In some ways, Dream Nashville is almost a reflection of the city itself: lots of history, a vibrant nightlife and plenty of delicious food options. It’s a hotel that has two different identities. The lobby sits between what used to be two separate buildings; one side was rebuilt and has modern rooms, and the other side still has the original hardwood and pocket doors. (Fun fact: These buildings were once home to The Climax Saloon and Brothel, which Jesse James is said to have robbed, and the world’s first 24-hour elevator.) The main entrance is on the more business-oriented Fourth Avenue, and the other side opens directly into Printer’s Alley. There’s fine dining with artwork from the Frist family above and a hip nightclub and taco shop below. But these identities blend perfectly to create a uniquely Nashville experience.

If you’re a sucker for history, you won’t regret asking for a suite on the older side. Every piece of furniture in the hotel is custom-made, so each room is unique and feels comfortable right away. The original floor-to-ceiling pocket doors separate the central living space, with a plush sofa flanked by two reading chairs, from the bedroom and the bathroom. The palatial bathroom has both a classic and modern feel, thanks to black-and-white striped tiles in the huge walk-in shower, a horizontal black subway tile wall around the dual sinks and mirrors and black hex tile flooring.

Everyone loves to eat well while on vacation, and with six different food and beverage options, you can shake up your dining experiences to suit your mood. The signature restaurant, Stateside Kitchen, sits between the two buildings and offers fine dining with art deco styling, a glass atrium roof and an excellent bar menu. To the right of the lobby sits Parlour Bar, which is often converted to a theme bar. This holiday season, it became The Whobar and was decked out in Dr. Seuss-themed decorations. There are two nightclubs on site, and if you’re in the mood for a late-night snack, head down to Printer’s Alley for Vatos Tacos. In the morning, stop by Natura Nashville for coffee and pastries. (Pro tip: Ask about their Ripple Maker, which can print any photo onto the foam of your latte — perhaps even a goofy photo of your cat.)

Rates start at $239

210 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37219

Photographs courtesy of Dream Hotel