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About Tennessee

Country music and the blues don’t immediately strike as being obvious bedfellows, but both have their spiritual home in Tennessee. And music (and barbecue) is what this state is best known for. Choosing the best places to stay in Tennessee might depend on your taste in music as much as your taste in hotels. If you love the blues or rock ’n’ roll then Memphis is for you, if you love country then you’ll find the best places to stay in Tennessee in Nashville, and if you like Bluegrass then Eastern Tennessee is for you.

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Tennessee is also an extremely beautiful state, from the soft coloured peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains to the rich, green valleys around Nashville, to the steaming hot, almost tropical lowlands around Memphis.

Eastern Tennessee is where you’ll find the Great Smoky Mountains. The landscape of rolling hills, river valleys and rural towns you might recognise from Dolly Parton songs, which is great for hikers, bikers and kayakers. It’s also where you’ll find Dollywood. And green, outdoorsy hub, Chattanooga and kitschy Gatlinburg. And there’s a great art museum, the Hunter Museum of American Art.

Nashville is a country music pilgrimage waiting to happen. But in addition to the cowboy boots, line dancing and the honky tonk, Nashville is a culturally rich city, booming commercially and with a young, vibrant atmosphere. Nashville is the kind of city where new things are opening up all the time, from art galleries to innovative restaurants and hip micro-breweries and coffeehouses.

And to continue on your musical pilgrimage, there’s Memphis - a dilapidated beauty on the banks of the Mississippi River best known as the home of Graceland: altar to Elvis. Or as the home of the blues. And it’s also got a great reputation for barbecue food.

But Memphis is a lot more than that, it’s an old city, with old time-y charms, but also a lively, vibrant city which looks forwards as well as backwards. The best places to stay in Memphis range from basic B&Bs to five star palaces, mirroring the city’s own housing situation - there’s poverty, but there’s also a lot of regeneration going on.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Tennessee offer a wide range, whether you're looking for a Smoky Mountain retreat or contemporary lodgings in the city centre.

The Best Places to Stay in Tennessee

The Best Places to Stay in Tennessee For music-lovers

  • The Hutton Hotel is an environmentally friendly contemporary design hotel in the heart of Nashville with 250 rooms and a well known restaurant, the 1808 Grille, which specialises in traditional Southern dishes with an international edge. Only blocks away from Music Row.
  • The River Inn of Harbor Town is a welcoming hotel with an Old South/ Old World feel - think cracking fireplaces, art and antiques and four-poster beds. There’s a rooftop with panoramic views and Paulette’s continental restaurant.

The best places to stay in Tennessee to escape

  • The Whitestone Country Inn is a wonderful 22 room B&B sitting on 360 acres of its own secured land bordering onto the beautiful Watts Bar Lake. Perfect for fishing or sailing, or walking, or kayaking, or just relaxing, this converted farmhouse and outbuildings is a haven of peace in the great outdoors.
  • Blackberry Farm in Walland, is a working farm with 69 romantic rooms, set against a stunning landscape. It might sound incongruous that a farm might be romantic, but the large rooms and plush facilities - including a spa - and the choice of two restaurants, does make it very luxurious as well as ‘working’.

The Best Places to Stay in Tennessee For a city break

  • The Madison Hotel in Memphis started life in 1905 as a bank, but it’s now a 110 room boutique hotel with large windows and contemporary furnishings. And spa baths. There’s a great roof terrace overlooking the Mississippi.

Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Tennessee, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in Tennessee

  • Bluff View Inn Chattanooga 17 rooms from £98

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned near downtown where many of the city's main cultural attractions are
    Full of character

    An elegant B&B set across three turn-of-the-century homes overlooking the Tennessee River. Rooms are spacious and bright, featuring hardwood floors and filled with a choice collection of antiques. Just a short walk from downtown and its many attractions yet set in a perfectly tranquil district. See More

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  • Madison Hotel Memphis (Tennessee) 110 rooms from £133

    Fishing  -  Herb Parsons Lake is a Reservoir lake which sees runners and fishing lovers.
    Sights nearby  -  Graceland, former home of Elvis Presley, is open to the public.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    1905 bank turned boutique with original features, ornate tiled floors and large windows, complete with contemporary furnishings. Elegant, comfortable rooms with city views and spa bath tubs. Must try the World cuisine at Eighty3 and catch the sunset over the Mississippi from the Sky Terrace. See More

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  • Chattanooga Choo Choo Chattanooga 145 rooms from £114

    City Style  -  A unique property offering traditional yet stylish rooms the best of which are in a converted railway car
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated indoor pool
    Full of character

    Once the mainline railway station, now a unique place to rest your head. The vaulted lobby is an impressive sight and has been likened to a museum. While the rooms are either chic contemporary affairs or traditionally dressed in old rail cars. Includes a pool, gardens, comedy club and much more! See More

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  • Mayors Mansion Inn Chattanooga (TN) 12 rooms from £116

    Local exploring  -  Ideally placed to access everything Chattanooga has to offer as well as the surrounding Tennessee countryside
    Great walks  -  Take long walks through the scenic Rock City Gardens
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

    An historic mansion that's been lovingly converted into an elegant B&B. Spacious rooms are all individually styled with ornate antiques, Persian rugs and floral motifs. The indulgent breakfasts are an equally splendid affair. A grown-up property ideal for a romantic weekend away. See More

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  • Stay Alfred SoBro Nashville 24 rooms from £122

    City Style  -  These stylish self-catering apartments, in the heart of Nashville, are a desirable city crash pad

    A very central guesthouse comprising of 24 self-catering suites. Accommodation is bright and contemporary with minimalist furniture, expansive windows, large seating areas and a well-equipped kitchenette. With the Music City's nightlife and attractions nearby, this is the perfect city crash pad. See More

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  • Whitestone Country Inn Tennessee 22 rooms from £129

    Fishing  -  Fishing or boating on a 39,000 acre Tennessee lake is available at the inn’s dock.
    Great walks  -  Eight miles of spectacluar walking trails lead throughout the grounds
    Kayaking  -  Use the hotel kayaks and canoes to explore the beautiful lake!
    Back to Nature  -  The property is bordered by Paint Rock Wildlife Refuge.

    This charming and characterful B&B resembles a village, complete with farmhouse, cottage and southern lodging. Rooms are quaint and pretty with wooden beds, bold colours and spectacular views. The property sits on 360 secluded acres bordering the breathtaking Watts Bar Lake. See More

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  • The Edwin Chattanooga (TN) 90 rooms from £132

    City Style  -  A luxury hotel in downtown Chattanooga offering style and that good-old Southern hospitality
    Spa breaks  -  De-stress in Ama spa featuring holistic healing through water centred treatments
    Local markets  -  Shop for arts and crafts at Chattanooga Market and feast on the local cuisine
    Great walks  -  Take a scenic stroll along Tenessee River

    A luxury offering in downtown Chattanooga, steps from the Walnut Street Bridge. Sleek rooms are spacious and bright with a clean white finish and pops of colour from the soft furnishings. Renowned for its cuisine, the Whitebird restaurant is not to be missed, and nor is the rooftop whiskey bar. See More

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  • The Germantown Inn Nashville 10 rooms from £156

    City Style  -  A chic boutique set in Nashville's smart Germantown district. Perfect for accessing good restaurants and upmarket shops

    A chic boutique hotel the upscale Germantown district. The ten suites all differ slightly in size and shape but they are all light and airy with a bright colour palette, spacious contemporary bathrooms and irreverent artworks. Boasting a quiet setting yet with easy access to the city. See More

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  • Hutton Hotel Nashville 247 rooms from £175

    Sights nearby  -  Only blocks away from Music Row, Parthenon, Vanderbilt University and so on
    Spa  -  Available in the comfort of your own bedroom
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Located in the heart of Midtown Nashville, this modern contemporary design provides a comfortable stay. It is well known for committing to an extensive green programme. Hutton's famous and signature 1808 Grille mixes traditional Southern dishes with worldwide flavours, ensuring a tasteful meal. See More

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  • Bobby Hotel Nashville 144 rooms from £187

    Local exploring  -  This hotel's location is perfect for local exploring in the city, with bars, restaurants and shopping close by
    City Style  -  With boutique interiors and a downtown location, this hotel has lots of contemporary Nashville style
    Romantic Break  -  The smart suites and rooftop pool make this a great choice for a romantic getaway
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the The Parthenon in Centennial Park, a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    This dynamic lifestyle hotel sits on historic Printers Alley in Downtown Nashville. The bold guestrooms feature statement carpets, leather headboards and feature wallpaper reflecting the hotel's world travel theme. Head to the Garage Bar for lively karaoke or unwind with a massage at the onsite spa. See More

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  • Union Station Hotel Nashville (Tennessee) 125 rooms from £189

    City  -  A grand stay bringing together the past with a more contemporary Nashville
    Full of character

    An iconic 1930s Nashville landmark turned hotel, this is a unique stay offering both a good dose of history alongside modern amenities including original works from local artists. Rooms are grand and spacious and the best benefit from the building's large arched windows. An elegant choice. See More

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  • The Peabody Hotel Memphis 464 rooms from £194

    Local markets  -  Shopping at independent boutique stores
    Sights nearby  -  Graceland is a 10 minute drive away.
    Swimming Pool  -  An indoor swimming pool
    Full of character

    An historic hotel dating back to 1869, known for its resident duck walks since 1933. Opulent, traditional decor, a top rated French restaurant, the famed Lobby Bar, indoor pool, hot tub and a full service spa. A haven for business and leisure travellers, ideally located in the centre of Memphis. See More

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  • River Inn of Harbor Town Memphis (Tennessee) 28 rooms from £201

    Sights nearby  -  Graceland, Elvis Presley's former house, is worth a visit.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Full of character

    Old south meets European intimacy, welcoming guests with crackling fireplaces, art works and antiques. Four-poster beds in the elegant rooms as well as fine linens. Paullette's Restaurant offers continental cuisine, or head to the rooftop for panoramic views. Explore Memphis by bike or foot. See More

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  • The Dwell Hotel Chattanooga 16 rooms from £205

    City Style  -  A colourful and vibrant boutique offering individually styled rooms, vintage furnishings, excellent food and a lively atmosphere
    Local exploring  -  Ideally placed for exploring Chattanooga, walking distance from the main sights and the helpful staff offer plenty of advice!
    Sights nearby  -  A short walk from the famed Chattanooga Choo Choo, the train station made famous from the 1941 song
    Local markets  -  Just across the road you will find Warehouse Row, packed with shops and boutiques
    Recommended by  -  Design Hotels, Tablet

    This redbrick 1909 building has been transformed into a colourful and vivacious boutique in downtown Chattanooga. The individually styled rooms offer a range of antique furnishings, bold wallpapers and rain showers- the best come with fireplaces. Completed with a superb restaurant and lively bar. See More

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  • Thompson Nashville Nashville 224 rooms from £212

    City Style  -  An ultra hip hotel in the heart of vibrant Nashville
    Views  -  All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows for maximising views over The Gulch and downtown Nashville

    An ultra-chic contemporary hotel right in the beating heart of the Music City. Smart rooms boast fabulous city views from the floor to ceiling windows. The rooftop bar offers a mean cocktail and the restaurant serves up superb Southern dishes; there's a hipster coffee outlet too (naturally). See More

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  • 21c Museum Hotel Nashville 124 rooms from £298

    Sights nearby  -  Head over to Nashville Zoo and be sure to see the city's full-scale replica of the Parthenon
    Great walks  -  Meander around the city getting a feel for its unique atmosphere
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    21c Museum Hotel is set in the historic Gray and Dudley building, downtown Nashville, referencing this with their splendid namesake of a restaurant. You'll find this spot elegantly modern with smatterings of art on the walls, stylish accommodation and open, well-lit common spaces. A top city break! See More

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  • The 404 Nashville (TN) 5 rooms from £273

    Local exploring  -  Conveniently situated in the Gulch neighbourhood between Music Row and downtown Nashville
    Foodies  -  Some of the finest restaurants out the front door with local and international cuisines
    City Style  -  Contemporary style decor and modern comfort for the city traveller
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A small, hip hotel located close to downtown Nashville with sleek, vintage, custom-built furniture and original art-works on the walls. Next-door to the well-known restaurant The 404 Kitchen. Cozy and comfortable. Simple and stylish. See More

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  • The Hermitage Hotel Nashville 122 rooms from £274

    City Style  -  An iconic hotel offering old world charm alongside contemporary luxuries
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Full of character

    A grand hotel which has been in service since 1910. The elegant reception rooms and restaurant with their wood-panelled walls and gilded ceilings scream of old-world glamour and the top-notch service matches the surrounds. Rooms are equally decadent yet have all the modern trappings. Superb! See More

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  • Blackberry Farm Walland, Tennessee 69 rooms from £581

    Sights nearby  -  Paintballing for groups is a fantastic way to get active - Games include a protective mask, gun, CO2 and paintballs.
    Kayaking  -  Let the tour guide share stories of flowers and wildlife while taking in the stunning scenery from the lake.
    Birdwatching  -  Birdwatching in the winter months is a great past time.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel

    Romantic, intimate boutique working-farm in stunning landscape with spa and private lake. Large rooms are home from-home with fireplaces and plush beds. The Barn is award-winning while newly open The Dogwood also makes the mark of unique southern cuisine. Check out the cellar. Activities for all. See More

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  • Blackberry Mountain TN, Tennessee 30 rooms from £1069

    Active Holiday  -  Set in an unparalleled location in the mountains, the region surrounding the hotel offers excellent cycling, hiking and walking
    Families  -  With beautifully-appointed private homes that can accommodate children, this hotel is perfect for an outdoors family getaway
    Back to Nature  -  Nestled in a remote location in the Great Smoky Mountains, this hotel promises a unique, back-to-nature retreat
    Great walks  -  The 5,200 acres around the hotel offer endless opportunities for walks, from a gentle stroll to a full mountain trek
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux

    Situated within 8 miles of protected ridgetop along the last of The Great Smoky Mountains, this hotel offers a unique nature retreat. From native wood cabins to stone cottages and spacious family homes, guests can choose what type of luxury base to return to after hearty trekking outdoors. See More

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