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Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center, Nashville

$199 or less
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Tennessee, United States, North America: The atrium at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville , Tennessee
Tel: 888 999 6779
Tel: 615 889 1000's insider take:

The Gaylord Opryland Hotel is as over-the-top as Dolly Parton's bouffant, and just as endearing. Situated on 172 acres about 20 minutes from downtown Nashville, this behemoth has a whopping 2,881 rooms under one (very large) roof. The Alice in Wonderland–style complex houses 25 shops, 15 restaurants, a spa and fitness center, and even an indoor riverboat ride. The hotel claims that bellhops walk between 9 and 12 miles a day on the job, so it's no surprise that it's easy to get lost. But friendly staff, who take the time to lead wayward guests to their rooms, manage to make the place feel intimate. The hotel is split into four distinct sections (Cascade, Garden Conservatory, Delta, and Magnolia), each marking a past expansion. The best guest rooms are those in the Cascade area near the main entrance, with balcony views of the plant-filled atriums. Rooms have clean-lined dark-wood furniture and modern fabrics that transcend the sometimes hokey surroundings of the common areas. The hotel is booked to capacity 85 percent of the time, so plan your stay well in advance, especially if you visit in November and December, when tour groups descend to take in the hotel's all-encompassing seasonal decorations and holiday stage shows.—Updated by Colleen Clark

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