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Union Station Hotel
This Romanesque revival landmark with its iconic clock tower served as Nashville’s main train station from 1900 until the 1970s when train service was discontinued. The building sat vacant for decades, but it was restored to glory and reopened as a boutique hotel in 2016. The hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places, so the hoteliers retained pieces of the past, like an original arrivals and departures board and the solid wooden staircases. The public spaces are on a grand scale: The atrium lobby has painted barrel-vaulted ceilings, 100-year-old stained-glass skylights, bas-relief moldings, and sparkling chandeliers. In counterpoint, all 125 guest rooms are very contemporary, decorated in soothing tones of gray and neutral walnut, with cowhide headboards and custom ironwork lights. No two are the same shape or size, but all have flat-screen televisions and chaise longues in front of oversize windows.
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Union Station Hotel, Nashville
A former train terminal, the historic Union Station Hotel is worth a stay for its barrel-vaulted, stained glass ceiling alone. Other original details include a giant train schedule behind the front desk and sculptures that celebrate rail commerce, including one of an angel holding a glass of whiskey. From $239. 1001 Broadway, (615) 726-1001. This appeared in the October 2013 issue.
By April Kilcrease, AFAR Contributor
No longer serving passenger rail, Nashville’s Union Station became a hotel in 1986, and was completely renovated in 2007 to reflect its turn-of-the-twentieth-century grandeur. Alas, the train sheds are no longer, but the hotel and its property offer reminders of its bygone purpose. Located next to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and walking distance to midtown neighborhoods.
1001 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203, USA