For the longest time, whenever I told friends I was taking a trip to Music City I would always get the same question: “What’s so great about Nashville?” Plus the occasional “Isn’t it just country music and a college town there?” Cue eye roll.

As it turns out, Nashville has a TON to offer no matter your age, gender, budget, or (shocker) taste in music. You love the bar scene? Broadway Street is like a mini Bourbon Street playing yes, country music, but also lots of rock and roll. Prefer to relax in a coffee shop? Two words: Frothy Monkey. Like the up-all-night, bright-lights big-city vibe? Stay Downtown right in the middle of all the action. Looking for a peaceful night sleep after enjoying city life by day? Book a room at Courtyard Nashville Green Hills and be anything but disappointed.

Upon my arrival at Courtyard Nashville Green Hills, I fell in love instantly with the architecture. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but even that doesn’t do it justice. It was stunning. Valet parking was available and very affordable at $12 daily. I heard rumblings that free street parking was the way to go but in actuality is no longer available. Go with the valet parking at the very least because it’s legal.

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Walk through the front doors and you’ll find the nicest and most helpful front desk staff there is. I was amazed that I was made to feel like a true VIP from the moment I arrived. Courtyard Nashville Green Hills has only been open since June 2014 so everything is still completely new. The lobby was decorated for Christmas with all the decorations to make this hotel feel like a home away from home for the holidays. There is even a place to go when you’re hungry, The Bistro, located inside the lobby that serves Starbucks coffee as well as other breakfast and dinner options during the day.

LobbyIf you’re looking to see Green Hills, don’t miss shopping at The Mall at Green Hills. Every upscale store you have ever hoped to shop in is all in one place. Trust me, you may not buy anything (think Tiffany & Co., Jimmy Choo, and Louis Vuitton) but you have to go and at least pretend like you could.

If you didn’t know, Nashville is known for a dish called “hot chicken.” It’s like a mix between heaven (juicy, slow-cooked chicken) and hell (a spicy rub that will set your mouth on fire) but together creates the one thing on a Nashville menu you have to order. We went to Edley’s Bar-B-Que 12th South, about a 10 minutes drive from Courtyard Nashville. I ordered the Chicken Platter and the Fried Pickles appetizer. My advice: Come very, very hungry (see below).

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If you find yourself downtown during the day, don’t miss the top attractions such as the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Johnny Cash Museum, and Ryman Auditorium.

Take it from me: If you really want to see and fall in love with Nashville, Tennessee, stay at Courtyard Nashville Green Hills and regret nothing.

Location: Green Hills (3800 Bedford Avenue, Nashville, TN. 37215)
Pet Friendly: No
Parking: Daily Valet $12
Amenities: Fitness Center, Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet Access, Outdoor Pool, On-Site Laundry Service, Restaurant, In-Room Microwave and Mini-Fridge

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