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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).
We've mentioned The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville before because of its spacious rooms and A-list guests. (Cameron Diaz just spent a couple nights there, sans Justin, of course.) And anywhere that Jack White stays has got to be good. But there's even more reason to check it out: The Hermitage recently garnered a Mobil Five Star Rating.
With the new award, The Hermitage is now one of only 27 US hotels with five stars from both Mobil and AAA. It's a regional powerhouse, too--the nearest hotel with similar stats is in Atlanta.
The Hermitage also tends to have some pretty solid deals. We told you about one in June--call the hotel directly and ask about any specials that might be coming up. Final bonus: it's an easily stumble-able two blocks north of the Broadway honkytonks.
There's nothing ambiguous about this deal at the swanky Hermitage Hotel in Nashville. Valet parking, WiFi, and a dinner sure to impress.
We often make fun of dubious hotel package deals that don't add up, so it gets our attention when one is straightforward and easy to justify. The Hermitage Hotel is one of the premiere properties in the south, where Oprah, Spielberg, and six presidents have spent the night. So rates and amenities are geared to those who can travel in style. (Or are well-funded state government lobbyists.) The "Capitol Grill Package" is worth a bite however: for a tad more than the regular rate, you get the room, free valet parking (worth $20) and a $100 food and drinks credit at the Capitol Grille--the best restaurant downtown, located in the hotel.
The room photo here is no wide-angle, touched-up trickery either. The standard rooms are a spacious 475 square feet. At a luxury hotel of this stature, we're used to getting reamed on all the extras, but here they'll even throw in free wi-fi. Southern hospitality indeed.
· Hermitage Hotel reviews [TripAdvisor]
Fruit flies in the food storage area, an expired Canada Dry, stinky pretzels, and GM's snatching old granola bars out of your hand--does this sound like what a visit to the "5 Diamond" Hermitage should be like? Ugh, is it just us or are these "diamond-star" ratings so vague.
Well these are some of the experiences that blogger Nathan Tabor recently endured, or uncovered, at the Hermitage in Nashville.
Long ago, tomes of Hermitage praise were flowing in to HotelChatter headquarters, however, all the stories sounded a little too perfect. We sat on the stories, as they reeked of puff. However, when White Stripes front man Jack White showed up at the Hermitage, we went ahead and published the stories. Yes, we tend to think Mr. White has impeccable taste. We went on to ask our Hotel Mavens to call out theses effusive authors if they disagreed with their takes.
At this point, we think it is important to add Nathan's recent Hermitage story to the mix. You guys can weigh Nathan's experiences against the other Hermitage stories floating around.
· Jack White invades Hermitage [HotelChatter]
· Nashville's Newest Star [HotelChatter]
· Hermitage Reviews [TripAdvisor]
As the sole luxury hotel in downtown Nashville, The Hermitage is a Beaux Arts palace with an amiable staff. It has hosted celeb weddings of the political, the musical, and the city's NFL Titans. Last time I visited, I saw disco diva Donna Summer waiting to attend a wedding reception. Most U.S. presidents from Wilson to Kennedy stayed here, and pool sharp Minnesota Fats lived at the hotel, where he had a billiards table on the mezzanine level.
The place was renovated in 2002, and what a job they have done. Never have I seen such vivid carpet colors as those in the foyer. Dining in the Capitol Grille is a scene from a vintage movie. The Oak Bar is wonderfully appointed as well.
Extra touches include the quaint tradition of afternoon tea. There is limo service available to The Grand Ole Opry and other must-do's. One can walk to the stately city library, cafes, and the Gaylord Entertainment and sports Center, as well as the friendly bars and coutry music stores of Second Avenue. This is where Robin Leach meets rockabilly, for sure!
Here at Hotel Chatter we have been sitting on a story about the Hermitage Hotel for a while now. We always try to bring you the straight scoop on hotels, as well as a boatload of hotel gossip, and we weren't sure this story achieved those goals.
However, when Jack White, the White Stripe's front man, recently showed up at the Hermitage for Loretta Lynn's album release party (he produced the album), we suddenly felt we should mention the property here. (Yes, we love the White Stripes.)
Since we were planning on mentioning the Hermitage, we have decided to publish the original story below and ask you guys to provide us a bit of feedback. Ever stayed at the Hermitage? Is it as good as advertised, or is this story just a piece of marketing fluff? Can the Hermitage stand up to the lofty standards set forth in this piece? Let us know.
Here is the story originally submitted to us about the Hermitage.
[Editor's note by markj: Please see this story for an explanation of the story below]
Proven Performer Charms a New Generation
By Denise Reynolds What, indeed? How about an escape to a place that has enchanted countless lovers over the past century? A place full of history and intrigue. A place where exquisite craftsmanship and extraordinary cuisine peacefully coexist. A place that will beguile you with its charm.
The Hermitage Hotel is such a place.