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There’s another exciting hotel opening to cross off our list this year!

Thompson Nashville has officially opened its doors to Music City visitors. Positioned in the heart of the Gulch neighborhood of Music City at 11th and 12th Avenues, the newest Thompson has 224 rooms done in that very Thompson-esque style (mostly a midcentury modern vibe) with the promise of “music moments” at every turn, starting with a vintage turntable in the lobby accompanied by a vinyl library from Third Man Records. Third Man also designed a fun map of the neighborhood which will direct guests from the hotel to the Third Man record store. But if that’s too much work, guests can purchase vinyl records from the mini-bar. Third Man will even have a regular Monday night DJ at L.A. Jackson, the hotel’s rooftop bar, to ensure that you won’t miss a vinyl opportunity during your stay.


Did someone say rooftop bar? Yup. L.A. Jackson and its killer views over downtown is actually just one of the three dining outlets at Thompson Nashville. The signature Marsh House restaurant is overseen by chef John Besh’s Our House Hospitality group (who is running all of the hotel’s F&B) and led by executive chef Nathan Duensing. It is serving mostly seafood in both classic and contemporary preparations. The Killbrew Coffee Shop is pouring out Revelator Coffee and pastries, while guests can head up to L.A. Jackson for shareable small plates, Southern beer, and “porch-sipping” cocktails.

In the guestrooms, Thompson Nashville has gone for a residential feel that’s slightly masculine, with floor-to-ceiling windows and hardwood floors and all the big-comfort amenities like claw foot bathtubs, oversized bathrobes, SFERRA linens, beautiful custom rugs, D.S. & Durga toiletries, mini-bars stocked with local goodies, and of course, free WiFi.


While it would be fun to lounge away in a guest room for a weekend (especially in that tub!), anyone who’s seen Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None” will know that a trip to Nashville is not complete without shopping for some authentic Nashville garb. But instead of searching for rhinestone denim jackets, guests can opt for a one-on-one consultation with local premium denim brand, imogen + willie. The package will include an in-room fitting and styling session and perfectly fitting pair of jeans with a imogene + willie x Thompson Nashville stamp. That is kind of the best souvenir idea we’ve heard of yet.

Thompson Nashville rounds out its offering with curated and locally sourced artwork throughout the hotel, done in partnership with Art Advisory Services. So, have you booked your flight yet?


Rates for Thompson Nashville start at $399 a night. An opening special from now through January offers a 20 percent discount with some rooms starting at $247 a night.

[Photos: Thompson Nashville]


Juliana Shallcross
A self-confessed hotel addict, Juliana Shallcross has been reporting on hotels around the world for more than a decade. She was previously the managing editor A good portion of her job involves sleeping in new hotels, obsessing over technology and keeping tabs on the ever-changing hospitality landscape. She's based in Los Angeles.

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