A few weeks ago we hosted an event in Nashville – just a small evening lecture and reception for about 90 people – at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. I’ll have a review of the meeting space but since I stayed in the hotel for two days I thought I’d do a quick review of the sleeping rooms.
But before I get started, it bears mentioning that my experience at the hotel was a bit shaded. Shaded pink, in fact. Because of Barbie doll collectors.
You see, our meeting happened to coincide with the National Barbie Convention. Lucky us.
I hear from people who travel for leisure a lot complain about “convention” hotels because of the disadvantages of being a leisure traveler among a huge room block full of people for a convention. I’ve never been bothered by this personally, until I met the people who attended the Barbie Convention.
The reason is because these collectors were selling Barbies (and clothes and accessories, naturally) out of their hotel rooms. As in, right next to our hotel room. When you got off the elevator you would see a sign like this, advertising what was being sold in specific rooms:
And then walking down the hallway you would see doors open and elaborate merchandise displays, and shoppers would trek from room to room, floor by floor, buying and selling. This was our hallway:
So that was a bit of a pain, especially since almost all of the rooms on our floor were selling Barbies, it was never really quiet. And the elevators were often full to capacity with long waits.
But aside from the Barbie issue, the hotel was nice. We were given a room with two queen beds which made things a little tight, but there was a nice wide desk, which I always appreciate when traveling for business.
The bathroom was roomy enough and I liked the Aveda products. I liked the Music City touches.
One of the benefits of the hotel is its location – it’s right downtown, a block away from Broadway which is the main street in Nashville with lots of bars and restaurants, so if you like nightlife, it’s ideal because you can walk.
Check back tomorrow when I’ll have a review of the meeting space and service.
Have you been the Renaissance in Nashville? What did you think?