The Gallatin Hotel, Nashville

The mantra for The Gallatin Hotel is “Stay Joyful,” and it’s nearly impossible to feel anything but when you walk in the door. Pops of color, photo booths, and eclectic rooms are all a part of that experience. Here’s our review of The Gallatin Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

What You Need to Know

Located in the former home of the East Side Church of Christ, The Gallatin is a contactless boutique hotel that is as funky as it is thoughtful. A colorful and youthful vibe draws stylish guests, and the rooms range from bunk beds for a group getaway to kings for couples. The hotel’s Room to Room program has been created to give the majority of proceeds to a local cause. To this day, the company has provided over 100,000 warm meals, beds, and showers to those facing homelessness in the community. Don’t expect a luxury spa or Michelin-star restaurant; instead, guests are treated to a local experience with lots of love.

The Look of The Gallatin Hotel

Located in the former home of the East Side Church of Christ, the property dates back to 1925 — creating a juxtaposition of the historic dwelling with Instagrammable aesthetics. Guests check-in via key code to both the lobby and guestrooms. Offerings include bright blue bunk rooms with images of Dolly Parton to pink and purple kings where Jimmy Hendricks hangs on the wall. You might find a shower with heart-shaped tiling or a funky blue minifridge. Fun surprises like this continue to delight throughout the stay.

The Vibe at The Gallatin Hotel

Gussied up guests can often be seen snapping pics in front of the entrance’s “Stay Joyful” signage or the lobby — complete with a free photo booth (plus coffee, tea, and sparkling water). Those who stay here are often looking for a less-touristy side of Nashville, seeking out cool cocktail bars, fantastic dining, and vintage shopping in and around East Nashville.

Who Will Love The Gallatin Hotel

Those who appreciate funky and thoughtful design will love the property. And for travelers who want to give back, the Room to Room program offers support to those in need.

Who Might Not Love The Gallatin Hotel

Those looking to stay near Broadway might find the location a bit remote. However, guests are a short drive from any major Nashville attraction.

Best Amenity at The Gallatin Hotel 

It might sound strange, but the best amenity might just be the Dyson hairdryers and fans in the rooms. For a somewhat utilitarian design, these luxury amenities are a lovely surprise.

Money Matters

What’s Included at The Gallatin Hotel

Rooms include a Keurig coffee maker and complimentary local snacks. There’s coffee, tea, and sparkling water in the lobby — along with a free photo booth.

Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About at The Gallatin Hotel

No extras aside from room taxes.

How to Get a Deal at The Gallatin Hotel

Check the hotel’s website: Discounted rates are currently being offered while the hotel is new. Prices will go up soon, so book now for a great deal.

Getting There

In the Neighborhood of The Gallatin Hotel

The Gallatin is located in East Nashville: a hip area flanked by historic homes, with some of the city’s best dining spots. A few neighborhood favorites include Cafe RozeThe Fox Bar & Cocktail ClubOnce Upon a Time in France, and Hunter’s Station.

Nearest Airport to The Gallatin Hotel

Nashville International Airport is about a 20-minute ride from the property. Check for conferences and events, which might cause delays in traffic.

Nearest Public Transit to The Gallatin Hotel

It’s best to have a car or take rideshares while in East Nashville.

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for a unique hotel experience that gives back to the local community, The Gallatin will fit the bill nicely.

by Anne Roderique-Jones