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The Great American Road Trip Hotels Stop #3: Sheraton Downtown Nashville

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  Site Where: 623 Union Street [map], Nashville, TN, United States, 37219
June 8, 2012 at 1:08 PM | by | ()

Ahhh...we all remember what it's like to be young and in love on a cross-country road-trip staying in a different hotel each night. Or maybe not. For those of you who never got the chance to drive across America after college, we've got a special Summer Road Trip series from Teddy Worcester, a recent Wheaton College grad who's making his way out to San Fran for a job in tech. Along the way, he's hitting up about six hotels and reporting back to us on each one. So grab your iced beverage of choice, settle into your lawn chair and let the sprinkler run.

After another 10 hours on the road filled with torrential downpours and hundreds of miles of Virginia and Tennessee farmland, we pulled into Nashville. We went directly to the Sheraton Downtown Hotel where we stayed for the night.

I had reserved the hotel weeks ago through my Starwood Preferred Guest account with the cash and points option, which set me back $45 and 2,800 Starwood points. The room regularly books for $179 ($208.80 total with tax).

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.

Room Reaction
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.

Internet Connect
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.

Concierge Critique
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 Payment
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.

Bottom Line
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!

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