Best Boutique Hotels
Posted by Parks Marketing on Monday, February 20th, 2023 at 11:00am.
Do your plans for 2023 include a staycation in or getaway to Middle Tennessee? Then you must read on for our top picks for the Best Boutique Hotels in Nashville and the surrounding area. Whether you’re staying alone, heading out on a romantic stay for two, or bringing a group of ten, we have found the perfect place for you to lay your head.
While there’s nothing wrong with a stay at a national brand’s property, you have a rich selection of hotels with character to choose from when you stay in Nashville—and we think it would be a shame if you missed out!
819 Russell St | Nashville
The Russell is unique among our choices due to its location within a historic church in East Nashville—one originally constructed 115 years ago. Each of the 23 rooms housed within the hotel reflects the spot’s history. The church’s original brick walls, stained glass windows, and patinaed pews have been incorporated into the updated, airy design which, as a result, feels simultaneously fresh and beautifully faded.
There’s another significant, unique aspect that lies in The Russell’s business plan. Instead of being structured as an entirely for-profit enterprise, The Russell donates a sizable slice of their earnings to local ministries serving the unhoused people in our community. On average, one stay at The Russell gives a warm meal, hot shower, and safe bed for the night to 16 individuals.
210 4th Ave N | Nashville
Dream Nashville’s design was inspired by the Art Deco period, and each sumptuous detail of this expansive location harkens back to this glamorous time. The deep blue and crimson palette is Instagram-ready, while the saturated rugs and burl wood closets are luxuries included just for you.
Room service is available from brasserie-style Stateside Kitchen during the restaurant’s operating hours, and there are two bars within the hotel. On the weekends, brunch is hosted—and a live DJ is always in attendance.
130 2nd Ave N | Franklin
The Harpeth hotel is located along the Harpeth River in Franklin’s historic downtown. This brand-new building was designed so thoughtfully that it melds seamlessly into the fabric of the historic surroundings, giving all who stay here the opportunity to enjoy both a historic stay and fresh accommodations (complete with modern sound isolation.)
Choose from 119 rooms, each of which will offer plenty of space for you to lie back and relax in between your hours of exploration of this region’s history and culture.
The Harpeth’s bar and restaurant, 1799 Kitchen & Cocktails, boast a whiskey and bourbon list sure to impress, unique craft cocktails, and delectable eats. If you’re searching for your morning meal and fresh coffee, head to the hotel’s cafe, McGavock’s Coffee Bar & Provisions. Brunch is served here all day.
230 4th Ave N | Nashville
Thanks to its home on historic Printers Alley, Bobby Nashville is perfect for all who want to experience the vibrant Nashville music scene from the ideal distance to also achieve a peaceful night’s sleep.
The Bobby is home to the Union Tavern, Bobby’s Garage Bar, and the Rooftop Lounge, each of which are famous in turn for their delicious meals, strong drinks, and perfectly brewed cups of coffee drinks.
Hotel Bobby is also an artistic experience, with everything from the chandeliers and lighting fixtures to the bedside furniture reflecting unique, complex origins emerging from unions between unexpected parts. Keep a sharp eye out for the details during your stay!
Fairlane Hotel, by Oliver
401 Union St | Nashville
The building which now houses the Fairlane Hotel was first constructed in 1972, and the updated interior retains beautiful details preserved from the location’s mid-century origins. If you’re besotted with retro-modern, this is the spot for you.
The Fairlane is located in Nashville’s business and arts district, making it a central location for an eclectic array of our city’s events and offerings.
If you’re dining in-house, Ellington’s classic menu and craft cocktails will both comfort and surprise you with unexpected twists. Visit the rooftop bar, then head down to the lobby in the morning for freshly brewed coffee to start your day.
1603 Woodland St | Nashville
Located in East Nashville, Urban Cowboy’s Tennessee location is home to eight unique suites situated throughout a historic Victorian mansion. Get a taste of Nashville’s classic vibes in this curated space, and keep an eye out for unique items within the hotel’s décor.
Relax in your room’s clawfoot tub before you start your night, then head out back to the stable house to visit the Public House Bar. Here, craft cocktails are served alongside award-winning pizzas.
The rule governing all Urban Cowboy locations applies; all guests must be 21+ to stay.
The Dive Motel
1414 Dickerson Pike | Nashville
Located on the Old Buffalo Trail, The Dive Motel offers guests a stay in truly retro surroundings, and a swim in the motel’s (open to the public) pool, sauna, and hot tub. Choose from 23 rooms in the updated location of the historic Key Motel, which has hosted Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and other historic Nashville personalities once upon a time.
Each room features a disco ball and a Party Switch, so the fun that begins in the hotel’s retro bar can continue when you retire for the evening.
You’re welcome to bring your dog—just let the motel know you need a pet-friendly room when you book. Guests must be 21+ to stay. Coffee is not available on-site, and coffee makers are not featured in the rooms. We suggest making alternative plans for your morning caffeine rituals!
101 20th Ave N | Nashville
Graduate Nashville is located directly in the heart of Midtown, and features rooms that reflect the luxurious, yet tongue-in-cheek, funky flair that is uniquely Nashvillian. If you love the color pink, you’ll be in heaven at Graduate—check their Instagram to see just how true this is!
Booking a room here nets you more than a comfortable night’s sleep; head to the gym, explore the city on complimentary bicycles, and best of all, bring your pet to this flexible hotel.
Cross Eyed Critters is the hotel’s animatronic karaoke bar where you can flex your vocal talents. White Limozeen is the bar atop the hotel where you can enjoy views of the city’s skyline along with your perfect cocktail. In the morning, head down to Poindexter’s, the hotel’s cafe for unique coffee and tea concoctions.
401 President Ronald Reagan Wy | Nashville
While most of the hotels on our list are perfect for parties of one to four people, Bode is ideal for larger parties. Bode certainly offers accommodations for parties of one to two, and also has suites with two, three, and four bedrooms for larger parties.
Each room is modern, stylish, and features mobile-only interactions from check-in to check-out and for all your needs. This does mean that there is no staff available to interact with on-site, so a smartphone is a must.
When you’re traveling with your extended family or your bachelorette party, Bode has the space you need to relax and recharge without feeling cramped or crowded. The kitchen will be well-stocked, the furniture will be comfortable and homey, and the Dawn Cafe will have the delicious coffee you’ll want to kick off each wonderful day.
We hope our recommendations will be helpful to you for your next vacation, staycation, or opportunity to host friends and family from out of town. We believe Nashville is one of the best cities in the country, and each of these boutique hotels offer unique ways to experience staying here.