Hotel in Nashville
In a city that favors the throwback, the Hutton Hotel swings stylishly into the future.
If the rest of Nashville, Tennessee is Hank Williams, the Hutton Hotel is decidedly Keith Urban. The hotel caters to the newer fringes of Nashville society that have taken Music City up on its welcome and carved out a niche for their particular take on the town's penchant for making stars. More polished than homespun, with a style more continental than country, the Hutton Hotel offers as sincere a welcome as you’ll find on a neighbor’s front porch.
The front drive, shoehorned into the busy Midtown thoroughfare of West End Avenue, opens into a spacious, low-ceilinged lobby, outfitted with bamboo flooring and reclaimed wood, decorated with local pop art, iron sculpture, and a wall garden planted with succulents. Don't be shy about lingering in the lobby – you're more than likely to recognize a face or two. Take a cue from the locals, however, and keep your star-craze to yourself – Nashville prides itself on allowing its resident celebrities to enjoy a low-key existence.
If you want to eek out about something, save it for the room, which is truly rock star-worthy, with floor-to-ceiling glass panes opening onto views of the city, low-slung king beds, and minimalist glass and granite bathrooms. The hotel’s accommodations can be tailored to specific purposes: Cardio King suites include an elliptical machine, to accommodate the fitness-devoted traveler; Forum Rooms are anchored by a conference table and extra technological features, but include accommodations for a comfortable night's sleep. The Hutton's two Penthouse Apartments offer every conceivable comfort of home: fireplace, steam showers, surround-sound stereo system, and a private balcony.
All rooms are outfitted with free Wi-Fi, a customizable voicemail, a spacious work desk with a hub for technology plug-in, and an impressively comprehensive selection of organic coffee and tea. Blissful respites may be found in the hotel's compact but comprehensive fitness center, Adagio Spa (the city’s only organic hotel spa), or in-house restaurant 1808 Grille, which offers the Southern-spun haute cuisine for which Nashville is becoming just as well as known as for its music.
Despite all these inducements to staying in, the Hutton's prime Midtown location practically begs its guests to get out and explore. Hybrid vehicle shuttles wait to transport guests to the stylish bistros, brewpubs and barbecue joints of 12 South, or to the neon-lit, busker-lined thoroughfare of Music Row. Within a short walk, you'll also find a wide variety ofNashville institutions: Elliston Place Soda Shop, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, the Rhinestone Wedding Chapel, and the Patterson House (ask a local to point out the door to you).
As a certified Green hotel, the Hutton takes on manifest destiny with a responsible hand, constructed to maximize energy efficiency and minimize carbon output. Much of these details are unnoticeable, such as the state-of-the-art energy recovery wheel that conditions air before heating or cooling. Other aspects are more obviously ingenious, such as the LED lighting cued to the guest's presence or departure. (Leaving the rooms disables the lights, but insert the key in the slot, and everything turns on).
What really ties the room together, though, is the signature touches of Nashville’s cultural cachet. Each room’s décor includes unique music-industry ephemera (hand-pencilled lyrics to an iconic country song, the frayed guitar strap of a legendary crooner). And turn-down service included the presentation of “Colt’s Bolts,” diminutive peanut butter truffles from Colt’s Chocolates, a homegrown confectionary owned by a former member of Buck Owens’ “Hee Haw” cast. While not letting go of Nashville’s storied past, the Hutton Hotel assures the city’s newcomers and old-timers alike that the future is beautiful.
Chelsea Batten is an itinerant journalist and photographer
Photographs courtesy of Hutton Hotel
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Related Activity||Lively Nightlife, Shopping, Great local restaurants|
|Services||Free High Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service, Fitness Center, Health Spa, Conference Rooms, Wedding / Personal Event|
|Number of Rooms||247 rooms & 52 suites|
Deluxe Guest Rooms (350 sq ft); Forum Rooms (boardroom- style setup); Cardio Kings (with elliptical machine – 400 sq ft); King Suites (with adjoining living room) and a Penthouse Apartment (steam shower, electric fireplace, panoramic city views – only two available).
Warm yet modern; earthy, urban vibe; certified Green design with energy efficient construction and sustainable building materials; complimentary Wi-Fi; organic spa and locally sourced restaurant on-site.
Rooms start at $239.
Last updated on 02-10-2015