Trains no longer woo-woo through Nashville’s Union Station. Instead, this 19th century railroad station is now a ritzy hotel that draws the A-Plus list.
Just blocks from Nashville’s world famous honky-tonks, this splendidly-restored train station is a Music City landmark with exquisite architectural detail, custom-made furniture and more than a century of local lore including a pair of alligator ponds that once greeted Nashville train passengers. Famous faces have passed through here including Mae West, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mafia kingpin Al Capone while being escorted to Alcatraz. It’s within easy walking distance of the Ryman Theater, Grand Ole Opry and the music-filled bars on Broadway.
A Wyndham Historic Hotel, Union Station has a stunning lobby with barrel-vaulted, 65-foot stained glass ceilings and gleaming Italian marble floors.
Prime 108 (named after Bully 108, the first steam engine to chug through Nashville) is among the city’s most celebrated restaurants. It has lots of original art including a piece by Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Woods and faux-crocodile bar stools.
No two of this boutique hotel’s 125 rooms are alike. Tip: Many of the rooms on the fifth floor overlook the ooh-la-la lobby and have exceptionally high ceilings. Rooms start at $199. Click here for more info.