Posted: 7/15/23 | July 15th, 2023
Nashville is more than just a weekend getaway spot. While a lot of people come to party on honky tonk lined Broadway Street, Nashville has way more than a bachlor/bachlorette spot. The Tennessee capital has a decadent dining scene, worthwhile museums, stunning parks, and chill neighborhoods with cozy cafés.
I always love visiting (it’s one of my favorite cities in the US).
Since Nashville doesn’t have a great public transportation system, when you visit, it’s important to plan ahead and research what neighborhood you want to stay in. Otherwise, you’ll be taking a lot of expensive Ubers.
To help you narrow it down, here is my breakdown of the best neighborhoods (plus accommodation options for each) so you know exactly where to stay in Nashville.
SoBro (South of Broadway) is smack in the center of things but not exactly on the raucous bar-flanked part of Broadway. It’s also home to the Country Music Hall of Fame, one of the most popular (and must-see) sights. The one rub is that there are not a lot of affordable accommodation options here. You’re paying a premium for location, so keep that in mind when booking. If you want a nice, central area to stay in but away from the craziness of the famed Broadway, this are is it!
Best places to stay in SoBro
Midtown also has many of the city’s chief attractions, such as the Frist Art Museum, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and the Belmont Mansion. Additionally, you’ll find the city’s best green space: Centennial Park, where you can find a full-scale model of the Parthenon in Athens. This is a great area for families because it’s quiet, has lots of walkable streets, and is still very central.
Best places to stay in Midtown
Five Points, located across the river in East Nashville, is crammed with hip dive bars, unpretentious (and great) restaurants, cutting-edge art galleries, indie boutique shops and record stores, vintage clothing shops, craft cocktail bars, and third-wave coffee spots. There aren’t really any “sights” here. It’s more the vibe that attracts people. The neighborhood makes for a fun base to explore the rest of the city during the day and then come “home” to at night to enjoy the evening atmosphere.
Best places to stay in Five Points
In the center of Nashville, Downtown, SoBro, and Midtown intersect or overlap. For the sake of this article, I’m using “Downtown” as Lower Broadway’s swath of town: the part that goes right up to the river and includes all the country-and-western bars. If you want to stay in the heart of all the action and be close to the nightlife of Nashville, this is where you want to be.
Best places to stay in Downtown
Nashville is a bit spread out, so if you base yourself where you want to play and explore, you won’t need a car. All of these neighborhoods are walkable and everything is a short Uber ride away (East Nashville). Midtown and SoBro are my favorite areas for quiet, value, and convenience.
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Book Your Accommodation
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