IHG HOTELS AND Resorts recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of one of its landmark properties, the Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. Over its five decades the hotel has become a part of Music City’s history as one of its first full-service hotels.
The Holiday Inn opened in 1969 and has drawn a number of famous guests from the music industry, including Prince, KISS, several members of Elvis’s family, Kenny Rogers, Mötley Crüe, and members of the Charlie Daniels Band. Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson also was a frequent visitor in the early days of the hotel.
“We’re proud of Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt for reaching this impressive milestone,” Holiday Inn Global Brand Vice President Errol Williams said. “Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt, along with [owners] the Raskin family, General Manager Thom Druffel and the entire hotel team, lives this brand promise every day by showcasing exceptional commitment to the guest.”
The Commodore Lounge inside the hotel, operating currently as The Commodore Grille, is another important draw for the hotel. It is known for hosting the “Songwriters’ Nights” and was particularly popular during the “Disco era” of the 1970s.
Holiday Inn also recently launched its Toast to Toast fast-casual restaurant concept that features counter ordering and digital menus. In 2014 it launched its Burger Theory restaurant that is now in 30 properties across the U.S. and Canada.
IHG also is offering a special package in its IHG Rewards Club loyalty program to celebrate the Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt’s anniversary. Guests who book a stay now through June 30 earn 50 percent more IHG Rewards Club bonus points.
The Holiday Inn brand family, which also included Holiday Inn Express, saw substantial growth in 2018, according to a preliminary report IHG released in February.