RESEARCHING YOUR OWN LODGING If you are adventurous and want to look for a deal on line you should probably avoid anything in the Trinity Lane/I 65 area or across the river from downtown such as on Woodland, Main, Gallatin road or Dickerson Pike. There are many hotels downtown and in the Music Row area which are safe areas with lots of restaurants and clubs nearby. Brentwood is a very safe suburban area about 20 minutes from the Bluebird with lots of shopping and restaurants and there seem to be a lot of good deals there. The airport is less than 15 minutes from Music Row, downtown or the Grand Old Opry and the area is generally safe. HOTELS Prices are approximate and vary widely by the date and which nights of the week you are booking.
Walking distance to the Bluebird Cafe:
Hampton Inn, 615-777-0001. Rooms run about $140 or $180 for a suite. Ask for senior discount if you’re over 50.
West End area
Holiday Inn Express Vanderbilt – (615) 327-4707 or Toll Free at (877) 327-4707. This is a nice hotel that houses the Commodore Lounge where you’ll find a writers night seven nights week. The Commodore is one of the best places in town to meet other songwriters and hear everything from newcomers to hitmakers.
I 65 at Old Hickory in Brentwood
Studio Plus (615) 373-4272 – about $50/night for single occupancy – includes a kitchen with full sized refrigerator and 4 burner stove, one time fee of $5 for wireless internet
White Bridge Road at I 40
Comfort Inn on Whitebridge Rd, (a 10 or 15 minute drive from the Music Row ) 615-356-0888 Not too far, not fancy but not too expensive. Some songwriters have been able to secure discounted rates for being frequent customers.
Music Row Area About 15 minutes from the airport or the Bluebird Cafe if traffic is not too heavy.
Hilton Garden Inn, (615) 369-5900 – new and very nice – around $160/night – $135 if you pay in advance non-refundable
Comfort Inn, (615) 255-9977 – runs about $105/night
Best Western on Division, (615) 242-1631 – about $120 – ask for the AAA rate even if you’re not a member
OPTIONS OTHER THAN HOTELS
Scarrit-Bennet Conference Center, (615) 340-7500 – right on Music Row on a beautiful, tree-filled campus.. They have a dormitory where each room has a twin bed and shares a bath with another room – they put like genders sharing the bathroom. Their rates usually run about $45/night. Their number is (615) 340-7500.
Hit Song Casa – local real estate agent Joyce Medlock has several condos and rooms she rents out to songwriters. There are pictures at www.joycemedlock.com . They vary in price but none are very expensive and some give you access to a kitchen. You can reach Joyce at firstname.lastname@example.org , or 615-293-9500. .
The Writers Room – Holly and Brian Cumming rent rooms in their home to visiting songwriters. They are about 15 minutes from the Bluebird. You can use the common areas including kitchen and laundry and you won’t find nicer people anywhere. Brian’s excellent demo studio, Studio 23, is also located there.
SOCAN House If you are from Canada and a member of SOCAN, you can stay in this house close to downtown and Music Row for FREE!
The Big Bungalow (615) 256-8375 This beautiful bed and breakfast in hip, artsy Easy Nashville is owned by Ellen Warshaw, a songwriter and a licensed massage therapist. Prices range from $125 to $185 per night.