“I think it looks bigger than it really is,” my son commented as we sat in the front lobby of the Doubletree Guest Suites in Nashville, waiting to check out.
We were nestled into modern sofas inches away from the automatic front doors and a few feet from the hotel restaurant where we’d had a breakfast buffet. I looked up at the three floors rising above me and reflected on the past night’s stay.
“Yeah,” I nodded my head at him. “I think you’re right. It sure feels like a big, fancy hotel, doesn’t it?”
In reality, the Doubletree Guest Suites on Atrium Way in Nashville, Tennesse offers only 138 suites on three easy to navigate floors. There’s one front door and one back door, accessible by room key, and you can get to any place in the hotel quickly and easily. But at first glance, you almost expect a sprawling property with winding corridors and banquet rooms.
This is an all suite hotel, meaning each room comes with a bedroom and a well appointed sitting room. My family of four plus two grandparents spent a night on the sofas and chairs in one of the living rooms, and there was ample space for the two kids under 10 who insisted on running around. The bedrooms themselves offer comfortable beds in spacious rooms with oversized bathrooms attached.
I love a hotel that doesn’t skimp on pillows.
The Doubletree also features an indoor and outdoor pool. The indoor pool was reserved for a party during our stay, so we were limited to splashing around in the outdoor pool. The pool ran from 3 feet to 5 feet with wide stairs for my four year old to lounge on in the shallow end. The pool itself was surrounded by cushioned chaise lounges and umbrella’ed tables. And while it did takes us three trips to the front desk to convince them that there were, in fact, no towels available poolside – when the hotel employee finally arrived, we were pleased with the large, soft towels we were given.
My only complaint about the hotel was the breakfast situation. When we booked online, it said that breakfast was included. However, when we made our way downstairs in the morning, all we saw was an open hot and cold buffet with a gold plaque announcing “$9.95 per person”. There was no wait staff to question, so we sat down to eat. Upon finishing our meal, an employee who seemed to be a bartender asked if we had meal coupons – which we did not. Insist on breakfast coupons when you check in. As far as free breakfast buffet goes, it wasn’t bad – but it’s barely a $10 per person breakfast.
The hotel is located near the airport, and it would make a great pit stop before or after a Nashville flight. I would also recommend this hotel for family vacations with kids.