The Hermitage Hotel
“Meet me at The Hermitage Hotel” may have been one of Nashville’s most popular phrases during the 20th century. When spoken or heard today, those words evoke a timeless sense of quality, excitement, a touch of glamor and class, and the assurance of a memorable experience amongst friends. The Hermitage Hotel’s status as a cherished landmark has been earned by its dedicated employees, and its history has been created by thousands of events and millions of guests served over more than a century.
The distinctive architecture of the hotel, Beaux-Arts style, offers an old world blend of classical Italian and French Renaissance features. The spacious lobby, the grand staircase, ballroom, mezzanine, Veranda, the downstairs Grill Room, and all the public areas are a masterful work credited to Tennessee native James Carpenter, who completed his formal education in Paris. JER Carpenter went on to be one of New York’s premier designers of luxury high-rise apartment buildings. More than forty of his buildings remain today as sought-after residences along Park and Fifth Avenues.
As a long time recipeient of the Forbes Five Star Award and the AAA Five Diamond Award, The Hermitage Hotel is the only hotel in the state of Tennessee to hold either award.
The Hermitage Hotel has been consistently listed on the Travel & Leisure World’s Best list as well as Travel & Leisure’s top 500 list. It has been named “Best Pet Friendly Hotel” by TripAdvisor users. In 2008 the men’s room at The Hermitage Hotel was voted Best Restroom by Hermitage Hotel fans and Cintas Corporation.