Where to Stay in Nashville - Meet me at the Hermitage Hotel!

The Hermitage is a fantastic hotel.  If I could sum it up in one word, it would be “PERFECT.”  

If I get the chance to add a few more words, I would pick: elegant, efficient and peaceful.  

It is the oldest hotel in Nashville and the first million $ hotel to be built here.  

“Meet me at the Hermitage” is what the locals say – you can certainly see why!

The Hermitage Hotel Nashville
The Hermitage Hotel Nashville - Perfect!
"Meet me at the Hermitage"
"Meet me at the Hermitage" - Yes please!

During the War of the Roses – the battle for the right for women to vote, it was the headquarters for both the suffragists (wearing yellow roses) and the anti-suffragists (wearing red roses.). The 19th amendment that gave all Americans women the right to vote was issued in August 1920.  Tennessee was the hold-out state that was the last to make the perfect 36 needed to get the law changed.

It has a great bar with 130 bourbons on offer.  During prohibition, they got away with continuing to serve bourbon by putting it into a teapot (!)


Hermitage Hotel Nashville Bedroom
Hermitage Hotel Nashville Bedroom
Hermitage Hotel Nashville Bathroom
Hermitage Hotel Nashville Bathroom

Room prices doubled during the NFL draft here this week-end – very glad we booked this trip up a year ago.  You need to pre-book parking – there are various options on-line ranging from $15 – $35.


  • ​A very warm welcome – the attentive staff just cannot do enough for you here.
  • A reasonably priced restaurant offering a good choice and a daily “plat du jour”.
  • A cosy bar area offering a good casual dining option.
  • Breakfast in bed/good room service options for sandwiches etc.
  • Lovely complimentary muffins in the morning.
  • Complimentary newspapers.
  • Complimentary lemonade and cookies at 4pm.
  • A plentiful supply of ylang yang shower gel – Soooo relaxing!
  • Super efficient concierge service.
  • Nespresso coffee machine in the bedroom
  • The mirror in the bathroom turns into a TV you can watch from the bath (!)
  • Sunday brunch – the best in town

Foodie Firsts - The Cocktail Scene

Deep South USA Cocktail Trail Jack's Mule, The Oak Bar, The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville
Jack's Mule, The Oak Bar, The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville

Cocktails are part of what makes the Deep South USA such a fun place to visit.

You would expect a hotel of the Hermitage’s class to excel at something like this and it certainly doesn’t disappoint.  Two of their signature cocktails make it to my Deep South USA Cocktail Trail.

First is the Jack’s Mule – served in the Oak Bar at the Hermitage.  Classic cocktails are hard to beat.  The Oak Bar at the Hermitage Hotel make a mean Jack’s Mule – it would just be rude not to try it?!  The fiery spice of the ginger combines perfectly with the smoothness of Jack.

Next up – the Bloody Mary served at the Capitol Grill.  This was the first Bloody Mary I had ever tried – but it definitely won’t be the last.  I chose it to accompany a perfectly prepared eggs benedict for brunch on our final day in the Deep South.  What a great way to end the trip.  Perfect.

Deep South USA Cocktail Trail Bloody Mary, The Capitole Grille, The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville
Bloody Mary, The Capitole Grille, The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville