This road trip thing is tiring. So much driving. You think PA to Arizona and back in 2 weeks should be doable. It is. However, I think I am going to be exhausted by the time we get home. The Nashville part of our road trip was the “vacation destination” I most looked forward to and I want to give you the scoop on food, attractions, and our accommodations. Today I’m sharing where I think you should stay in Nashville. (Note, this is not sponsored by the hotel in anyway. Just my personal opinion based on a great experience.)
We arrived about 6 hours late, which meant we had much less time to see and do what I wanted to while we were here. Since the first stop was our hotel at 10:30 PM Central Time, we’ll start there. We stayed at the Residence by Marriott on Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN.
I heavily researched where to stay in Nashville. Since we stayed for 2 nights I wanted to make sure we would be in a good location with enough space for 5 of us. There were several places that were “recommended places to stay in Nashville, TN” but I didn’t just want one room with two double beds, which was what the majority were. I chose the Residence by Marriott because we had the ability to cook if we wanted to and space to spread out and relax.
Since the hotel was on the edge of the city, I was a little worried about the commute but as we found out it was a breeze. It’s quite a bit quieter than Philly any day. We had a penthouse suite because that’s what could best accommodate 5 people. It was lovely and such a peaceful place to crash at the end of two busy days. The rooms were clean and the set-up really nice for a family. We planned to make some meals in the kitchenette, which featured a full sized stove and refrigerator, along with a dishwasher, but scratch that. There were too many restaurants and foods I wanted to try and too little time.
The staff at the Residence by Marriott were all incredibly friendly and helpful. That was definitely a highlight to the stay. They serve breakfast and a light dinner. We took advantage of the breakfast because it was just the easiest and they have a really nice breakfast buffet. They have options for every one, from make your own waffles to oatmeal, cereal to fruit and yogurt, eggs and meat to muffins and bagels.
We did not take advantage of the guest laundry or fitness room but they do have them on the premises. They also have an outdoor pool, and their website shows they have a grilling area. We did not explore the premises to check it out.
We loved that the hotel is centrally located so we could see many things without having to go far in any direction. With free parking and easy access to the highway it was easy to find and get to and from. The only detractor is that since it is close to the airport, you occasionally hear jets fly over. However, we only heard a few. Check back later for my post on things to do in Nashville.