For the most part this hostel is great. The whole place is spotless with newly refitted bathrooms and big lounge area downstairs. Dorms are very minimalist but it's fine. Security was excellent - you need your swipe card to get in everywhere, even the downstairs bathrooms and the lift. Location cannot be beaten. A block from Broadway and totally fine to walk back to at night, as long as youre careful of course, and value for money is terrific.
However, there were a couply of niggly things that really meant that i cant give it 5 stars.
The biggest being that there are no lockers. At all. Not even little ones to put valuables in. When we asked about it at reception, the attitude was 'well we've never had a problem so we don't see the need'. While i'm sure that thats true amd im sure that most people wouldnt steal, when youre sharing dorms with strangers unfortunately its not a risk you want to take, so we ended up having to carry our valuables with us at all times, including our ipads, which was inconvenient to say the least. Other things were just minor things which seem to be standard in other hostels we've stayed in. Things like: a hook each in the dorm for coats, an individual light for each bed so that when people are coming back late, they dont need to turn the main light on, and some kind of little bag/basket next to the bed to put things in.
That said, for the price you pay and the location, you will not find better in Nashville. It just had the air of being a bit inexperienced compared to more established hostels. If they fixed all the little things this place would be 5 stars without a doubt and one of the best hostels around!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nashville Downtown Hostel is a playground for global backpackers. Come experience the hostel established by a global backpacker who values safety, comfort, and convenience in a friendly home away from home. We have 48 private rooms / 250 dormitory beds. We are open 24 hours x 7 days week with front desk staff presence. Our guests have 24 hour access via security code door. We have bike and locker storage where you can drop off your luggage while you explore the town. You are welcome to check-in as early as 7am but facility fee applies for the usage of bed, shower, kitchen, and WIFI outside of overnight hours (3pm to 11am the next day). The facility fee applies for Non-overnight guest. For the security measure everyone entering the property must show proof of travel, we require either an international passport or U.S. Driver's license with matching major credit card or bank card. ... more less