Cool and Unusual Hotels in Nashville

Top 20 Cool And Unique Hotels In Nashville 2023

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The ultimate pilgrimage for country music lovers everywhere, Nashville attracts millions of yearly toe-tapping, cowboy-booted party-loving visitors.

A Southern city with a big heart and huge amounts of soul, the musical Mecca is easily one of America’s most fun – and hip – places to visit.

It’s also home to many hip and characterful neighborhoods where quirky galleries rub shoulders with thrift stores and stylish restaurants. In a hip city like this, you’ll be in for a treat if you stay in one of their amazing hotels.

From retro-chic boutiques to grand and modern celebrity haunts, here are my favorite cool and unique hotels in  Nashville, Tennessee, which will make your stay even more special (in no particular order)

Best For Instagrammable Vibe

Westin Hotel

Westin Hotel - one of the best places to stay in Nashville

Westin Hotel - one of the best places to stay in Nashville

Westin Hotel - one of the hottest new hotels in Nashville

Located just across the street from the famous Music City Centre, the 4-star exceptionally rated Westin Hotel Nashville is a modern-looking high-rise hotel that offers mid-level luxury accommodation.

With cozy bedrooms that feature Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, the decor is funky and contemporary but never dull. If you opt for one of their truly exceptional suites, you can enjoy your private living room, whirlpool, and butler service, while some even offer a pool table for a traditional Nashville sporting vibe.

Visitors can dine out at the Decker & Dyer restaurant and bar, gaze at art on the onsite contemporary art gallery, workout at the hotel’s private fitness center, sip on craft cocktails around the trendy-looking rooftop swimming pool or shed some stress at the Rhapsody Spa – wonderful!


Unique artwork and stunning views

Spa and striking indoor and outdoor pools

On-site trendy restaurant and bar


Breakfast isn’t included in room rate

Best For Millennials and Gen Zs

The Graduate

Graduate Hotel Nashville

Quirky hotel in Nashville

Fun hotel in Nashville

This hugely popular quirky hotel brand has hotels located in university cities all across the US.

The Nashville version is located in a lively neighborhood in the Heart of Midtown surrounded by trendy bars and cafes, is a lot of fun with a funky, vibrant and colorful design.

The fun and unique rooms at the Graduate Nashville feature electric retro decor with upbeat, floral furnishings, sitting areas, Wi-Fi,  flat-screen TVs, and minifridges.

Other fun stand features include an animatronic karaoke room, a ritzy cafe complete with funky velvet seats, a rooftop restaurant offering amazing city views and a swimming pool and bar, a 24-hour gym, and complimentary loaner bikes.

A very popular and unforgettable hotel and with good reason!


On-site restaurant and trendy rooftop bar

Fitness center and fun karaoke bar


Parking is extra and costly

Best For Funky Vibe

Moxy Downtown

Music themed hotel in Nashville

Moxy Nashville Downtown

New hotel in Nashville

When you want to be right where the music is, the new Moxy Nashville Downtown on Honky Tonk Row/Lower Broadway is the place to stay.

You’re near the famed Johnny Cash/Patsy Cline Museum, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Bridgestone Arena and all the fun bars and clubs.

The decor is typical upbeat Moxy with a Nashville twist, so you’ll see plenty of music-related artwork and accent pieces. The urban-chic rooms have exposed brick walls, super-comfy beds and all the tech you could need.

There’s an ironing room and a fitness center to keep you in shape and the Bar Moxy with live music and coffee or cocktails. The Moxy Rooftop restaurant serves upscale American and Southern favorites.


A fun vibe with a music-theme

Great downtown location near Johnny Cash Museum

Hip on-site bar with live music

Rooftop patio for cocktails and views

Best For Hipsters

The Dive Motel & Swim Club

A trendy hotel in Nashville

The Dive Motel & Swim Club - a hip adult's only hotel in Nashville

One of the best and most unique places to stay in Nashville, this laid-back, friendly boutique hotel located on Nashville’s Dickerson Pike is highly affordable compared to many of the more upscale boutique hotels in the city.

The cool hotel has a classic motel-like vibe, featuring vintage furniture and retro ornamental pieces, including shiny disco balls in many bedrooms and communal areas.

But The Dive Hotel and Swim Club offers much more than just the basic motel amenities. An on-site dive bar is available for food and drink seven days a week.

The swimming pool has a sunbathing terrace for lounging in summer. And there’s even a late-night kitchen.

The bar, pool, and kitchen are open to the general public – a great opportunity to have a chat with some of the friendly locals.


Hip retro-chic decor and vibe

Onsite outdoor swimming pool

restaurant and late-night kitchen

Individually designed rooms


Breakfast isn’t included

Party vibe not aimed at all ages

Best For Families

Gaylord Opryland Resort

Gaylord Opryland Resort - one of the best hotels to stay in Nashville

Gaylord Opryland Resort - a unique upscale resort hotel in Nashville

This huge and famous resort hotel is just a 14-minute walk from the Grand Ole Opry and the kind of upscale accommodation you would expect in any upmarket American hotel.

The 4-star, exceptionally rated Gaylord Opryland Resort is set under a sprawling and extraordinary glass atrium that has to be seen to be believed and the rooms are stylish and modern.

Part Nashville, part Disneyland, the unique Nashville hotel itself is grand and opulent and offers a ton of facilities to visitors to enjoy.

With over 15 different bars and restaurants to sample, you may never need to leave the compound – but please do; you are in Nashville after all!

There is also an exercise room, an 18-hole golf course, two outdoor pools, an indoor pool, over 9 acres of gardens and even ballrooms. Big and bold, even by Nashville standards, the Gaylord Opryland Resort offers everything you need under one roof!


unique and upscale resort

Striking glass atrium and indoor garden

Award-winning restaurant and bar

Indoor and outdoor swimming pools

and rivers and waterfalls

Best For Boutique


Instagrammable hotels in Nashville

Upscale hotel in Nashville

Design hotel in Nashville

This swanky boutique hotel is a destination in itself, right next to historic Printer’s Alley and near the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Ryman Auditorium, the Frist Art Museum, Bridgestone Arena, Nissan Stadium, and the Broadway strip.

Live music and pop-up events attract locals and guests at the experiential nightclub Dirty Little Secret and the Snitch Speakeasy.

Popular restaurants and bars at Dream Nashville include Stateside Kitchen, Natura Nashville, Vatos Tacos and the Parlour Bar are all favorite hangouts.

Dream Nashville is a design landmark too, with two linked historic buildings merging the Art Deco style and high ceilings with perfectly harmonized decor balancing dark and bright jewel tones.

The rooms combine classic and contemporary design, and if you want to go big you can stay in The Guest House or the Terrace Suite which has an outdoor grill and a special BBQ Butler.


Striking and Instaworthy boutique design

Uniquely housed in historic buildings

Six onsite dining and nightlife options


Parking is offsite and priced extra

Breakfast isn’t included

Best For Couples

Union Station Hotel

Union Station Hotel - one of the coolest places to stay in Nashville

Union Station Hotel - the coolest places to stay in Nashville

This turn-of-the-century iconic historic building is a part of the fabric of Nashville. The barrel-vaulted, historical train station offers characterful and utterly unique accommodation in Nashville that perfectly blends vintage Americana with modern convenience.

The 4-star highly regarded Union Station Hotel (which is part of the prestigious Autograph collection) sits on Broadway and is within an easy walking distance of the Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Ascend Amphitheatre, while still being somehow tucked away from the noise of all-night parties and late-night revelers.

Every bedroom at this trendsetting Nashville accommodation offers great tech and is different from the next due to the unusual shape of the building.

They all offer sumptuous touches such as funky cowhide pattern headboards and vintage pieces that reflect true Nashville charm and splendor! Wonderful!


Stunning and unique stay located in former historic station

Great location in downtown Nashville’s Music City

On-site trendy restaurant and bar

Best For Rooftop Bar

Virgin Hotel

Virgin Hotels Nashville

Sexy hotel in Nashville

Fun boutique hotel in Nashville

This new and popular large Nashville hotel is located on Nashville’s historic Music Row. The outside is very impressive all sleek and modern with plenty of glass and the inside is also very striking with an upbeat vibe.

The design at the Virgin Hotels Nashville is contemporary with trendy stand-out features and amenities including the signature Virgin Commons Club perfect area for working or relaxing and includes the ‘Funny Library’, the “Kitchen” dining experience, the Club Bar and Lounge, the ‘Shag Room.’

Other highlights include the Pool Club which offers a rooftop bar, an infinity-edge pool and incredible views, an exercise room, and chic guest rooms complete with minibars, flat screens TVs, Wi-Fi, and sitting areas.


Chic and trendy vibe and design

On-site hip restaurant and bar

14th floor stunning rooftop pool

Fitness center and incredible city views


Breakfast isn’t included in room rate

Parking is extra daily rate

Best For Trendy Design


Thompson Nashville

Thompson Nashville - one of the best boutique hotels in Nashville

Thompson Nashville - a cool boutique hotel in Nashville

Set the very same block as the beloved Bluegrass music venue, The Station Inn, the 4-star exceptionally rated Thompson Nashville is an energetic new hotel located in the ultra-hip Gulch neighborhood.

The trendy interiors are resplending with Southern charm and offer floor-to-ceiling windows for amazing views across Music City.

The sleek contemporary design is softened with hardwood floors, sliding barn doors, and premium linens.

There are many romantic hotels in Nashville but this is one of the best and upgraded rooms and suites feature funky claw-foot tubs, wet bars, and living areas.

The spirit of Nashville is alive and well in the fun rooftop bar, perfect for sipping on cocktails, while funky modern in-house restaurant promises a farm-fresh menu using locally sourced, artisanal produce.

This ultra-stylish Nashville hotel is also perfectly situated for visiting all of the major attractions in the city if you can prise yourself away of course!


Stunning rooftop bar with craft beers and cocktails

Hipster-friendly location in Downtown Nashville

Floor-to-ceiling windows in rooms

Trendy on-site restaurant

Best For Partying

W Nashville

Celebrity hotels in Nashville

Funky hotel in Nashville

W Hotel Nashville

Located in the revitalized former railroad yard neighborhood of The Gulch, W Nashville is close to all the happenings in the LEED-certified community with live music, street art murals, breweries and delicious southern food like Nashville Hot Chicken and biscuits.

The highly Instagrammable hotel interiors are highlighted with music and Music City-related artwork. A print of the specially-commissioned Southern Skies by FAILE hangs in every room, celebrating the tough and gritty road to success in the world of music.

The luxurious rooms, some with balconies, have stunning city views. There’s a fitness center and the WET Deck with its swimming pool, private cabanas, bar and music with DJs.

Dining options include the Carne Mare Steakhouse and The Dutch with American classics, both by James Beard Award-Winning Chef Andrew Carmellini, and a few bars and lounges are scattered around the hotel as well.


Hip and ultra-modern party spot

On-site restaurant and rooftop bar with live music

Large outdoor swimming pool

A fitness center and pet-friendly


Not for the budget-friendly crowd

Best For Unique Stay

The Russell

Quirky hotel in Nashville

Unique place to stay in Nashville

The Russell - a Nashville boutique hotel

A funky, popular boutique hotel in the historic East Side of Nashville, a short drive from Downtown and set among loads of restaurants, bars, and stores.

Russell Hotel Nashville is based inside a renovated historic church with a fascinating backstory. Many of the original features have been retained, making the hotel one of the hippest in the city.

Guests will experience historic brick walls, beautiful stained glass windows, and many more refinements. Even the church pews have been recycled as headboards in the bedrooms!

The vibe is quirky and comfortable, suitable for all travellers who want easy access to Nashville’s hotspots.


Unique and striking historic building

Local neighborhood feel and quirky decor

Some suites have kitchen and/or bathtubs

Perfect for longers stays

Best For Views

Hotel Fraye

Hotel Fraye Nashville

Best hotels in Nashville

Luxury hotels in Nashville

Nashville’s newest luxury hotel celebrates the city’s history with a design that plays up its musical, industrial, rustic and glamorous past.

The midtown location on Broadway is close to the city’s famed Music Row, the Bridgestone Arena and Vanderbilt University.

Funky art, gleaming woodwork and leather accents frame spectacular city views from the public spaces, rooms and rooftops. The rooms at Hotel Fraye Nashville are industrial chic dens of comfort with high ceilings, exposed brick, and bespoke furniture.

The Gathre restaurant serves up farm fresh food, a Tennessee trend, in a sophisticated setting, and the rooftop EAD bar has cocktails, food and live music, plus stunning views of the river and city. There’s also a rooftop swimming pool with private cabanas.


Two on-site trendy restaurants and fitness center

Rooftop swimming pool and great views

Great location 10-minute walk from famous Music Row

Best For Great Location

Fairlane Hotel

Fairlane Hotel - a beautiful Nashville boutique hotel

Fairlane Hotel - a retro-modern Nashville hotel

One of the newest hotels in Music City, this distinctly modernist building was once a bank. Located in the popular downtown business and arts district, the 4-star and already much-raved about Fairlane Hotel Nashville offers trendy retro-modern interiors awash with mid-century design flourishes.

The funky Nashville abode fully embraces its history and offers guests a touch of luxury and mod cons combined with plenty of nostalgia.

The bedrooms are full of 1960s charm paired with modern convenience, while the hotel’s restaurants include Mile End Delicatessen, a New York-style deli featuring classic deli eats in the lobby of the hotel, a fourth-floor terrace restaurant and bar serving modern twists on traditional American favorites.

Union Teller Coffee Counter, also in the lobby, serves freshly brewed Stumptown Coffee and light bites. Step outside and you are just a short walk away from some of the city’s most famous haunts including the Bluebird Cafe and the Grand Ole Opry.

If you can, stay in the stylish and – ultra-cool – 1970s-inspired penthouse on offer – easily one of the hippest places to stay in Nashville!


Beautiful retro-modern boutique design

On-site Southern food restaurant

Onsite delicatessen and coffee shop

Great location very near famous Broadway Avenue


No on-site parking and is extra daily charge

No coffee-makers in rooms

Best For Rooftop Swimming Pool

The Bobby

Industrial Chic Hotel in Nashville

Chic hotel in Nashville

Cool hotel in Nashville

Countless visitors flock to Nashville for the city’s vibrant nightlife, and Bobby Hotel Nashville is a self-described lifestyle hotel that delivers that vibrancy right to guests’ doors.

Besides rooms to get some rest, guests will find parties, a rooftop bar, and plenty of food and drink right on the premises.

However, that doesn’t mean Bobby is just a party destination. Every detail of the hotel, from the furnishings to the decoration from Bobby’s travels to the dog-in-residence, is designed to make guests feel as if they are Nashville residents during their stay, not just tourists.

The prime central location doesn’t hurt either!


Ultra-hip Insta-worthy design and quirky features

Great location very near live music on Broadway Street


Breakfast isn’t included

Best For Luxury


Conrad Nashville

Instagrammable hotel in Nashville

Tasteful and luxurious, this 5-star hotel is located near the intersection of Broadway and West End Avenue, close to Music Row and Vanderbilt University.

The sleek design by Champalimaud Design takes inspiration from the city’s Tennessee and music heritage, with the dramatic two-story lobby with its spiral staircase, themed artwork and the use of local woods and brass fittings.

The rooms and suites at Conrad Nashville have a restful neutral decor, luxurious Frette linens, comfortable seating, dining/ work tables and floor-to-ceiling windows, many with amazing city views. All suites have private balconies and a swimming pool and fitness center for guests.

The Blue Aster restaurant offers Tennessean farm-to-table dining, and the indoor-outdoor Thistle & Rye bar also has a patio that looks out over downtown Nashville.


some with balconies and terraces

Trendy on-site restaurant

Cool outdoor rooftop space and heated swimming pool

On-site fitness center and charming garden

Superb Music Row Location


Some rooms have better views than others

Not for the budget-friendly crowd

Best For Longer Stays


Party hotel in Nashville

Bode Hotel Nashville

Contemporary hotel in Nashville

This hip 4-star hotel has unusual accommodations with regular hotel rooms and 1 to 4-bedroom suites with shared kitchens and living rooms.

Outdoor spaces at Bode Nashville are equipped for lounging and living with swing seats, Adirondack chairs, firepits, and cornhole.

The refurbished motel building is located downtown within walking distance of all the music, fun and sights, including the Frist Museum, the Country Music Hall of Game, the Parthenon and the Bridgestone Arena, not to mention the finest in barbecues and whiskey.

Rooms have balconies or patios, hardwood floors and elegant, retro decor that feels homelike. The Porch serves breakfast in the mornings and coffee and snacks all day, and when you need something stronger, the Sidebar will oblige with locally-inspired cocktails.

Something is appealing about this sense of community while traveling, which has earned Bode Nashville a 2022 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award.


Funky and hip decor and vibe with live music

Some suites with kitchens

Great location near Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Best For Fun Vibe

Margaritaville Vacation Club

Party hotel in Nashville

Themed hotel in Nashville

Fun Design hotel in Nashville

This popular quirky upscale hotel brand now offers a playful urban retreat in Nashville’s downtown, trendy, buzzing SoBro neighborhood.

The large, fun, themed hotel aims at “adventurous travelers, and movers and shakers.” The design at the Margaritaville Vacation Club Nashville is beach-inspired and the decor features wood furnishings and colorful accents the modern guest rooms include Wi-Fi, minifridges, flat screens, and coffeemakers and some rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and/or city views and one of the suites have a shuffleboard table.

Other stand-out features include a laid-back restaurant, bar and terrace, a Starbucks cafe, a hip rooftop pool with city views, and a funky poolside bar featuring regular live music.


Fun vibe and quirky-chic decor

Funky rooftop swimming pool and great views

24/7 fitness center and games

On-site restaurant and bar

Best For Pet-friendly

Kimpton Aertson Hotel

Kimpton Aertson Hotel - a trendy boutique Nashville hotel

Kimpton Aertson Hotel - a unique boutique Nashville hotel

Kimpton Aertson Hotel - a cool boutique Nashville hotel

Encircled by trendy bars and restaurants on the legendary Music Row, this hip and trendy boutique hotel offers plenty of Nashville charm alongside the unique ultramodern design for which Kimpton’s are known.

Complete with a rooftop swimming pool, an urban restaurant and its own Spa, the 4-star exceptionally rated Kimpton Aertson Nashville is an absolute gem.

The bedrooms at this stylish Nashville boutique offer design-forward touches like concrete ceilings and exposed rafters, suites offer balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows and whirlpool tubs, while the communal areas proudly display unusual original art installations.

Dine in at the hotel’s American brasserie, the Henley, or sip cocktails at the central bar with its Bette Davis’ famed wall mural.


Trendy upscale boutique with Music Row location

Chic rooftop swimming pool

Onsite spa and bar with cocktails

wine and local craft beers

Modern fitness facilities and pet-friendly


Onsite parking has daily charges

Rooftop pool is occasionally closed

Breakfast isn’t included in room rate

Best For Spa and Wellness

1 Hotel

Design hotel in Nashville

Eco friendly hotel in Nashville

1 Hotel Nashville

Even in a city full of unique hotels like Nashville, the 1 Hotel Nashville stands out. The centrally located new hotel has a mission beyond luxury, as important as luxury can be.

Its goal is to create a “sustainable sanctuary” even in the bustling city. Every luxurious touch in the hotel, from the reclaimed materials in the room to the optional donations, is done with environmental benefits in mind.

The hotel shows its commitment to nature by its welcoming attitude toward pets, one not shared by high-end establishments like this. For a natural oasis, book a stay at the 1 Hotel Nashville.


Eco-conscious luxury lifestyle centrally retreat

Onsite Wellness Spa and modern fitness center

Two onsite trendy restaurants and bar

gluten-free and vegan options

Best For Historic Charm

Hermitage Hotel

Hermitage Hotel - a unique upscale Nashville hotel

Hermitage Hotel - a Nashville hotel with lashings of historic charm

Housed in a Beaux Arts building from 1910, this historic place sits directly opposite the Tennessee State Museum.

The 5-star, exceptionally rated The Hermitage Hotel is packed with opulent and quirky touches and offers luxurious accommodation, a grand lobby area and a wood-paneled library bar specializing in Bourbon and free afternoon cider and cookies.

The bedrooms are spacious, grand and full of antique furnishings that perfectly fit the age and grandeur of this five-star hotel. Upgraded rooms offer sitting areas and sea views.

The unique Nashville hotel is also home to the famous Capitol Grill, one the most revered restaurants in the city where you can dine on Southern comfort food and farm-fresh vegetables while sipping fine wine!


Unique luxury stay with vintage charm

Stunning on-site restaurant

Private parking and fitness center


Breakfast isn’t included

Best For Budget-friendly

Placemaker Music Row

Placemakr Music Row Nashville

Retro hotel in Nashville

Music Row Hotel Nashville

This hip Midtown hotel has spacious accommodations with studios and suites equipped with queen beds and full kitchens for a comfortable stay.

It’s close to everything – Music Row, Downtown, the West End, The Gulch, Hillsboro Village, Centennial Park, Vanderbilt University, and all the nightlife, music, restaurants, and sights.

The living spaces at Placemakr Music Row are full of natural light and everything you need to feel at home. The clean modern lines and occasional indoor plants add comfort, and some suites also have balconies.

Besides free laundry, the amenities include a seasonal outdoor pool, terrace, lounge area, workspaces and a fitness center.


Hip new retro-chic boutique aparthotel

Spacious terrace and workspaces

24/7 modern fitness center


Limited kitchen amenities

Coolest Hotels In Nashville

In the table below, we have compared the top 20 cool and unique hotels in Nashville. You can sort the table based on different factors like location, distance from attractions, price per night, and restaurants nearby:

Hotel Name Location Price Range (per night) Fitness Facilities Distance to Attractions (km) Nearby Restaurants
Westin Hotel 807 Clark Place $338-$420 Yes 1.1 3
The Graduate 101 20th Ave N $272-$400 Yes 1.6 3
Moxy Downtown 110 3rd Avenue South $222-$327 Yes 1.6 3
The Dive Motel & Swim Club 1414 Dickerson Pike $178-$368 No 4.1 3
Gaylord Opryland Resort 2800 Opryland Drive $449-$536 Yes 7.0 3
Dream 210 4th Avenue North $240-$815 Yes 1.9 3
Union Station Hotel 1001 Broadway $304-$391 Yes 1.4 3
Virgin Hotel 1 Music Square West $282-$3211 Yes 1.6 3
Thompson 401 11th Avenue South $362-$978 Yes 1.7 3
W Nashville 300 12th Avenue South $327-$1049 Yes 1.7 3
The Russell 819 Russell St $331-$433 No 2.5 3
Hotel Fraye 1810 Broadway $270-$352 Yes 1.6 3
Fairlane Hotel 401 Union Street $280-$594 Yes .95 3
The Bobby 230 4th Avenue North $321-$1050 Yes 2.0 3
Conrad 1620 West End Avenue $362-$3301 Yes 1.6 3
Bode 401 President Ronald Reagan Way $176-$362 No 3.2 3
Margaritaville Vacation Club 425 Rep. John Lewis Way S $745-$827 Yes 2.9 3
Kimpton Aertson Hotel 2021 Broadway $494-$1235 Yes 1.5 3
1 Hotel 710 Demonbreun Street $698-$1364 Yes 1.2 3
Hermitage Hotel 231 6th Avenue N $417-$3498 Yes 1.1 3
Placemakr Music Row 1600 McGavock Street $209-$323 Yes 1.6 3

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