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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.
Some of our Tennessee collections:
- The Best Places to Stay in Nashville
- The Best Places to Stay in Memphis
- 10 of the Best Hotels for the Great Smoky Mountains
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.
Best Hotels in Tennessee
Madison Hotel 110 rooms from £133Memphis (Tennessee)
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.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 characterRecommended by - Tablet
Whitestone Country Inn 22 rooms from £127Tennessee
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.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 groundsKayaking - Use the hotel kayaks and canoes to explore the beautiful lake!Back to Nature - The property is bordered by Paint Rock Wildlife Refuge.
Hutton Hotel 247 rooms from £172Nashville
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.Sights nearby - Only blocks away from Music Row, Parthenon, Vanderbilt University and so onSpa - Available in the comfort of your own bedroomLively area - In the thick of the action.Recommended by - Tablet
The Peabody Hotel 464 rooms from £191Memphis
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.Local markets - Shopping at independent boutique storesSights nearby - Graceland is a 10 minute drive away.Swimming Pool - An indoor swimming poolFull of character
River Inn of Harbor Town 28 rooms from £197Memphis (Tennessee)
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.Sights nearby - Graceland, Elvis Presley's former house, is worth a visit.Romantic - Good for couples.OpulentFull of character
The Dwell Hotel 16 rooms from £202Chattanooga
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.City Style - A colourful and vibrant boutique offering individually styled rooms, vintage furnishings, excellent food and a lively atmosphereLocal 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 songLocal markets - Just across the road you will find Warehouse Row, packed with shops and boutiquesRecommended by - Design Hotels, Tablet
21c Museum Hotel 124 rooms from £298Nashville
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!Sights nearby - Head over to Nashville Zoo and be sure to see the city's full-scale replica of the ParthenonGreat walks - Meander around the city getting a feel for its unique atmosphereDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Tablet
The 404 5 rooms from £269Nashville (TN)
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.Local exploring - Conveniently situated in the Gulch neighbourhood between Music Row and downtown NashvilleFoodies - Some of the finest restaurants out the front door with local and international cuisinesCity Style - Contemporary style decor and modern comfort for the city travellerDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Tablet
Blackberry Farm 69 rooms from £572Walland, Tennessee
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.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