The new 1.2 million-square-foot Music City Center is expected to open in early 2013 with a 350,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a 57,000-square-foot ballroom and LEED Silver certification.
Adjacent to the new convention center, the 800-room Omni Hotel Nashville also is scheduled for a 2013 opening. The $250 million project includes more than 80,000 square feet of function space; for more details, go to "Next Year's Grand Openings".
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil a $75 million expansion next year. The 220,000-square-foot upgrade will more than double the facility's size and include an 800-seat theater and a 20,000-square-foot glass-enclosed ballroom with sweeping views of the city's skyline.
Late next year, a new Downtown Hyatt Place will open with 255 rooms, 3,600 square feet of meeting space and a full bar.
This month, the 340-room Loews Vanderbilt will begin a renovation that will include upgraded corridors and lobby space, and a new restaurant and bar. The property, which offers 24,000 square feet of meeting space, will remain open during the project, though its lobby, bar and restaurant will be closed. Work is expected to finish in May.
In May, the Home2 Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt opened, featuring 119 guest rooms with fully equipped kitchens, iPod docking stations and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Downtown properties include the 2,881-room Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center Nashville, 673-room Renaissance Nashville Hotel, 474-room Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel, 410-room Sheraton Music City Hotel Nashville, 392-room Nashville Airport Marriott, 340-room Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, 337-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Nashville, 330-room Hilton Nashville Downtown, 301-room Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University, 296-room Embassy Suites Nashville-Airport, 287-room Millenium Maxwell House Hotel-Nashville, 137-room Union Station-a Wyndham Historic Hotel and 122-room Hermitage Hotel.
Gaylord Opryland Convention Center; exhibit space, 263,772 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 84; (615) 458-2800
Nashville Convention Center; exhibit space, 118,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 25; (615) 742-2000
Nashville International Airport, about eight miles east of downtown Nashville. Transfer cost by taxi, $25; by shuttle, $12
Room tax, 6%; sales tax, 9.25%; total tax on hotel rooms, 15.25%, plus an additional $2.50 flat tax per room, per night
The Cheekwood Museum of Art, which is set in a former 1920s Georgian-style mansion, features an array of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and decorative arts. The facility can accommodate up to 60 people for a seated dinner or 200 for an outdoor cocktail reception on the lawn. The 30,000-square-foot venue is on the 55-acre Cheekwood Botanic Garden, which offers additional function space. (615) 354-6377
Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 657-6910