This sprawling complex, now part of the Marriott group, is a fantastic urban getaway, with a spa, indoor and outdoor pool, a riverboat ride, waterfall, and 10,000 tropical plants. There are 17 restaurants ranging from casual to fine dining, numerous shops, and some rooms have private balconies overlooking the spectacular atrium. The 18-hole golf course was designed by Larry Nelson. Be sure to check out Jack Daniel's Saloon where the BBQ is smoked using barrels that once stored whiskey. Too much? Try The Inn at Opryland, the scaled-down sister property nearby.
The 2,881-room resort is one of the largest in the country. With 2,710 standard guest rooms and 171 suites, travelers have a wide array of options from which to choose. Single-room suites include a king or two queen beds and an exterior or interior atrium view. Two-room suites and parlor rooms, which include a king, two queens, or a queen Murphy bed, are more spacious, have a separate living room -- or in the case of a Murphy bed, the bedroom is easily transformed into a living room -- and an exterior or atrium view. Two-room suites and deluxe rooms have a second bathroom as well. Upgraded suites have more square footage, a dedicated living room, and a dining table. All rooms have a television, fridge, work space, and those with an atrium view have a small balcony or terrace.
Neutral rooms with bright pops of color are comfortably furnished with plush beds, chairs, and, in some cases, sofas. Rooms often reflect the wing of the hotel in which they reside. Decor ranges from Southern plantation to mimic the French Quarter.
Adequate beige bathrooms feature ample vanity space and shower-bathtubs with a shower curtain. Some rooms have a separate in-suite vanity.
The massive resort has five lanes for cars to pull into for check-in. Like the rest of the hotel, the expansive lobby is centered around a stained-glass skylight under which a Chihuly sculpture is placed. The front desk is optimized to accommodate many guests at once.
The hotel has three pools and a whirlpool. The two outdoor heated pools are located outside of the Cascades and Magnolia wings of the resort and can be used seasonally between 9 a.m. and 7p.m.. The indoor heated pool is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.. Families can visit the Cascades pool to utilize the kids pool.
Towels are provided at every pool.
The full-service spa is open seven day per week from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.. Geared toward the entire family, men's and kid's services are available for booking. Fitness classes, counseling, and a lap pool are also featured within the spa.
A fitness center is open to guests and includes cardio equipment as well as free weights.
Complete with room service and convenience stores inside the hotel, there are 14 restaurants, cafes, and dessert eateries to choose from. Ranging from American and Southern to Mexican and Japanese, guests can find a restaurant to satisfy any craving and any size meal desired -- light bites to large portions. The sweet tooth can be taken care of at either the frozen yogurt or gelato shops. All restaurants are located in the Delta, Cascades, or Garden Conservatory atriums.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Dress is always casual with the exception of the Old Hickory Steakhouse, which is "smart casual."
Guests will fine a coffee bar as well as several bars and lounges. Some bars specialize in liquors while others are wine bars.
Visit the Solario Cantina for a selection of more than 100 tequilas.
The hotel offers a range of activities including a water and light show in the Delta atrium nightly, a game arcade, and riverboat tours of the 4.5-acre indoor garden. Additionally, there is an 18-hole golf course on the resort's grounds.
There are a number of retail shops ranging from clothing to children's toys to Swarovski crystals.
A car is necessary to stay and get around the sprawling Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Car rentals via Hertz are available through the hotel.
Four complimentary charging stations for electric cars are open to guests. Parking otherwise will set travelers back $29 per day to self-park or $38 per day for valet.
For elevated American fare outside of the resort, reserve a table at Claim Jumper Restaurant (4-minute drive). Other Nashville classics like Puckett's Grocery (19-minute drive) and Hattie B's Hot Chicken (20-minute drive) are accessible by car.
Nashville naturally calls for live music, which is easy to find along with brews at Music City Bar & Grill (5-minute drive) and The Nashville Palace (4-minute drive). For a more refined, sleeker experience and quality handcrafted cocktails, head for the Inglewood Lounge (10-minute drive).
WHY WE LIKE IT
This is a type of kitch we enjoy experiencing from time to time. Though the hotel is a short drive from downtown Nashville, guests planning to attend a show at the Grand Ole Opry or simply tour the facility will love staying at Gaylord Opryland. The hotel features a number of activities, shops, gardens, and restaurants that make it a destination in and of itself.