Because the exterior of this Midtown hotel won’t win any design awards—it previously housed an insurance company—the art-filled, wood-accented lobby and chic and charming interior decor provide a pleasant surprise. The Hutton was a game-changer for the city when it opened in 2009. It manages to exude down-home charm in a very modern way: The friendly sit-down check-in coupled with the swift service at the lobby’s Java Bar make it a favorite of touring musicians and visiting celebrities. The oversize rooms are decorated in neutral fabrics, leather furniture, and pops of red—and some rooms are kitted out with a Peloton stationary bike, so you don’t even have to hit the fitness center to work out.
Sitting between Vanderbilt University and downtown, this hotel has a sleek yet warm vibe that draws tourists for the stay and locals for the popular happy hour (try the burger) and stellar restaurant 1808 Grille led by Chef Charles Phillips. The menu draws from a myriad of international cuisines, using seasonal produce but keeping its Southern roots at heart.