DEVELOPMENTS AND RENOVATIONS
The 404 Hotel
404 12th Avenue South
Retail developer Mark Banks describes the five-room boutique hotel and restaurant he created from a former mechanics garage as an “urban hideout.” The hotel is designed to offer travelers an alternative to large or mid-size hotels, offering what he calls “invisible service” led by one onsite manager. The idea is to let guests feel less like tourists and more immersed in the city. Each room has king beds including a loft living area connected by a winding staircase. Located in front of the hotel is The 404 Kitchen that is charmingly intimate, seats 40, and features locally-grown produce and herbs.
Courtyard by Marriott Nashville Green Hills
3800 Bedford Avenue
Nashville’s Green Hills neighborhood has a new hotel. The $23 million, 123-room Courtyard by Marriott is located next to The Mall at Green Hills. The brick and stone, three-story property boasts lobby ceilings nearly 18-feet high. The restaurants and shopping around the hotel will be an added amenity for the property.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown/The Gulch
901 Division Street
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification has been given to the new Fairfield Inn & Suites in The Gulch. The hotel, located on Division Street across from Yazoo Brewing Co., rises eight stories, contains 126 rooms and suites, and has an attached parking garage. The Fairfield Inn & Suites was designed to complement the contemporary and slightly industrial feel of The Gulch and features rooftop meeting space that offers panoramic views of the Nashville skyline. UP, its rooftop lounge, is a place for guests and public visitors to come socialize.
Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown/Convention Center
305 Korean Veterans Boulevard
Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown/ Convention Center opened June 2015 and is located in the heart of downtown Nashville and is within walking distance to the Music City Center. The 11-story, 214-room hotel capitalizes on its location by focusing on its panoramic views. The hotel features five meeting rooms and more than 4,200 square feet of flexible meeting space, along with high-end amenities including complimentary WiFi, 24-hour business center, a state-of-the-art fitness center, rooftop pool with a deck and bar, three onsite restaurants, and a floating staircase.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt
2400 West End Avenue
The 192-room hotel features suites with full kitchens and living areas, and is located on West End across the street from Vanderbilt University. Original artwork reflects the history of the location where the hotel was built (a Packard car dealership used to be where the hotel is now located).
Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown
301 3rd Avenue South
Downtown Hyatt Place is open on 3rd Avenue in the heart of the city’s SoBro District. The 255-room, 13-story hotel includes 3,600 square feet of meeting space and a 175-space parking garage. The hotel’s lobby includes the Hyatt Place brand’s signature food and beverage options, including The Gallery, a 24-hour, full bar serving wine, beer, spirits, and coffee.
The Inn at Fontanel: A Luxury Boutique Hotel
4225 Whites Creek Pike
Inspired by Middle Tennessee farmhouse style and built to look as if it has always been there, you will find no other luxury hotel as warm and welcoming as The Inn at Fontanel. As part of Southern Living’s 24-year tradition of building an annual Idea House in the South, Fontanel was the chosen site. It has been transformed from the 2013 Southern Living Idea House to a highly acclaimed Luxury Boutique Hotel that opened for business in 2014.
Residence Inn Nashville Vanderbilt/West End
1800 West End Avenue
The Residence Inn by Marriott opened February 2015 and offers a tech-savvy studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with separate living and sleeping areas. With a fully equipped kitchen and complimentary grocery delivery service, you can enjoy home-cooked meals in your suite or free hot breakfast in the hotel’s lobby. Downtown shuttle service and a state-of-the-art fitness center are also offered.
SpringHill Suites Nashville Vanderbilt/West End
1800 West End Avenue
The all-suite hotel near Nashville’s Music Row offers 103 spacious suites. SpringHill Suites opened January 2015 and offers complimentary breakfast and a vibrant lobby with flexible spaces perfect for working. SpringHill Suites is adjoined to Residence Inn Nashville Vanderbilt/West End.
New Future Hotel Developments
21c Museum Hotel
222 3rd Avenue North
21c Museum Hotel, a boutique hotel company and restaurant group, has begun construction on downtown’s historic 222 Building. The 1890s era building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and will continue to help bring revitalization through contemporary art to the downtown core. The 115-room luxury hotel is projected to open in January 2017.
204 21st Avenue South
Kimpton, an upscale brand affiliated with the nation’s largest chain of boutique hotels, plans to arrive in Nashville’s Midtown March 2017. The hotel will anchor a $100 million mixed-used project called Buckingham Midtown development. The planned full-service hotel will include 180 rooms, a restaurant and bar, 6,500 square feet of meeting and event space, a pool, and 630 parking spaces.
Intersection of 11th & 12th Avenues and Pine Street
The 224-room lifestyle luxury Thompson Nashville, projected to open July 2016, will sit on .64 acres on what had been a gravel parking lot. Rising 12 stories, the hotel will share the block home to The Station Inn and The 404 Hotel and Kitchen. The hotel will feature a ground-floor restaurant and boutique retail space, a rooftop featuring a stand-up bar, lounge seating, food offerings, and a venue open to the public that can also be used as private event space.
Tribute Portfolio by Starwood
4th Avenue North and Church Street
Plans have been made to convert downtown’s Noel Place into a new independent brand from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. The 226-room hotel will have a restaurant, rooftop bar, and speakeasy and is projected to open December 2016.
4th Avenue North (Printer’s Alley)
The six-story, 170-room Utopia Hotel is planned for Printer’s Alley and is projected to open December 2016. The building was formerly a hotel in 1891 and developers plan on preserving and incorporating the original trim and mold, ornate overhead light fixtures, and rare Tennessee pink marble into the hotel design. The Utopia Hotel will embrace the past and revitalize the area with new options for locals, business travelers, and tourists to enjoy.
Westin Nashville Hotel
100 Clark Place
The 27-story, 500,000-square-foot Westin Nashville Hotel will be built in SoBro on the northwest segment of the Music City Center roundabout. The hotel will be full-service with 454 rooms and will include a 6,000-square-foot spa, 8,000-square-foot restaurant space, rooftop bar, lounge and pool, and 200+ parking spaces. The project will cost $120 million and is projected to open December 2016.
Residence Inn Opryland
Briley Parkway & McGavock Pike
The 125-room Residence Inn Opryland is projected to open May 2016.
Residence Inn Downtown
413 5th Avenue South
The 120-room Residence Inn Downtown is projected to open December 2016.
TriBrand Marriott (AC Hotel, SpringHill Suites, and a Residence Inn by Marriott)
Korean Veterans Parkway & 5th Avenue
Atlanta-based North Point Hospitality Group unveiled plans for the tri-branded Marriott hotel in SoBro. The 19-story hotel will have 455 rooms overall with a 204-unit AC Hotel, a 126-unit Residence Inn, and a 125-unit SpringHill Suites by Marriott. Valet parking will be on floors two through five and includes 444 parking spaces. The project will cost $120 million and is expected to open December 2016.
Virgin Hotels Nashville
1 Music Row (Music Square West)
Virgin Hotel, a lifestyle hotel brand by billionaire British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, will feature two adjourning buildings connected by a glass walkway. One tower will rise 19 stories and include 15 for-sale penthouse units at the top and also a recording studio. The 16-story section will include 240 hotel rooms, The Common Club, a hybrid bar/lounge, a laid-back study, a restaurant designed to have the feel of a membership club without the fees, an entertainment venue, and a veranda with views of the city. Hotel is due to open September 2016.
The Capitol Hotel Downtown (An Ascend Collection)
711 Union Street
The former Best Western Convention Center has been renamed to The Capitol Hotel Downtown Nashville. The hotel is close to the War Memorial Auditorium, Tennessee State Capitol, and Tennessee State Museum. As of January 2014, all rooms have been renovated including the bathrooms. There are 100 guest rooms available divided over five floors. The property has also undergone an exterior and lobby renovation, the lobby is adjacent to a new lobby bar and bistro. The hotel serves daily complimentary breakfast and onsite valet parking is now offered.
Clarion Hotel Nashville Downtown - Stadium
211 North 1st Street
Formerly the Historic King of the Road Hotel built by late country music star Roger Miller, the Clarion Hotel recently completed a $5-million renovation. The hotel is located within walking distance to Nissan Stadium, about .5 miles, and is 1.2 miles from downtown Nashville. Amenities include complimentary deluxe continental breakfast buffet, free WiFi internet, microwave and refrigerators in every room, business center, a state-of-the-art fitness facility, and a heated indoor salt water pool. There is 6,600 square feet of meeting/banquet space including the ninth floor Skyview room which overlooks the city. The Clarion Hotel has complimentary downtown shuttle service as well. Over/ Under Bar & Bistro is located in the lobby area.
Courtyard by Marriott Nashville Downtown
170 4th Avenue North
The Courtyard Marriott Downtown Nashville has received an interior renovation job, valued at over $940,000.
Hilton Nashville Downtown
121 4th Avenue South
Hilton Nashville Downtown has undergone a $32-million upgrade. Upgrades to all 330 guest suites, the fitness center which doubled in size, the grand ballroom, 17,800 square feet of meeting space, and a completely renovated grand atrium lobby and lounge have all been completed. The hotel introduced a new concierge lounge on the lobby level. Contemporary design is showcased across the entryway, new flooring is intact, and a more interactive front desk experience is in place. Trattoria II Mulino, a 6,000-square-foot contemporary Italian bistro, has seating for 250 diners and includes a large outdoor patio.
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
2100 West End Avenue
Loews Vanderbilt underwent a $17-million renovation, which includes a new restaurant and bar, rebuilt corridors, lobby space, and guest and public bathrooms. Using local music, fashion, and food as design inspiration, the hotel features a sleek, modern style with vintage inspiration. Mason Bar and Mason’s restaurant has a “Southern brasserie feeling…with a French influence.” Mason Bar has a video wall and wiring capabilities that allow musicians to “plug and play.”
Renaissance Nashville Hotel
611 Commerce Street
The Renaissance Hotel underwent a $20-million building renovation and spent $5 million to renovate meeting space. The hotel has updated its guest rooms, suites, and bathrooms. The renovated rooms include a local touch, with every room’s bathroom receiving a mural from Hatch Show Print. The property will use meeting space and ballrooms in the former Nashville Convention Center’s northern portion for 30 years beginning in 2014.
Sheraton Nashville Downtown
623 Union Street
The Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel underwent a $25-million transformation in spring 2014 and towers 28 stories over Music City. In addition to fully-renovated guestrooms, guests will experience a transformed reception area, wine bar, meeting space, and lobby, complete with a 25-story lobby chandelier made of blown glass.
2516 12th Avenue South
12South Center is targeting a late 2015 completion date for the three-story, mixed-use building. The first floor will offer retail spaces, and the second and third floor will house 14 apartments. Retail tenants include Bartaco, a casual street food concept, and Craft South, a shop offering fabrics, yarns, sewing machines, and handcrafted gifts.
A $20-million upgrade includes a facelift to the south entrance of Bridgestone Arena, where an entrance at Fifth and Demonbreun has opened up to Nashville’s developing SoBro area. Other renovations include 3,000 to 6,000 square feet of retail space (including a team store), a new tavern and pub called Tavern ‘96, and upgrades to building parts such as a new HVAC system and carpet on upper levels. New indoor and outdoor plaza areas have been upgraded, along with glass to replace portions of existing concrete. A massive outdoor television screen and news banner are on display for those passing by.
Intersection of 21st Ave. South, Broadway, and Division Street
A $100-million, 17-story, 600,000-square-foot mixed-use Midtown project, called Buckingham Midtown, is being developed by Indianapolis-based Buckingham Companies. The Buckingham Midtown development is LEED-designed and will include a Kimpton Hotel, a restaurant and bar, 35,000 square feet of ground-level retail space, 350 upscale apartments, and 630 parking spaces. The project should open in phases with full completion of the project expected in early 2017.
The Christie Cookie Company
1205 3rd Avenue North
Christie Cookie has rebranded to meet consumer demand. The bakery underwent a renovation and now features an enhanced retail space where people can purchase cookies, brownies, muffins, gift tins, coffee, and other branded items.
601 Merritt Avenue
Due to celebrated demand, Corsair is expanding into the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood in South Nashville. Plans are to keep the Marathon Village facility focus on brewing beer and the Wedgewood- Houston facility for distillation and barreling.
Goo Goo Shop
116 3rd Avenue South
Goo Goo Cluster, the Nashville original made out of caramel, marshmallow, peanuts, and chocolate, was the world’s first ever combination candy bar. The Goo Goo Shop opened late November 2014 on 3rd Avenue South in the SoBro neighborhood of downtown Nashville. Visitors can watch the candy being made, take a tour, and can purchase Goo Goo Cluster candies, branded merchandise, King Leo Peppermints, and other retro candy.
H.G. Hill's Hill Center Acklen
21st and Acklen Avenues
The residential-retail development H.G. Hill’s Hill Center Acklen is the first major development in the Hillsboro Village urban design overlay adopted in 1999. The complex includes more parking and seven ground-level tenants, including Double Dogs (a restaurant/sports bar), Native + Nomad (a women’s boutique), Arcade (eco-friendly children’s retailer), Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, The Pilates Garage, Revelator Coffee Co., and Uncle Classic Barbershop.
The Mall at Green Hills
2126 Abbott Martin Road
The newest additions to the mall include Lilly Pulitzer, Hanna Andersson, Jimmy Choo, and Madewell. Lilly Pulitzer, known for brightly-hued women’s fashion, and Hanna Andersson, carrying clothes for infants, toddlers, and young children.
3630 Redmon Street
The School of Nashville Ballet has renovated and expanded its building. They purchased the adjoining space of its Sylvan Heights building, previously occupied by Climb Nashville, and increased the facility from 31,000 to 44,000 square feet. The expansion includes three new studios, a larger lobby, additional parking, increased administrative space, a Pilates room, and a physical therapy room.
433 Opry Mills Drive
Opry Mills offers more than 200 shopping, dining, and entertainment venues including Puma, H&M, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, J. Crew Factory, Michael Kors, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, and Tommy Bahama Outlet. Opry Mills has recently added Kate Spade New York Outlet to the lineup. Kate Spade New York features the brand’s iconic apparel and accessories for women, including brightly colored handbags, statement jewelry and fanciful attire, at unbeatable prices.
Attractions & Venues
1st Avenue South
The debut of the 6,800-seat, state-of-the-art Ascend Amphitheater at The Green at Riverfront Park takes place on July 30. Ascend Amphitheater is a part of the West Riverfront Park redevelopment project in downtown Nashville.
The Band Box
401 Jackson Street
Strategic Hospitality has opened The Band Box, an outdoor restaurant, bar, and entertainment venue at the new Sounds stadium. The Band Box occupies 4,000 square feet in the right field concourse area, and is open for all home games. The restaurant offers an elevated stadium dining experience, including items such as Porter Road Butcher pork sausage, smoked pork nachos, salads, craft beers on tap, a liquor selection, and entertainment options including televisions, ping pong, corn hole, table hockey, and shuffleboard.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
222 5th Avenue South
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has a new exhibit called Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City that is on display from March 2015-December 2016. This exhibit looks at the Nashville music scene in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a time of great cultural vitality for Music City.
First Tennessee Park
401 Jackson Street
The Sounds baseball stadium, First Tennessee Park, opened in time for the Sounds first home game on April 17, 2015. The city issued municipal bonds to cover an estimated $65 million price tag, including both construction and land acquisition cost, with the Sounds committing to a 30-year lease agreement. The ballpark has 8,500 fixed seats, a huge parking lot, and a pedestrian greenway among other things. The Sounds have pledged $60 million towards mixed-use real estate development in the surrounding area.
George Jones Museum
128 2nd Avenue North
Spanning more than 44,000 square feet, the new George Jones Museum opened April 2015 and gives fans a chance to get a never-before-seen look into the life and career of the musical icon. The world-class museum features exhaustive displays of memorabilia and photos, video displays and interactive experiences, and a 40-seat rocking chair theatre that shows clips from Jones’s television broadcasts, concert appearances, and interviews. There is a moonshine tasting bar, Possum Holler Cafe, and a gift shop on the first floor, and a museum showcasing the country music legend on the second floor. The third-floor offers an event space and a rooftop bar that overlooks the Cumberland River.
Gulch-SoBro Pedestrian Bridge
An $18-million pedestrian bridge will unite downtown Nashville’s two hottest neighborhoods, The Gulch and SoBro, for walkers and cyclists. The project is a 600- to 700-foot-long bridge and will open fall 2015. The goal for the bridge is to both deliver neighborhood connectivity and be an experience in itself with landscaping and beautiful views of the skyline and rolling hills.
Music City Walk of Fame Park
Demonbreun Street, between 4th & 5th Avenues
Walk of Fame Park, which honors Nashville musicians of all genres, completed its $2.5-million makeover early June 2015. The signature plaques of Music City stars lie in the Walk across the street from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, between the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and Bridgestone Arena. The Walk of Fame Park is also now home to the beautiful Nashville Music Garden.
3777 Nolensville Pk.
Nashville Zoo is moving forward with a $160-million expansion plan that will more than double the number of animals and Zoo’s acreage by 2020. With more state-of-the- art animal exhibits featuring Andean bears and spider monkeys, a new entry plaza, a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital, and vital infrastructure improvements including expanded parking, roads, and walkways. Plans are also underway to expand the elephant facilities and installation of state-of-the-art equipment.
Mayor Karl Dean has announced a place for new park spaces along the riverfront in downtown Nashville. The first phase opens late summer 2015 and will stretch 11 acres and include a dog park, ornamental gardens, and most notably, a 1.5-acre event lawn called “The Green,” which includes Ascend Amphitheater. A 4.5-acre park will sit on the east bank, increasing access to the Cumberland for river activities. A mile of new greenway will extend from the Rolling Mill Hill Greenway to the Riverfront, creating a two-mile continuous walking and biking loop. Costs of development will be approximately $35 million.
116 5th Avenue North
The historic Ryman Auditorium has completed a $14-million expansion and renovation of the building’s 1994 additions. The renovation increases the experience for both guests and concert attendees. The Ryman has a new restaurant, Cafe Lula, which sits next to an expanded outdoor box office. Cafe Lula seats 80 guests inside and 30 more on a covered patio and includes an espresso bar in the morning and a full-service bar in the afternoon and evening. Once inside the renovated lobby, visitors will find more concessions, additional restroom facilities, an expanded retail area with interior and exterior access, and larger lobbies. Also new is the “Soul of Nashville,” a theater experience which utilizes special effects, archival images, and holograms to tell the story of the Ryman in an entertaining and emotional way.
Tootsie's Orchid Lounge
Tootsie’s on Broadway has added a third floor and approximately 3,200 square feet to accommodate a third bar and stage.