The Hermitage Hotel

Nashville's hip and historic gem
VERIFIED LUXURY
First opened in 1910 and saved from destruction at the turn of the millennium, the glorious Hermitage Hotel offers white-glove service and plenty of opportunities to indulge. Its lobby is magnificent, with vaulted stained glass ceilings and arches decorated with frescoes and intricate stonework. The spacious guest rooms at this Five-Star hotel are filled with elegant traditional furnishings, and modernized bathrooms with soaking tubs and flat-screen TVs. On the lower level, there's Capitol Grille, where executive chef Tyler Brown serves a menu of updated Southern recipes. The adjacent Oak Bar, with its emerald-green club chairs and dark wood paneling, is a top spot for relaxing before or after dinner.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
•Those traveling to Nashville from more aloof locales might find themselves taken aback by the genuinely outgoing and helpful staff. The angle is simply to share with each guest the charms of the historic hotel at which they work and the unique, music-focused city of Nashville.

•The Hermitage Hotel first opened its doors in 1910 and was for years the premier place to stay in Nashville. The grand structure came dangerously close to being torn down at the turn of the millennium, after years of neglect left it in sorry shape, but an investment group bought the building and renovated it, maintaining the grand character while modernizing the building.

•The Hermitage had 250 rooms when it opened in 1910; today it has 122. The building’s 2003 renovation was devoted to creating room sizes that modern travelers have come to expect, and that means building spacious bathrooms – marble clad, light and airy with separate water closets, soaking tubs and flat-screen TVs.

•From the locally-produced treats by Nashville chocolatier Olive & Sinclair that are left at turndown to the goods in the onsite shop Rachel’s Gifts, The Hermitage is devoted to supporting local businesses. So you won’t have to venture far to find a unique souvenir to bring home.

•The hotel's onsite Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant, Capitol Grille, is where you'll find a menu of updated Southern recipes made with only fresh, sustainable and organic-whenever-possible ingredients. Hitting the Oak Bar after a meal for a few sips of bourbon – its 130-bottle library houses the largest collection in the city – is a local obsession.
Things to Know
•Nashville is not a formal, uptight city, ergo The Hermitage Hotel is not a stuffy hotel. Rather, this historic hotel wears its luxury with ease, delivering services and amenities that are inclusive and approachable.

•You’ll want to take the menus from the hotel’s restaurant, the Capitol Grille, and bar, the Oak Bar, home to be framed and displayed on a wall for your houseguests to admire. Printed and designed by Hatch Show Print, one of the country’s oldest working letterpress shops that has been operating in Nashville since 1879, the menus are quintessential, iconic Nashville.

•The men’s bathroom outside the Oak Bar, which has been named by many organizations one of America’s best bathrooms, was renovated in the 1930s when Art Deco was all the rage. The spacious room’s ornate lime-green and black tiles have been well-preserved; even ladies will want to take a peak at this period masterpiece.

•Hiking boots will come in handy if you plan on hitting one of the many trails and parks just outside Nashville. See for yourself why middle Tennessee is known as a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.

•In keeping with a deep respect for Nashville and the state of Tennessee, The Hermitage Hotel is committed to preserving the region’s heritage and bountiful landscapes. In 2012, the hotel purchased 250 acres of farmland with the directive to produce and harvest its own sustainable crops. This ethos of protecting the state’s historic surroundings has been fostered through a relationship with The Land Trust for Tennessee and Gardens at Glen Leven that has contributed more than $700,000 to the Land Trust and assured preservation of more than 5,000 acres of the state’s untouched land.

•While summers in Nashville are usually steamy and humid, it’s also when you’ll see major draws like the CMA Music Festival and downtown Nashville’s Fourth of July festivities. Otherwise, spring and fall are excellent times for those who enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and dining alfresco.
The Rooms
•When you walk into your guest room at The Hermitage Hotel, Tennessee’s only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel, you will feel right at home — literally. You’ll immediately be greeted by pleasant elemental music and tons of natural lighting that make the room feel warm and lived-in.

•Incredibly spacious (the average guest room is 500 to 650 square feet), your room will be tastefully decorated with warm wood furniture and textured fabrics on the beds, desk chairs, couches and armchairs.

•Make sure you leave plenty of time to get a good night’s sleep, because you just may never want to leave your custom-made pillow-top bed — it’s fitted with luxurious 600-thread count Italian linens from Frette. Picky about your head rest? The Hermitage guests are welcome to choose from a pillow menu that includes buckwheat, memory foam, latex and down options.

•Any traveling fashionista will be pleased with the large closet that’s in every room and holds a plush microfiber robe and even a large umbrella. Complimentary Wi-Fi keeps you in touch with the world when you’re on the go, and your huge marble bathroom with a deep-soaking tub can help you tune out that world when you want to lighten your load.

•Like a room with a view? Ask for a guest room at the luxury Nashville hotel that overlooks Tennessee’s nearby Greek-inspired State Capitol Building and the other rooms offer Nashville city views, so you really can’t go wrong.
Nearby Attractions
•They don’t call Nashville Music City for nothing. The famous Second Avenue and Broadway Entertainment Districts are a must-see for country music lovers, so be sure to hit up popular spots like Robert’s Western World and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.

•Known as the Mother Church of Country Music, the Ryman Auditorium is the former home of the Grand Ole Opry and boasts a stage that’s been in use since the 1890s. Enjoy a show, take a self-guided tour and be sure to take a walk across the street to stop at The Country Music Hall of Fame.

•Nashville is home to an increasingly vibrant art scene, anchored by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, which has an exhibit schedule that brings new art through its halls every six to eight weeks. For even more art, walk one block to the Fifth Avenue of the Arts, where numerous galleries are clustered.

•Many of the rooms at this luxury Nashville hotel have stunning views of the Tennessee State Capitol building, but if you want a closer look, just walk over to Legislative Plaza and take a tour. Completed in 1859 and designed by noted architect William Strickland, the Capitol was modeled after a Greek temple.

•Downtown Nashville is home to two stadiums on either side of the Cumberland River: the Tennessee Titans play at the giant LP Field, and the Nashville Predators play at the Bridgestone Arena. So whether you’re a football or a hockey fan, you can get on your gear and root for the home team.
Getting There
213 Sixth Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee 37219
TEL615-345-7116
NEARBY AIRPORT(S)
BNA (14-20 min)  
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