Checking into the elegant and historic Hermitage Hotel, you may forget you’re in the heart of downtown Nashville where music and partying often take center stage. You’ll forget past trips to the Music City where your big days and bigger nights ended in a meh hotel.
Tennessee’s only five-star hotel and the city’s only operating historic hotel and original million-dollar property, The Hermitage Hotel just may spoil you for other stays, pushing your bar to new heights for southern weekend destinations.
Since its debut in 1910, The Hermitage Hotel is an icon of approachable luxury, serving as a gathering place for the city’s movers and shakers and hosting countless world leaders, dignitaries, titans of industry, Hollywood icons, and musical legends. The amenity-rich classic features 122 luxurious guest rooms and suites, a distinctive dining program, indulgent spa services, and ample meeting space, all within the delightful ambiance of stunning Beaux-Arts architecture.
Waiting for me in my room facing the Tennessee State Capital (standing sentinel since 1859) was a short stack of personalized stationery, embossed with the hotel logo, wrapped and sealed with a personal welcome letter from Dee Patel, managing director. The building is a museum in itself, rich with colors, textures, and nods to its illustrious history. Portraits of the nation's leaders and of bucolic landscapes that make the state memorable hang in grand halls.
Yes, history is important but so are pillows. The hospitality team at The Hermitage reached out to me before our visit, offering a pillow menu with selections of memory foam, buckwheat, and down pillows. I chose one of each and favored the down. The hotel’s signature, locally-made custom hand-tufted cashmere and cotton mattress, luxurious Frette linens, and down-filled duvets reminded me why sleeping is my favorite sport.
A close second though is dining and the new Drusie & Darr restaurant and bar from internationally celebrated chef and restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten. It is named after brother and sister, the children of the hotel’s former General Manager, Dick Hall. With a childhood seemingly plucked from a storybook, the duo lived, played and grew up in the hotel winning over the hearts of staff and guests.
I love that The Hermitage is beautiful, inside and out, contributing a small donation from every hotel stay to the Land Trust for Tennessee. To date, this program has raised over $1,000,000 for land conservation and directly contributed to the protection and preservation of more than 85,000 acres of Tennessee land.
You too will feel the love when you stay at The Hermitage.
The Hermitage Hotel
231 6th Ave N Nashville