Grand Hyatt Nashville Review
After a night at the stylish Holston House Nashville, I decided to move down the street to the Grand Hyatt. It turned out to be just as good a choice as my first, and well worth splitting my stay in Nashville to check out two different properties. The Grand Hyatt Nashville offers first-rate rooms, a wide array of dining options, and a decent location for exploring Music City. And you’ll want to check out the rooftop bar.
Overview & Pricing
Cash rates at the Grand Hyatt Nashville vary greatly, but expect to pay $300-600 for most dates. This is way too rich for my blood, which meant I was only considering booking it as an award. As a World of Hyatt Category 5 property, it goes for 20,000 on standard dates. Peak and off-peak prices are 23,000 and 17,000 points, respectively.
I booked my stay a day before arrival, waffling over whether I really wanted to burn this many World of Hyatt points. I’d hoped to use a Marriott free night certificate, but no matter where I stayed downtown, I’d have to augment the free night award with 5,000 to 15,000 points. The value was poor in every case.
So, the Grand Hyatt Nashville it was for 20,000 points. The cash rate was $308 after taxes for that night, which means I got 1.5 cents per Hyatt point. Adequate, in my book. I don’t like to receive less than this per point with Hyatt.
Grand Hyatt Nashville Location
The Grand Hyatt Nashville is located downtown, on Broadway, splitting the distance between the row of noisy honky-tonks down the street and The Gulch. You have easy access to either. The Ryman Auditorium is about a 10-minute walk, and the Gulch is maybe 5 minutes more. There are certainly better options if you’re have to be in the middle of the action.
Lobby & Check-In Experience
I was so busy admiring the design of The Continental, one of the hotel restaurants, that I completely missed the turn toward the front entrance. I ended up making my way into the back of the hotel.
The Grand Hyatt Nashville has a lovely lobby. You’ll find much of the hotel has the same dark wood, silver, and gold color scheme. Christmas decorations still dominated the space, although I couldn’t help but notice the cozy couches located just off to one side, the blazing fire inviting me over.
Check-in was smooth, and the staff were pleasant. I was invited to enjoy the Grand Club, which was currently offering their evening hors d’oeuvres spread.
I’d already noticed earlier in the Hyatt app that I’d been upgraded to a Grand Corner Suite. There was no mention of this at the desk, which seems to often be the case. But I was quite happy, and eager to head up to the room.
Grand Hyatt Nashville Corner Suite
And the room did not disappoint. The Corner Suite is large, with a nicely furnished living area, separate bedroom, and lovely bathroom. The color scheme is the same silver and gold color alongside dark wood found elsewhere in the hotel. The design is simple and clean, fitting for a Grand Hyatt.
The bedroom is spacious. I’ve never found a Grand Hyatt bed that isn’t comfortable. The desk was comfortable. I’d end up there most of the day, having taken on a last-minute assignment. Filled the trip with more work than expected.
It’s not often you can poo with a view. But that’s what the Grand Hyatt suite offers you. Seriously, I don’t quite understand. I like city views and all. But one does not want floor to ceiling windows adjacent to the toilet.
Overall, though, the suite has a nice bathroom. It’s not overly large, but the shower is spacious and the double sink is nice. It’s all one room. I did have to ask for bathroom amenities, which had not been placed in the room. What I didn’t expect was for staff to deliver four bottles each of shampoo and conditioner.
The views were nice. I especially liked the view of The Union Station Nashville Yards hotel across the street. It looks super cool. I’d certainly consider it for another trip.
On the whole, I loved the suite. But I have one big complaint: the train noise. It is very noticeable, especially in the early morning. The hotel is adjacent to the tracks, and my suite faced that direction. Things may be better for rooms on the other side of the building.
The Grand Hyatt Nashville offers a great pool deck and patio on the 5th floor. At least when it’s not pouring down rain. Given the squalls that passed through Nashville that day, it was deserted. Even if I’d had time, swimming was off the table.
The indoor space on the 5th floor next to the pool was temporarily closed, a necessary choice while it is un-decorated.
The fitness center is located on the same level as the pool, as is the spa. I didn’t check out either.
However, I did spend some time in the Grand Club. It is available all day to guests with club access, granted by booking a club access room or a suite. Globalist elite members are also granted Grand Club access, which is how had access. The Club is on the ground floor, located past the lobby bar, across from the elevators.
The Grand Club is an elegant space. I’ve been to both terrible and excellent hotel club lounges, and this one is on the better end of the spectrum in terms of seating, size, and food and drink options.
The club offers evening drinks and hors d’oeuvres from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The food selection was better than I’d hoped, and turned out to be sufficient for dinner. The bar offers a complimentary selection of alcoholic beverages, including a couple red wines, a white wine, an IPA, a handful of domestic beer brands, and white claw hard seltzer. The drink options cover the bases, but there’s nothing special among them.
I asked if they had any sparkling wine and was served the final pour from the last bottle. The Grand Club only stocks it for Christmas and the New Year.
Breakfast hours run from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM on weekdays, extended to 11:00 AM on weekends. If you have Globalist free breakfast benefits, this is what the Grand Hyatt Nashville offers.
Food & Drink
If you don’t have access to the Grand Club or want to check out the rest of the dining offered at the hotel, you do have options. The main restaurant is The Nashville Grange. I took a break from work the next day to enjoy lunch here. It is the only Grand Hyatt Nashville restaurant open for all three meals.
The place was pretty quiet at 1:00 PM, with only two other occupied tables. The restaurant is an open-space concept and well-lit. I thought the food was good, especially liked the salad served alongside the club sandwich I ordered.
Sadly, I didn’t get to try what looks like the classiest restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Nashville: The Continental. It has a lovely aesthetic dominated by navy blue and dark wood. Unfortunately, the upscale restaurant is only open Wednesday through Sunday from 5:00-10:00 PM. Within The Continental is the Vesper Club, a posh bar that offers a $100 five-course martini tasting, among other things. It’s closes at 9:00 PM each night The Continental is open.
If you’re looking for coffee or a bite to go, the Hummingbird Coffee Market will hook you up. It’s adjacent to the lobby.
Later in the day, you can stop by the lobby bar for a drink.
I didn’t check out the lobby bar, as cool as it looks. Had to pick between the roof and the ground and the roof won. You can’t beat 25th floor views.
Lou/na Rooftop Bar
Don’t want to pass up Lou/na, the Grand Hyatt Nashville rooftop bar. Given how unusually warm it was that evening, enjoying the terrace would have been perfect. Yet it had just rained and was still soaked.
I tried two cocktails. The Sun Rises in the East was excellent. I’m a fan of citrus and ginger. The Strawberry Sunburn wasn’t nearly as good. But that could be personal, as I’ve only ever had one spicy cocktail I really liked, at a bar in Cartagena.
My one complaint about Lou/na is the cleanliness. The place looked pristine. But the bar was grossly sticky where I first sat down. It was the one blemish on an otherwise excellent experience.
Grand Hyatt Nashville Review: Final Thoughts
I was sad to only have one night at the Grand Hyatt Nashville. I could have made it two, but then I would not have been able to give the Holston House a try as well. With multiple good restaurants, a lovely rooftop terrace, great style, comfortable rooms, and club perks, it was a 5-star hit. Burning 20,000 points per night is a lot. But Nashville is a pricey town when it comes to lodging. If I have the points, I’d consider it for another stay.
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