Union Station, Nashville, Tennessee $$$$
Nashville , Tennessee
Tel: 800 996 3426
Tel: 615 726 1001
Concierge.com's insider take:
It's worth staying at Union Station for the architecture alone: Housed in what was once a Victorian-era train station, the lobby has large stained glass windows, patterned marble floors, large limestone fireplaces, and a 65-foot ceiling with gold leaf detailing. But the location is nothing to scoff at either: Lower Broadway's museums, galleries, and honky-tonks are just a few blocks away. The contemporary look of the 125 rooms plays off the hotel's architectural elements well with large, low beds, tufted fabric headboards, and David Hicks–ian geometric carpets. They are also big on creature comforts with down comforters, deep bathtubs, and Herman Miller Aeron work chairs at the desks. Avoid lower-level rooms with windows facing the parking lot: Noise from the valet station and beer hall next door is likely to rouse light sleepers. You're better off on the fifth floor, where 18-foot windows provide views of the peaceful lobby. Prime 108, the on-site restaurant, excels in steak and other meaty entrées, but service is spotty. Still, the curved banquettes and low lighting make it a great place to take a date.