A chic time-honored Nashville property
Walk into Nashville’s Union Station Hotel, and you will be transported into a bygone era of high society that valued glamorous travel. For more than 100 years, this 125-room hotel was a center for commerce in the south: trains steamed in and out of the station while travelers marveled at the beauty of the building’s hand-wrought iron railings, walnut beams, marble floors and stained-glass barrel-vaulted ceiling. Today, the elegance endures thanks to a painstaking 2007 renovation that restored the building and outfitted each individual room with custom furnishings, crisp white bed linens, and polished subway-tiled and marble bathrooms. Once another revitalizing project is complete in late 2015, the property will achieve even more of its former grandeur.
After exploring the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel’s intricate Romanesque architecture, sculptures and art, sip on a glass of wine and taste executive chef Konstantin Rubis' handiwork (like the seasonal heirloom tomato salad served with homemade burrata cheese) at Union Station’s onsite restaurant, Prime 108. Or head instead to The Lounge, a dimly lit, locally renowned bar, located in the train station’s former ticket counter, and opt for a signature cocktail (the 108 features local Corsair gin with ginger liqueur and muddled cucumber, lemon and fresh mint, topped with a bit of bubbly).