When you’re vacationing with the kids in Music City, you need a place to recharge. A comfortable bed isn’t enough. That’s why many of the best family-friendly hotels in Nashville feature pools and games to help keep the kids entertained. Here are a few hotels that provide that extra something for families.
1/Lowes Vanderbilt Hotel
2100 West End Ave.
Supreme comfort and Southern hospitality combine at this newly-renovated hotel on the edge of Vanderbilt University. Whether you book a cozy room or a luxury suite, you’ll enjoy comfortable beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and music-influenced décor. The signature Loews Loves Kids program will make your life easier by providing everything from toys and board games to childproofing kits. There’s even a lending library of Gameboys! If you want to go out to an adults-only dinner, Lowes Vanderbilt Hotel can coordinate in-room childcare. And for those who’d like to wake up with a superstar, they can arrange that too - with a one-of-a-kind wake-up call recorded by Nashville music royalty such as Vince Gill and Amy Grant. Starts at $289/night.
2/Omni Nashville Hotel
250 Fifth Ave. South
The modern Omni Nashville Hotel is connected to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and incorporates the musical spirit of the area in its design. The comfortable guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of downtown. Or get a better look at Nashville from the rooftop pool which is surrounded by plush seating and cabanas. Be sure to take advantage of Omni’s award-winning Sensational Kids program: at check-in, kids get a backpack full of activities and on their first night at the hotel, get milk and cookies delivered to their room! Starts at $299/night.
3/Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Downtown
310 4th Ave. South
Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Downtown is just a short walk away from many of Nashville’s most popular attractions, including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Music Row. The rooms are comfortable and include a refrigerator and microwave. If you need a little more space, book a two-room suite with a sofa bed. The hotel also provides cribs and highchairs for those traveling with infants, as well as free WiFi and a complimentary breakfast. It features an indoor swimming pool and hot tub, great for cooling off or chilling out. Starts at $279/night.
If you looking for more of a resort experience, check out KidTripster’s full review of the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center by clicking here.
5/Home2 Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt
1800 Division St.
The modern-looking Home2 Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt focuses on convenience. Spacious studio and one-bedroom suites allow a family to spread out. All rooms come with a fully-equipped kitchenette featuring a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and toaster; and if you really want to cook, there are induction burner cooktops available to check out at the front desk. The hotel offers a free continental breakfast and free WiFi, as well as 24-hour laundry facilities and on-site convenience store for any late-night snacks and toiletry needs. This is also one of the few hotels that is both dog- and cat-friendly; in fact they’d even welcome your pet goldfish. Starts at $239/night.
6/Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt-Downtown
2613 West End Ave.
Newly-renovated, laid-back Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt-Downtown is located in the backyard of Vanderbilt University and just across the street from Centennial Park; it’s also just a 10-minute walk from the Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the original temple in Athens. The comfortable rooms all feature mini fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers, as well as free WiFi. If you need to spread out or want to have more privacy, the hotel offers one- and two-bedroom suites with separate living areas. It also features a seasonal outdoor swimming pool. A free shuttle will take you anywhere you need to go within 2-1/2 miles of the hotel. Starts $253/night.
7/The Inn at Fontanel
4125 Whites Creek Pike
If you have a lifetime subscription to Southern Living, you’ll want to stay at The Inn at Fontanel. Formerly the 2013 Southern Living Idea House, it’s been transformed into six unique suites, which include the North Bunkie and South Bunkie. Detached from the main estate, they’re great for families, featuring two queen beds and a kitchenette in the suite. The extensive grounds offer a lot of room to roam or just hang out on the porch or in the Great Room. The main house kitchen and dining room are open at all times. The Inn at Fontanel also serves up a complimentary upscale, made-to-order breakfast daily. It’s just 15 minutes from downtown Nashville but feels a world away from city life. Starts at $349/night.
1808 West End Ave.
If you travel with your furry friends, this upscale, eco-conscious hotel will have tails wagging. Its Happy Tails Pet Program, complete with a designated pet concierge, will pamper your pooch with an in-room menu of healthy snacks, bedding, food, and water bowls, even a leash! It’s also Nashville’s greenest hotel with zero incandescent lights, card readers that disable room lighting when you leave, electric car charging stations, and a Tesla courtesy shuttle. Stylish rooms feature sumptuous custom bedding, granite baths with rain showers, and Moulton Brown toiletries. Hutton Hotel is located close to Vanderbilt University and Music Row. Starts at $389/night.
9/DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Nashville Airport
2424 Atrium Way
Your stay at DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Nashville Airport starts with the signature warm, chocolate chip cookie welcome. Each two-room suite includes a separate living area with a sleeper sofa and a bedroom with your choice of a king or two double beds. The rooms also have a refrigerator, microwave, and two flat-screen TVs, so there won’t be any fighting over the remote. Kids will love the indoor/outdoor pool and swimming between the two. There’s free shuttle service to and from the airport along with complimentary parking. Starts at $199/night.
Forget the hotel room, and rent a home! HomeAway (or Airbnb, VRBO, FlipKey) is a great option for everything from condos to mansions. If you have a large family group, renting a home can be more comfortable and economical than a hotel stay, plus you have access to a kitchen and laundry. We did this for a family wedding and ended up paying $86/night for our share of a spacious home versus $200/night for a small hotel room in the same area. Price varies and often require a minimum 2- or 3-night stay.
Leslie Martin is a journalist, who lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two sons. The only thing she loves more than writing is reading, especially the latest from Gillian Flynn. She believes caramel is a legitimate food group. She also knows how to change the oil in her car and jump a dead battery.