With the recent news that travelers are no longer required to show a negative PCR test to enter the USA, now is the perfect time to treat yourself to a luxurious American getaway. And where better than the luxurious Union Station Hotel in the home of country music, Nashville.
With a vibrant atmosphere and burgeoning food scene, Nashville draws visitors from across the globe. And proudly located in the center of downtown Music City, presiding over the energy and excitement of Broadway, stands the striking Union Station Hotel.
Originally built as a stately railway station in 1900, this landmark hotel fuses the charm of America’s great railroad era together with its own modern vibe. Recognizable for for its grand architecture features and original art, the historic Union Station Hotel is without a doubt one of the best places to stay in Nashville.
From grandiose terminal to magnificent hotel
The Union Station Hotel building was originally conceived as a rail terminal for the ever-growing city of Nashville, in 1900. Its Romanesque Revival-style architecture was particularly striking with high towers and turrets, meaning the station quickly became one of the most defining buildings in all of Nashville. When abandoned in 1979, as rail services stopped running along the route, the building remained a remarkable sight. A decade later, a group of investors purchased the property. Intent on preserving the station’s historical character and significance, the magnificent building was lovingly renovated and opened doors as a luxurious hotel in 1986. The hotel’s motto is “Travel through time, live in the moment” and it certainly rings true for guests in this, one of the best Nashville hotels.
Step inside the Union Station Hotel Nashville and your gaze will be drawn upwards, to the soaring barrel-vaulted ceiling and 100-year-old-stained glass. The hotel’s past life is apparent in its stunningly preserved architecture. And the central room with its marble floor and beautiful wall accents is perhaps the hotel’s most striking feature. Originally the primary waiting room, this magnificent space is defined by an opulent skylight in the center of its high circular ceiling.
The hotel’s vast interiors elegantly combine wood, stone, colored glass and original art features. As well as memorabilia nodding to its days as a station, creating a heady fusion of ancient and modern just begging to be explored. Weave your way through sculptures, archways, columns and pillars, under the eye of glorious chandeliers and surrounded by sumptuous fabrics, colors and textiles.
Rooms to remember
Floor-to-ceiling windows, stylish décor and modern in-room amenities combine to give guest rooms an opulent feel. Each room features a unique layout and architectural features, creating a bespoke experience for every guest and ensuring no two accommodations are alike.
Experience the ultimate in comfort as you snuggle down on pillow-top mattresses and wrap yourselves in custom bedding and down comforters. Take your time to pamper, relax and indulge in the elegant marble bathrooms, all offering steeping tubs or walk in showers.
Breakfast, Nashville style
Start you day in decadent style, with breakfast being a big (and tasty) deal in Nashville. A classic full breakfast usually features a heartwarming plate of eggs, brioche, breakfast potatoes, bacon and sausage.
The hotel’s extensive breakfast menu offers a range of delicious options to suit every taste including great vegetarian dishes to start the day. Try their Mushroom Toast, made with fromage blanc, pickled red onion, sherry glaze, grana padano, smoked olive oil or the Buttermilk Pancakes with lemon butter, crushed sugar, blueberries and bourbon syrup. The French Toast is also particularly decadent, served with roasted banana, sorghum syrup, pecan brittle and candied lemon.
Brunch, lunch and evening dining
Nashville’ burgeoning food scene rivals the very best in the nation. Decades of traditional Southern cuisine mesh with the influences of immigrants from all around the globe. The Union Station Hotel’s acclaimed restaurant, Stationairy, is among the finest in the city, offering exciting lunch and dinner menus with a regional flair.
The culinary team draws inspiration from a fusion of American techniques. Dishes are crafted with fresh, flavorful and responsibly sourced ingredients and paired with an exceptional global wine list.
An enticing lunch menu includes a bacon-tomato jam and Beemster gouda burger or a baby kale caesar with pasture-raised chicken and leek dressing. For dinner expect steamed mussels, slow cooked salmon and beef tartare. Cap off the perfect bistro-style meal with a decadent dessert – like our duck fat caramel beignet or an Asian pear crostata.
If you enjoy a cocktail, then you are in the perfect place. Considered one of the best Nashville bars on Broadway, the Union Station Hotel’s expert mixologists bring their creative flair to the table with an array of zesty creations. Who can resist the romantic allure of the signature cocktail and its compelling story?
Three to try are:
- Stationairy Old Fashioned – apple wood-smoked Elijah Craig bourbon, Amaro Averna, brown sugar, angostura bitters.
- Lost In Paris - Tito’s vodka, St. Germain, mint, lemon, sparkling wine, angostura bitters.
- Strawberry Crossing - Grey Goose vodka, lemongrass, Giffard strawberry, lemon, sparkling rose’.
To see nearby
The Union Station Hotel stands at the heart of a city rich in art, culture and hospitality. Its central location in downtown, the best area to stay in Nashville, makes it the perfect base from which to discover live music, museums, fine restaurants, shopping and so much more in every direction
The Grand Ole Opry, hailed at the country’s most famous stage, hosts live music events connecting fans across the world to the best of country music. One of the world’s most famous stages, performers have included Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and Patsy Klein
Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame to discover over 800 stage costumes, 5 instruments and hundreds of other objects, from microphones to automobiles, documenting the history of country music.
Legend has it that during World War II a young woman, Abigail, said goodbye to her soldier on the Union Station train platform before he departed to France. When she arrived at that same spot to greet him on his return, she was instead met with word that he was killed in action. Distraught, Abigail threw herself in front of a passing locomotive far below.
The forlorn spirit of Abigail, still looking for her lost love, can reportedly be seen wandering the main terminal and her presence felt in Room 711 of the Union Station Hotel.
Stay at the Union Station Hotel Nashville on our Southern Grace luxury guided tour.