Job: 07/15/23 | July 15, 2023
Nashville is more than just a weekend getaway. While plenty of people come to party on honky tonk-lined Broadway Street, Nashville has more than just a bachlor/bachlorette spot. Tennessee’s capital has a decadent foodie scene, interesting museums, gorgeous parks, and laid-back neighborhoods with cozy cafes.
I always like to visit (it’s one of my favorite cities in the United States).
Since Nashville does not have a great public transportation system, when visiting it is important to plan ahead and research which neighborhood you want to stay in. Otherwise you will take a lot of expensive Ubers.
To help you narrow it down, here’s my breakdown of the best neighborhoods (plus accommodation options for each) so you know exactly where to stay in Nashville.
Where to Stay in Nashville for Sightseeing: SoBro
SoBro (South Broadway) is right in the middle of things, but not exactly in the noisy, bar-flanked part of Broadway. It’s also home to the Country Music Hall of Fame, one of the most popular (and must-see) sites. The only catch is that there aren’t many affordable accommodation options here. You pay a premium for the location, so keep that in mind when booking. If you want to stay in a nice central area but away from the craziness of famous Broadway, this is it!
Best places to stay in SoBro
- BUDGET: Predict — This is perfect for budget travelers who want a central location. Thus, the hotel has very comfortable rooms and a retro cafe where you can relax with a coffee. The staff are friendly. It is the best value for money in the region.
- MID-RANGE: SoBro bookmark — This beautiful hotel is right next to many of the city’s top attractions, including the Johnny Cash Museum and the Ryman Auditorium. The chic floors and furnishings are great, the beds comfortable and the staff super friendly.
- LUXURY: 1 Hotel Nashville — If you want a hotel with ambiance, this luxury property with a sustainable spirit has 56,000 plants scattered throughout the hotel, with spacious rooms adorned with wood-panelled walls. I’m a huge fan of this brand because their rooms are really nice, the beds super comfy, and the rain shower is great. If you have a bigger budget, stay here.
Where to Stay in Nashville for Families: Midtown
Midtown also has many of the city’s top attractions, such as the Frist Art Museum, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and the Belmont Mansion. Plus, you’ll find the city’s best green space: Centennial Park, where you can find a life-size model of Athens’ Parthenon. It is an ideal area for families because it is quiet, has many pedestrian streets and remains very central.
Best places to stay in Midtown
- BUDGET: Hampton Inn & Suites — This hotel is perfect for budget-conscious families. Located near Vanderbilt University, it’s pet-friendly, has a large pool, and breakfast is included.
- MID-RANGE: Hyatt House Nashville in Vanderbilt — A clean and comfortable three-star hotel right next to the university, the rooms are spacious and have blackout curtains to ensure a good night’s sleep. Love the perfect seasonal outdoor pool and free breakfast. This is a standard Hyatt property with a good value.
- LUXURY: The graduation — This boutique hotel features lots of bright colors, musical vibes and a retro theme. They have a Dolly Parton themed rooftop bar which is very cool. I love how their rooms are a mix of modern art vibes and old Southern B&B charm. It really is a unique place to stay.
Where to Stay in Nashville for Local Vibes: Five Points
Five Points, located across the river in East Nashville, is full of trendy dive bars, unpretentious (and excellent) restaurants, cutting-edge art galleries, independent boutiques and record stores, boutique shops vintage clothing, craft cocktail bars and third-wave coffee spots. There aren’t really any “curiosities” here. It’s more the atmosphere that attracts people. The neighborhood makes a fun base from which to explore the rest of the city during the day and then come ‘home’ in the evening to enjoy the evening atmosphere.
Best places to stay in Five Points
- BUDGET: Laid-back Waymore guesthouse and club – A cool, hip retro hotel, this is a good choice for travelers who want a quieter place to stay. The rooms are standard hotel rooms and there is nothing fancy about this place but it is super affordable!
- MID-RANGE: The Gallatin – This artsy boutique hotel has colorful Instagram-worthy walls adorned with local art and free snacks. I love the decor here, the comfortable beds and the friendly staff.
- LUXURY: The Russell — This charming property is located in an all-brick church from the early 20th century. Each room has a different decor, the beds are nice and it’s a colorful place. I like the attention to detail as well as the onsite bar. They also donate a portion of their profits to homeless shelters.
Where to stay in Nashville to party: Downtown
In the center of Nashville, Downtown, SoBro and Midtown intersect or overlap. For the purposes of this article, I’m using “Downtown” as the town strip of Lower Broadway: the part that goes down to the river and includes all the country and western bars. If you want to stay in the heart of all the action and be close to Nashville nightlife, this is where you want to be.
Best places to stay downtown
- BUDGET: The score — If you want to party on a budget, this property is the most affordable option downtown. Studios and one-bedroom apartments are available, and each unit has kitchens and washing machines.
- MID-RANGE: 21c — This elegant and artistic hotel is located in a building from 1900 and offers excellent value for money. Rooms feature hardwood floors and high ceilings, in-room coffeemakers, Malin + Goetz bath products, and original artwork on the walls. Its on-site restaurant serves contemporary Southern cuisine with a worldly twist. It is a very comfortable place to stay.
- LUXURY: Downtown Moxy — This hip hotel offers spacious rooms with full-size TVs, plenty of USB ports, high-end bath products, and the rooftop bar offers stunning views. A Marriott property (so everything here is pretty standardized), this is the nicest hotel downtown.
Nashville is a bit spread out so if you base it where you want to play and explore you won’t need a car. All of these neighborhoods are within walking distance and everything is a short Uber ride away (East Nashville). Midtown and SoBro are my favorite neighborhoods for quiet, value, and convenience.
Book your trip: logistical tips and tricks
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