By Danny R. Johnson – Entertainment/Travel News Editor
The buzz around Nashville, TN is that if you want to experience what’s it like to get lost and spoiled in a luxurious hotel, your best bet is stay at the JW Marriott Nashville, a 496-room ultra-luxury hotel, opened officially on July 2018 in downtown. The guest rooms and suites are among the most spacious in Nashville, each featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking skyline views. There are 33 floors, 37 suites, including two Presidential Suites, six Griffith Suites, and 29 Executive Suites are divinely designed to satisfy the most discriminating travelers. The hotel also has the most elaborate and well appointed Executive Lounge in downtown Nashville. With state-of-the-art technology and artwork that reflects the soul of the city, each room is an amenity-filled environment designed to provide a seamlessly crafted experience and perfect stay in Music City.
The JW Marriott Nashville sits atop a hill on 8th Avenue across from the ever busy and sprawling Music Center, and three blocks from Lower Broadway, a five-block zone of revelry featuring bona fide honky-tonks and throbbing bro-country bars. Guests are a short walk from the legendary Ryman Auditorium, Tennessee State Capitol, Bridgestone Arena (home ice for the Nashville Predators), Johnny Cash Museum, Grand Ole Opry, Ascend Amphitheater, an open-air venue by the Cumberland River, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. The JW Marriott Nashville is the new luxury hotel competing head-to-head with the Omni Hotel Nashville, which is two blocks down the street.
Check-in was speedy and seamless thanks to the Marriott Mobile App and front desk professional by the name of Travis, who was very thorough and knowledgeable of the property and pointed out all the amenities afforded to senior Marriott Platinum/Titanium Elite and Ambassador members. Because of my senior elite status, I was pre-reserved to an automatic upgrade to a premium suite and received welcome gifts. The Griffith Suite is about 1079 square feet / 97 square meter and was beautiful and homey, with high ceilings, wood floors and pocket doors between the ample sitting room, bathroom and bedroom. This oversized suite featured a separate bedroom and master bath, a separate half-bath, exquisitely furnished living space, and full kitchenette.
The bathroom was airy and spacious, with double marble sinks and floors classic black-and-white tile and mercifully soft lighting atop brass-framed mirrors. The toilet inhabits a sizable stall, while the shower is large enough for a long and soothing escape from reality! And of course there was plenty of luxurious soap, body wash and shampoo that you would expect from JW Marriott.
On check-in day, I had a refreshing Buffet Breakfast ($25) and a delightful Lamb Tacos Lunch ($14) at the cheery Stompin’ Grounds Restaurant, next to the hotel lobby. The restaurant has some of the best gourmet cakes and unique confectionary items, which is served to you by exceptional JW Marriott employees like A. Davis and Raquel. Next, we investigated the hotel’s three cocktail bars and settled on the Bourbon Sky Lounge on the 34th floor which had a luxe cosmopolitan vibe. With panoramic views of the downtown Nashville skyline and glass walls that open to allow in fresh, cool breezes, the Bourbon Sky Lounge, a literal extension of the renowned Bourbon Steak Nashville Restaurant by Michelin-starred chef, Michael Mina, is the crown jewel of the JW Marriott Nashville. True to its name with terrace seating that extends past the building’s edge, the Bourbon Sky Lounge gives you that “floating on air feeling,” as the hotel likes to describe it, which is unlike anything else the city has to offer. My crew and I had dinner at the hotel’s flagship restaurant, Bourbon Steak Nashville, which opens at 5:00 pm each evening and most of the time is completely booked weeks in advance. We loved our appetizers, shrimp cocktail ($22) and a giant prawn roll ($20), and our entree, a perfectly fired cowboy rib-eye with grilled asparagus and fries ($48). Extraordinary services was provided by a fully suited in white dinner jacket attire and personal server, Todd G.
Our room service brunch the next morning arrived in 20 minutes, as promised; the exclusively prepared acai bowl ($12) and sausage and egg breakfast sandwich ($12) from the restaurant were fine but did not wow us.
All rooms offer free Wi-Fi and a minibar stocked with premium gourmet nuts, chocolate and chips, Veuve Clicquot, Jack Daniels Whiskey, Hendricks Gin and other premium beverages. Each room is equipped with a 50-inch TV with all the major streaming services. There’s a fitness center on the premise, a rooftop outdoor pool with a Cabana bar and grill, 24-hour room service, and a paid car service on call. Compliments to JW Marriott Nashville’s Concierge professional and VIP Services Manager, Adrian, for making spot-on recommendations and reservations to some of Nashville’s hottest entertainment venues.
The Bottom Line
Although there are many reasons to stay at the JW Marriott Nashville, including its sleek design, impeccable white gloves service, and on-site restaurants and bars, maybe the best one is the hotel’s close proximity to Nashville’s night life and the city’s incredible and unlimited choices of country/blues/bluegrass/jazz music venues, as well as seasonal performances by the Nashville Symphony.