Iconic 112-year-old Nashville hotel reveals lavish makeover


By Marnie Hunter, CNN

Considered Nashville’s third skyscraper and the city’s first million-dollar hotel when it opened in 1910, the Hermitage has endured for more than a century in Tennessee’s changing capital.

And the grand hotel has recently undergone its own transformation. A multi-year restoration and overhaul, complete with a makeover The Hermitage impressive hall, ballroom and 122 rooms and suites, has just been unveiled.

The stunning Beaux Arts lobby, originally designed by Tennessee architect James ER Carpenter, has been revamped by design studio ForrestPerkins.

“We had to change people’s thinking about what a historic hotel looks like,” designer Toby Bishop told CNN Travel via email.

The old rich red and gold color scheme represented a more traditional approach, Bishop said, while the new space is “clean and bright, with more modern furnishings set against the glorious and grand architecture of the lobby.”

Delicate shades of blue and silver are used in textured upholstery and rugs, while original ornate moldings and plasterwork have been refreshed with a brighter, fresher palette drawing inspiration from columns and original marble pilasters.

“It resulted in a significant shift in the first impression of the space, but also created a subtle balance between the historic finishes,” said Bishop, associate director at ForrestPerkins.

The company has also redesigned the hotel’s guest rooms and suites with a similar serene color scheme.

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2020, the Hermitage played a role in the 1920 battle to ratify the 19th Amendment recognizing women’s suffrage. Honoring the past and the present remains a priority.

“Nashville is evolving in an exciting way, and it’s important that we keep pace with the times and continue the hotel’s legacy of providing a true luxury experience for our guests,” the hotel owners said. , Robert and Molly Hardie, in a statement.

Two new restaurants by starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten opened at the Hermitage earlier this year. Thomas-Juul Hansen handled the design of these projects – the new American restaurant Drusie & Darr and an all-day cafe called The Pink Hermit.

Thomas-Juul Hansen also designed a new ladies’ room with variegated pink marble and pink light fixtures as a counterpoint to the hotel’s much-photographed Art Deco men’s room.

The summer rate starting at The Hermitage Hotel is $449.

The modernization of the historic hotel is part of another project in the city he inhabits. A $1.4 billion improvement and expansion plan for Nashville International Airport was announced in June.

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