Commissioned by 250 Nashvillians in 1908, The Hotel Hermitage (named after Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage estate) opened its doors on Saturday, Sept. 17, 1910. The new hotel, advertised its rooms as “fireproof, noise-proof, and dustproof, $2.00 and up.”
The Hermitage Hotel was a symbol of Nashville's emergence as a major Southern city. As Nashville's first million-dollar hotel, it was the preferred gathering place for the city's socialites as well as visiting entertainers and politicians. From the early 20th century through the '30s and '40s, "Meet me at The Hermitage" could have been deemed the city's slogan.
A tradition that is still true today.
Modern History of The Hermitage Hotel
(Events since 2003)
In June 2000, Historic Hotels of Nashville, LLC., purchased The Hermitage Hotel and completed a $20 million renovation of the guest rooms and public areas. The hotel reopened on Valentine’s Day 2003. The hotel underwent a $20 million renovation that was completed in 2003. Through this renovation, the average size of guest rooms increased to 500 square feet creating, on average the largest guestrooms in Nashville. The bathrooms were finished in marble and included extra deep soaking tubs, separate showers, dual vanities, and enclosed water closets.
Since the renovation, an additional $5 million has been invested in further upgrades. Room upgrades have included the addition of iPod docking stations and large flat screen televisions in both the bedroom and the bathroom.
The Hermitage Hotel has been awarded the AAA Five Diamond Award eight years in a row and the Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Award five years in a row. The Hermitage Hotel is the only hotel in the state of Tennessee to hold either award.
The Hermitage Hotel has been consistently listed on the Travel & Leisure World’s Best list as well as Travel & Leisure top 500 list. The Hotel has also been named “Best Pet Friendly Hotel” by TripAdvisor users. In 2008 the Men’s room at The Hermitage Hotel was voted Best Restroom by Hermitage Hotel fans and Cintas Corporation.
The Hermitage Hotel is deeply committed to various preservation efforts. The Hermitage Hotel supports and has a deep relationship with the Land Trust for Tennessee which began in 2008 when a program was created in which guests may donate $2.00 for every night they stay in the hotel. Those donations now total over $150,000.00 and have preserved over 1,500 acres of land in Tennessee.
The Hermitage Hotel and Capitol Grille also support Southern Foodways Alliance in their vital role of preserving Southern Cuisine by recording the oral heritage that is passed through generations. Documentary films created by the Southern Foodways Alliance may be viewed in each of our guestrooms.
Since 2006, the Capitol Grille has supported Share Our Strength by hosting the Tasteful Pursuit dinner each year. Share Our Strength is an organization whose mission is to end childhood hunger by the year 2015.
Known for its unique architecture and versatile locations, The Hermitage Hotel has been the location of choice for the entertainment industry when shooting in Nashville.
Various movies and videos have filmed at The Hermitage Hotel.
- The Hannah Montana movie
- Josh Turner’s “I’m Your Man” video
- Country Strong movie
- Revlon Commercial with Sheryl Crow
- And many more, as well as multiple album cover and publicity photo shoots
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
John Kerry stayed at The Hermitage Hotel and used the property as his campaign headquarters during his visit to Tennessee in 2004.
Second Lady Lynne Cheney stayed at The Hermitage Hotel, as did Cindy McCain, wife of 2008 presidential candidate John McCain.
President Bill Clinton stayed at The Hermitage Hotel, while campaigning for his wife, Hillary Clinton when she was running for the nomination from the Democratic Party for President of the United States.