Nashville, United States

Fairlane Hotel

Price per night from$244.80

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD244.80), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Gentlemanly jetsetter

Setting

Peering over Printer's Alley

From its deco-ish typefaces to its princely penthouses, every last detail at the Fairlane in Nashville combines to transport you to a golden age of travel. The lobby – with its polished concrete floors, handsome wood panelling, statement sofas and throwback check-in desk – immediately whisks you from Music City to some mid-century metropolis; a place you feel more likely to spot a Pan Am pilot than a country-singin' cowboy. Rooms are modish and masculine, the restaurant is cut straight from a Mad Men power lunch, there's even a Brooklyn-born bagel and coffee shop on-site. Step outside, though, and you've the very best of Tennessee's capital right on your decorous doorstep. 

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

79, including 12 suites.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible (subject to availability and an extra charge). Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £233.59 ($282), including tax at 15.25 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $2.50 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates don't include breakfast, but bagels and coffee are served each morning for no more than $10.

Also

Nashville's a friendly place; the staff here are no exception. They're a great source of live music recommendations if you don't fancy trawling through local listings. If you're staying over on a Wednesday, be in the lobby by 5pm for music, drinks and snacks.

At the hotel

On-site coffee shop, deli, bar and restaurant; fitness studio. In rooms: TV, free WiFi, minibar, free tea and coffee, Five Wits bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The Jet Junior Suite has prime Printer's Alley views and the Boss Suite will make you feel like just one but we must doff our caps to the Penthouse East suite which – with its droplet fireplace, fine furnishings, Crosley record player and huge party-perfect terrace under the 'Fairlane' sign – could be straight out of the pages of Playboy (in a good way).

Packing tips

Arrive with a matching Globetrotter luggage set and you’ll feel right at home at the retro-chic check-in desk. Arrive with a guitar case and you’ll feel right at home anywhere in Nashville.

Also

There are a number of wheelchair-accessible standard king rooms and suites, including one with a specially adapted shower. All communal areas are also accessible, with elevator access to each floor.

Pet‐friendly

Trusty hounds (below 50lbs) are welcome to keep their owners company for a $75 per stay (usually payable by the owner, we might add). See more pet-friendly hotels in Nashville.

Children

Welcome, for sure, but not especially catered to.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

A table in the far-left corner lets you take in you surroundings in all their mid-century glory.

Dress Code

It might be all denim and plaid elsewhere but here you can go full Madison Avenue à la mode.

Hotel restaurant

If it wasn't for the presence of Gulf shrimp and grits on the menu at Ellington's Midway Bar and Grill, you'd be forgiven for thinking you've somehow relocated to 1970s Manhattan – it's dimly lit and jazzily soundtracked, with curvaceous brown leather banquettes, palm fronds and pendant lamps. The menu features comforting favourites with the occasional Southern twist, including smoked chicken, braised beef ragu and a surf and turf of New York strip with grilled lobster. Downstairs, just off the lobby, is another slice of the Big Apple. Bagelshop serves coffee, 'schmear'-topped bagels and sandwiches until 3pm (or supplies are sold out). For grazing alongside cocktails at Bouquet Bar, you can order a cheese and charcuterie board. 

Hotel bar

Ellington's bar is a suave sweep of polished wood and brass with some eye-catching black-leather bar stools. Here bartenders shake classics – gimlets, daquiris, French 75s – and craft some signature serves: try a vodka-laced blueberry and lavender Starry Eyes or a Famous by Accident maraschino and tequila medley. There's an outdoor terrace, if you want to sip in the sunshine, and Sunday nights play host to live jazz – courtesy of Emmylou Harris' keyboard player, no less. Bouquet Bar is Fairlane's seasonal pop-up – a rooftop lounge and terrace for cocktails and wine that's strewn with shades-of-pink blossom and has firepits alfresco. Every Wednesday in the lobby, there's music, drinks and snacks from 5pm.  

Last orders

Ellington's serves from 4pm until 10pm (it's happy hour, Monday to Thursday until 6pm). Bouquet Bar is open 4pm–10pm, Monday to Thursday; from 2pm on weekends and until 11pm, Fridays and Saturdays. Bagelshop is open until 3pm.

Room service

Ellington’s menu can be ordered in-room until late.

Location

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Address
Fairlane Hotel
401 Union St
Nashville
37219
United States

The Fairlane stands tall in the heart of downtown Nashville’s arts district.

Planes

Nashville International Airport is a 15-minute drive away. You can catch direct flights from across North America and the UK but a lot of international flights still have a stopover in a major US hub first.

Automobiles

The hotel offers valet parking for $50 a night – handy if you're part way through a road-trip or are planning some out-of-town excursions (hello, Dollywood…) Most of the city's major sights can be reached on foot, though.

Other

It's not a huge city, Nashville, but there's not much in the way of public transport outside of its very centre. If you want to explore the hip haunts of East Nashville (and you should) you'll need to take a short cab ride – thankfully Ubers and Lyfts are plentiful and journeys are rarely much more than $10.

Worth getting out of bed for

The hotel backs onto the renowned Printer’s Alley – once home to its namesake newspapers, publishers and print shops, it morphed into a prohibition-flouting strip of bars, restaurants and clubs in the Thirties. Today it’s a neon-lit, music-blaring Broadway-in-miniature; a touch cheesy but worth stopping by for a beer and some blues. For an altogether more memorable musical experience, make the pilgrimage two blocks south to the mother church of country music: the Ryman Auditorium. There are tours charting its esteemed history – from birthplace of bluegrass to Grand Ole Opry HQ – throughout the day and catching a show in the evening, especially if it’s a hometown hero on stage, is a must. Visit in summer, and you can catch a full program of alfresco gigs at the Ascend Amphitheater. For a primer on Nashville’s musical lifeblood, work your way around the well-curated Country Music Hall of Fame: artifacts include Johnny Cash’s guitars, Dolly’s dresses and Elvis’ tricked-out Cadillac. Under the same roof you’ll find Hatch Show Print, the pioneers of letterpress printing who have produced some of the most iconic poster styles of our age. You can take tours of the shop to see the designers and printers in action and there’s a gallery for browsing recent work. A few minutes further south and you’ll find a more recent addition to Music City’s heritage: Jack White’s Third Man Records stocking recent releases, plenty of merch and exclusive vinyl-only pressings of sessions recorded in the neighbouring studio. It’s also home to one of the few remaining Voice-o-Graph machines: a Forties-built booth that records up to two minutes of, well, whatever you want, straight to a six-inch phonograph disc – quite the Nashville souvenir. Also down in the Gulch you'll find Two Old Hippies and Lucchese Bootmakers if you're in the market for some contemporary Southern fashion statements. 

Local restaurants

Not to be confused with New York institution Russ & Daughters, Rolf & Daughters in Germantown serves a seasonally changing menu of Italian-American pastas and small plates. In a riverside warehouse, Pinewood Social does brunch, lunch and dinner classics with flair – and if you like your dining with a side of distraction, it has a six-lane bowling alley, an outdoor games area and two dipping pools to boot. A few blocks south of Broadway you'll find Husk, a historic mansion turned dining room helmed by chef Katie Cross whose style is to refresh Southern classics with local-as-it-gets ingredients. Woolworth on Fifth also has history: it was the site of some of Nashville's first lunch-counter sit-ins to protest against segregation. Stop by and you'll be treated to a warm welcome and some regional classics in impressive art deco surrounds. For dive-bar-and-grill greatness, seek out Dino's in East Nashville and have a burger at the bar. It only has pictures of Dolly Parton by way of decor, and the late Anthony Bourdain blessed it as a true Nashville institution. That 'hot chicken' you hear everyone talking about? Prince's is the place…

Local bars

Let's face it, in Nashville you're never far from a bar. Not least on Broadway, the city's main artery lined, almost exclusively, with loud, lively honky-tonk hostelries. Listen to the locals, though, and and head for Robert's Western World – a no-frills bar and grill where some of Nashville's best players grace the stage (if you're ever here on Christmas Day, local legends Gillan Welch and David Rawlings are known to drop by for a festive sing-song). To sample Nashville's own nectar at source, the Yazoo Brewing Company taproom is open every afternoon for beer-sampling. Of the many rooftop bars, LA Jackson (on top of the Thompson) affords the best views back over the whole city and serves inventive cocktails (pro tip: order something with lots of ice; it gets hot up here). With its exposed brick walls, cosy Chesterfields and roaring fire, Black Rabbit adds a dose of sophistication to Printer's Alley – and its bar snacks are just as good as its drinks. If you fancy the 10-minute cab ride into East Nashville's fashionable 'hoods, Duke's is the low-key local to head for – its a magnet for the city's scenesters with a vinyl-only DJ booth often manned by special guests and a superb sandwich counter in the back. 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this statement skyline stay in downtown Nashville, and unpacked their haul of country records, a full account of their Tennesse trip will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Fairlane…

The true romance of a hotel stay normally begins with a swan dive onto the bed, but the Fairlane had us lingering at the check-in desk, smitten by its jetset charm. If you're in Nashville for cowboy ephemera, this ain't your joint. Here, from lobby doorway to penthouse roof, it's all suave Seventies detailing; an old downtown bank given a mid-century Manhattan makeover. It's not without flight cases of Southern charm, mind. Staff are warm, welcoming and well-versed in where to seek out Music City's less obvious highlights. Ellington's, the fourth-floor jazz-scored restaurant, uses local bounty in its comforting classics and rooms are blessed with prime views over a city very much enjoying its boom moment. You couldn't be better placed for exploring it, or have a smarter address to return to afterwards. 

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