A girls weekend in downtown Nashville seemed to be a great way to kick this year off, so my friends and I made it happen.
I wanted to start off the year right, especially after thinking things through for a piece I wrote for Arkansas Women Bloggers focusing on A Year of Intentional Happiness. What could be happier than hitting the road to see friends and find a little adventure?
Nashville just happened to be right smack in the middle of where we live, and it’s only about a 6-hour drive from Fort Mill. I was up before dawn and there by lunchtime.
Downtown is really where the action’s at in Nashville. Even under gray skies and on-and-off rain, the Music City carries an energy.
After much research on my friend Yavonda’s part, we settled on staying at Hyatt Place Nashville downtown. It was amazing! I don’t think we could have stayed anywhere better. We were situated right within walking distance of a ton of great restaurants, bars and attractions.
The hotel has a modern, funky vibe that’s accentuated with Nashville-themed art throughout the lobby and main floor. Loved it. I also loved the giant iced tea station right inside the door. I wish I’d have grabbed a picture of that — and a lot of other things — but I was too busy swilling down super sugary tea with a strong hit of lemon. Their website shows everything way more beautifully than I could anyway. Go check it out.
We checked in early to our 2-queen room with a pullout bed, with no problem whatsoever. Parking in this town is apparently a beast, so we were glad to self-park in the hotel garage that’s attached. Pricey at $32 per night, but a necessary evil. They also offer valet parking for $35 per night, which might be a good option when the garage is full. Fortunately, we only ran into that once, but a spot opened up fairly quickly.
With all that construction going on, Hyatt Place Nashville was even thoughtful enough to work on mitigating some of that big city noise with a sound machine and some earplugs. We didn’t seem to have much problem with noise, though. We easily fell right into dreamland both nights we stayed.
This is NOT a sponsored blog post, by the way. However, I did let the hotel know in advance that I was heading there for a girls weekend and that I only write about businesses for free when I’m truly wowed. So we were greeted in our room with this fantastic box of treats, including Nashville-made NOLA bourbon pecan granola, beautiful coasters and lime-scented soap. So welcoming!
The hotel and its staff didn’t disappoint one bit during our stay. My friend Jenn even forgot a toothbrush and grabbed one at the front desk in about 30 seconds for free and with no hassle.
Another perk for all guests is their free a.m. Kitchen Skillet buffet. Again, I regret not taking more pictures. The first day, I had a beautifully balanced plate of eggs, sausage links, fruit, yogurt with a touch of granola and a hot Tazo tea from their morning coffee and tea bar. The second day, I sampled some of their hot sandwich options with breakfast potatoes. They even had a variety of sweet rolls to top things off or a piece of fruit to grab on the go.
Right next to the buffet area, there’s a separate Coffee to Cocktails bar where you could buy a Starbucks to sip in the morning or a stiffer drink later on. It also offered grab-and-go snack and meal options. Just what you need to kick off a full day of exploration and fun.
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