This Former Railroad Terminal is Now One of Nashville’s Most Iconic Hotels
More than 100 years ago, Nashville’s main railroad terminal used technological advancement to open up opportunities for domestic travel. Today, the spirit of cultural diffusion — and the century of history held in the building’s hallowed walls — lives on at the Union Station Hotel, an Autograph Collection property.
A homage to Nashville down to every last artfully restored detail, the designated national historic landmark on Broadway is the ideal home base for exploring Music City. Here are all the reasons why you should get your honky-tonk on at the Union Station Hotel.
The railroad station first opened in 1900 and was converted into a hotel in 1986. The most recent renovation and restoration cost $15.5 million and was completed in 2016.
An ode to the railroad station’s original architecture, the grand lobby’s historic features include bas-relief panels, marble floors, a limestone fireplace and a 65-foot vaulted ceiling.
Each guest room or suite offers its own set of unique design elements — canopy beds, floor-to-ceiling windows and wood paneling make frequent appearances.
And many overlook the now-abandoned (and, more important, silent) railroad tracks.
While at the hotel, keep an eye out for nods to the property’s storied history at every turn. The vintage train schedule is located in the lobby, near Carter’s and the atrium-style stairway.
Just. Look. At. These. Details.
Guests can experience traditional Southern hospitality at Carter’s, where Tennessee native executive chef Joey Ray serves up biscuits and gravy, smoked ribs and local whiskeys.
The interior is somewhere between a Renaissance Faire and a luxury European castle. Obviously, we’re here for it.
Location, location, location. This property is only a few blocks from the Nashville Symphony, Ryman Auditorium, Johnny Cash Museum and Country Music Hall of Fame.
The iconic riverfront is just a 15-minute walk from the Union Station Hotel — meaning guests can get this sunset view every night of their stay.