I stayed at the Scarritt-Bennett Center for 5 nights. The property is adjacent to Vanderbilt University. The buildings and grounds were beautiful. Hopefully, you'll have time to enjoy the outdoor labyrinth during your visit.
If you are driving, park in Lot A (access is from 18th Street). Parking was ample and free. Check-in was easy, but they are strict about the 3:00pm check-in time, mostly because of the rooms needing to be cleaned. Staff were extremely helpful and friendly. You'll be given 2 keys; one opens the door to the residence hall; the other opens the door to your room. Note that the buildings don't have elevators so if you're unable to navigate stairs, as for a first floor room. Also, there are no luggage carts.
I stayed in Bragg Hall; one of three residence halls on property. Each residence hall has male and female guests. However, you will be assigned the same gender to share the adjoining bathroom.
The room is simple, think 1920s women's dorm room. There is a twin bed with a reading light hung on the wall next to the bed. There is a desk with 4 drawers and a small chair. Next to the desk is a sitting chair. The bathroom door is next to the chair; the door has a full-length mirror attached. A small sliding lock is attached to the bathroom door to prevent entry to the room from the bathroom. The HVAC control was in the bathroom and controls both rooms that adjoin to the bathroom. There is a small closet with approximately 8 hangers and it has a couple of shelves above the hangers for storage. An extra pillow and blanket were placed in the rack above the hangers. There is also a moveable luggage rack.
The bed is firm so if you like a pillow top mattress, this bed may feel uncomfortable. The pillow was flatter than what I use; however, I stacked the extra pillow with the one on the bed and slept just fine. Since there is not night stand, I moved the desk chair next to the bed in order to have a place for my alarm clock, phone, etc.
Scarritt-Bennett Center is near the Vanderbilt Medical School and VA Hospital. Therefore, you may hear helicopters coming and going from time to time. If you're sensitive to noise, bring ear plugs.
The shower was comfortable. There isn't a dehumidifier in the bathroom, so if you take a hot shower, you will want to open the small bathroom window. On the back of each bathroom door, there are two racks and a hook to hang your towels. Each room is provided with one washcloth, one face towel, two full towels, and a floor towel/mat. They give you fresh washcloths/towels every 3 days. (I checked in on a Tuesday and didn't get new washcloths/towels until Friday.) I don't mind reusing full towels, but I like a fresh washcloth each time I shower, so I brought along extra washcloths.
On the second floor, half way down the hall, there is a lounge with a TV, microwave, small refrigerator, table and chairs, and a couch. The refrigerator had a few items inside already.
There is a clothes washer and dryer as well as an iron and ironing board in the basement. I washed one load of clothes. It costs $1.50 (in quarters) for one load of wash and another $1.50 for one load to dry. There were several bottles of laundry detergent in the basement. I assumed they were left from previous guests, who did not use all the detergent and left it there for others to use.
Check-out was a 10:30am; they are strict about this time. If you need to stay beyond the 10:30am check-out time, you can store your luggage in the main office.
I recommend this place for singles traveling alone or for those, who don't mind separate rooms. It is not luxurious, it is comfortable and convenient. In fact, I enjoyed the time without a TV, though I did play music from my phone. It's a good place to stay, but keep your expectations realistic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Scarritt-Bennett Center is an urban education, conference and retreat center that offers affordable dorm-style rooms to both individuals and groups. We're just 2 miles from downtown Nashville, in the popular Midtown, Vandy, Music Row area. Ten acres of peaceful grounds and beautiful historic architecture - Walking distance of Vanderbilt, Music Row, area shops and restaurants - Ideal location just minutes from LP Field, Bridgestone Arena and downtown - 15 minutes from Nashville International airport - Complimentary parking - Friendly, welcoming staff. Rooms include wireless Internet access. The majority are singles with shared bath. Stay with us on your next trip to Nashville! ... more less
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