LAST WEEK’S “TOPPING-OUT” ceremony for Kana Hotel Group’s dual-brand Tru by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton Nashville Downtown Convention Center in Nashville means the building’s structural framework is complete. The 10-story, 232-room and suite hotel is now on schedule to open in June.
Kana, owned by Alpesh Patel, and its partners hosted a lunch as part of the ceremony to thank the construction team for their work on the project.
Traditionally, the topping out of a construction project is when the building’s final beam is put in place. The ceremony “marks a milestone in construction at Tru by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton Nashville Downtown Convention Center,” said Patel.
Located near Nashville Music City Center and Bridgestone Arena, the Tru side of the dual-brand project is Hilton’s midscale brand aimed at transient travelers. It will feature a 2,880-square-foot lobby, a 24/7 “Eat & Sip” market serving snacks and drinks including single-serve wine and beer. It also will feature mobile check-in and digital key system, free Wi-Fi, remote printing, a social media wall and tablets in the lobby.
Home2 Suites is an upper-midscale extended-stay brand with suites that include kitchens, communal spaces, a Spin2 Cycle combined laundry and fitness area, a Home2 MKT store, and a complimentary breakfast. Most Home2 Suites properties are pet friendly.
Last year, Roshan Patel with WILKA Downtown LLC, the company Kana formed to manage the project, applied with the city to include nine condominiums in the dual-brand project as well as a Tandur Indian Kitchen, according to the Nashville Post. Tandur Indian Kitchen is a fast-casual eatery that will occupy the building’s first floor retail space, Alpesh Patel said. It has other locations in Knoxville and Charlotte and instead of a traditional lease it will operate as a joint venture partnership.
Alpesh Patel said they added the 1,500-square-foot condos to make use of the air space above the building’s stairwells.
“We also have about 800 square feet of additional lease space available and are in close talks with a couple of destination tenants,” Alpesh said. “At the end of the day, our goal was to maximize the tiny half-acre footprint in one of the hottest real estate areas in the country.”