At first glance, this central West End Nashville property may look like a standard business hotel (its 15-story façade gives a somewhat generic first impression). Thoughtful design and at-the-ready service, though, lends a hip southern-meets-urban vibe inside. The handsome lobby is a patchwork of natural materials such as bamboo floors, wood-paneled walls, stone pillars, and leather furnishings. While most of Nashville’s hotels are not known for destination dining, Hutton’s 1808 Grille gets plenty of praise from city residents for its American Nouveau dishes such as braised short ribs with horseradish popovers and cornmeal-dusted quail. The 248 rooms have smart, striped carpets and brightly colored artwork; clean-lined bathrooms have glass sinks and the hotel’s most talked-about amenity: Kohler rain showerheads.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.