Fodor's Expert Review Hutton Hotel
1808 West End Ave., Nashville, Tennessee 37203, United States See on Map
The Hutton Hotel has been racking up design and experience awards and it shows. Housed in a former office building in Nashville's West End area, the hotel is a mix of cozy and sophisticated. Walk-in showers with glass doors, Nespresso machines on each floor, and twice-daily maid service are some of the luxury amenities. And thoughtful touches such as dispensers for toiletries (sorry, no take-home goodies) are green-conscious.
The 2008 hotel is home to 195 guest rooms, 52 suites, and 3 rambling penthouse suites. All standard and deluxe guest rooms include a work desk, in-room laptop safe, twice daily housekeeping, and turndown service. Complimentary wifi as well as a shoeshine and cocktail at Westend's bar between 4 and 6 p.m. are also included. For a better view on a higher floor, book a premier room. An executive king room include slightly more space, a sofa and coffee table, and an in-room elliptical for an additional $150 fee with 24-hour notice. Suites are larger with a separate living room complete with a sofa that pulls out into a queen bed. Guests will enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows.
Opulent penthouses are specialized to appeal to a variety of guests and their needs. Penthouse West includes a spacious sitting area around a marble fireplace, a living area on the outdoor terrace, a dining table for two, and priority privileges to the hotel's house car. This space is well-suited to a couple with a tastefully trendy, yet traditional atmosphere. Penthouse East is very similar to Penthouse West; however, it is slightly larger and includes a dining table for six and a kitchenette. Best for families, the sofa pulls out into a full bed. Guests still enjoy priority to the Telsa house car, balcony with outdoor furnishings, and modern decor. Finally, the 4,660 square foot, two-level Hutton Suite is by far the largest room in the entire hotel. In addition to the amenities of the other penthouses, this suite includes three bedrooms, a musician's writing room, a full kitchen with industrial-grade appliances, and a fully-stocked bar cart.
All rooms are styled in a retro-chic fashion with modern light fixtures and earth tones for a subdued atmosphere. Pops of color, curated books, and a variety of fabric textures make the spaces feel like home.
All penthouse suites include a Hutton personal assistant for a seamless stay.
Light, airy granite bathrooms with walk-in rain showers and minimalist, glass vanities provide a peaceful place to clean up before a night out or a big meeting. All bathrooms are stocked with Grown Alchemist bath products. Suites and penthouses feature a larger bathroom with a steam shower as well.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some bathrooms have single vanities while others have double vanities.
The eclectic lobby with hardwood floors and painted, beamed ceilings offers a supremely trendy perch for travelers to gather strides from the front desk. The open layout blends seamlessly into the restaurant, bar, and cafe so guests can easily enjoy a drink at one of the many comfortable couches or chairs with accompanying coffee tables and curated books.
Guests can request a record player and selection of vinyl albums for their room at the front desk.
Feel pampered at the Hutton Hotel in-house partner, Adagio Spa. Services include a variety of massages and other body treatments such as wraps and scrubs for a full-body softening polish. Treatments can be booked for 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
Warm caramel and chocolate browns are soothing and invite guests to relax in style. A tiled wall, candles, and flowers alongside a plush chair for after-treatment hydration time set a serene scene.
The fitness center located on the 4th floor can be entered with a guest room key any time of day. One of the best and most advanced hotel gyms we've seen, gym rats on the road will rejoice to find Peloton bikes, TRX suspension training systems, high-quality treadmills and ellipticals, as well as free weights, kettle bells, and medicine balls. Recover well with yoga mats and foam rollers. Fresh and rehydrate with fruit and infused water waiting at the end of the workout.
Though guests may not want to leave the gym, Vanderbilt's quads, Magnolia Lawn, and Peabody Esplanade are nearby for a scenic jog outside of the hotel's walls.
The open layout of the Mane & Rye Dinerant allows guests to enjoy a cocktail or coffee in the hotel lobby before taking a seat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The retro-chic dining room serves Southern-inspired dishes with a creative and artful flare. The charcoal gray room with planets and a patterned wall give the restaurant a fresh, youthful atmosphere, but mirrors at chandelier-level make the room feel larger with added light.
In a 2017 addition, guests can now venture into the hotel's music venue, Analog, for a drink and an intimate musical, comedy, or spoken word act. DJ sets and dance parties are also fun to attend. The beautiful space is expertly designed and can hold 300 people at its tables, plush leather front-row couches, or at the bar with musical flare as well. No matter the seat, the sound will be clear with a complete Bose system.
An extension of the bar, the coffee bar is open from 6:30 to 11 a.m., and serves Parlor Coffee, a Brooklyn-based roaster created by a Nashville-native. Order an espresso and pastry from the beautiful European-style gray marble bar.
The bar is open for an additional hour on Friday and Saturday nights.
While a car can be handy for exploring Nashville's neighborhoods, guests can easily get by without one -- though the concierge can also book a rental for you. Many bars and restaurants as well as the Vanderbilt campus are within walking distance. Further points of interest can be reached by Uber or the hotel's first-come, first-serve hotel car, a Tesla Model S, which takes hotel guests anywhere within a three-mile radius between 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. daily.
A private car service is also available with airport transfers starting at $75. Complimentary to guests and with a $15 fee for non-hotel guests, airline check-in and luggage transfers are available daily from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The hotel can print boarding passes for Delta, Southwest, and United flights and collect baggage fees for a hassle-free entrance to the airport.
The hotel offers valet starting at $12 for 2 hours and up to $35 per day as well as self-park beginning at $10 for 2 hours and up to $30 per day. The skybridge connects the hotel to the second floor of the deck.
Start the day with a fresh, Southern classic at Biscuit Love Gulch (5-minute drive). For burgers and live music, head to The Row (3-minute walk), which serves customers in a modernized pub setting. An experiential evening out calls for Flyte World Dining & Wine (6-minute drive) where guests can choose from a range of farm-to-table dishes.
For a casual atmosphere with live music in Music Row, walk to Tin Roof (12-minute walk). Old Glory (5-minute drive) is a fun speakeasy to stop in for a quality cocktail in an ultra-trendy setting. For a local brew, stop by Jackalope Brewing Co. (6-minute drive).
WHY WE LIKE IT
This hotel effortlessly elevates luxury in the Music City. The outstanding customer service only improves upon the already superior facility with its amenities. The location is ideal for seeing the city or exploring nearby neighborhoods like the Gulch; however, with such a comfortable stay and excellent amenities for not just suite and penthouse guests, but all travelers, there's plenty of reason to stay in for a day or two.
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