Need a break from reality but can’t make an actual vacation happen? Cue the staycation. Whether you’re a couple celebrating an anniversary, parents with a rare kid-free night, or a group of friends craving a weekend of pampering, here’s where to get away without leaving Nashville.
Top Spots for a Nashville Staycation
Marble tile floors, red oak doors and casings, Biodynamic in-room products, curated artwork, and Frette Italian bed linens are just a handful of the perks at Nashville’s luxury hotel, The Joseph. Enjoy listening to the selection of vinyls in your suite while you get ready for a nice dinner at the hotel’s on-site restaurant, Yolan.
From the captivating character of the Trade Room to the experimental cocktails at Hidden Bar, Noelle manages to offer a variety of experiences without leaving the building. The rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows (with a blackout shade option), 24-hour room service, complimentary coffee delivery, and bathrobes by local designer Han Starnes. If your pup needs to tag along, Noelle is also pet-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about boarding. For an elevated experience, snag Noelle’s two-bedroom penthouse—it has its own wet bar, soaking tub, and walk-in shower.
Have you ever wanted to live in a gorgeous Queen Anne Victorian mansion on the east side of town? Play pretend at Urban Cowboy, which originated in Brooklyn and brings some of that hipster funkiness to each suite in its Nashville location.
21c Museum Hotel
While the underbelly of Nashville’s 21c Museum Hotel comprises 10,500 square feet of thought-provoking art exhibitions, upstairs you’ll find a fully immersive artsy experience. Three of the hotel’s suites double as dreamy site-specific installations—painter Sebastiaan Bremer’s Sanctuary 21c, for example, is outfitted with both recording studio and visual arts studio (the other two suites were designed by actor Adrian Grenier and digital artist Yung Jake). Meanwhile, the Spa at 21c offers individual and made-for-two treatments that can also be done in the privacy of your room.
This historic house is a true B&B, with six cozy suites named after (and inspired by) former U.S. presidents. Make sure to venture downstairs for a locally sourced breakfast spread with Christie Cookie muffins, parfaits, homemade quiches, and Steadfast Coffee. The Germantown Inn’s amenities are five-star innkeeper.
Even if you have a pool in your backyard or at your apartment complex, there’s no way it beats the Westin’s picturesque rooftop infinity pool—the highest in the city. The hotel’s in-house Rhapsody Spa offers a couple’s massage package as well as luxe mani-pedi services for groups of friends.
A nightly wine hour, seasonal rooftop pool, and complimentary cruiser bikes are just the beginning of the Kimpton Aertson’s fun perks. The attached Henley restaurant is well equipped for all kinds of staycationers: Enjoy an anniversary dinner in the intimate Snooker Room, share a dim sum–style brunch with friends, or have an extravagant dessert delivered straight to your room. Reserve about two hours for the six-part Woodhouse Escape, a head-to-toe spa treatment that involves everything from a stone massage to acupressure.
Yes, there’s a serene way to experience the exploding Gulch neighborhood: from high above, through the Thompson’s floor-to-ceiling windows, while wearing a plush oversize robe. Downstairs, the double-duty Killebrew Coffee serves up baked treats in the morning and caffeinated cocktails on Saturday and Sunday nights. And the hotel’s swanky rooftop bar, LA Jackson, recently debuted large-batch cocktails—they’re perfect for groups looking to kick back.
SoBro Guest House
Don’t want to interact with other human beings at any point during your stay? Thanks to SoBro Guest House’s virtual check-in and concierge, everything you need is communicated via email and text. Each photogenic suite has a full-size kitchen that you can arrange to be stocked with your favorite groceries upon arrival, and the outdoor deck area encourages relaxing and sunbathing. Check the hotel’s website before booking, as they often offer discounts for locals.
“Relaxing” and “downtown” don’t have to be mutually exclusive. When you’re lounging by the Omni’s rooftop pool (or soaking in the whirlpool), you’ll easily forget that you’re just steps from Honky-Tonk Row. A few floors down, Mokara Spa’s Harmony Package is a couple’s dream, with 50-minute massages and 75-minute luxury pedicures—plus chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne—for two.
Staycationers at the Cambria are treated with Bluetooth-equipped bathrooms, suites with spacious sitting areas, and one of the only heated outdoor pools in town. A 9,400-square-foot restaurant called NashHouse Southern Spoon and Saloon features a large tap wall, a giant whiskey collection, private dining, and great local entertainment.
The upgrades at the Hutton are so new, you can smell them…or at least heard them. As of December 2017, music-minded staycationers can book time in the writers’ rooms designed by Dierks Bentley and One Republic’s Ryan Tedder—from instruments to a vocal booth, they’re stocked with everything you need to lay down a demo.