This Boutique Hotel Is Right Next to Nashville’s Famous Printers Alley

Everyone is off to Nashville. If you ask us, it’s the perfect domestic getaway: live music venues galore, insatiable southern food, and a relatively central location that makes it a convenient flight from a fair portion of the United States are a few reasons why.

When here, opt to stay at the Bobby Hotel. Its design is eclectic: a lobby chandelier constructed solely of car parts, marble columns, reclaimed artisan wood, planks, copper, brass, plus industrial metal like steel, titanium, and chains warmed over by herringbone wood, all collectively spawn the stay’s unpredictable decor. 

The 144 guestrooms exude spaciousness. The engaging décor in each quarter dons Rorschach ink blot carpeting, storied world maps inspired by musicians’ tour schedules, and bedside journals atop nightstands. Bathrooms are kitted out in glass pane walls and William Roam bath products.

Our favorite of the hotel’s four restaurants & bars is the Rooftop Lounge: an indoor-outdoor watering hole that hosts a 1956 retrofit science cruiser bus. Separate from the aforementioned and in tune with the ethos of “Music City,” Bobby’s Garage is the hotel’s destination for indie-rock concerts: a gritty-yet-upmarket atmosphere comprising a retractable stage illuminated via car headlights that’s best enjoyed with a dram of whiskey or pint of craft beer in hand. Those seeking a more chill experience should head to the French-inspired Café at Bobby or Union Tavern for global fare.

Noteworthy splendors include a rooftop pool, a top-line fitness center, and a small spa with three treatment rooms, courtesy of ESPA.

Another winsome feature is the Bobby Hotel’s location. It’s conveniently a quick walk from Downtown Nashville’s Printer’s Alley: an iconic street with oodles of live music venues and inviting neon-lit signs. Broadway is pretty close too. 

Top Takeaways

Location: Nashville, TN

Rating: Four-star

The vibe: A centrally-located, eclectic stay with unpredictable furnishings & fixtures around every corner.

Our favorite thing about the hotel: The rooftop’s retro science cruiser bus that dates back to 1956. It’s a beacon of the hotel’s unpredictable yet catchy decor. 

Food + Drink: There are four restaurants & bars. We’ll start with the one we love most: the Rooftop Lounge, an outdoor space hosting a 1956 retrofit science cruiser bus. There’s also Bobby’s Garage for live music, the French-inspired Café at Bobby, and last but not least, the convivial Union Tavern and its menu containing a hodgepodge of international dishes.

What’s nearby? Printer’s Alley, Broadway, Church Street Park, Johnny Cash Museum, Country Music Hall of Fame

Any neighborhood recs? You must live your best Southern food life and head to Hattie B’s Hot Chicken or Prince’s Hot Chicken for a juicy fried chicken sandwich, macaroni & cheese, fried pickles, and Southern iced tea. These illustrious, quick-to-grab eateries are a short amble from the hotel, on Broadway, an avenue, which, in addition to packing tasty Southern eateries, hosts a plethora of live music venues replete with local bands playing country hits and rock numbers, from Garth Brooks to Kid Rock. Want all our Nashville recs? Check out our full guide to “Music City” here.

Amenities: Pool, fitness center, restaurants, bars, complimentary wi-fi, 24-hour room service

Rooms: 144

Pricing: Rates start at $280/night

Closest Airport: Nashville International Airport

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