Photo by Tim Williams, courtesy of Hutton Hotel
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 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 WestEnd Coffee 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. Also on-site is a 5,000-square-foot music venue called Analog, complete with creative cocktails, local art, and top performers, as well as the Writers Studios, which come stocked with state-of-the-art equipment for laying down your newest track.
By Sunshine Flint, AFAR Contributor
Elegant and Modern
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.
By Jennifer Justus, AFAR Local Expert
2506, 1808 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203, USA