Virgin Hotels Nashville opened in July 2020, just minutes from the city’s historic Music Row where the likes of Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley recorded some of their top hits.
The hotel is sophisticated and chic but reflects its charismatic and energetic surroundings with features including a pool table, swinging chair, kooky library and signature red accents. The work-hard-play hard mantra continues with rooftop pool, DJ sets and well-stocked bars. It offers 262 spacious ‘chambers’, outdoor spaces for functions as well as several meeting spaces and all within walking distance to the famous Broadway strip.
The check in
Valet parking is available and manned 24/7 directly outside the entrance of the property. The reception area is spacious and flows through into the Commons Club, the hub of the hotel. The staff were efficient, friendly and more than happy to provide personal recommendations and directions. Ample seating, desk space, plug sockets and an on-site coffee shop encouraged remote working.
My room was modern, bright and airy with floor-to-ceiling windows and a sliding barn-style door that allowed for separate bedroom and dressing room areas, giving it an apartment feel. Furnishings were tasteful and modern with homely touches including a rug, throw pillows, window seating, Smeg fridge and dressing gowns. Virgin also has its own app, Lucy, which allows guests to check in, order room service, control the AC and lights and acts as a room key. The shower was modern and spacious and separate to the toilet.
The property has two restaurants and ‘Funny library’ coffee shop which offers barista-style coffee and pastries as a well-stocked library and remote working facilities.
The main restaurant, Commons Club, has a cocktail bar aesthetic with dim lighting and plush velvet chairs. The dinner menu is upscale American with favourites including southern fried chicken and signature burger alongside seared scallops and lobster spaghetti. Dishes were cooked fresh in the open kitchen and were elegantly presented and very tasty. Guests and non-guests alike enjoyed dinner and cocktails in the buzzy restaurant.
The Pool Club offers sprawling views of the city and invites business travellers to work poolside, or wind down with some drinks and casual bites. The space attracts a cool crowd who enjoy sun-drenched cabanas by day and DJ sets by night.
There’s also a 24/7 gym and fitness centre equipped with cardio machines and weights.
The property has a fun and relaxed atmosphere with eccentric features that are typical of the Virgin brand. It was a real treat to have a rooftop pool and outside dining area, complete with herb garden, to enjoy in such a centrally-located hotel. Virgin has succeeded in standing out from the crowd and embracing its vibrant city locations. Guests have Nashville’s famous music scene on their doorstep but also don’t have to leave the hotel to get a slice of the action.
1 Music Square W, Nashville, TN 37203
Rates at Virgin Hotels Nashville, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, start from £155 for a double room. preferredhotels.com