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N A S H V I L L E Hotels Throughout Music City Keep Up With The City's New Look Responding to the rising demand for rooms and the high standard set by downtown's newest facilities, virtually every major hotel inside the city has scheduled renovations that are "either just completed, underway, or about to begin. Everybody knows they have to up their game to stay competitive," says Butch Spyridon, president/CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. These changes include multimillion-dollar upgrades to Marriott's Renaissance Hotel, the downtown Sheraton, the downtown Hilton, and a largely completed upgrade to the Loews Vanderbilt. Slated to open this month is a new 255room Hyatt Place within easy walking distance of the Music City Center, while the 192-room, seven-story Homewood Suites Vanderbilt opened last month on the city's west side. Also new in the downtown district is the Bridge Spaces, a novel waterfront event area housed in a more-than-century-old building. Its glassed-in design affords one of the most striking, up-close views of the city. Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center The Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, which is now managed by Marriott, offers 263,772 square feet of meeting space. Adjacent to the resort, groups will find the fully renovated Stores at Opry Mills, which offer a "first-class shopping experience not too far from the airport," Spyridon said. Sheraton Nashville Downtown The 472-room Sheraton Nashville Downtown offers a bistro, a lounge and 25,000 square feet of function space with the largest meeting room at nearly 11,000 square feet. The hotel had a grand reopening in 2010 following a multimillion-dollar renovation of the entire property. Renaissance Nashville Hotel Among the largest Nashville hotels is the 673-room Renaissance Nashville Hotel, which has undergone more than $12 million w w w. c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m in renovations over the past half-dozen years. The Four Diamond property offers 100,000 square feet of meeting space and is attached to the Nashville Convention Center, which is undergoing redeNashville's evolving landscape consists of several new and velopment and will improved hotels. be used, in part grandeur, according to Director of Marketing (70,000 square feet), by the hotel for meetMelanie Fly, The property offers 12,000 ings and events. square feet of meeting space. DoubleTree by Hilton The Hermitage Hotel Nashville Downtown The Hermitage Hotel is Tennessee's only The DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville DownFive Star and Five Diamond hotel. Built in town has 337 rooms and more than 21,000 1910, the stately property is the only comsquare feet of meeting space in 21 meeting mercial Beaux Arts building left in the state. rooms. The property has a fine-dining restauThe Hermitage has more than 5,000 square rant, a café and a Starbucks. feet of meeting space. Hotel Hutton Millennium Maxwell House Hotel The 248-room Hotel Hutton on West End Located just a few miles north of city center, Avenue, open since 2009, has nearly 14,000 the 287-room Millennium Maxwell House square feet of meeting space and a dedicated Hotel has music themed decor and 24,000 conference concierge. The 7,000-square-foot square feet of meeting space located within Vista Ballroom has 14-foot high windows 14 meeting rooms. looking out to downtown Nashville. The Hotel Hutton's 1808 Restaurant offers "new Loews Vanderbilt Hotel American" cuisine. The hotel provides Loews Vanderbilt Hotel completed renovaunique art work from local artists, including tions earlier this year, according to the hotel's art students who are given scholarships by Christina Ver Heul. Upgrades were made to the hotel. the lobby area, the bathrooms in all of the guest rooms, the designer suites, and the Hilton Nashville Downtown The 330-room Hilton Nashville Downtown is restaurant and bar. The new restaurant is called Mason's and the new bar, Mason Bar. currently renovating guest rooms and its lobby, according to Director of Marketing Nashville Marriott at Melanie Fly. The property has 15,000 square Vanderbilt University feet of meeting space in 14 rooms and feaThe Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt Univertures four restaurants. sity offers newly renovated guest rooms, according to Jodi Phiffer, director of sales Union Station Hotel and marketing, who noted that the property The 125-room Union Station Hotel, located overlooks the football stadium for Vanderbilt blocks from the Music City Center, recently University and offers 26,000 square feet of completed a renovation that returned this meeting space. ■ national historic landmark to its original N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 3 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 43