Dubbed “Music City,” Nashville, Tennessee, is one of the USA’s most exciting cities (and one of its fastest-growing too, tourism-wise). From its unending live music venues lining its most luminous thoroughfare Broadway to the city’s clutch of exceedingly delicious southern restaurants, there’s always something to do here, day & night.
Noelle Nashville should be on your radar when selecting a place to stay. The boutique hotel sits on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Church Street, right in the heart of Downtown.
Let’s start with the lobby: a thoughtfully arranged communal space for congregating guests. On one side is Drug Store Coffee, where you can snag a latte before your day exploring the town, and on the other, a gift shop selling trendy Tennessee-inspired wares; the space fronts the check-in desk. To the back, a soaring-ceilinged space hosts the open-lobby bar Trade Room, which shares a space with communal sitting areas kitted out in handsome swarthy-like furniture.
Built in 1930, the historic Art Deco structure was once Nashville’s tallest building. Whites, browns, greys, and blues dominate the interior, from the paint colors slathering walls to upholstered furnishings. Brass fixtures are a common sight that nods to the Art Deco era.
Each floor at the Noelle features the work of a local artist, with many of the pieces paying homage to the city’s rich ethos. Rooms are kitted out in that same masculine color palette and adorned with brass plus metallic splendors. Throw rugs inject coziness into fine hardwood floors and marble bathrooms.
Come sunny days, ascend to The Rare Bird rooftop terrace with its knockout cocktails and cityscape views. After some time on top of Nashville, descend to the basement and grab a meal at Makeready Libations & Liberation, which serves American fare with an emphasis on Southern provenance. And lastly, it would be amiss not to mention the hotel’s Hidden Bar, which gives off speakeasy energy (per the name).
Needless to say, if you’re headed to Nashville, the Noelle has it all, from its independent boutique hotel identity to its plethora of restaurants & bars, as well as handsome design fusing old Art Deco grandeur with modern features.
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
The Vibe: A handsomely dressed boutique hotel minutes away from Nashville’s heart-throbbing thoroughfare, Broadway.
Our favorite thing about the hotel: The hotel gift shop, Keep Shop. We love when hotel gift shops ooze cool while paying homage to their location. Keep Shop vends Southern-inspired clothing, accessories, and home goods curated from a selection of Nashville’s top fashion designers, makers, and artists.
Food + Drink: The hotel has five establishments, which include a front-of-hotel coffee shop, Drug Store Coffee; an open lobby bar, the Trade Room; a basement-located Southern restaurant, Makeready Libations & Liberations; and a rooftop deck & bar, The Rare Bird.
Amenities: Fitness center, gift shop, restaurants, bars, parking, room service, laundry, and Wi-Fi
Any neighborhood recs? There’s never been a more pressing statement on Hotels Above Par than the following: No trip to Nashville is complete without a trip 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. And lucky for guests, the hyper-famous spot is a ten-minute walk from the hotel on Broadway; a street which, in addition to packing tasty Southern eateries, hosts a plethora of live music venues that are abuzz with people (many of them drunk, on a bachelorette party, or both), local bands playing country hits and rock throwbacks, from Evanescence to Garth Brooks, and Kid Rock.
What’s Nearby? Broadway, its plethora of live music venues, National Museum of African American Music, and the Frist Art Museum.
Pricing: Rates start at $279
Is it ADA accessible?: Yes, with lifts.
Closest Airport: Nashville International Airport (BNA)
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