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The Ultimate Nashville Neighborhoods Guide

International Traveller

February 5, 2024

From buzzy Broadway to genteel Germantown, get to know Nashville’s neighborhoods before you take a trip to Tennessee’s capital of country cool.

A city that hangs its (cowboy) hat on its incredible live music scene, Nashville’s enthusiasm for country music is infectious. But there’s also plenty of energy and excitement surrounding Music City’s culinary hotspots, a legion of new hotels and a strong community of independent business owners, too. Before you go, brush up on Nashville’s neighborhoods to find the perfect match for your stay.


Best for: Party people, car-free travelers, first-time visitors

If you relish staying right in the thick of it, Downtown delivers. By day, tip your hat to the greats at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, walk in the footsteps of entertainment legends at the Ryman Auditorium and grab a casual bite to eat from the 30-plus vendors in the sprawling Assembly Food Hall.

After dark, slip into the moody Twelve Thirty Club for a negroni, then don a cowboy hat to have a rootin’ tootin’ time on Broadway’s notorious stretch of Honky Tonk bars before stumbling back to your hotel. Yeehaw!


Union Station Nashville Yards

Be prepared to be blown away by the heritage grandeur of this atmospheric hotel housed in what was once a busy train station terminal. After admiring the lobby’s vaulted ceiling, stained glass windows and opulent chandeliers, you’ll find tastefully renovated rooms with large bathrooms and super comfy bedding.

Don’t miss grabbing a nightcap at the lobby bar where you can raise a glass to the golden age of American rail travel. The bartender may just blow an old-timey train whistle for you!

Bobby Hotel

If you like your hotels to have style and flair, then bookmark the Bobby Hotel. With an enviable Printers Alley location, you’re just a short stroll from Broadway’s heaving bar scene.

Prefer to stay in? Bobby’s Garage bar is a lowkey spot for a beer or two. Wanna see something cool? Head to the rooftop lounge to check out the hotel’s vintage 1956 Scenicruiser bus.

The Hermitage Hotel

Built more than a century ago, a stay at this five-star stunner is worth saving up for. Everyone from American Presidents to Hollywood legends and sporting superstars has stayed at the Hermitage, so it’s as much a historical point of interest as it is a luxury hotel.

During your stay, visit the Pink Hermit Cafe for wood-fired pizza and blush-pink cocktails or dress up sophisticated fine dining at Druisie and Darr.