Gaylord Opryland isn't a regular hotel. It's a megaresort plunked down in middle America, and -- minus the gambling and the implied hedonism -- much like a Las Vegas superhotel. It's massive and self-contained, which isn't going to suit the majority of travelers. And it's not there for the world traveler, either.
Given that, it's an above-average place. It's clean to the point of fastidious; an early-morning walk revealed several workers hosing down, then hand-wiping some concrete stairs. And early morning is a good time to experience it; noon and later brings hordes of visitors. This is a destination for day and weekend tours, drawn to its location near the Grand Ole Opry and its non-gaming appeal. (You'll usually find a few Christian-travel tourist buses in the parking lot.)
Most of the renovation work cited in previous reviews is completed. The furnishing taste runs more to kindly rich Gradma with an antebellum eye, but it's certainly not uncomfortable. There are natural-stone countertops in the bathroom, along with single-cup coffemaker and plenty of towels.
Housekeeping isn't going to be by 10 a.m. sharp everyday, although mine was finished by noon when I'd stop in before lunch. No dust-bunnies under the bed, and linens/towels were changed daily.
The massive numbers of people moving through the Gaylord Opryland may cause some jams at times, although it took me less than three minutes at check-in and again at check-out. The staff also seemed to be doing a good job of moving large-group check-ins to a separate lobby or, in the case of some tours, to another entrance entirely.
Eating is not cheap, but that's something at any kind of self-contained resort. The top steak at the Old Hickory Steakhouse runs $44 (with another $6 to $8 each for salad or potato), but it's not all like that; Findlay's Irish Pub is certainly not sliced right out of Dublin, but nearly all the entrees are under $13 including potato and grilled vegetable, and a large house salad is only $2.50 more.
Breakfast isn't as good; the only restaurant offering sit-down food is the buffet (Rachel's Kitchen) and, besides smoked salmon and a made-to-order omelet/waffle bar, is pretty standard (and by European hot-food standards, smallish) breakfast buffet that's really overpriced. It's a 15-minute walk off the property to the usual interstate-exit fare of Shoney's or Cracker Barrel.
The service is almost overwhelming. Bell staff and restaurant workers almost go into overload praising the place, but it's pervasive throughout -- when I stepped into a hallway and asked for the location of the nearest ice machine, I was personally escorted by two maintenance workers on their way to work on light fixtures elsewhere in the hotel.
This is not a place for someone looking for the quiet little hotel or B & B, nor for the value traveler. It's a created destination with huge areas placed under glass and stuffed with vegetation and water features. I came for a convention and certainly found it more-comfortable and -convenient than plenty of other places. I probably wouldn't return for personal travel, based on my own tastes, but I'd certainly return if business brought me here.
- 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 2,888 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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- Also Known As:
- Gaylord Opryland Hotel Nashville
- The Opryland Hotel
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