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Hermitage Hotel

231 6th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37219 | (888) 888-9414, United States
The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville
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Price range
Spa, Free WiFi, Fitness center
Traditional style

By far the city's choicest digs—favored by country music stars since 1910—the Hermitage Hotel reigns as an architectural beauty with a stained-glass ceiling, marble columns, and gilded plasterwork. The 122-room property— whose famous guests have included Greta Garbo and Al Capone—celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010, but a $20 million overhaul in 2003 has kept it up to date. These days, chef Tyler Brown of Capitol Grille plants a vegetable patch, tends beehives, and raises a small herd of heritage breed cattle five miles away. By special arrangement, hotel guests can volunteer to toil the soil before dining on Brown's seasonal menu. Be sure and check out the famed green-and-black-striped Art Deco men's room in the lower level Oak Bar; it bears the distinction of being one of the most beautiful bathrooms in America.