First Images: Conrad Nashville Will Debut This Summer in Music City

Nashville has been in the midst of a decade-plus boom, with new development decisively transforming its historic downtown, for better or worse, depending on your point of view obviously. And though that was ground to a halt by the first wave of COVID lockdowns in early 2020, the local hospitality biz didn’t wait long to get decisively back to building.

And so that same year brought the opening of the five-star Joseph hotel (part of the Luxury Collection), as well as the third outpost of the burgeoning Virgin Hotels brand, and a shiny new Grand Hyatt. Then in autumn of 2021, W finally set up shop there, something that seemed virtually inevitable, considering their long commitment to music programming and engagement.

Forward to 2022, and this summer Hilton’s luxe flagship brand Conrad will be making a home at 1620 West End Avenue, just a few blocks north of the Virgin. The brand’s dedication to design saw them retain venerable New York firm Champlimaud, whose considerable portfolio includes the likes of the Raffles Singapore, the Waldorf Astoria New York, and the Dorchester London.

A gleaming, 13-story glass tower, there’s a distinct sense of the epic about this new Conrad. Firstly, the 234 very generously proportioned rooms and suites boast floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies, affording captivating views of the surrounding skyline (which seems to evolve on a monthly basis these days). Each also features handsome stone flooring, a full height wardrobe, and original artworks which pay homage to the city’s music heritage.

The F&B program promises to be quite formidable as well, due greatly to a partnership with the James Beard Award nominated Blau + Associates, known for the critically acclaimed Honey Salt in Las Vegas. Their new Blue Aster restaurant in the Conrad will serve seafood-centric, Southern-inspired cuisine – chef Kim Canteenwalla has done time in high-end kitchens from Bali to Bangkok to Dubai – in understatedly elegant surrounds, while its namesake lobby lounge will be the place for creative tipples and proper tea service under a breathtakingly high-ceilinged space, with a sort of retro ’70s-modern vibe. Up on the third floor, Thistle & Rye is set to be the late night hang, featuring live music, a sprawling patio, and small plates inspired by international street food.

There’s no Ritz Carlton or Mandarin Oriental yet in the Tennessee capital, so Conrad Nashville will go head-to-head with the historic Hermitage – with its fab new Jean-Georges restaurant – as well as the eco-chic 1 Hotel, and the also design-focused Thompson. For those into low-key, un-sceney luxury, effortless style and spectacular views, it will surely be the easy choice amongst them.

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