I've probably stayed at this hotel a half dozen times over the last four years or so, mostly when I have a reason to be near Vanderbilt. I've also stayed at some other hotels in the area. There's nothing particularly great or especially bad about this hotel. The rooms are worn and a bit dated, but not decrepit. Last time stayed, the radio on the clock radio didn't work, and the in-room-iron was on it's last legs. But the rooms are comfortable and quiet. The breakfast is run-of-the-mill for a Hampton Inn, although at busy times it can be hard to find a table.
The location is great. I walk to most parts of campus from here (including the stadiums - about 10 minutes on foot) except the medical center, which is a 3-minute drive. There are two good restaurants directly across the street (a microbrewery with great food and beer and a good Italian place) and lots more within walking distance. There's some nightlife close by and it's a long but manageable (in good weather) walk to the entertainment strip at Demonbreum St. (though if that was my main destination I'd stay a the new Hilton Garden Inn instead), and a short drive to Hillsboro Village.
Exercise rooms are important to me. This one is average or slightly above for a Hampton. I say slightly above because in addition to the standard treadmill, elliptical, and bike, there's also a pretty large multi-purpose weight machine, albeit with one of the four benches missing (maybe left off for lack of space). No free weights, though I'm not sure I've ever seen those at a Hampton.
The hotel is considerably nicer than some of the "budget" hotels in the general area. There is a Courtyard by Marriott next door where I've stayed too. The Courtyard is a bit nicer and more up-to-date, and consistently runs $10 or so more per night. But the other difference is the Courtyard charges close to $20 per night for parking, while at the Hampton Inn parking is free. If I was flying in and didn't have a car, I'd stay at the Courtyard. But with parking factored in, I think the Hampton Inn is a better value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hampton Inn Nashville/Vanderbilt is two blocks from the Vanderbilt University campus in the city's West End area. Walk to over 50 restaurants from our 169-room hotel, which is just minutes from downtown. See over 300 species of plants, shrubs and the Bicentennial Oak on campus. Vanderbilt Medical Center, Baptist Hospital and Centennial Medical Center are within a mile of the hotel. Lunch on 'meat and three' or a burger and shake at Rotier's or Elliston Place Soda Shop, two legendary Nashville restaurants that have served Vanderbilt students for over sixty years. Shop for out-of-print books and vintage clothes at nearby Elliston Place or take a short ride to The Mall at Green Hills, Nashville's premier shopping destination. Hear great music at historic Ryman Auditorium, the Grand Ole Opry, or nearby Exit/In and Bluebird Cafe. Bridgestone Area also hosts concerts. View a scale-sized replica of The Parthenon and Athena statue in Centennial Park. Tour The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson, or Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art. Watch the Vanderbilt Commodores or Tennessee Titans play football. Attend a conference at Music City Center, Nashville's convention center. Whether you're visiting Nashville for business, a Vanderbilt graduation ceremony or a tournament at Centennial Sportsplex, you will enjoy our comfortable guest rooms with free high-speed internet access and 32-inch HDTVs. All rooms feature refrigerators, work desks and convenient lap desks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Nashville Hampton Inn