When my wife and I vacation, we normally use hotels that we are familiar with, so that we will know what to expect. Marriotts and Hiltons are our usual, mainly because that rooms are always clean and up to a certain standard. The Hilton Gardens in Nashville was definitely up to their usual excellent standards. If you drove too fast, you would drive right by it. The hotel is on the corner of a side road with a parking garage next to it. When you enter, you are greeted by nice smiling faces ready to help you in any way. From the valet parkers to the receptionists, to the housekeeping, everyone is saying hello and "have a good day". You cannot help but smile. The room was exceptional and clean. The fruit and coffee on the counter when you enter is always a nice touch, and the chocolate chip cookies were a nice treat. The fire was roaring in the lobby, and the chairs were comfortable.
The bed was nice and plush. The room was laid out exactly like the others we have stayed at-nice and functional. 4 elevators meant there was never a wait, or a crowded elevator. The pool was big and warm. You could swim laps on your own, while the children played in a different area of the pool. The jacuzzi was nice and bubbly and warm.
The breakfast was a nice and plentiful buffet. The food was great, and there were lots of southern treats to choose from, besides the regular American staples-eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, waffles, home fries, etc,
My only complaint was that the gym was small, and there was only 3 pieces of cardio equipment- 1 elliptical and 2 treadmills (there was also a recumbent bike, but no one used that). The wait to use the machines in the morning was 3 persons deep. I had to wait over an hour to get on the elliptical, and it was worse later in the day. Also, there seemed to be a lot of dust on the machine, which meant it wasn't wiped down regularly. But, there was plenty of weight lifting dumbbells and a nautilus, so it kept me busy until it was my turn.
ONE TIP!! If you want to save on the parking- park in the garage 100 feet away from the hotel around the corner. It is $ 10 a day, compared to $ 25 a day at the hotel parking lot. We were there for 3 days, so it was nice to save $ 40.
Otherwise, a very nice Hilton. Good job.