Located in the bustling and entertainment-filled downtown Nashville, The Hermitage is certainly the city’s best hotel and is often ranked as one of the country’s best as well. The Hermitage is a historic hotel that has played host to icons such as Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Roosevelt, as well as pop culture figures including Bette Davis and Al Capone.
The entire atmosphere of The Hermitage is best described as classically elegant or timelessly glamorous. While the hotel recently underwent a massive multimillion-dollar renovation, much of the historic design and style remains. The exterior architecture is definitive of the Beaux-Arts style, with inspiration from both French and Italian Renaissance. Construction began on this Nashville icon in 1908, and keeping in line with the musical heritage of the city, The Hermitage has been host to not only politicians and film stars, but also musicians ranging from Johnny Cash to Brad Paisley.
The hotel is somewhat small with only 120 rooms, and this lends to the feeling that you’re at a boutique hotel as opposed to some outpost of a mega-chain.
While you’re not going to find features like a pool, primarily because of the historic design and downtown location, The Hermitage is not short on amenities, including in-room refreshments from locally sourced vendors and bathrooms with design details like 20-inch flat-screen TVs.
The hotel boasts a pet program, which means not only can your four-legged friend be a guest of The Hermitage, but your pet can also enjoy perks like turndown service featuring beds and a bowl of treats.
In the on-site shop, Rachel’s Boutique, you’ll find a great selection of unique local products, gifts, and items like toiletries. You can also arrange to have a gift basket put together, or if you’re hosting or attending a wedding or special event, there are plenty of items to cater to your needs as well.
Continue the feeling of elegance as you dine at the on-site restaurant, the Capitol Grille, known for its decadent steaks and chops-based menu. The restaurant features locally sourced items and a range of everything from tenderloin to seafood, as well as eclectic soups and appetizers and hand-crafted cocktails. It’s an eatery that works well and keeps in line with the feeling of throwback glamour that’s evoked at The Hermitage.
The location is one of the many amazing features of this hotel. Since you’re right in the middle of downtown Nashville, you have excitement, live music, bars, and attractions all within walking distance. It’s really a cultural experience like no other when you have the chance to explore Nashville, where the streets are lined with honky-tonks, and neon lights abound. Many of the bars and live music venues are open-air, so the sounds spill out into the streets. When you tire of exploring the city and its many sensory experiences, you can simply retreat to the quiet and comfortable luxury of The Hermitage.