Satisfaction Very Good
Value Score Poor Value
Good For Solo
The Biggest Hotel I've Ever Seen!
The Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Conference Center is easily the biggest hotel I've ever seen. Saying that it's huge doesn't really describe it. What does kind of help you get an understanding for how big it is is that its property encompasses 35 acres of land. Yep 35. It's even big on a Vegas scale. You can get hopelessly lost in there if your not careful--and I mean lost, not disoriented.
In addition to being really big the Opryland also encompases a huge atrium-like structure full of acres and acres of tropical plants and man-made rivers and waterfalls. There are walkways and bridges and overhangs all over the place. Did I mention that the rivers are also full of fish and that you can take a boat ride? There is even a bar that rotates right smack dab in the middle of all of it. All of this gives the place sort of a Disney Theme Park feeling to it: nice to look at, but fake. Really fake.
There are also within the Opryland several places to eat and shop. You can pretty much get whatever you might want or need there, even if it is much more expensive than what you would pay someplace else.
Unique Quality: The Opryland, for all its wonder in its public spaces, has pretty run-of-the-mill guest rooms. Their standard rooms are just, well, standard, and look no different, better, or worse than what you would find in a Marriott or any other decent hotel. They aren't very spacious or fancy or anything else that you might expect to get for the $150 - $300 per night that they charge. (The suites can run you up to $3500 per night!) Their most expensive rooms have balconies overlooking the man-made jungle, which I suppose looks nice, but I have a feeling that these rooms are less than quiet given that the hotel sponsors frequent conferences, dinners, and musical events out in its atrium.
Also note that although this place has acres and acres of parking, they are still going to charge you $12 a day to park your car there--and that's for self parking! Valet is much more!
Directions: Next to the Grand Ole Opry.
Grand Ole Opryland
You won't believe it is a hotel. You'll be surrounded by acres of lush indoor tropical gardens, hop into the floatboats tour inside the hotel and chill at the cafe/bar near the waterfalls area. I'd say it's a city by itself. Do stay during the christmas holiday - the decoration is just marvelous.
Unique Quality: Great room, views and entertainments.
An Oasis in the Heat and Humidity
The rooms were like any other hotel, however I did have a room in the Delta area with a balcony overlooking the river boat. The restaurants were good, although I had adequate service and food at the Italian restaurant in the hotel. There are plenty of amenities (pool, spa, restaurants, cafes, lounges, food court, shopping, gardens, fountains). I would recommend this as a place to stay for a single traveler or family, it was huge, interesting, and everyone took care of me when needed.
Unique Quality: The atriums with gardens, fountains, water falls, river boat, pathways, benches, and flowers and foilage everywhere were impressive and relaxing.
Directions: From Nashville Int'l: Leave airport & go W on I-40; Proceed to Exit 215 & take Briley Parkway - 155 N; at Exit 12 turn left onto McGavock Pike; Turn left at the first intersection into the Gaylord Opryland Complex
Memorable stay for the family
It has been a while since I have been to the Opryland Hotel, but I will never forget it!. The excellent pools, the indoor gardens, restaurants, and accomodations were wonderful! My family had a great time in this comfortable, safe, and entertaining place. This was the first time I experienced the "South" and it left a favorable impression; Impeccable building and excellent service!
Unique Quality: The Opryland is large (one of the largest in the country), but after a little while you get to know your way around. The large indoor courtyards with lush gardens make this a great place to visit all year round!
A must see... this place is incredible!
We didn't stay here, too expensive. A week at Opryland is about the same price as my monthly mortgage payment. I know a few people who have stayed here & absolutely loved it. The Presidential suite in this picture is $1500+ per night. It's the part of the building with the multi-story bay window.
**During the weekend of May 1st & 2nd, 2010, the Opryland Hotel experienced significant flooding. Floodwater came into the hotel and, depending upon which section of the hotel we're talking about, there was between five and twelve feet of water inside the hotel. Opryland expects to be closed six months for the $75million worth of repairs needing to be done. They are planning to re-open just in time for the Christmas season. This youtube video shows some of the damage inside the hotel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfL5j9ckcyo
Unique Quality: The Opryland Hotel is HUGE!!! There are 9 acres of covered indoor gardens complete with an indoor riverboat ride. Plus a bunch of shops, restaurants, conference rooms, & even a Post Office. It is beyond easy to get turned around & completely lost inside the hotel & gardens. Some type of cell phone or walkie talkie is great when there with a group so that you can find each other.
Directions: Off of Briley Parkway
best place to stay
this place is more fun than a barrel of monkeys
Unique Quality: an outdoor adventure all indoors it's well worth the cost
Beautiful Hotel w/river running through it!
This is an amazing place! I've never stayed here but I know people who have. It's rather expensive but even if you don't stay here, come in and walk through...it's free, a great photo op, and it's very enjoyable. They tell me it's a winter wonderland around Christmas. I visited in the summer and it was absolutely breathtaking.
Unique Quality: It has everything and then some!
If one is on an expense account-
We did not stay here- very expensive- $300 per night for ordinary people. I have not idea what the cost would be for a convention. But, if one had the chance, it is gorgegous.
Unique Quality: See the "must see tip". The central area is gorgeous.
Directions: Next to Opry Mills Shopping Center
"THE" Place to stay in Nashville
Everything was wonderful... All inclusive on the property, Wonderful Accomodations, Great Dining, Fabulous Shopping at Opry-Mills
Unique Quality: They have everything (except a themepark)
Close to downtown Nashville, airport, The Hermitage, etc.
Not far from Beautiful Goodlettsville, TN and Rivergate Mall
you must see it but don't stay here
I chaired a convention here. The maid walked in twice with the "privacy" sign on the door (my wife sleeping while I was in meetings.
There is a "Jack Daniels" bar that had no Jack Daniels -- and ony Canadian whiskey
Unique Quality: This is a must see for opulance. I must admit I am glad I stayed there once. But it is overpriced.
Directions: Opryland area
The Most Beautiful Hotel in Nashville
The Opryland Hotel in Nashville is absolutely spectacular. There are many rooms which have a balcony below which you can see the beautiful atriums full of plants, trees, tables, and lights.
Unique Quality: Opryland features three large atriums decorated with plants, trees, and beautiful lights.
Opryland Hotel. It's a...
Opryland Hotel. It's a paradise on Earth. All under glass sky, contolled temperature, controlled humidity and beautiful gardens.
Buy a package for a reduced price and get free extras. Very inexpensive in the long run. Well worth the costs.
Unique Quality: 4 acres of gardens under a glass sky.
You can eat on the patio of one of the seven restaurants. Another restaurant has a revolving bar with a musical light and water fountain show. As a man plays the organ the water keeps in time with the music. Spectacular colors and lots of action. There are also six bars in the Hotel all with a different theme. Our favorite was the Bourbon Barrel. Had live music. A singer and a piano player. The inside of the bar felt like you were in a barrel, all wood paneled, low lighting. Very relaxing. Every where you go in the Hotel people are friendly and very helpful.
We were travelling through...
We were travelling through Nashville in mid-June, which happens to be right in the middle of a country music festival there. The Opryland Hotel was booked solid. So we didn't stay at this hotel. We didn't even stop the car to get out. We just drove around the hotel and were so impressed by its size and style that I would recommend staying there if you can get a reservation. It's a massive hotel, about six stories high, but sprawling. I hope they have electric carts to carry their elderly hotel guests to their rooms. Just don't try to stay there in mid-June.
Directions: Opryland is just east of Nashville proper. It's a whole conglomeration of its own, located near the Grand Old Opryhouse, the Opry Mills shopping complex, several hotels, etc. Can't miss it if you read
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A perfomance in Opryland Hotel
I'll be in Nashville for a conference in early June. Since I won't have too much time for sightseeing I would like to know are there any "must-sees" besides of course, the Opry. Also how is the area around the Gaylord Opryland and Convention Center? Lastly, any restaurant recommendations would be helpful. Thanks.
Re: Nashville Must-sees
Nashville is a great town!
The OpryyMills shopping complex is right next door to the Gaylord hotel and there's alot of things to do there. Movie theater and lots of shops. Go downtown and take in the country bars and see some very good performers. It's always happening at Tootsie's or Robert's Western World.
Restaurants: Sunset Grill is fabulous--out towards Vanderbilt Univ area--taxi it. Boundry is beautiful and good food.
Have a great time!
Re: Re: Nashville Must-sees
Thanks. I'm looking forward to it!
Re: Nashville Must-sees
hi -- i hope this isn't too late. the country music hall of fame is terrific, ESP the gift shop, which has music that you won't be able to find anywhere else, esp collections of types of music and various artists' greatest hits. i hope you have a wonderful time!
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