The most important thing you need to know about the Renaissance’s meeting space is that a few months ago, the hotel took over the adjacent Convention Center and now operates the meeting space. From my conversations with staff, this isn’t necessarily a permanent scenario. The hotel would like to renovate the (incredibly dated) space but (at least according to conversations I had) it’s not certain that they will keep the space so it’s not worth investing in renovating.
So while the hotel’s meeting space consists of several ballrooms and meeting rooms IN the hotel which match the decor of the hotel, your meeting might also be placed in the Convention Center, which was described as a colleague as “a bit dungeon-like.”
Our meeting was held in the convention center, which is right next to the main hotel building. You don’t even need to go outside; the space is accessible via a long pedway. The convention center is three stories, but the top floor is actually street level and then the next two floors are technically underground. It’s definitely a bit dark. And there’s a lot of stone. It reminded me of other dark, dated convention centers, particularly Oklahoma City’s.
Our meeting was put in a series of adjacent rooms on the bottom floor which was great for privacy (see the last installment of this review to read all about the Barbie
fiasco convention) but made it necessary to have extra signage and greeters.
The furniture in the convention center space is what came with the convention center, so it doesn’t match the furniture used in meeting space INSIDE the hotel, just be aware.
Even though our meeting was in the convention center, I was sure to peek in some of the other spaces so I could share photos. The Barbie Convention was going on so most of the space was occupied but I snapped a few photos:
Here is the lobby:
The food and beverage at the hotel was adequate. One thing to keep in mind about planning meetings in Nashville is that Tennessee has insane liquor laws and taxes. At the time of our meeting, there was a 24.25% tax on wine and liquor (but surprisingly not beer… hmmm…). We typically have a wine and beer only bar for these events but in an effort to not pay a ridiculous premium for house wine, we went with a “beer garden” bar which is really just offering only beer and soda, instead of beer and wine. But the hotel offered some local brews, which were popular.
We did passed hors d’oeuvres. The food was tasty – nothing blew my socks off but that might have been because I had some really good food on my trip to Nashville. But the quality of the food matched the price.
The service was excellent. As a meeting planner I work with a lot of hotel staff and most are great at their jobs, but the Renaissance had some amazing staff members that went above and beyond for our meeting, helping to find creative solutions and otherwise make sure our event was a success. On the service side, I would highly recommend this property.
That concludes my 2-part review of the Renaissance Nashville. If you have stayed or visited there, leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts? Also, I want to go back to Nashville for a vacation so if you have other hotel recommendations, let me know!