The Hermitage brags about being Tennessee's best hotel, its only 5-star hotel, and so on, and it may well be the best hotel in the state. I must say that at the price I paid--$569 per night for a Deluxe Room, before tax, which took it to about $680 per night given the outrageous Tennessee taxes--it had better up its game. Now west of the Hudson you have to make some accommodations. And $700 in Manhattan would not get you any sort of knock-out room, but in
the provinces, you would normally expect to have a suite at that level. Or, given a more ordinary room such as mine, perhaps a personal butler or some other amenity to make it worth so high a rate. In any case, the hotel is reasonably well located downtown, a 5 minute walk from the honky-tonk Broadway area where all the action is. There are usually a gaggle of buffed up car attendants/valets (Vanderbilt students on summer holiday) hanging around the entrance to take your car (for which you pay an additional nearly $30 per night). The lobby is very nice, old fashioned, and a nice place to sit and read or meet people. The staff at the desk are a bit too fawning and obsequious, all the more incongruous given that this is Tennessee--it is not southern hospitality, it is saccharine. The room was large, with a king bed and enough room for an armchair and desk without crowding--actually not much different from an Econolodge or Courtyard Suites sized room. The bathroom was quite nice, with a separate tub and shower, and nice amenities (from China, of course, so watch what you use). The room was quiet. The concierge was quite knowledgable, which made the stay go well.
All in all, if I were going to Nashville and someone else was paying for it, I would readily go back. On my own nickel, however, I would look around. There are quite a few hotels there to choose from, and at half the price you could find a hotel that would have all the basics that this one does, without perhaps some of the frills.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in 1910, The Hermitage Hotel is Tennessee's only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Hotel. At Nashville's oldest and original hotel, come experience true southern hospitality and charm. ... more less
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