When I come back from a trip, the first thing I want to do is blog about it and my body only wants me to sleep and be unproductive. It's taken me a while to get back into the swing of things after being at an out-of-state conference, hosting family for a couple days, then backing that up with an all-weekend tournament. I'm here now, web! Ready to share my Nashville adventures.
Although I've been to Nashville before, I'd never stayed in the downtown area. For our conference, we were booked at the DoubleTree by Hilton just a few blocks from where our sessions would be held each day (and really, just a few blocks from all kinds of amazing stuff!) When you're greeted with rustic chic pink and green furniture in the lobby, you know you're in the right spot!
True to Music City form, the hotel had touches of country music and historical Nashville art and decorations. I know there's a ton more to Nashville than good old country music, but it's fun to have decor play on the theme of the city. When you've got a reason for tourists to love you, use it up!
Our rooms were modern and new, complete with a leather-looking wall. Beds were as comfy as you want a bed to be and I so wish I could have taken all those pillows with me! Hotel pillows are just always better than home pillows, right? Maybe I should have checked the tags to see where to buy my next set! Yep, I'm definitely missing those pillows. Anybody have any pillow suggestions for me?
Along with the pillows, it doesn't get any better than hotel room coffee. I'm telling y'all, I've never had a bad cup in my hotel rooms. They also had a few different teas for me to try, as well as plenty of sugars and creams. Morning necessities!
Perhaps the best part of staying at the DoubleTree is the delicious warm chocolate chip cookie they give you when you check in. Hot off the press, it was such a treat to indulge in after flying and driving and getting to where we needed to be with all our luggage. Plus, sometimes late at night if you ask really nicely, they may just give you another one (even if you're not checking in).
Not every view can be great, of course, but I was really pleased with mine. From my room on the third floor, I could see the giant arrow painting leading me to historical Printers Alley, which had some amazing live music when I passed by. Really, that arrow lead to a lot of the cool hot spots downtown! A Nashville beacon of sorts.
Here's some other fun places to visit within walking distance of the DoubleTree:
- Ryman Auditorium - 8-minute walk, 0.4 miles
- Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park - 9-minute walk, 0.5 miles
- Riverfront Station - 11-minute walk, 0.6 miles
- Country Music Hall of Fame - 11-minte walk, 0.6 miles
- Nashville Farmers' Market - 13-minute walk, 0.7 miles
- Music City Center - 15-minute walk, 0.7 miles
- The Frist Center for Visual Arts - 16-minute walk, 0.8 miles
I loved the whole vibe that the DoubleTree had going on. I mean, that light fixture is straight up out of the shabby chic Pinterest handbook. It's great to be in an environment that was intentionally styled, unlike a lot of places you can stay in with generic "hotel" characteristics. It was like being in a boutique hotel, but on a MUCH larger scale.
I really enjoyed my time at the DoubleTree in Downtown Nashville. I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting or needing a quick getaway. If only I could have packed up my husband and brought him there too...I probably would have stayed forever!