I was immediately impressed with the 25-floor property upon checking in, with capsule elevators and unique architecture. Sheratons generally don’t set the bar for uniqueness and frankly could be considered the ignored mediocre cousin in the Starwood portfolio. Unfortunately, the more admired family member, the W, does not have a Nashville location.
We took the capsule elevators up to the 22nd floor where we had a room facing the beautiful Capitol building. The top three floors of the property are reserved for SPG members, which is typical of most of the lower end Starwood properties.
The room, as expected, was a bit small at 338 sq. ft but even with the couch, the room felt bigger than a typical Sheraton room. I could go on about the details of the room but it was quite standardly Sheraton as far as amenities go. Starbucks coffee, so-so room service menu, and Sheraton-branded bath products. You get the point. The only problem I had with the room was a lack of mini fridge and bathrobes.
When we checked in, we were given the option to have a drink on the house, free WiFi, or 250 Starwood points. Starwood recently added these perks for Gold and Platinum members. I chose the free WiFi to waive the $11.92 fee and I’m glad I did because the WiFi was blazing compared to last night in DC.
The concierge struggled to give restaurant recommendations but luckily, my good friend Devon lives in Nashville and took us out to Varigo, a Sushi and Asian Fusion restaurant within walking distance of the hotel. If you’re staying downtown in Nashville, Varigo is a must if you’re in the mood for sushi.
After dinner, we checked out the bar scene on 2nd Avenue, which is a 10 minute walk from the hotel. The famous Coyote Ugly, Wildhorse Saloon (cover charge, yuck), and a host of other Nashville landmarks are on this street. After we decided that the Wildhorse Saloon was a bit too touristy for our liking, we ended our night at the Benchmark, which had gigantic vodka+redbull slushies! Of course I tried it.
Parking in the Sheraton garage was convenient and only cost $22 for the night with a valet. This was a bit refreshing after paying $30 for parking at the Georgetown Suites in DC with no valet and the potential burden of a $100 fee if the garage key was lost.
I was worried that the Downtown Nashville Sheraton would be well… another Sheraton but it really did impress me. The location, the excellent views from the room, and all of the other Starwood perks made the stay delightful. The service, particularly the Concierge was slightly lacking but not to the point where it negatively affected my stay. If you are in Nashville and The Hermitage is out of your price range, definitely look next door at the Sheraton for a safe bet.
Teddy is taking a break from hotels by staying with friends in St. Louis and going camping in Boulder, Colo. But tune in next week for his hotel review of the The Curtis in Denver!