The Best Luxury Hotels to Book in Tennessee

The extraordinary environments at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville make it one of the best luxury hotels in Tennessee
The extraordinary environments at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville make it one of the best luxury hotels in Tennessee | © Images-USA / Alamy Stock Photo
Leena Kollar

Vacations are all about relaxation and enjoying time away from the daily grind, so what better way to spend your holiday than in a luxury hotel where all your needs are taken care of. Whether you’re walkin’ in Memphis, looking to rub shoulders with Dolly Parton in Tennessee’s Music City, Nashville, or reconnecting with nature at a peaceful retreat in the Big Smoky Mountains, these are the best hotels in Tennessee for that exclusive five-star experience, all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. The Read House, for a Roaring '20s vibe

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Exterior of historic 19th-century brick building of the Read House in Chattanooga, Tennessee
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With a rich, jazz-fueled history dating to 1872, Chattanooga’s Read House is the longest continuously operating hotel in the American Southeast. That history is palpable in its wood-paneled, Roaring ’20s-evoking common area and other vintage treasures throughout (dramatic chandeliers, checkered floors, gilded ceilings), while the 241 rooms are distinguished between those with historic decorative touches and others with more contemporary twists. The hotel’s Georgian-style exterior is a downtown Chattanooga icon, while in-house Bridgeman’s Chophouse is one of the city’s finest dining destinations. In a city that has only recently grasped its hotbed moment, the Read House relishes its place in far deeper historical trenches.

2. Hutton Hotel, for an on-site music venue

Suite Hotel, Spa Hotel

Modern bedroom in dark tones with arty blue-and-black carpet, desk, chaise and city views at Hutton Hotel in Nashville
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With a location well away from the Spring Break atmosphere of Broadway, the boutique Hutton Hotel forgoes honky tonk bedlam for mid-century modern-accented refinement and sustainable leanings just steps from far more subtle Music Row. Reclaimed WWII barnwood flooring and bamboo-paneled walls stand out as memorable design details in common areas, while the 250 stylish guest rooms meld modern comforts (electronically controlled rain shows, flat-screen televisions) and design forward touches (glass bathroom sinks). The Hutton’s resident music venue, Analog, is a wonderfully intimate spot to take in the local music scene.

3. The River Inn of Harbor Town, for old-world charm beside a nature trail

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Sophisticated lounge space with antique furniture, fireplace, potted palms and chandelier at the River Inn of Harbor Town, Memphis
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Southern elegance meets contemporary sophistication at this luxury Tennessee hotel on Harbor Town Square in Memphis, the centerpiece of a planned, urbanist-style suburb on Mud Island a few miles north of Beale Street. Though a ’90s development, River Inn is flush with old-world charm and antiquated Southern detail. The property’s 28 rooms are divided among two buildings and are awash with upholstered chairs, hardwood armoires, window treatments and four-poster beds. River views are nearly standard, and a nature trail and National Bicycling Route meander outside the hotel.

4. The James Lee House, for individually styled suites in a restored Victorian mansion in Memphis

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Victorian salon with grand piano, antique furnishings, crown moldings and chandelier at the James Lee House, Memphis
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The stunning James Lee House is the grande dame of Victorian Village, an exquisite historic neighborhood near downtown Memphis. The home, a true Victorian masterpiece, dates as far back as 1848, and was resurrected by the current owner after nearly 60 years of abandonment. Some 14 fireplaces and gorgeous original crown moldings and cornices pepper the home. Each of the five unique suites boasts its own impossibly lavish touches such as clawfoot bathtubs, four-poster beds, brass-accented king-sized mahogany headboards and exposed-brick chimneys. Few B&Bs in the American South have been so elegantly and painstakingly restored.

5. Union Station Hotel Nashville, for art lovers

Business Hotel, Chain Hotel, Hotel

Stylish double room with high ceilings, arched windows and designer decor at Union Station Hotel Nashville, Autograph Collection
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Once a bustling railway station in the 1800s, the Union Station Hotel in Nashville has 125 guest rooms and suites, decked out with white oak feature walls, cowhide headboards and wire chandeliers. Amenities include flat-screen televisions, luxury ROAM bath products and specially curated artwork in every room.

6. The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville, for architecture buffs

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel

Luxury bedroom with mahogany furnishings, ornate drapes, plush carpet and bright pink sofa at the Hermitage Hotel, Nashville
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With 122 pet-friendly rooms and suites, the Hermitage is often referred to as Nashville’s top hotel, and has numerous awards to prove it. The Beaux Arts-style architecture makes the hotel a visually stunning masterpiece: a painted glass skylight, marble floors and ornate chandeliers bring elegance to the hotel’s lobby, while amenities including a spa, famed boutique, and bar-restaurant consolidate the hotel’s luxury status.

7. Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville, for country music fans

Resort, Garden Hotel

View of giant covered atrium space with quant period buildings and lagoon at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
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The Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center is less than 10mi (16km) from Nashville International Airport, but it’s not just the location that makes this an appealing place to stay. Nine acres (4ha) of indoor gardens, two swimming pools, the Relâche Spa and Salon and cascading waterfalls attract visitors from all around the globe. This premium hotel is also close to attractions like the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame, and has plenty of places for eating and shopping on-site.

8. Omni Nashville Hotel, Nashville, for plenty of kid-friendly perks

Serviced Apartment, Hotel

Chic bedroom in cream and white hues with tufted grey headboard and floor-to-ceiling windows at Omni Nashville Hotel
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The multistory Omni Nashville is a non-smoking destination hotel featuring 800 rooms, a fitness center, coffee shop and rooftop pool deck. Thanks to the Omni Kids Crew program, children who stay here receive a backpack filled with goodies, as well as milk and cookies delivered to your door on the first night of your stay.

9. Margaritaville Island Hotel, Pigeon Forge, for signature frozen margaritas

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Rustic chic king room with baby-blue walls and French doors opening to balcony at Margaritaville Island Hotel, Pigeon Forge
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Enjoy a novelty stay in the Great Smoky Mountains by booking a night at the Margaritaville Island Hotel in Pigeon Forge. Inspired by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett, this hotel has a laid-back atmosphere and is perfect if you want a fun, upmarket place to hang out. Every room features a Frozen Concoction Maker, which you can use to create your own drinks, with or without following the recipes provided. A word of warning: go easy on the tequila.

Kevin Raub contributed additional reporting to this article.

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