Nashville is a beloved destination for Charlotteans for good reason: the thriving music scene, bustling bars and restaurants, and beautiful boutique hotels. A flight from Charlotte to Nashville is just over an hour, or you can hit the road for a seven hour drive.
If you want a full downtown experience, make Noelle your homebase. Described as “an immersive hotel and creative gathering place for adventurous people seeking a true Nashville encounter,” the hotel really offers it all in Music City.
After taking a quick Uber from the airport, I then arrived on a rainy, fall day to the warm welcome of the hotel. Initial impressions included the prominent art, large windows, and rich tones of leather and gold.
Noelle is in a completely renovated 1930s building, with truly beautiful bones. Local artists designed the space and the art, drawing on inspiration from notable Nashvillians. Further, the check-in desk is inside the gift shop, featuring, among other things, some truly stunning leather cowboy boots.
From there, on the seventh floor, my suite featured gorgeous windows, a marble bathroom, plus locally crafted essentials. A comfortable sofa and dining table also offered ample space to work and lounge.
The 224-room boutique hotel offers guests an authentic art-driven experience curated by leaders of Nashville’s thriving creative community. Outside, Printers Alley is right behind the hotel and the infamous Broadway is a block away. Even with the proximity, the hotel itself remains a quiet enclave.
I was able to easily walk to breakfast, The Gulch (an upscale neighborhood) for a fitness class, and through the streets to see the sights and hear music tumbling out of the bars.
Food & Bev
Luckily for me on the rainy afternoon of my arrival, I didn’t need to go far for a bite. Rare Bird on the rooftop offers a drink with a view and the Trade Room off the lobby serves cocktails and bites. Downstairs at Makeready Libations & Liberation you can have breakfast/brunch or dinner. Also, each morning, Drug Store Coffee off the lobby serves pastries and all the caffeinated beverages you could want. Finally, Hidden Bar downstairs offers a speakeasy vibe and a buzzing holiday pop-up with a different theme each year.
The gym, on the second floor, is generously sized with all the equipment you could want from any gym. Finally, also on the second floor, the stylish lounge/workspace on the second floor is a cozy way to get out of your room without going far.
Saidee Gallery is another space that draws attention. The expansive 1400 square foot ballroom has high ceilings, arched windowns, stylish lighting, and beautiful white oak floors. It’s also situated right next to the Trade Room. It was easy to picture many a beautiful wedding or event in the space, particularly with the ease of access to everything else in the hotels (and a few steps outside the doors to cap off any event).