DEVELOPMENTS AND RENOVATIONS
The 404 Hotel
404 12th Ave. S.
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 Ave.
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 St.
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.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt
2400 West End Ave.
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 Ave. S.
Downtown Hyatt Place has opened 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 Pk.
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 Ave.
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 Ave.
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
Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown
305 Korean Veterans Blvd.
Chartwell Company will build a $38-million, 11-story Hilton Garden Inn that is projected to open June 2015. The 214-room hotel is one of downtown’s next big high rise hotels that will capitalize on its location by focusing on its panoramic views.
Westin Nashville Hotel
100 Clark Pl.
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 will be complete by December 2016.
21C Museum Hotel
222 3rd Ave. N.
21c Museum Hotel, a boutique hotel company and restaurant group, has bought a historic downtown building with plans for a 100-200 room new luxury hotel in downtown Nashville.
204 21st Ave. S.
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.
4th Ave. N. & Church St.
Le Meridien, the 80-room boutique hotel operated under Starwood Hotels and Resorts, is planned for the Noel Place location off 4th Avenue.
Intersection of 11th Ave. & 12th Ave. and Pine St.
The 224-room lifestyle luxury Thompson Nashville is expected to open July 2016 into the revitalized Gulch neighborhood. The hotel will feature a ground-floor restaurant and boutique retail space. The 12-story hotel will have a rooftop featuring a stand-up bar, lounge seating, food offerings, and a venue open to the public that is also available for private bookings.
4th Ave. N. (Printer's Alley)
Utopia is planned for Printer’s Alley and will include 170 rooms. Construction will begin in mid-2015, with an 18-month build-out.
Virgin Hotels Nashville
1 Music Row (Music Square W.)
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. Construction should begin spring 2015 and due to open September 2016.
The Capitol Hotel Downtown (An Ascend Collection)
711 Union St.
The former Best Western Convention Center has been renamed to The Capitol Hotel Downtown (An Ascend Collection). 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 N. 1st St.
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 LP Field, about .5 miles, and is 1.2 miles from downtown Nashville. Amenities include complimentary deluxe continental breakfast buffet, free WiFi internet, microwave and refrigerator in every room, business center, a state-of-the-art fitness facility, and a heated indoor salt water pool. There are 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 Ave. N.
The Courtyard Marriott Nashville Downtown is slated for an interior renovation job, valued at over $940,000.
Hilton Nashville Downtown
121 4th Ave. S.
Hilton Nashville Downtown has undergone a $28-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.
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
2100 West End Ave.
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 St.
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 St.
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 Ave. S.
12South Center is targeting a mid-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. S., Broadway and Division St.
A $100-million, 17-story, 600,000-squarefoot 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.
1205 3rd Ave. N.
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. There is baking equipment in Christie Cookie’s production area.
601 Merritt Ave.
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.
Fifth Avenue of the Arts
5th Ave. N.
A segment of historic downtown Nashville, Fifth Avenue North, has been renovated and includes better sidewalks, street lights, and a canopy of lights high enough to be seen from Broadway and platforms for art and outdoor dining. A two-way street now has replaced the one-way street.
Goo Goo Shop
116 3rd Ave. S.
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 Ave.
Construction of the residential-retail development will be complete late 2014 and will also include more parking. Hill Center Acklen is the first major development to be built under the Hillsboro Village urban design overlay adopted in 1999. Six tenants, including three out-of-town businesses, signed leases to open at H.G. Hill’s Hill Center Acklen including Double Dogs sports bar, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, The Pilates Garage, Native + Nomad boutique, Revelator Coffee Co., and Uncle Classic Barbershop.
The Mall at Green Hills
2126 Abbott Martin Rd.
The newest additions to the mall include Lilly Pulitzer, Hanna Andersson, Jimmy Choo, Madewell, and The North Face. Lilly Pulitzer, known for brightly-hued women’s fashion, will open summer 2015. Hanna Andersson will open spring 2015, carrying clothes for infants, toddlers, and young children.
433 Opry Mills Dr.
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. Due to open early 2015, Opry Mills will add Kate Spade New York Outlet to the lineup. Kate Spade New York will feature the brand’s iconic apparel and accessories for women, including brightly colored handbags, statement jewelry and fanciful attire, at unbeatable prices.
4105 Whites Creek Pk.
Prichard’s Distillery has opened a second distillery at Fontanel, adding a unique touch to the 186-acre property that was formerly owned by Barbara Mandrell. The new Prichard’s production facility is adjacent to the log cabin tasting center and includes a 400-gallon Alembic copper still custom-designed by Vendome Copper and Brassworks in the style of French cognac. It is the first still of its kind in Tennessee, and using many of the same quality ingredients and centuries-old techniques handed down over five generations of the Prichard’s family, will produce Tennessee Whiskey and an excellent selection of American Rums. Over time, it will be used to experiment with a new line of small batch brandies.
1323 6th Ave. N.
The Skillery is a Nashville co-working community in Germantown, with flexible space to create and collaborate. Classes and workshops for – and by – creative entrepreneurs are offered such as Self Tailoring 101, Introduction to Modern Calligraphy, Chocuterie 101, and more. The Skillery is also available to be used as work space for members.
Village Marketplace and Brewery
1805 21st Ave. S.
Sam’s Sports Grill purchased the former home of Boscos and opened a brewery and marketplace called Village Marketplace and Brewery Corsair Distillery in Hillsboro Village.
Attractions & Venues
The Bell Tower
400 4th Ave. S.
A new event venue space opened November 2014 in SoBro called The Bell Tower. The historic church location, dating back to 1874, underwent renovations to transform the interior to a modern open-floor plan venue. Exposed beams, natural light, upper level mezzanine, full onsite kitchen, bridal lounges, and state-of-the-art light and sound are included. The original bell tower was also restored with an operational bell and special lighting to create an exterior focal point for the venue.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
222 5th Ave. S.
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will open 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.
George Jones Museum
128 2nd Ave. N.
Opening April 2015, George Jones fans will have a chance to get a never-before-seen look into the life and career of the musical icon with the opening of the George Jones Museum in Nashville. The world-class museum will offer Jones fans a chance to get up close and personal with the singer’s story as never before. Exhibits will show his development from his childhood to fame, a documentation of his time spent serving as a United States Marine, as well as screens devoted to each era of his career.
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.
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.
Mayor Karl Dean has announced a place for new park spaces along the riverfront in downtown Nashville. The first phase will open 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 will include a permanent seat amphitheater and accommodate 6,800 people total. A 4.5-acre park will sit on the east bank, increasing access to the Cumberland for river activities. Construction began on the east and west bank fall 2014. 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 Ave. N.
The historic Ryman Auditorium announced a $14-million planned expansion and renovation of the building’s 1994 additions. The renovation will increase the experience for both guests and concert attendees. It will also include a new event space featuring a new, state-of-the-art daytime tour attraction, which will prove a unique way to relive the Ryman Auditorium’s storied past. Other amenities include a dedicated café space, enhanced food and beverage services throughout the building, and an expanded retail area with interior and exterior access. Renovation plans also include a new box office, additional restroom facilities, and larger lobbies.
Sounds Baseball Stadium
Jackson St. - North of the Bicentennial Capitol Mall between 5th Ave. and 3rd Ave.
The Sounds baseball stadium, First Tennessee Park, broke ground on January 27, 2014 on the old Sulphur Dell site. The preliminary goal is to have the $40-million ballpark plus a $10-million Metro-financed parking garage constructed in time for the Sounds’ 2015 season. The ballpark will have 8,500 fixed seats, a huge parking lot, and a pedestrian greenway among other things.
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.
Walk of Fame Park
Across from Country Music Hall of Fame, between 4th and 5th Ave.
Walk of Fame Park, which honors Nashville musicians of all genres, is currently undergoing a $2.5-million makeover.