Please note: All opinions are my own. I did not receive any type of compensation for this post and paid full price for my stay.
When a rather last-minute opportunity arose to take a weekend trip to Nashville, I immediately got to planning! We had a lovely weekend in this southern city and I do believe I found the most perfect Nashville hotel to stay in. It’s always so great when my extensive trip planning pays off, and with the Westin Nashville, it most certainly did.
Country music always has been, and always will be, my very favorite kind of music. Lucky for me my husband was raised in Texas and he loves it too, so I was able to convince him that we needed to take a trip to the music mecca that is…NASHVILLE! Nashville had been on my “to see” list for years. Technically, just about every place in the world is on that list. But Nashville ranked near the top.
About a month ago, Garth Brooks announced that he would be closing his 2+ year world tour with a final show in Nashville. I had already trekked to Shreveport, Louisiana to see the same concert about a year and a half ago but my husband wasn’t able to go that time due to work obligations. It was easily the most fun concert I’ve ever been to, so when I heard the announcement about the Nashville show, I instantly knew I had to be there.
Getting tickets to that thing was NO JOKE, y’all. About ten minutes before tickets were set to go on sale, I was ready with the page pulled up and my Ticketmaster account logged in. A few seconds before 10am hit, I refreshed the page and immediately jumped in line for tickets the second they opened. I waited for about 45 minutes in the queue….waiting for it to be my turn to select tickets….I was even on the PHONE with Ticketmaster to try to get in that way like it was 1996. No luck. Tickets basically sold out in an instant.
But then….Garth got on Twitter (yes, I had that open too…) to announce EXTRA SHOWS! I think there ended up being 6 total shows but I wasn’t able to buy tickets for a single show. That’s how crazy the demand was. I ended up going to Stub Hub a few minutes later and buying tickets that way. It cost about twice as much as it would have through Ticketmaster, but I was just glad to have tickets! Our plans were set and we headed to Nashville three weeks later for a whirlwind of a weekend in Music City.
Nashville Hotels: Where to Stay
After our dates were confirmed, I headed over to Booking to choose a hotel for the weekend. Garth was playing at Bridgestone Arena, which was conveniently located in the heart of downtown Nashville. Ideally, I wanted to be walking distance to the arena (fighting for an Uber after a major concert does NOT sound like my cup of tea) and other attractions (this means bars). Since we were only staying one night (flying in Saturday morning, leaving Sunday), I decided to splurge a little bit and reserved The Westin Nashville.
The one thing that I didn’t think about when planning this trip was coordinating arrival times. Our plane landed at about 10am, and we arrived at the hotel shortly thereafter. Check-in is from 4:00pm on, so we were expecting to leave our bags with the front desk and come back later to get ready before the concert. We were immediately allowed to check in, a whole 6 hours early, which made all the difference in our day.
The Suite Life
Maybe I just don’t stay in fancy enough places, but I’ve never before been offered to check into a hotel in the morning. The room was absolutely gorgeous once we got inside. The gigantic windows offered a view of the west side of downtown, including the famous Batman-shaped skyscraper and the brick-red Ryman Auditorium, where the Grand Ole Opry plays.
The room, while not huge, was plenty spacious and the bathroom was very modern. The countertop was big enough for all of my products, which is very rare for a hotel room! Small touches made the suite feel more homey, such as a fluffy bathroom hanging up for wear, complimentary ear plugs and eye masks, and my favorite of all – workout gear for rent! Don’t get me wrong, I am by no means the kind of girl who works out in hotel gyms. Okay, I don’t work out in ANY gyms. But if you are? The Westin will rent you workout clothing and New Balance tennis shoes in your size for just $5! In an effort to help guests “pack light and stay fit”, I think this is a glorious idea and I hope someone out there is taking advantage of it.
I was also pleased to see that the Westin offers a “Make a Green Choice” program. If you stay three nights or longer, choose to forgo maid service and receive a voucher for $5 towards the hotel restaurant. If we had stayed any longer, we would have certainly done so!
After the concert, we decided that we were too tired and cold to head back out to the bars on Broadway (we had been hanging out there for the better part of the afternoon) so we walked back to the Westin. The hotel location could not have been more perfect – it was less than a 10 minute walk from Bridgestone Arena. Given that it was about 20 degrees that night and these Texans were FREEZING, that was all the walking I wanted to do. I was also covered in beer thanks to the kind folks in the row behind us, so getting back to the hotel pronto was a must.
It was still only about 10pm, so we headed up to the hotel’s rooftop pool and bar. As we walked up, we could see that the bar was packed with people, so it looked like it would probably take a while to get a drink. Not even close! As soon as we walked through the door, a concierge immediately took our orders and handed us our drinks moments later without waiting in line.
During the summer, the pool area would have been amazing. There are two levels of seating and a beautiful swimming pool all overlooking the downtown Nashville skyline. Taking in the city at night was the perfect end to our very quick trip to Tennessee! We had to leave around 7am the next morning for our flight back home. If only we could have called out of work and stayed in Nashville a few more days, I would have happily extended our Westin reservation!
The level of hospitality we received coupled with the fantastic views and beautiful hotel interior made the reservation price absolutely worth it. We couldn’t have chosen a better location for the walk over to the concert either! Broadway and the surrounding downtown center were just minutes from the hotel’s door, saving tons of Uber money that was better put towards beer.
Until next time, Nashville….I will be seeing you (and the Westin!) again soon.
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