If you’ve been missing the thrill of a night on the town, consider a stay at the Virgin Hotels Nashville. The sleek hotel, newly opened on Music Row, gives you a taste of the city’s exciting nightlife without actually having to risk stepping foot into a crowded bar or club. Outfitted with a variety of beautiful and unique spaces to enjoy a drink or snack, the hotel is a destination in itself for a change of scenery that won’t require you to hop on a plane. And with an app that allows you to do everything from checking in to controlling the lights, you can rest assured that your visit will feel safe from the minute you arrive.

The hotel’s rooms, called chambers, are sharply dressed like a midcentury modern dream. The standard chambers are a bit small, so if you plan to spend a lot of time lounging in your room, consider opting for one of the Grand Chamber Suites, which are twice as large and include a sitting area. With a large flat-screen TV, a private workstation and an exceptionally comfortable bed (with its own ergonomic headboard), you might never want to leave. Smeg refrigerators and bar carts come fully stocked with snacks, spirits and coffee, including mugs and your own kettle to make a fresh cup of joe in the morning. Cozy, padded window seats create a nice place to relax and enjoy the view of downtown. Plus, the hotel is pet-friendly, so your furry friend is welcome to tag along, free of charge, regardless of size or breed. (He or she will even get their own bed, food bowls and Virgin Hotels bandana!)

Whenever you do decide to venture out of your chamber, the hotel offers a variety of places to unwind. The main bar and restaurant, Commons Club, stretches across the lobby and sprawls onto an expansive patio that includes couches, fire pits and swings. At night, the lights are dimmed low and the music is played loud, creating a lively atmosphere while you enjoy well-made cocktails and elevated bar snacks, like salmon crudo, beef tartare or Korean fried chicken wings. A full dinner menu is slated to be unveiled sometime in 2021. The lobby also houses Funny Library, a coffee shop and cafe that serves espresso drinks, pastries, breakfast dishes and paninis. There are plenty of private nooks to relax, or grab something to go and enjoy a stroll down Music Row or to The Gulch.

Rain or shine, be sure to head to the 14th floor for a visit to The Pool Club. The indoor-outdoor lounge and restaurant boasts killer rooftop views, in addition to a great variety of drinks, small bites, sandwiches, sweets and brunch. The pool deck, which is exclusive to hotel guests only, offers poolside cabanas (furnished with heaters in the winter) and lounge seating, but there’s a fully enclosed bar and restaurant if the weather is too chilly. A DJ can typically be found spinning records, adding to the convivial atmosphere of this flashy home away from home.

The hotel is clearly catered to a hip, creative crowd looking for some fun, which makes it a great destination to overcome your nagging winter blues.

Rates start at $209

1 Music Square W., Nashville, TN 37203


Photographs courtesy of Virgin Hotels Nashville