Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens

Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens

Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens
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Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center has earned an international reputation for its service and amenities but is equally well known for its nine acres of lavish indoor gardens. Boasting 50,000 tropical plants, rare international blooms and romantic Southern species, the horticultural displays at Gaylord Opryland are among the most exquisite in the world. Meticulously selected and lovingly maintained by a staff of 20 full-time interior horticulturists, the landscaping is a colorful, year-round paradise tucked inside this amazing resort. Each of the gardens is housed under one of the hotel's soaring atriums, creating a series of breathtaking horticultural wonderlands. An elaborate climate-control system keeps the temperature at 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit year round. Relative humidity stays around 55 percent most of the time. There is also an air exchange system to ensure air in the atriums does not become stale. The system exchanges air four times in a 24-hour period. The Garden Conservatory features a collection of 10,000 tropical plants, representing more than 215 species. Towering palms and banana trees rise 60 feet above the atrium floor. In all, there are 37 different families of trees represented, including ficus, banana trees, palms and a sampling of miniature orange trees. In August 1982, months before opening, a staff of 10 began landscaping the Garden Conservatory, which was at that time one of the largest facilities of its kind in a single, glass-topped room in the world. Many of the taller plants were put in place before construction was completed, in advance of installing the thousands of flowers that add color and texture to the majestic space. It took staff 3 months to install the gardens of the Garden Conservatory Atrium. A precise drip-irrigation system was developed that allows many plants to be watered slowly over the course of several hours. The soil is a special mixture of pine, peat and cypress bark solelite developed specifically for the environment. For the Cascades Atrium, dozens of Florida nurseries were visited before staff selected more than 8200 tropical ornamental plants representing 449 species. Plant varieties range from an Alexandria palm tree towering more than 40 feet high to six-foot-tall ginger bushes and jasminum vines. Sunlight levels are higher in the Cascades than in the Garden Conservatory, providing a sustainable environment for different plant varieties. Beyond the Cascades is the Delta Atrium, an amazing indoor garden with a subtropical feeling. Even though it is an indoor environment, 370 trees and palms--between 20- and 40-feet tall--share space with thousands of smaller plants. To create the appearance of the outdoors, black olive trees and West Indian mahoganies were chosen for their resemblance to oaks. Unlike oaks, they do not shed their leaves. And in true Southern tradition, Spanish moss trails from their imposing branches. Design of the Delta's gardens began two years before the Delta's opening in June 1996. Most of the plants originated in Florida. It took 32 tractor trailers to transport them to their new home in the protected environment of the Delta Atrium. The Delta is a true garden of the South with 120 sabal palms, tall lady palms, camellias, banana trees and cycads. Primary hedging plants are ever-blooming gardenia and camellias pittosporum (both green and variegated). There are 1500 plants representing 30 varieties of camellias in the Delta. Two 40-foot-tall Magnolia grandiflora (Southern magnolias) accent the front of the Delta Mansion. ABOUT GAYLORD OPRYLAND RESORT Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., is the largest non-gaming hotel facility in the continental United States and the flagship property of Gaylord Hotels. The newly-renovated resort features nearly 3,000 guest rooms and more than 700,000 square feet of meeting, convention and exhibit space.
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  • Gran7
    1,636 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    What a grand experience. We found the service Hearst. We stayed at property so we’re able to enjoy the gardens from different vantage points. The lights are pretty at night. The boat ride gives a whole mother perspective. A vacation within your vacation
    Visited April 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written March 10, 2023
  • 50 States Mama
    Elkhorn, Wisconsin99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Park at the Mall and Walk Over
    After reading several reviews about the high cost of parking, we decided to park in front of the AMC theater and walk over. It only took about 10 minutes and was a nice walk. If you are able and want to save money, give it a try. We highly recommend taking the narrated boat ride to get the full picture of the resort. We probably spent another hour and a half walking around. Next time, we plan to stay there to take full advantage of the whole resort.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 2, 2023
  • Melissa J
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    What an amazing hotel with history to share. It was wonderful to take the boat ride and hear the history. Shop, go for dinner, explore, or just sit and take in all the beautiful plants and waterfalls. Excellent place
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 21, 2023
  • Roving38052
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful time
    This is an amazing place, several restaurants, amazing resort and rooms and the gardens were beautiful. The downside if you are not staying at the resort, close parking is expensive. If you don't care to walk, you can park int he mall parking lot and walk into the gardens, its free.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 25, 2023
  • Debra K
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Welcome to the Rain forest
    Wonderful place! We went to see the gardens which were simply amazing. The plants were so beautiful and so well cared for. Everything was just gorgeous. We ate lunch at one of the restaurants located in the garden as well.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 26, 2023
  • 1971wiel
    Sheboygan, Wisconsin236 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful venture
    Free experience. The gardens were beautiful ... so many different views. We would have loved to have lunch but the restaurant was reserved for a private party. Such a beautiful place to walk around and view. Next time we will stay here!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 5, 2023
  • Dreamer24244047124
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Opryland in Christmas
    I went to Opryland for Christmas, and wow. It was truly something. The colors, the light shows, the vendors. It was all amazing. It was like being inside a Hallmark movie. Vendors were giving out hot chocolate and selling treats. Some of the food and treats were overpriced, which was expected. There were lots of kids so I would suggest going on a weekday. But the glass ceiling made it so exciting, especially when it started snowing later. The biggest perk is that its free!
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 10, 2023
  • LisaRenee_Recommends
    McKinney, Texas130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous views with exceptional service
    Beautiful property with exceptional service. Chelsea was fantastic at check-on, getting the room requested. So many things to do here. Live music, a wide range of restaurants from casual to pricey. Lots of walking and very spread out so decide what you want to be near. Atrium views with balcony are worth it! We requested a room near the live music. There are quieter areas as well. If you are there for a conference you may want to stay closer to conference hall. Would definitely stay here again!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written July 29, 2023
  • John P
    South Deerfield, Massachusetts878 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Like Disney, but in a controlled environment...9/1/23
    The last time I visited it was for a weeklong convention with Sherwin-Williams back in 1988. Other than meetings and award presentations, we only got to see The Mandrell Sisters at The Grand Ole Opry. This time we drove over from our timeshare a half mile away, and parked in a lot that had a broken exit gate so we avoided the $35 parking fee. I was already having a good time. We went in to the convention center, worked our way around the multiple atriums, found the waterpark and the arcade and visited Pisano's Restaurant and Carvel's sundae shop for dessert. We phoned home for the third time during our mid afternoon visit. There were lots of families excitedly discovering the amenities, and riding the boat through the river paths. I was intrigued by the fact that they used water from 1700 different sources to fill the waterway for it's installation way back when. The plaques explain which ones were used in each state, so it was fun finding our waterways from back home. I had to drag Jaclyn away so we could make our show at the Ryman Auditorium.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 8, 2023
  • Tourist745353
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Opryland hotel
    The Conservatory there is so beautiful, so meticulously maintained, and so amazing in its diversity, l would go, just to see that. But also the hotel has cute restaurants, ice cream places, sit down spots for a drink, and walking paths with benches where you can stop and really meditate on the beauty. Then, there’s this river! With boats on it! And yes, it cost us $32 to park, but it was well worth this money.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
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Kate
Saint Louis, MO5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
Hotel is amazing & we feel very safe with their protocols & requirement of masks in public spaces. Soundwaves is another story. Their management company, Jeff Ellis Mgmt, seems to have no regard for the safety of guests or following through on their own policies. Masks are basically non-existent, except on staffers. We spent the extra money to come here because of the Gaylord’s safety recognition & protocols, but am now realizing this doesn’t not apply to Soundwaves water park. Everyone who buys tickets to Soundwaves agrees to their policy that clearly state masks are required when not eating or engaging in water activities. (This is doable; I’ve seen it enforced at other indoor pools successfully.) Staff at the entrance told us masks are required on the pool deck, when walking to the restroom, etc. There are also signs stating this. However, once you walk in the door, NO ONE is actually wearing them & the place is packed! Many, many people are sitting around on chairs, never stepping toe in the wafer, & there is no reason why they can’t wear masks. The snack bar had a long line of unmasked people as well. There are no staff walking around issuing reminders as there are in the hotel, which is exactly why no one is following the rules (except for a handful of us). I was told there would be safety announcements; there were not. I do not feel my family is safe at Soundwaves whatsoever & do not recommend spending the $$$$ to come here if you are concerned about your health.
Written March 23, 2021
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Good afternoon-- Providing the highest level of hospitality is our number one priority and we sincerely apologize for falling short of meeting your expectations. We appreciate you bringing your concerns regarding SoundWaves to our attention. We are continuing to observe and modify our operations and practices as related to the local ordinances regarding Nashville's phased re-opening plan. Since we reopened, we have instituted policies in accordance with local guidelines from the mayor’s office and health department as well as best practices guidelines laid out to us through our partnership with Vanderbilt Medical Center. As you indicated, there is significant signage around the property indicating our policies and the ways in which we have worked to encourage social distancing in every aspect of the property, and we appreciate continuous feedback on these matters as they help us to adjust accordingly. Thanks, Tim S. Customer Care Specialist
Written March 24, 2021
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Rose R
Bethesda, MD1,410 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
The indoor gardens are really beautiful. We came to see ICE and walked around the resort. We ate at one of the Mexican food cantinas which was mediocre and you had to wait a long time for the food. You do have to pay for parking which is a downside but this was a perfect activity for the whole family on a rainy day.
Written January 2, 2020
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49ll
Nashville, TN301 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The gardens are pristine and relaxing to walk thru. Allow for a good hours to really enjoy a casual walk. The gardens can be busy on any given day and unfortunately people just stop in the middle of the walkways without thought of others or hold up people to take pics rather than find a quiet spot of which there are many. Not a reflection on the hotel at all but rather the lack of courtesy many show to others. Beyond that nuisance the gardens are relaxing walk. It can be a maze at times so the signage has greatly improved over the years. The ICE exhibit at Christmas is also great. They did allow too many in at a time so that the exhibits could not be fully appreciated. As it is 13 degrees F. inside, most are not dressed appropriately and although special coats are required it is still very cold for the small kids, who tend to not like cold areas and get fussy. Common sense should be used before visiting this particular attraction. The ICE bar holds about 6 people and of course you exit the exhibit thru the gift shop.
Written January 13, 2020
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Lauren
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
Inconvenienced and disappointed! We stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Resort hoping for a quick fun vacation before Thanksgiving of 2020. While the hotel its self was beautifully decorated and had many fun Christmas themed activities, the big draw was the SoundWaves indoor water park. Complete disappointment! They were under staffed so 1 person was working multiple slides at a time cause unnecessarily long lines to wait in. “Policies” we’re not clearly posted and the staff seemed to pick and choose who had to follow those policies. There are much better options out there for families looking for an indoor water park experience.
Written November 23, 2020
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Good morning-- Thank you for your review, and I'm sorry for your experience. Your feedback is appreciated, and I will review it with our SoundWaves management to look at what kinds of adjustments we need to make going forward. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Tim S. Customer Care Specialist
Written November 24, 2020
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Tracey M
San Antonio, TX1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
We are ambassador level with Marriott. We came to the Grand ole opry hotel in Nashville tonight... a lot is closed due to Covid which we didn’t know at the time of booking.....so limited our favorite Jack Daniels restaurant closed! they still charged high rates and resort feels but we had no idea everything was closed.
We are dinner we their restaurant cascades. The food as usually was excellent but the service was horrible. There are not even a lot of people here. Our waiter, Wael, was too busy socializing and it took forever for everything! Don’t waste your time coming here... very disappointed. Unsatisfied customer! And to top it off we got the blueberry pie and vanilla bean ice cream and it was so cold why wasn’t the pie warm hmm disappointed
Written July 20, 2020
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Hi Tracey-- I'm sorry that we disappointed you. We have tried to communicate our limited offerings through confirmation communications, website, and social media. We are sorry that we made this poor impression on you. We are limited right now, but we are still trying to offer our guests a great experience--we will try to do better. Tim S. Customer Care Specialist
Written July 22, 2020
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MS
Kabul, Afghanistan245 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
Visited two days after Xmas with 4 kids, one in a stroller. Overall not a bad scene to check out. You will pay $36 for parking and another $60ish for 4 tickets (children 3 and under are free) for the boat ride. Let’s start with the good; it’s huge with plenty of activities that you can enjoy as a family for a few like the boat ride or chariot ride, tons of food options that open at various times, plenty of gift shops, and beautiful gardens and waterfalls all decked out with lights for Xmas. The bad; it is supper crowded and knowing how to traverse the different atriums can be challenging. Also there are tons of steps or escalators but finding elevators close to them is a nuisance for sure. Some elevators can take a while bc of how crowded this place can be. A lot of the activities can sell out in advance so hard to fully enjoy unless you preplanned your visit. Also expense for what you get - not great value. Overall not a bad outing but doesn’t rank high on the to-do list.
Written December 27, 2021
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Babette M
Plano, TX218 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We desperately wanted to see the much hyped Gaylord during our stay in December and it's Christmas glory but were sadly unable to. Unless you are a guest in the hotel or have tickets to an event, you can't even park or get into the property to walk around, have a drink or dine in. We drove around the property trying to park for almost an hour without any luck. The website mentioned valet parking for $35 but the line for that was very long and no available self parking (which would have been $25 if we could have found a parking spot). Seems counterintuitive to discourage patrons from coming in that would spend money on food and beverage. Such a disappointment. especially with all the hype about seeing the decorations. If you plan to go, make a dinner reservation ahead of time or purchase tickets to another event and be prepared to wait in long valet lines and pay $35 just to park. I recommend finding a place nearby, parking your car and walking onto the grounds if you don't have tickets or dinner reservations.
Written January 1, 2023
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Dear Babette M, Upholding our commitment to provide a memorable experience with exceptional service, we hope to have an opportunity to better your experience with us whenever your travels bring you back to Nashville.
Written January 2, 2023
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Samantha B
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Unless you are staying at the facilities, guests must pay $35+ dollars to park and the lots are VERY, VERY full, so plan to walk a good distance to the hotel.
We love speak-easy's and saw there was one in this hotel, so we were excited to try it. The only thing that made this a "speak easy" was the dim lighting and cock-tails. It looked like a diner with a few cheap decorations and a dimmer switch added to the lighting. The wine bar at the italian buffet had more class.
Written June 20, 2021
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Hello-- Our Self-Parking fee is $32 + tax whether you are a guest or not--we are sorry the lots were full during your visit. Thank you for your feedback. Tim S. Customer Care Specialist
Written June 25, 2021
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Rachel N
Crystal Lake, IL4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
Great free stop for a and hour or two to check out beautiful indoor gardens and waterfalls. We parked across the street at the various restaurants and shops and then walked in (otherwise parking is $33). We walked around the Garden Conservatory, Cascades, and Delta. They are large glass dome rooms filled with plants and trees with water features throughout. You can walk on little trails that connect multiple restaurants and shops. We stopped to watch the free 10-min Fountain show in the Delta room that run at the top of every hour from 6pm-9pm. We had a fun time walking through the resort for the evening, it was like nothing I had seen before!
Written March 29, 2022
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KathyBlomquist
Hammond, LA25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We've traveled to 18 countries, and have stayed at all types of hotels. We've been attending an annual convention at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel for 20+ years, yet this place still takes my breath with the beauty of the plants and water features. It was updated in 2019 (maybe 2018), keeping the charm of the original hotel with elegance and comfort. You truly have to see this place to believe it!
Written March 10, 2020
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