Nashville Family Hotels – Tips and Recommendations

  • The Nashville International Airport is located approximately 9 miles from the city center. It’s very convenient to get downtown after arriving by plane so you can choose a hotel that is close to the neighborhood where you will spend the majority of your time. However, for early morning flights, we have selected a few hotels closer to the airport for convenient arrivals and departures.
  • The Cumberland River is the major waterway which runs through the city and the majority of Nashville is located south of the river. You can cross by car or via a pedestrian bridge and there are also bike trails as well. Many hotels may feature views of the Nashville skyline or the river.
  • Those seeking a little more solitude should stay closer to interstate 440 to the west of the city and close to Vanderbilt University and Centennial Park. The park features a replica of the Parthenon and an art museum. This location is ideal for those who want to explore the city and retreat into quiet at the end of a long day.
  • We recommend booking your holidays through Booking.com. It’s one of the trusted hotel booking sites out there, and the one with the best deals. Note: we do earn a small commission when you book through them. We display prices usually for a family with two adults and one child, to make pricing more realistic. The actual price you pay might be higher or lower of course based on your family size.

Check out our updated Nashville – Family Travel Guide.

The 10 Best Hotels for Families in Nashville

Omni Nashville Hotel, luxury

The Omni hotel is very family-friendly due to the Omni Kids Crew which gives kids a backpack full of fun when they first check in. Included are an activity book, crayons, card games, and binoculars so children can explore the city and entertain themselves.

They also receive complimentary milk and cookies delivered to the room on their first night at the hotel. The restaurants feature a kids menu and Kitchen Notes, which features Southern food, has a Biscuit Bar that children are sure to love.

There’s also a rooftop pool with incredible views of the downtown Nashville skyline, a whirlpool, and cabanas.

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, luxury

Located across from Vanderbilt University, this hotel is serious when it comes to serving their guests. They feature the Loews Loves Families and Loews Loves Pets programs so make sure even the youngest, and furriest, family members feel welcome.

Children under the age of 18 stay free and they provide complimentary cribs as well as baby bathtubs and other amenity kits. There are board games available which are suitable for all ages, fun books and crayons, and child proofing kits to keep children under 4 years old safe in the room.

You can even access the family activity guide online which suggests activities both indoors and outside as well as who to call if you need assistance. They also recommend some family-friendly restaurants that everyone will enjoy.

Hotel Indigo Nashville, luxury

This centrally located hotel was once a bank and you’ll be able to catch glimpses of the building’s history still present today. Kids will enjoy exploring the printer-themed lobby that has its own lobby, or looking for the U.S. Post drops in the hallways.

The lounge has local entertainers every week so there’s always something to do in the evening without having to leave the hotel. When you’re ready to head out for sightseeing, you won’t have to walk farm because you’re already downtown and close to many attractions.

Hilton Nashville Downtown, luxury

You really can’t go wrong when staying at a Hilton, and this downtown location in the heart of Nashville is no exception. It’s located close to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Bridgestone Arena, and the Nashville Convention Center, making it ideal for those who are in town for a show or event.

Start the day with a southern breakfast buffet featuring pastries, local specialties, and made to order omelets. For dinner, families can share a brick oven-fired pizza or pasta.

 

Best Western Plus Nashville Airport Hotel, mid-range

If you’re flying in late at night or have an early morning departure, this hotel is close to the airport which makes transport a breeze through the free shuttle service. Children under the age of 16 are free with an adult and a complimentary breakfast is included.

In addition to being close to the airport, it’s also not too far from the Nashville Shores Water Park or the Nashville Zoo. It’s a great place to stay if you plan on spending the entire day at either attraction because you won’t have to trek far once you’re worn out from all the adventure.

Gaylord Opryland Resort, luxury

There is so much to love about this sprawling resort that feels like a theme park. There are 4 acres of indoor and outdoor water attractions as well as gardens and waterfalls. It’s also home to a convention center so there is always excitement, not to mention great dining options.

You’ll have a hard time choosing between the tapas, sushi, Mexican, steak, southern, and Italian restaurants. Stop by for some frozen yogurt or gelato for dessert. If you’re visiting Nashville over Christmas, you’ll be stunned by the incredible lights on display for guests to enjoy.

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Nashville Airport, mid-range

Located just two miles from the airport, you won’t have to worry about waking up sleeping children extra early to catch a flight. The complimentary shuttle runs 24 hours a day and will get you there in minutes.

Each suite separates the living area from the bedroom so the adults can relax and unwind without waking up the kids. Kids will enjoy the complimentary warm chocolate chip cookies, video game arcade, and indoor-outdoor pool.

Union Station Hotel, luxury

Staying at the Unions Station Hotel is more than just a place to sleep, it’s an experience in itself. The building originated as a train station and recently underwent renovation to restore its original grandeur.

As a historical landmark you will get a glimpse of Nashville’s past while being surrounded by luxury. Children will be in awe of the lobby with its 65-foot ceilings as soon as they step through the doors.

The Hermitage Hotel, luxury

The Hermitage Hotel is another historic building in Nashville and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is the oldest hotel in the city and has deep roots into Nashville’s past.

As a five-star hotel your family will be engulfed in luxury from the spacious rooms to unique amenities such as in-mirror bathroom TVs, a pillow menu, and handcrafted mattress to ensure you are well rested. They even offer nanny and babysitting services and on-site dining with two restaurants so you don’t have to travel far for a bite.

21c Museum Hotel, luxury

This unique location is part hotel and part museum, combining art and lodging in one place. Each space is bright and cheerful so you can’t help but feel happy as soon as you enter. The concierge is welcoming and can suggest nearby activities to fill the day.

There is an art gallery in the lobby and more spaces throughout the hotel. Each room has been beautifully decorated and the hotel is very quiet at night, making it perfect for families who want to turn in early. You can even opt to stay in one of the artist suites that has a recording studio and other interesting features. [Important update: although this hotel was very popular with familes, it is now adult-only!]

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