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Nashville is our favorite place to go!! We usually go a couple of times a month when possible. We have stayed at just about every hotel in the downtown area. Honestly, you can't go wrong no matter where you stay. Some are closer and will make that walk back after a night out to your room a LOT better!!! Lol
The closest ones to Broadway.. That I can think of are- Hilton.. Omni and on the other side of Broadway... Renaissance, Marriott... and a good bit of the time they will have the best rate. Yay! Double Tree and A Loft. Holiday Inn will almost always have the cheapest rates. However, it's several blocks (mostly up hill) away from downtown. It's totally doable but if walking any distance is a problem,.. I would choose one of the others that are just a couple of blocks off Broadway. Union Station is across the street from Holiday Inn, it's pricey but a unique experience with a lot of history...so if you ever get the chance to stay there it's worth it... at least for one night.
Our favorite restaurants are... Merchants, Pucketts, Demos, Whiskey Kitchen, Southern Steak & Oyster, Pharmacy burger, Kayne Prime and of course... The Pancake Pantry!!!
As far as where to go, we always pull up all events for the month and then plan a trip around things we like to do... Concerts, festival, ball games etc ... If there is nothing going on, you can always do a bar crawl and just listen to some good live music.
THis is probably way more information than you wanted but...I just love Nashville!! So it's hard to just say a couple of things and be done! Lol