gaylord opryland in nashville – sleeping rooms and lobby

gaylord opryland in nashville

Last week I got to go to Nashville for a conference (attending, not planning). When I originally registered I thought, January seems like an okay time to go to Nashville. Well turns out this conference coincided with the Polar Vortex and it was NINE DEGREES when I stepped off of the plane in Nashville. Nine!

The good news was that I was staying at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, which is basically a mini city, not a bad place to be if it’s way too cold to venture outside. The bad news is that since it was so cold I didn’t leave the hotel at all, so I didn’t really get a chance to see Nashville at all. Oh well, I’ll just have to go back!

I am going to divide my review of the Gaylord into at least two parts – today I’m going to focus on the sleeping rooms.

The first thing you need to know is that this is a HUGE hotel. Enormous. It has an on-site convention center and it does a ton of convention business. There are 2,711 hotel rooms and the hotel has 3,000 employees. When you check-in, you are given a printed map with turn by turn directions from the lobby to your room. Don’t laugh, you’ll need them.

Speaking of the lobby – it’s large. There are technically check-in desks on both sides but I never saw the left side open during my visit. The hotel offers a reasonably priced shuttle service from the airport, which I took, but then a whole bus-load of us were dropped at check-in at the same exact time which meant the lines were LONG. It took about 15 minutes for me to get to the front of the line, and I was near the front. It wasn’t a huge inconvenience (I’m sure plenty of others on that line had worse travel woes than I did and I didn’t have any plans for the evening besides catching up on work and episodes of The Mindy Project on Hulu), but I just can’t remember the last time I’ve had to wait in line for more than five minutes to check in at a hotel. Also I was kicking myself for not having some sort of status with Marriott (which now owns the Gaylords).

gaylord opryland in nashville

gaylord opryland in nashville

I must have looked tired because the agent asked if I wanted to be as close as possible to the convention center side – I’m glad I said yes to this! Then she printed my map and I went into the atrium.

There are lots of hallways that look like this, it’s seriously a maze:

gaylord opryland in nashville

My room was in the Delta section, which meant I had to walk through the big open Cascades area, up the walkway but not up the escalator, hang a right at the gift shop, take elevator D1 (not any other) and then follow signs to my room. Now I consider myself to be a fairly smart person, but I may have gotten a tiny bit turned around once I got off the elevator. But alas, I made it.

My room had two queen beds, which was perfectly fine. It wasn’t particularly large, but it wasn’t cramped either.

gaylord opryland in nashville

gaylord opryland in nashville

The bathroom was good size:

gaylord opryland in nashville

gaylord opryland in nashville

gaylord opryland in nashville

The one thing that was a pain was where the closet was in relation to the bathroom door – felt a bit cramped. Also – no robes? I love hotel robes! I don’t know if I’d stayed in a Gaylord before so maybe they just don’t do robes?

gaylord opryland in nashville

The bed was comfortable, but since it was so cold out, the heat was running more than it would have otherwise, and I was actually a bit cold with the blankets that were provided. But I didn’t want to turn the heat up any more because that would have been ridiculous.

The only weird thing was that my room didn’t have a “Do Not Disturb” sign anywhere. I had a call I had to be on my second day there so I called and asked for one to be sent because my room hadn’t been serviced yet and I didn’t want to be interrupted during the call. They said they would bring one and slip it under the door but I didn’t hear anything, but then I got a call back asking if it was there, and it was just on the door already.

All in all, the hotel was perfectly fine. The rooms were average – not bad, but not particularly exciting either. The service was okay. If you take this hotel for what it is – a huge convention center hotel – and you’re here for a convention or meeting, it’s fine. I don’t necessarily think it’s always worth the price if you are there on a leisure vacation.

I’ll cover the meeting space and some of the other spaces in a separate post. Have you been to the Gaylord Opryland? What did you think?

Photo Credit: { Marriott }

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