Nashville: Meet musicians in a hostel or relax in a boutique inn

On short notice, we struggled to find accommodation within our backpacking price range during our visit to Nashville. So, unusually, I’m not going to recommend the place where I stayed in the city. But there are some truly incredible hotel options in and around Nashville, including a boutique hotel on the outskirts of the city, and they’re making me want to book my stay right now.


Nashville is rather lacking on the hostel front – so much so that hostelling experts HostelWorld don’t have a single listing in the city. But, if you’re looking to meet musicians and singers enjoying their time in Music City, The Nashville Downton Hostel could be the perfect place. Only open since 2012, it has a clean and modern feel. It has all the facilities you’ll need for your stay, and is located right in the heart of downtown so you shouldn’t have to worry about catching the bus. They’re actually advertising for staff at the moment and I have such an urge to leave London and move there right now! Dorm rooms from $32 per person per night, or private rooms from $100. 

nashville downtown hostel

For an alternative option, there are lots of motels dotted around the outskirts of the city, but I recommend reading their reviews extensively before booking.


Most of the hotels in perfect locations near to the Hall of Fame and Broadway, with its concentration of music bars, are generic chain hotels. Hotel Indigo Nashville has some pretty interesting in-your-face wallpaper, but it also has great reviews and is in a perfect location in downtown Nashville. They have also managed to intertwine hints to the building’s former life as a bank in the style and original floors in some guest rooms. You don’t even have to leave the hotel to let your ears sample some local sounds, as their lounge hosts artists and songwriters seven days a week. Rooms start at $208 per night. 



I want to go to Nashville right now just to stay in this Inn. Not only does it look incredible, but the guests absolutely rave about the personalised service and fantastic attention to detail at The Inn at Fontanel. With only a handful of guest rooms, this is a true boutique hotel located a 15-minute taxi ride from central Nashville.

The decor is just stunning, with a real southern country colonial feel, and it is beautifully presented. I’ve also heard very good things about the hot breakfast, which is included with the price of the room. Rooms for up to four start from around $200, and range to $700 for the stunning King Suite. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of taxis to central Nashville and back into the room price, though.  

the inn at fontanel


Have you been to Nashville, or would you love to visit? Do you have any accommodation recommendations? 

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