Nashville is one of the hottest destinations in the country right now; and once a city is officially dubbed a “hot spot,” it almost always means one thing – it’s going to cost you (big time) to visit. Here’s the proof: The average cost of a night’s stay in a Nashville hotel room increased by 15 percent between 2013 and 2014. That’s well above the national average increase in hotel rates for that year, and yet it seems this expensive trend in Music City isn’t stopping anytime soon.
But fortunately, that doesn’t mean you need to shelve your plans to head to the land of hot country and hot chicken, because there are some hotels where you can find a solid bang-for-your buck. Here are nine budget-friendly Nashville hotels with price tags of just about $100/night.
Rates are based on May dates.
1. Hotel Preston
The Preston is a well-maintained, affordable boutique hotel with trendy charm. The three-and-a-half pearl property is perfect for the business traveler who wants to be minutes from the Nashville Airport or I-40 and use the large event rooms. For $100/night, guest rooms are quiet and visitors can get their country groove on in the huge bar that showcases live music.
2. BEST WESTERN Plus Belle Meade Inn & Suites
The Best Western Plus Belle Meade Inn & Suites is a well-maintained, mid-range hotel off Interstate 40 with average nightly rates just about $100. Its 57 traditionally styled rooms were renovated in 2014, and include suites with sitting areas, and granite and marble touches in the bathrooms, some of which have whirlpool tubs. All rooms come with microwaves and mini-fridges, and a free hot breakfast is included in the room rate. The hotel has a large outdoor L-shaped pool, a small fitness center, a business center, and free Wi-Fi throughout. Be aware that the hotel is on a heavily trafficked street, and rooms facing the interstate pick up some road noise, although it’s not excessive.
3. Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport
The 180-room Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport is a mid-range property within a 10-minute drive of the Nashville Airport. Rooms are neutral and predictable, with nice touches including pillow-top beds, mini-fridges, and microwaves -- making them a solid value for their rates just over $100/night. There is an indoor pool that gets plenty of natural light, and freebies include an airport shuttle, parking, and Wi-Fi. This property also has a convenient restaurant that serves a hot buffet breakfast, as well as decent pub food for lunch and dinner.
4. Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Nashville
The two-pearl Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Nashville is a no-frills hotel in a suburban area on the outskirts of Nashville, about a 20-minute drive downtown. The 70 rooms are small and need updating, but are generally pleasant and comfortable, plus suites include added amenities like sleeper sofas, microwaves, wet bars, and mini-fridges. Continental breakfast and Wi-Fi are free, plus there's an outdoor pool – and you can’t beat the $71/night rates.
5. Comfort Inn Downtown Nashville
This budget chain hotel is on the edge of Nashville's downtown, within walking distance of restaurants, bars, and sights like Music Row, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. The 145 guest rooms, all of which are entered through an exterior corridor, come with flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges, but decor is a bit late '90s. Rates hover a little above $100/night. The hotel has an outdoor pool, a modest fitness center, a free breakfast with hot and cold items, and free Wi-Fi throughout.
6. GuestHouse Inn & Suites Nashville/Music Valley
The two-pearl GuestHouse Inn & Suites Nashville/Music City is a budget-friendly hotel with 184 spacious rooms offering mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers for $100/night. However, rooms have dark decor, budget furnishings need updating, and past guests report various housekeeping and maintenance issues. Features include an indoor pool, a lounge with nightly live music, free parking, free breakfast, and a free shuttle service to both the nearby Gaylord Opryland Resort and to the airport.
7. Sleep Inn Nashville Airport
The value Sleep Inn Nashville Airport is a nine-minute drive to the airport, making it a budget-friendly and convenient option for business travelers and tourist flying in and out of Nashville who only want to spend $72/night on a hotel. The property has an outdoor pool and offers free breakfast. Though it has a fitness center and a business center, both are small in size. Its 58 rooms are modern with homey decor and amenities like flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and microwaves.
8. BEST WESTERN Suites Near Opryland
The three-pearl Best Western Suites Near Opryland offers clean, spacious rooms at budget-friendly rates (about $120/night), and is within an eight-minute drive of the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center and the Grand Ole Opry. Its 100 rooms have sitting areas, wet bars, coffeemakers, microwaves, and mini-fridges, and two-room Whirlpool Suites are also available. The hotel has an outdoor pool, a small fitness center with sauna, a business center, and meeting facilities for up to 40 people. A small continental breakfast is included in the room rate.
9. Four Points by Sheraton Nashville Airport
With rates around $100/night and a location near the Nashville airport, this Four Points is a sleek, budget-friendly pick for travelers making a quick trip to the city. Well-maintained common areas include a large lobby with a casual restaurant and a bar serving a happy hour, as well as a small gym, pool patio, and business center. Simple, yet spacious, rooms come equipped with free Wi-Fi, floor-to-ceiling windows, and large flat-screen TVs.