This was my first visit to the Opryland Resort and I was impressed with the property from the very beginning, aesthetically anyway. My impression changed after I was there for two days. Check in area is like WalMart in that it has tons of open spaces where you see check in counters with only two to three people behind them. A hotel with close to 3000 rooms should have more counters open for check in and check out. My room was on the Cascade Level which was great to me because I was close to The Falls bar and restaurants. My room was a lower level room with a view of the parking lot, but you get what you pay for. For $65 more a night I could've had a room with a private balcony overlooking the Cascade atrium. My inside room was just as nice and spacious with nice decor and comfortable bed. The Falls bar is located right near the lobby and has a beautiful waterfall to the right of it with lots of foliage. THe bartenders are very good and the bar food is ok. The drinks range from average upscale hotel price to ridiculous. The bottle charges for wine and champagne are lower. Think about this if you usually have two or more drinks or come as a group. Those two or three drinks costs more than an entire bottle of the same wine often. I had friends meet me here and we realized this when we received the bill. These are things you think an honest or conscientious server would mention. The bartender did(Day 2) the waitresss didn't (Day 1).
Beware the mexican restaurant Solario : 6 shrimp, 4 clams, 3 mussels, a bit of chorizo and a ton of rice do not a "signature" paella make and for $18 I expected better. The Cascades American Cafe was pleasant and only decent, but still nothing special after my disappointment at Solario. While dining at Cascades the food from Wasabi's, the Sushi bar located right off its entrance, can also be ordered. Room service was better than average and I ended up eating quite a bit of it.
I explored other areas of the property while there. The gym was great and very clean and the spa was typical hotel spa with fancy named basic spa treatments with premium prices. There are lots of things to do and see onsite though and they also provide shuttles to some area attractions, but I believe the only one that is free is the one to the mall, Grand Ole Opry, General jackson showboat, Golf or the one to other properties in the general area if you show your room key. The airport shuttle is $30one way or $40 roundtrip. Parking is not included in your room rate so be prepared to be charged whether you valet or park yourself. There is a $15 resort fee that covers internet, the aforementioned complimentary shuttle, two bottles of water in your room per day, the gym, access to their spa and I don't think anything else. However, most hotels charge $8-12 per day for internet alone so not really a big deal. What others have said is true here: you will be nickeled and dimed to death, but it is a resort and says so in its name. It never claimed to be an all inclusive resort and it is indeed not. Basically every way they can earn money they are.
The overall impression of this resort is just average. Very beautiful with lots of options. I guess here more than anthing you are paying for access and an experience. How much you do or see here is up to you and how much walking around you are willing to do. This isn't really a place to go for the pure pleasure of a very nice room. Average hotel in every way except looks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The iconic Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center offers guests all the excitement and energy of Music City under one spectacular roof. Beneath our Nashville hotel's climate-controlled signature glass atriums and nestled in a bend of the meandering Cumberland River is an extraordinary selection of dining, shopping and recreation options that create the perfect setting for a complete getaway. Enjoy our 9 amazing acres of indoor gardens, cascading waterfalls and indoor river with our very own Delta flatboat. Within this lush landscape, you will discover 2,882 guest rooms and 700,000 square feet of flexible meeting, convention and pre-function space. Discover Gaylord Opryland and make memories. Near our hotel, take in some of the top attractions in the country like the Grand Ole Opry. ... more less
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