Finding that Music City hospitality.
Originally Appeared on Condé Nast Traveler
How did it strike you on arrival?
Chic and trendy, the Kimpton Aerston is a breath of fresh air in Midtown's hotel scene, which for decades had been where Mom and Dad stayed for parents weekend, but not much else. It towers above the stretch of Broadway that approaches the Vanderbilt campus and is smartly designed with bold artwork.
What’s the crowd like?
Travelers who love design hotels will dig the colorful Kimpton Aertson. New Yorker Cynthia Reeves curated the multimedia art collection. Even the front desk is a beauty, wrapped entirely in rope.
Tell us about your room.
Rooms are on the cozy side, but large windows give the illusion of more space. Each is smartly designed in stark white with blue accents.
We’re craving some deep, restorative sleep. They got us?
The beds are comfortable and high-quality.
How about the little things, like minibar, or shower goodies. Any of that worth a mention?
Kimpton is all about making guests comfortable, providing in-room extras like yoga mats and complimentary access to bicycles. All Kimptons (including this one) also have some of the most dog-friendly pet policies you'll find at any hotel.
Please tell us the bathroom won’t let us down.
Bathrooms have marble floors and stall showers lined with white subway tile (fairly standard stuff), but they do have accent walls depicting architectural renderings of Nashville landmarks, which is cool.
Maybe the most important topic of all: Wi-Fi. What’s the word?
Wi-Fi is strong and free for Karma Rewards/IHG Rewards Members. Join the free program before your stay; otherwise, it'll cost you $12.99.
What do they have for food and drink?
The on-site restaurant, Henley, is a draw for locals as well as guests, thanks to its attentive service, buttery-soft leather seats, extensive bourbon list, and thoughtful menu.
Anything we missed?
Kimpton is one of the few hotels downtown with a rooftop pool and the views are killer. There's also a well-equipped fitness center that's open 24/7.
Bottom line: worth it, and why?
For a boutique hotel in the location it occupies in Nashville, a stay here is a steal—Music City hotels aren't cheap, and this one is priced right in the middle of the pack, offering a better value than many of its competitors.