In the early 1900’s, Nashville was a city on the rise that lacked luxury accommodations. A group of farsighted businessmen set out to change that, with a vision for a world-class hotel and architectural landmark that would strengthen Nashville’s standing and reputation.
Since their dream was realized on September 17, 1910, The Hermitage Hotel has stood tall as the epicenter of Nashville life, serving as a silent witness to over a century of history. “Meet me at The Hermitage” is a commonplace phrase that has echoed through the decades. This cherished landmark in downtown Nashville has poured innumerable glasses, served countless meals, held thousands of events, and hosted millions of guests along the way. Browse our articles below to learn more about our 5-star hotel and its rich history.
Style has always been synonymous with our historic hotel in Nashville. Our distinctive, Beaux Arts aesthetic that blends classical Italian and French Renaissance features. From the moment you ascend the grand staircase into our opulent lobby, you will be struck by the grandeur of the original marble, the ornamental details, and the elegant craftsmanship visible throughout our hallowed halls.Learn More
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In August of 1920, Tennessee’s 33 Senators and 99 Representatives descended upon Nashville for a special session called by the Governor. At stake was a hotly contested issue of national importance – women’s right to vote. Tennessee was the 36th and final state to vote on the 19th amendment, and The Hermitage Hotel became an infamous backdrop for political leaders in the weeks and months leading up to ratification. is there any more room for moresLearn More
About the Men’s Room at The Hermitage Hotel
It is said that nearly as many women as men visit the Art Deco Men’s Restroom at The Hermitage Hotel. In 2008 it was winner of the “Best Restroom in America” contest sponsored by Cintas Facilities Services and in 2019 we became one of the world’s most Instagramable bathrooms. Countless wedding photos have been taken here and the distinctive green tiles have even set the tone for a holiday card or two.
THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN TENNESSEE NASHVILLE’S FIRST
Since opening as Nashville’s original million-dollar hotel in 1910, The Hermitage Hotel has long been known as the top hotel in Tennessee and one of the premier hotels in the country. Our tradition of excellence that began in 1910 has remained vibrant and alive throughout the years, serving as the first – and at times the only – five-star hotel in the state.
An Architectural Masterpiece
Crafted in the early 1900s, The Hermitage Hotel is a masterful work credited to Tennessee native James Carpenter, who completed his formal education at the famed Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris before going on to be one of New York’s premier luxury high-rise designers. To this day, more than 40 of J.E.R. Carpenter’s buildings remain sought-after residences along the coveted Park and 5th Avenues, a testament to the enduring caliber of The Hermitage Hotel.
A Favorite Amongst Famous Guests
With a central location just steps from the state capitol, The Hermitage Hotel quickly established itself as a favorite among politicians, but it wasn’t long before this beloved local haunt captured the attention of other travelers as well. Over the years, The Hermitage has played host to American presidents, foreign dignitaries, musical legends, Hollywood icons, business magnates and more.