Where to Stay in Downtown Nashville

From the Author: I’m the son-in-law of Joe Chambers, the founder of MHFM. I’ve also lived and worked in Nashville for 12+ years. I’m heavily involved with the museum, so when you visit, you might find me giving the odd tour or helping out wherever possible. If you have any questions, I respond quickly to comments. Come in and say hi!

When visitors ask us for suggestions on where to stay in Nashville, we have seven recommendations. 

We recommend the downtown area as it provides the most options for shopping, great food, attractions, music, and bars.

Of course, downtown isn’t the only option. If you prefer to stay in a quieter part of town, there are other areas like The Gulch, Music Row, or Music Valley near the Grand Ole Opry. Follow this link for a helpful guide on where to stay in Nashville for the first time.

Many fabulous hotels are available, but we have found that these stand out. We have had our guests, inductees, friends, or family stay there.

All these hotels are within walking distance of Nashville’s Downtown District, which includes Broadway, The Ryman Auditorium, museums, the Bridgestone Arena, and Nissan Stadium.

Townplace Inn & Suites Nashville

1. Townplace Inn & Suites

Talk about a fabulous location!

Townplace Inn & Suites is the newest hotel on this list and is across the street from the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum. It’s also an easy walk to Printers Alley.

It is a 15-20 minute walk to Broadway. The Hop-On-Hop-Off Trolley stops outside and will take you all over Nashville for a good price.

Convenitently, there is the Zepplin bar and Moonshot Coffee Bar.

You’ll also find it’s pet-friendly and has a late check-out of 12 pm (perfect for musicians 😉)

  • Stars: 4.5 / 5 Stars
  • Food: Zepplin for dinner and the Moonshot Coffee Bar.
  • Pet Policy: 1 pet up to 70lbs, $100 fee.

2. DoubleTree by Hilton

In the heart of downtown Nashville is the DoubleTree by Hilton. It sits between the Musicians Hall of Fame and Broadway. This means you have walkable access to the honky-tonks and bars, museums, the Capitol building, The Ryman Auditorium and more.

  • Stars: 4 / 5 Stars
  • Food: Starbucks in the lobby. Fourth & U serves Southern favorites, with live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
  • Pet Policy: Pet-friendly, fee of $75, 2 dogs per room.
Hotel Indigo Nashville
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3. Indigo Nashville

If you are more of a music history buff, you’ll probably like the Hotel Indigo because it will put you directly onto Printers Alley, a historic Nashville street. It’s also a beautiful hotel. 

Before Broadway was the main attraction, Printers Alley hosted great entertainers—artists like Chet Atkins, Jimi Hendrix, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, and more.

The Musicians Hall of Fame boasts the stage that Jimi Hendrix played on that was taken from a bar on Printers Alley that has since been torn down.

  • Stars: 3.5 / 5 Stars
  • Food: Onsite dining at The Countrypolitan Bar and Kitchen
  • Pet Policy: Dogs and cats of any size are allowed for a fee of $75.
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4.The Bankers Alley Hotel Nashville

The Bankers Alley Hotel (formally named 21c Museum Hotel) is a hotel that houses 21st-century art.

Like all hotels in this list, it is located in the heart of downtown. You can actually see the Nissan Stadium from it’s location. They are also just two blocks from Broadway. 

  • Stars: 4 / 5 stars
  • Food: Gray & Dudley is an in-house restaurant.
  • Pet Policy: Pet friendly! (Up to 50 lbs)
Dream Nashville
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5. Dream Hotel Nashville

Dream Hotel has the highly rated Stateside Kitchen on-site.

  • Stars: 4 / 5 stars
  • Food: Onsite dining at Stateside Kitchen.
  • Pet Policy: Must be less than 50 lbs. No fee.
Courtyard Marriott Nashville
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6. Courtyard Marriott

Situated on Printers Alley, it’s a prime location for people looking to be near Nashville’s entertainment.

  • Stars: 4 / 5 stars
  • Food: Onsite dining at Gannons and Starbucks.
  • Pet Policy: No pets allowed.
Hermitage Hotel Nashville
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7. Downtown Hermitage Hotel

The Hermitage is a Music City favorite having “hosted the greats, from Hank Williams to Owen Bradley to Patsy Cline to Johnny Cash. Years prior, hotel orchestra leader Francis Craig recorded a song titled “Near You,” which became America’s top selling record in 1947 and Music City’s first major hit! “

This luxurious hotel won’t disappoint you.

  • Stars: 5 / 5 stars
  • Food: Onsite dining at The Pink Hermit & Drusie & Darr.
  • Pet Policy: No restriction on pets. Fee of $150.
Alex Hawker

Alex Hawker

Hey. I’m Alex. I've been living in and writing about Nashville for over a decade now, and I'm excited to share all I've learned! Learn more about me here.

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