Booking Type: Priceline
Room Type: Midtown One Bedroom Suite
Date of Stay: 2017
The Hutton Hotel recently finished a multi-million dollar renovation in late 2017, making it a top choice for music lovers with the addition of a 10k sq ft music venue (Analog) and two songwriter rooms designed with the help of Dierks Bentley and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.
The property is an AAA four-diamond award winner and a Forbes four-star winner for hotel and restaurant, among other awards. It is also part of American Express Fine Hotels Resorts and Virtuoso, making the hotel even more attractive when looking for luxury hotels in Nashville.
Hotel amenities include; in-room record players on request with a large vinyl collection, a house car offering transportation within a three-mile radius, turn-down service, fitness center, same-day valet laundry service, a coffee bar and redefined Southern dining at WestEnd Kitchen Bar. Overnight valet parking is $35+ tax a night.
There’re a lot of options when it comes to booking the Hutton Hotel. One of the best ways would be booking through American Express FH R or Virtuoso so you could enjoy some of my favorite hotel benefits like free breakfast, a hotel credit of $100 and 4pm check-out. I, on the other hand, booked through Priceline. Like most people, I prefer suites over standard rooms, and Priceline had the Midtown suite for just under $400 all in. That same room on the Hutton Hotel website was going for $569+ tax. Saving over $200 for a one-night stay is substantial, making Priceline the easy choice for this particular date.
I was promptly greeted by the valet staff who offered assistance with luggage. The front-desk associate was friendly and welcoming. She gave me basic info about the hotel, and we chatted about New Orleans as she quickly finished up formalities. It amazes me how often I check-in to luxury hotels, and the front-desk staff fail to tell me anything about the hotel or bellhop not offering to assist with luggage. This place got it right.
Midtown suites range from 400-480 sq ft with a living room and separate bedroom. 400 sq ft is small for a suite but I do think the layout was well-designed and comfortable.
The mini-bar and safe were under the TV. The selections of drinks and snacks were good with decent prices to match. However, I was shocked at how bad the coffee maker was. Give me a Nespresso machine or give me death, I say. This hotel is always ranked one of the best hotels in the city so why is their coffee machine on par with the Motel 6 down the road?
The bedroom was a bit tight. I couldn’t even stand in front of the bed for a straight on photo but having the living room space made up for it. The bed was semi-soft with great plush pillows, and both nightstands had easy access to outlets.
I’m a big fan of turn-down service in the evenings. While this one wasn’t anything special, I did appreciate the candy and tomorrows weather report left on the nightstand.
The free Wi-Fi was good enough for web browsing, but that’s about it. If you needed higher speeds, you could purchase them at the prices below.
The view from the room was nothing special. At least, they were unobstructed.
I wish I could have stayed in this suite. I’ve not done too much research on the best hotel suites in Nashville, but this has to be right at the top. The hotel was generous enough to send me photos of the suite for me to share with you all, its stunning.
Midtown suites have granite bathrooms with Kohler steam showers with rainfall shower heads. The bath products were from Triumph & Disaster. I’ve never used these products before, but found them to be desirable. The bathrobe gets high marks while their hairdryer was about as bad as it gets.
Fitness is open 24 hours and is located on the 4th floor with a wide range of cardio and weight machines, including Peloton bikes. I was a big fan of the gym and overall ambience of the place.
Westend Kitchen & Bar alongside the coffee bar is located on the first floor beside the lobby. Westend Kitchen is a Contemporary American Cuisine eatery ran by Executive Chef Nicholas Hertel. I did not eat here but did have one drink at the bar while a friend had a quick bite. The bartender was not friendly. He did not introduce himself, smile or even make small talk. It was simply “what would you like?”
Music Venue (Analog)
The highlight of the hotel was Analog. It’s actually one of my favorite music venues in all of Nashville. It has the capacity for 325 people, whether it be a social gathering or for live music, which was the case when I were there. I was lucky enough to be here the day The New Respects were playing, and they did not disappoint. The sound quality and lighting were superb. The bar area is also one of the coolest in the city.
Service was just ok during my stay. I felt both the bartender at WestEnd Bar and at Analog had more important things to do than make me a cocktail. Nonetheless, the rest of the hotel staff were great and made my stay enjoyable. I’ll chalk the bartenders up as having a bad day and hope next time it will be better. I’ll give service an 8/10.
The addition of Analog help put this hotel back in the conversation as a top choice in Nashville, but I still wouldn’t rank them in the top 3 in the city. The coffee maker and hairdryer need to be addressed. I mean, I can’t believe a hotel of this stature would overlook something like this, especially after a multi-million dollar renovation. If the price is right, I would recommend staying here, or if you’re very wealthy just rent the Hutton Suite, that’s what I would do. Personally, I wouldn’t spend what I did on this stay again, unless it was for a better room. One thing I do know for sure is I’ll definitely be back to catch a show at Analog.
Have you stayed here, what are your thoughts?