Nashville’s Downtown Hotel Hotspot
Nashville’s booming downtown can seem so clogged with cranes and crowds that sometimes it’s hard to remember that special spots — places that artfully fuse past and present in ways that delight all the senses — still exist. Well, for those in the know, one such place is Noelle, a recently restored 224-room hotel on Fourth Avenue. The building, first opened in 1930 as the Noel Place Hotel, is an art deco gem complete with walls of Tennessee marble featuring portraits of notable Nashvillians, works of art created by local artists.
Also inside Noelle is Trade Room, a modern lounge with elegant touches of the past still in place like the terrazzo flooring. With its classic cocktails, extensive wine list and rotation of local beers, Trade Room is a great place to hang out and meet old friends or perhaps make new ones.
200 Fourth Ave. N, Nashville, Tennessee, 615.649.5000, Noelle-Nashville.com
When your party gets hungry, you need not leave the building. A truly remarkable restaurant, Makeready Libations & Liberation, is on Noelle’s ground floor. With its seasonal approach to American tavern cuisine, the restaurant honors its Printers Alley roots in its name, Makeready, a catchall term in printing for getting everything set up right. And getting yourself set up right is easy here; just order anything off the menu, and the friendly staff will serve it swiftly. From an extensive in-house charcuterie to rotisserie-fired meats to exquisitely seasoned vegetarian dishes from locally sourced produce, ordering wrong is simply not possible here.
After your meal, make sure to go up to the 12th floor to visit Rare Bird, the rooftop bar, and enjoy a unique perspective on the city. With views of the Cumberland River, Nissan Stadium and the Shelby Street Bridge, Rare Bird is a great place to enjoy a nightcap beside one of the two limestone fireplaces with its cozy seating. So invite a good friend, and go cozy up. Now you Noelle!