Nashville Hotels Experience Renovations, Construction Boom

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Nashville Hotels Experience Renovations, Construction Boom

CREATED May 8, 2014
by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Plans for a new Westin Hotel in Nashville have been announced, as the city's established hotel properties undergo major renovations.

The Westin would be a 430-room, 25-story hotel on 8th Avenue South and Clark Place, across the street from the Music City Center.

The president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation said proposed hotel would fill a large void in the city.

"Our lost business is up 50 percent. So as good as we're doing, we're turning away enormous amounts. We don't have the space, we don't have the hotel capacity and that's because we're doing so well," explained Butch Spyridon.

He said the city needs at least another 400-plus-room, full-service hotel, in addition to the Westin.

There are proposals to build a hotel on the corner of 8th Avenue and Demonbreun Street, and another near 7th Avenue and Demonbreun Street.

"We are due to start seeing some of these announcements come to fruition, so this is real good news as we get closer and closer," Spyridon said.

If you drive by the Hilton Nashville Downtown you can clearly see the signs of renovations. The hotel's owner is in the middle of remodeling the lobby.

"It's the entrance to the hotel; it's the first thing that you see. It's the first impression of the Hilton you get, when you get here," general manager Will Freeman explained.

That project comes after each of the 14-year-old hotel's 330 suites were completely renovated with new walls, furniture and bathrooms.

The lobby renovation should be completed in August. A new Italian restaurant that will replace the SportsGrille and should open in the fall.

The Sheraton Nashville Downtown is also in the middle of a $25 million renovation. Crews have gutted the lobby, painted the outside of the nearly 40-year-old hotel and remodeled each of its 425 rooms.

Spyridon said the established property owners have kept up with competition in the downtown area.

"The 20 plus million at the Renaissance, the Hilton, The Loews, Sheraton, Everybody's being competitive, keeping the products so we can spread the wealth," he said.

If all goes according to plan, the new Westin Hotel should open in early 2017.

Email: ccannon@newschannel5.com