Nashville has long been a hit for groups, but a number of recent additions have really propelled the Music City to center stage as a prime meetings destination. Last year, the Tennessee city welcomed a total of 15.8 million visitors, up 7 percent from 2017, and that number continues to increase. To support such growth, new properties and venues have been springing up.
In 2018, Nashville welcomed 15 new hotels totaling 2,304 rooms, according to Visit Music City, the area's convention and visitor bureau. Another 21 properties have come on line this year, adding 2,628 rooms to the city's portfolio. It seems as though the trend will continue, with Visit Music City reporting that 5,969 hotel rooms currently are under construction. Following are five meetings-ready hotels expected to debut throughout 2020.
- Opening January 2020
- Meeting space: 10,000+ square feet
Expected to be unveiled at the beginning of the year, the Graduate Nashville will be in the city's midtown neighborhood near Vanderbilt University and its stadium -- a trend for the boutique hotel brand that bases locations and property themes off university towns and local culture. The 206-room hotel will feature more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space for groups of up to 208 people, a rooftop bar and pool with skyline views, a karaoke lounge (to channel travelers' inner Opry star), and a lobby cafe. Design aspects will pay homage to Music City history and will feature "funky, floral jewel box" patterns throughout the guest rooms and common areas.
- Opening September 2020
- Meeting space: 77,000 square feet
The 591-room Grand Hyatt Nashville (pictured above) will debut in fall 2020. The property's 77,000 square feet of event space will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, and there will be multiple restaurants and bars, a rooftop lounge, a pool deck overlooking the city, the brand's Grand Club Lounge, and a spa. Grand Hyatt Nashville will be the brand's 12th U.S. property and the first tenant to open in Nashville Yards, a 17-acre mixed-use development about 10 miles from Nashville International Airport. You can read more about the Grand Hyatt Nashville here.
- Opening Spring 2020
- Meeting space: 10,000 square feet
The 260-room Virgin Hotels Nashville, a member of the lifestyle brand from British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, will debut in spring 2020 on the city's Music Row. Property highlights will include a hybrid bar/lounge, a study, a restaurant, the brand's signature Commons Club, the Kitchen dining experience, an entertainment venue, the Shag Room cocktail lounge, an infinity-edged rooftop pool and a veranda with views of the city. "Nashville's time is now, and we want to be part of that excitement," Branson has said.
- Opening August 2020
- Meeting space: 18,000 square feet
The second property in the brand and its first in Nashville, the 297-room Joseph, a Marriott Luxury Collection property, will open in August 2020 in the city's SoBro (South of Broadway) neighborhood. The full-service hotel will be on the corner of Korean Veterans Boulevard and Fourth Avenue South, a three-minute walk from the Music City Center. The hotel will feature 18,000 square feet of meeting space, a rooftop bar, an outdoor events terrace, a fitness center and a signature restaurant serving Italian cuisine. Tying in to its location, the Joseph Nashville will highlight artwork from Tennessee talent in every guest room.
- Opening February 2020
- Meeting space: 7,715 square feet
In the heart of Downtown Nashville, the 390-room Drury Plaza will offer groups 7,715 square feet of flexible meeting space. Amenities will include both indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, a bar and a 24-hour business center. Within walking distance of the new property will be local attractions such as the Bridgestone Arena, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Ryman Auditorium.