides those living on the street opportunities for a hot shower.
    These recommendations were updated on February 1, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh. This article is an updated version of a story created by Margaret Littman

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