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White Lodging and Host Resorts to build select-service hotel in Nashville

- Judy Maxwell (Assistant Editor)
Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

 

White Lodging and Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony of the new 255-room Hyatt Place hotel in downtown Nashville, slated to open in late 2013. The hotel will be owned by affiliates of Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. and White Lodging and is the first new construction, select-service venture for Host.

‘The city leaders continue to do an outstanding job in positioning downtown Nashville for future success, and we are thrilled today to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Hyatt Place hotel,’ said Deno Yiankes, White Lodging president and CEO, investments and developments.

The ceremony was held in the parking lot of Sole Mio, 311 3rd Ave. S., a restaurant adjacent to the construction site, and was attended by representatives from the city, including the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Convention Center Authority, Nashville Downtown Partnership and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

‘White Lodging has proven themselves to be excellent developers and successful operators and we are pleased to be partnering with them on this exciting new project,’ said Timothy Marvin, managing director, Americas acquisitions, Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. ‘We are also confident in the Hyatt Place brand and believe it will be a very successful project.’

Hyatt Place Nashville/Downtown will be constructed on the former site of Rock City Machine Co., and will be developed and managed by White Lodging. The 13-story hotel is designed by PFVS Architects, and will include 3,600 square feet of meeting space and a 175-space parking garage. The hotel's lobby will include the Hyatt Place brand's signature food-and-beverage options, including The Gallery, a full bar serving wine, beer, spirits and coffee open 24 hours and a new complimentary hot breakfast, known as the a.m. Kitchen Skillet, featuring signature breakfast sandwiches and other offerings.

Hyatt Place Nashville/Downtown is White Lodging's second hotel in Nashville and will complement the construction of the Music City Center, Nashville's new convention center scheduled to open in 2013 on 19 acres in Nashville's downtown area, just one block from the hotel. Along with the convention center, Hyatt Place Nashville/Downtown guests will be a block away from the newly expanded Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, a short walk from the city's business district and around the corner from one of the countless live music venues just two blocks away on Broadway, the street where many of today's top musical artists got their start.

‘With all of the current growth in downtown Nashville, the Hyatt Place is the perfect brand to meet the needs of both business and leisure travelers in this market,’ said Brett Lasher, vice president of real estate and development for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. ‘We're excited this project involves two of the most well-respected developers and investors in the hospitality industry as we continue to expand our relationship with the top names in lodging across both Hyatt select service brands.’

For sports fans, Hyatt Place Nashville/Downtown will be a short walk from the Bridgestone Arena, home of Nashville's professional hockey team, the Predators, and one of the closest hotels to the LP Field, where the Tennessee Titans gain the home field advantage. The hotel is also less than two miles from Vanderbilt University and the restaurant-filled West End District.

All 255 suites are 20 percent larger than the average hotel room, and decorated in Hyatt's signature, upscale decor. Guests can relax in separate sitting and sleeping areas equipped with a mini fridge while watching their room's 42-inch flat screen TV and enjoying free Wi-Fi.

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