Nashville is experiencing a surge in luxury hotel openings as the country music capital continues to gain worldwide recognition as a cultural epicenter for food and the arts. A hot spot for weekend getaways, bachelor and bachelorette parties and other types of convivial gatherings, Music City caters to all with its signature style of Southern hospitality. Opening June 29 and towering over West Broadway, Conrad Nashville stands as a beacon of the city’s future, upping the luxury standard for accommodations, food and drinks and more.
The 13-story Conrad Nashville, designed by Champalimaud Design, the group responsible for the 2019 renovation of Raffles Hotel Singapore, stands at the heart of the city in the new Broadwest development. Its prime location, at Broadway and West End Avenue, puts you at the center of the action: it’s a half-mile from Music Row and Vanderbilt University, with Bridgestone Arena, Music City Center, Nissan Stadium and First Horizon Park less than three miles away.
The hotel serves as a microcosm of everything that Nashville does best — layering in luxury hospitality with 234 guest rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and incredible views. Here are more reasons why it’s worth a visit:
After the car pulls into the U-shaped drive, you’ll enter the impressive lobby.
Conrad Nashville serves as a canvas for the visual interpretation of music itself — soft edges, free-flowing forms and poetic details accent the public and private spaces. Works by regional artists — including Ed Nash, Natalie Dunham, Jerry Atnip, McKenzie Dove, Marc Boyson, Jocelyn Limmer, Robert Rector and KJ Schumacher — decorate the property. And you can get a feel for it all in the double-height lobby.
In a nod to a grand hotel tradition, a spiral staircase dances between lobby floors. The reception area, hued in mahogany, is flooded with light thanks to the top-to-bottom windows. Another warm touch is a baby grand piano, which serves as the lobby’s focal point, along with a grand fireplace. Take in the atmosphere in the lobby’s Lounge at Blue Aster with a classic cocktail, afternoon tea or a pour from the thousands of wine bottles lining the walls.
Conrad Nashville offers multiple places to eat and drink, each of which contributes a unique experience.
Blue Aster — named after the Tennessee wildflower, known for its unique star shape symbolizing love, wisdom and charm — serves seafood-centric American cuisine with Southern flavors. The seasonal breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menus focus heavily on farm-to-table fare, sourcing ingredients from local and regional purveyors. The hot stone ahi tuna and mac and cheese waffles are especially poised to gain a following.
The dining room is adorned in lights that resemble small clusters of eggs and provide a stark contrast to the copper and blue tones throughout and the indigo-tiled open kitchen.
On the hotel’s third floor, Thistle & Rye is a whiskey bar featuring shareable, globally-inspired small plates. Listen to live music and order cocktails on the patio overlooking downtown Nashville. Then nosh on international bites, like pork belly bao, alongside local favorites, like hot chicken sliders.
Executive chef Dwayne Edwards, a Ritz-Carlton alum, and director of food and beverage Jean-Christophe Le Varrat, formerly of Casa del Mar and Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, round out Conrad Nashville’s royal food and beverage court.
The Recreation Deck
Discover the southwest-facing pool deck next to Thistle & Rye with stunning views of the Nashville skyline. Open seasonally, the pool offers both loungers and cabanas to relax in while enjoying the glistening sunbathing area. In between dips, cool off with housemade gelato or gourmet ice pops.
The third floor also is home to the fitness area with floor-to-ceiling windows to let in the natural light, with a connecting outdoor space for open-air training or yoga.
The Meeting Space
Conrad Nashville has more than 17,000 square feet of multi-purpose event space for meetings, social gatherings and weddings. In the ballroom, sparkling lighting fixtures resemble gliding birds and hand-carved friezes adorn the walls. Adjacent to the chicly designed ballroom, a 4,000-square-foot terrace with a living wall serves as an inviting outdoor venue.
Accommodations range from 450 to 3,000 square feet, and there are 38 with balconies. Sweeping headboards lead the eye across the white walls to seating spaces, bespoke sconces, draperies and wave-patterned carpets. Local artworks harmonize with dark woods, blues, neutrals, leathers and bronze to capture the city’s spirit. The plush duvets, Frette linens, sumptuous Byredo bathroom amenities, rain showers and soaking tubs will entice return visits. Tailor the room to your liking by using the integrated single-touch technology panels to set the lights and adjust the curtains.
Premium Rooms offer amplified space, including oversized bathrooms — some even have corner views, which give a superb look at Vanderbilt University.
The Wellness Rooms stand out for travelers who prefer to work out in the privacy of their own enclave. They come equipped with a Peloton bike, Echelon Reflect Fitness Mirror, free weights, yoga mat, a minibar filled with low-sugar snacks and wellness drinks, AtmosAir air purification machines and customized aromatherapy by ZENTS.
The 24 suites elevate the experience with spacious living areas, floor-to-ceiling windows, standalone soaking tubs and extravagant dress rooms with large closets and full-length mirrors. As the suites get bigger, so do the closets, bathrooms and dining room tables. The largest is the Grand Suite with three bedrooms, a dining table that seats 10, a theater and a butler’s pantry.
Expect 24-hour room service to complement the restaurants and bars of the Nashville hotel. As a bonus, the housekeeping team is fully cordless in the light and airy corridors.
From every angle, Conrad Nashville represents a new chapter in Music City’s storied hospitality-driven past.