Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Talk about a split personality. The Loews Vanderbilt's midtown location, large working suites, and conference halls cater to a serious clientele—industry executives, politicians, and heads of state. But it's hard to imagine this caliber of guest also stomaching the thematic overkill that pervades the otherwise traditional hotel. In the lobby, a giant glowing jukebox plays tunes of famous musicians who have passed through; Hatch Show Print images of Bill Monroe hang behind the front desk; notepads in the rooms boast images of boots and musical notes; and wake-up calls come courtesy of Vince Gill and Brenda Lee. (Outside the realm of country kitsch but no less cutesy are the names of the restaurant and bar, Eat and Drink.) Thankfully, the service is efficient and businesslike, with nary a cowboy hat in sight. Room decor also has a more grown-up feel. Sober traditional furniture gets a modern touch through the creative use of fabrics (batik pillows on a pin-striped armchair, for instance), and you can get down to business at a spacious desk with ergonomic chair. Bottom line? The Loews is among the poshest hotels in town if you can get past the more country-fried elements.
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