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So, Covid wrecked your vacation plans and the idea of traveling masked-up through airports and on long-haul flights is not your idea of a good time. Still, you wouldn’t mind getting away, if only for a couple of nights.
If that sounds like you, a staycation just might be in order. And there’s never been a better time for locals to experience Nashville like a tourist.
There are a myriad of dazzling new downtown hotels that are destinations unto themselves. And with occupancy well below forecasts, the deals are astounding. Rooms that typically sell for upwards of $400 per weekend night have been discounted drastically.
CurrentVue has compiled a list of some of the more attractive options. Keep in mind, these are primarily newer properties with outdoor pools, spas and chic dining and bar scenes. There are many other enticing deals as most of the older hotels have undergone recent renovations.
KNOW BEFORE YOUR GO
All properties have implemented “Enhanced Cleaning Procedures” and face coverings are required indoors in all common areas. There may be some limitations, primarily in terms of restaurant hours, dining room capacity, spa services and pool deck seating. But, by and large, the hotels are open for business with great rates and value-added promotions, many directly targeting the local market.
118 8th Avenue South
Open since March 2018, Cambria does an exceptional job of capturing Nashville’s spirit with a contemporary vibe. The hotel looks and feels rustic but the creature comforts are plentiful. There are 255 rooms that are tailored to the needs of the modern business professional, as well as the “weekend party goer.” The hotel features a sleek rooftop pool, barista bar and a stunning 2,800 square foot music venue – True Music Room and Bar – adjacent to the lobby. NashHouse Southern Spoon and Saloon features upscale interpretations of traditional Nashville cuisine.
Rooms feature free WiFi, a 55-inch RoomioTV for streaming, a spa-like bath and in-room refrigerator. Cambria is entirely smoke-free. Valet parking is $39.00 per night.
Tennessee resident can save 25 percent with rates starting at $97.00 per night.
HOLSTON HOUSE NASHVILLE
Part of the Hyatt Unbound Collection
118 7th Avenue North
Holston House Nashville wraps refined modernism in timeless art deco character, creating a premier boutique hotel inspired by the Music City’s history, charisma, and soul. TENN on Top rooftop bar is a great spot for sipping whiskey as you soak-in the vibe from the street below.
Holston House is a pet-friendly property with 191 rooms, three dining outlets, a 24-hour fitness center and a rooftop infinity saltwater pool. Rooms feature hardwood floors, a 4k Smart TV, laptop-size safe and sleek, modern bathrooms. Free valet parking is available.
Save up to 20 percent off regular rates. Other packages feature complimentary appetizers and cocktails.
JW MARRIOTT NASHVILLE
201 8th Avenue South
The JW Marriott Nashville is for those who appreciate over-the-top doses of understated opulence. Situated on prime real estate adjacent to the Music City Center, the hotel rises from one of the city’s highest points (second only to the Capitol building). With a full-service, modern spa, museum-worthy collection of contemporary art, rooftop terrace and pool, refined dining and dramatic indoor/outdoor event spaces, the JW Marriott is truly a best-in-class luxury destination.
The pool scene is arguably the best downtown. Standard rooms are large with floor-to-ceiling windows. Whether it’s the off-the-lobby Cumberland Bar, creative local fare in the Stompin’ Grounds restaurant or a dramatic view of downtown from Bourbon Steak, by Michelin-Starred Chef Michael Fina, there’s a dining option to satisfy any palate.
Celebrate summer with 25 percent off plus two complimentary cocktails per stay and a complimentary upgrade upon arrival when you stay two nights or more.
425 5th Avenue South
Margaritaville Hotel Nashville opened in October and it didn’t take long for the urban oasis to land top honors as “Best New Hotel” on USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. After opening to rave reviews, the property was nominated by a panel of industry experts and voted number one by USA Today readers.
With a ‘no worries’ tropical vibe, Margaritaville Hotel Nashville offers a fun, lighthearted escape. Soak up the sun and take in fantastic views of the Music City skyline from Fins Bar & Rooftop Pool. Make sure to grab a tropical frozen concoction for sipping and a few tasty bites from the bar. The hotel features 166 rooms and Sirius XM Station, Radio Margaritaville, broadcasts from its new studio in the lobby.
The “License to Chill” package includes two nights deluxe room accommodations, a $50 resort credit, welcome margaritas and your very own ‘License to Chill’ pass giving you exclusive access and discounts to some of the best attractions that Nashville has to offer.
“Come Monday It’ll Be Alright.” Long weekends mean you get to do it all and spend the last day of your stay relaxing in paradise. Linger longer by staying over on Sunday and enjoy 30 percent off and a late Monday check out with a minimum two night stay
OMNI NASHVILLE HOTEL
250 5th Avenue South
Located on Fifth Avenue between Demonbreun and Korean Veterans Boulevard, Omni Nashville Hotel’s design is a modern expression of the city’s distinct character, incorporating natural materials, exposed steel and regional limestone. The multi-story hotel and expanded museum share meeting and entertainment space and bring additional restaurants and retail venues to this dynamic destination in downtown Nashville.
Enjoy the heated rooftop pool until 6 p.m. daily. The dining scene is anchored by Bob’s Steak & Chop House, a nationally renowned steak house specializing in the finest corn-fed, Midwestern prime beef. Kitchen Notes serves traditional Southern dishes featuring farm-fresh sustainable fare from treasured family recipes.
When the time is right to plan your summer staycation, enjoy 30 percent off your stay at Omni Nashville Hotel. The offer is for new and current Select Guest Members of the Omni Loyalty program. Not a member? You can signup when reserving your room.
VIRGIN HOTELS NASHVILLE
One Music Square West
Modern, yet personalized experiences with all the trimmings of Southern hospitality reside at Virgin Hotels Nashville. Step inside and find your new favorite place in Music City – a hotel destination where the doors are never closed and the minds are always open. This captivating property is the last spot you’ll ever need with the best of food, work and play all at your fingertips.
Virgin Hotels’ unique two-chamber room design features optimal functionality to make your stay more comfortable. With sliding barn-style doors the separate the sleep and relaxation lounge from the dressing area, rooms work twice as hard so you can stay and play to your heart’s desire. Stand-alone vanity, ample storage, plugs in all the convenient places, yoga mats, and other surprising details aimed at making you feel better are part of everyone’s stay.
The Pool Club Rooftop & Bar features select cabanas and loungers. Enjoy a lush landscape, stunning pool, killer view of Nashville’s historic Music Row and surrounding areas, and plenty of ways to sip and savor the day away with refreshing food and drink options.
Tennessee residents get 35 percent off their stay at Virgin Hotels Nashville. Proof of residency required at check-in.
THE WESTIN NASHVILLE
807 Clark Place
The Westin Nashville straddles the line between downtown, Music City Center and The Gulch. But once on site, you may not want to leave. A soothing contrast to Nashville’s pulsing vibe, The Westin Nashville boasts 438 expansive rooms and suites over 28 floors with amenities guaranteed to delight. For optimal relaxation, revive and rejuvenate in Rhapsody Spa (services may be limited). Or maintain your exercise routine in the 24/7 Fitness Studio.
Decker & Dyer serves creative cuisine and features live entertainment. Oak Steakhouse is a modern take on the classic American steakhouse featuring a contemporary, chef-driven menu offering a variety of Prime Certifified Angus Beef® selections, small plates and entrees that celebrate fresh local ingredients. L27 showcases rooftop views, nourishing light bites and craft cocktails. And the rooftop pool, while small, is dramatic.
A wide range of offers are available including deep discounts, complimentary breakfast and complimentary cocktails and room upgrades.
GAYLORD OPRYLAND RESORT & CONVENTION CENTER
2800 Opryland Drive
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is the lone property on the list that is not situated in or near the central business district. But with its new SoundWaves water park, it’s a great time to visit the largest resort outside Las Vegas on the U.S. mainland.
SoundWaves is the nation’s first truly upscale indoor/outdoor resort water attraction, fusing music and water to create an exclusive modern oasis with something for everyone-from incredible thrill rides to relaxing indulgences. Attractions include tube slides, body slides, family raft ride, Rapid & Lazy Rivers, Double FlowRider, wave pool, dining options, cabanas, arcade and an adults-only pool and bar.
The indoor attractions are open year round. Seasonal outdoor attractions will be open daily through Labor Day, then Saturdays and Sundays only through September 27. While check-in time at Gaylord Opryland is 4 p.m., guests with the SoundWaves package may access the water attraction from the time it opens on the day of check-in until noon of the day of check-out. Think ahead and pack a smaller bag with bathing suits and a change of clothes, and store the rest of your luggage with Bell Services so you can enjoy the best of the upscale water attraction upon your arrival.
Davidson Country resident packages start at $219 for a family of four. Tennessee resident packages start at $232. Proof or residency is required upon arrival. Staycation packages exclusive of SoundWaves are also available.