Husband was attending a conference here last week, and although we weren't quick enough to get rooms whilst it was on, we managed to check in the day it finished, and stay for the weekend after.
It's a bit overwhelming if you're not used to big resorts - having done both Atlantis sites, we're ready for most things. The initial drive up to the hotel can be confusing - there is one lane for "valet parking & taxis", and the other is marked "Staff" - so which to use if you want to check in, then take your own car to the (expensive) car park isn't obvious. $21 seems a lot for a day parking, especially when the website says $18. We had to queue for check in - though the "Rewards" counters were empty. It would also help if there were dedicated counters to check out from too. And if you have the $50 resort credit, make sure to check they've applied it before you pay the bill.
Apparently there is a premium for rooms overlooking the atrium - can't think why - those waterfalls are all very impressive, however they are noisy - and I never saw anyone sat on their balcony. Our Magnolia 5th floor room overlooked the conference centre, which was actually OK - no balcony though - but as the IT conference had finished, and the Harley one hadn't started, it was quiet. Room was fairly standard Marriott fayre - king size bed, my pillow preference used. Bathroom wasn't huge, with a sink opposite the wardrobe, a one-cup coffee maker - no tea available - and the vanity mirror is in with the other sink - so gets fogged up - and means you can't do your face whilst husband shaves etc. And this is the second hotel I've been in recently that has body lotion, hair conditioner - but no shower gel? Who wants to use a body scrub bar on sunburn?
There was a fridge - which we forgot to empty when we checked out - and safe, and plenty of drawer space. Controls for the air con could do with being bigger - difficult to navigate without squinting!
We used some of the bars and eating areas during our stay - there are screens telling you which are open each day - though I would have preferred this to also tell me which had live music each night, I would have expected some kind of daily magazine/info sheet available, either posted to the room, or electronically somewhere. Findleys Irish bar was fine, Jack Daniels was good, from what I saw the food was good, and the service friendly. The Fuse was a big let down - this has apparently just been moved from a previous location, and refurbished - service at the bar is no problem, however once past that point, it goes to pieces. Orders are forgotten, food is cold when it arrives, and staff seem bewildered.
We had breakfast in the Cascades Cafe - the only buffet option, which for a place this size, seems short-thinking. You sit among the waterfalls, which sounds like a nice concept, but as the place is enclosed by that glass roof, it's really noisy. Buffet was limited to just cooked items - no bread for toast and only sweet pastries. Staff will recommend you the crab eggs benedict, being the most expensive option on the menu, which were just ok, with eggs being overcooked. The alternative to breakfast are the coffee shops, which dont have enough seating to warrant being called a dining option, imo.
There are 2 pool areas, both - cosy. The Magnolia pool is only open from 10am, likely because it's in a courtyard surrounded by rooms, and it then closes at 6pm - also I assume to prevent upsetting guests. Though to be fair, by 4pm in August, it had lost all the sun anyway. There are 2 pools - one small one for children, and a slightly bigger one for everyone else - with one end being a respectable 9 feet deep. The other pool area is pretty much in the car park - you have to go via the spa to reach it, and it's real small. Loungers are cheek by jowl - no peace and quiet here. Certainly not what I would have expected for a resort this size.
Being next door to the Grand Old Opry is cool, though again, I would have expected to see some kind of entertainment guide to what was on - and the Opry Mall next door to this is worth a visit.
The hotel is good 20 minute drive to downtown Nashville, expect to pay at least $25 plus tip. Same for the airport, which is only 10 minutes away.
Would we visit again? Probably - I liked being out of the city, and walking distance to the Mall!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nashville's iconic Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center offers guests all the excitement and energy of Music City under one spectacular roof. Beneath our 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. ... more less
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