The best hotels in Nashville

Get the Full StoryNashville is legendary for its honky tonk bars, country music scene, and gourmet southern food.

The city has experienced massive growth, including new hotels regularly popping up and giving travelers more options than ever, from colorful rooms set inside a 115-year-old church to chic stays with rooftop pools and sweeping city views.

We chose top hotels based on several factors including our own travel experiences, a range of price points attainable to the average traveler, along with research using reviews and rankings from past guests on sites such as Trip Advisor and Booking.com.

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Line dancing in cowboy boots, throwing back pints in boisterous honky tonks, and listening to the next big country music stars before they're discovered all put Nashville on the map as a top US vacation destination.

Despite huge recent growth that includes new buzzy, award-winning restaurants, even more pubs and cocktail lounges, a booming art scene, and bachelor and bachelorette parties descending in droves, the city has managed to keep its small-town feel and charm.

As part of that growth, new hotels seem to pop up daily, offering travelers a wide range of properties strewn across various neighborhoods, each with their own vibe. Travelers can sleep in colorful, budget-friendly rooms in a repurposed church, sip whiskey cocktails while dangling their toes in rooftop pools, or listen to live music perched in a converted Greyhound bus.

Prefer an Airbnb? Read our list of the best Airbnbs in Nashville here.

We've done the leg work sorting through over a hundred properties and picked Nashville's top hotels based on our own travel experiences, past traveler reviews and rankings on Trip Advisor and Booking.com, as well as factoring in prices that are accessible to the average traveler, with rooms starting between 144 and 356 in low season.

Additionally, we looked for buildings with unique history, standout design details, local touches such as music or gourmand amenities, and extra guest perks for a special stay in Music City. All hotels have an 8.5 or above on Booking.com, and at least 4 out of 5-stars on Trip Advisor. Starting prices are based on time of publishing, and subject to change.

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Here are the best hotels in Nashville, sorted by price from low to high.The Russell

Book The Russell starting at 144 per night

One of the most unique boutique hotels in the city, The Russell is housed in a 115-year-old church in East Nashville. The hotel design highlights many of the church's original features, like a stunning stained glass window in the lobby and old pews repurposed as headboards. The rest of the decor is bright and colorful, with red-tiled bathrooms, pink walls, and furniture painted in rainbow hues. Room choices range from Standard King to Queen bunk beds, or a Tower Suite with the bed positioned where the old bells of the Church originally hung.

One aspect that really sets The Russell apart from other hotels in the area, however, is the owners' mission to give back to the community. A percentage of every night's stay is donated to local nonprofits that help Nashville's homeless. In fact, the average stay provides 16 beds and warm meals at local homeless shelters.

While East Nashville is a trendy neighborhood full of restaurants, bars, and murals, the hotel itself doesn't have any on-site amenities like a restaurant, gym, or spa.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 out of 54 specialty hotels in Nashville

Booking.com Rating: 9.6 out of 10

Pros: A colorful, unique boutique hotel housed in an old church that donates a percentage of every night's stay to causes that support the city's homeless.

Cons: There are no on-site amenities or restaurants, and the hotel is not located in the main downtown area.

21c Museum Hotel Nashville

Book 21c Museum Hotel starting at 193 per night

It's all about culture at this hotel that doubles as a contemporary art museum. The on-site galleries are open every day and completely free to visit. The standard guest rooms aren't as distinctive as you might expect from an art museum hotel, but they all have wood floors, high ceilings, contemporary furnishings, and original artwork on display.

Upgraded rooms feel more special. The Terrace Suites on the 8th floor feature semi-private patios with sweeping views, but the real magic happens in the whimsical Artists Suites. Created as installations you can sleep in, one has its own recording studio, another is decked out in photographs and prints exploring the intersection of celebrity and identity, and a third is bright green and features art and videos by artist rapper Yung Jake.

The on-site restaurant serves locally-sourced, elevated comfort food favorites. In typical fashion, the dining area also serves as an additional exhibition space with a new artist's work showcased every few months. There's also a fitness center with Peloton bikes and other equipment, as well as a business center.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 14 out of 192 hotels in Nashville

Booking.com Rating: 9.3 out of 10

Pros: Ideal for art and culture-lovers, this 124-room property doubles as a contemporary art museum with rotating exhibits.

Cons: Standard Deluxe King rooms start small at 263 square feet, and while all the rooms do feature original artwork, you have to upgrade to the Artist Suites to stay in a room with real character.

Bode Nashville

Book Bode Nashville starting at 199 per night

A chic and stylish property located right downtown, Bode is within easy walking distance to many of Nashville's top spots. The decor has a modern Bohemian feel with leather couches, exposed light bulbs, and woven, dream catcher-like design details.

Entry-level Pocket rooms start at just 200 square feet and are a good option for solo travelers and couples looking for a cheaper downtown stay. But the hotel also features two-, three-, and four-bedroom floor plans that are ideal for families and groups and come with kitchens, living rooms, and sometimes balconies or even backyards.

The property places an emphasis on community spaces, and the backyard lawn is a fun spot to host a group barbecue while playing cornhole or hanging out at the firepit. Bode also has its own stage and frequently hosts events and concerts. Grab a light breakfast or stock up on drink-making supplies at the on-site cafe and market, or finish your evening off at the hotel's Neighborhood Pub.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 2 out of 54 specialty hotels in Nashville

Booking.com Rating: 8.8 out of 10

Pros: A budget-friendly downtown option for solo travelers and couples that also caters to families and groups with one- to four-bedroom options that include kitchens and backyards.

Cons: Entry-level Pocket rooms are small with only the most basic in-room amenities.

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