This was our second stay at this Hampton while visiting Nashville. We were there for a week while my husband was working in Gallatin. He normally stays at the Hampton in Gallatin but when I come along there is more for me to do staying in Nashville. This time a friend also accompanied us so I had someone to do things with during the day.
Can't say enough good things about this Hampton's staff. Sunshine - the kind lady who is the breakfast attendant is the nicest person who is as generous with her hugs as she is with the mints she hands out. Every day my friend and I looked forward to chatting with her. Now I'm hoping I get the names right - Katie and Marge at the front desk were so kind and so much fun to chat with. Marge was also the shuttle driver on occasion. We took the shuttle several times over to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. One day we enjoyed looking at the flowers/plants at the Hotel as well as a leisurely lunch at The Cascades. Two other days we got off at the Hotel and walked over to the Mall (only about 10 minutes away).
Remember this hotel IS NOT downtown - it's about a 10-15 minute drive downtown depending on traffic. However, you do not need a car to get downtown. The hotel has a shuttle service they can call - for $10 per person the shuttle picks up at the hotel - drops you off downtown by Margaritaville and picks up there on the hour. Much cheaper than a taxi. We did drive downtown a couple of nights when we met my husbands co-workers, but parking is at least $10-$20 for the closer parking spots. This hotel is a little ways from some restaurants but if you can walk it is definitely doable.
As far as comparing the downtown Hampton to this one, we have also stayed at the Hampton Inn downtown several times. They used to have free parking but since the flood they started charging so the cost of staying downtown has gotten quite expensive. It is nice to stay downtown but if you plan on going to the Grand Ole Opry, the General Jackson or the Gaylord Opryland Hotel you end up driving anyway.
All in all another wonderful stay and I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone!