Dolly made me do it; Graduate Hotel in Nashville
Hi babes from music city! I am so excited to write this post from Nashville. This is actually my first time visiting and I am so excited to explore and bring you along with me.
The title of the blog is “Dolly made me do it” but I’m not kidding, the second I heard there was Dolly Parton themed hotel/rooftop bar I ran to my delta app to book a flight and experience it myself!
Fun Facts About Nashville
Elvis Presley recorded more than 200 songs at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio B.
Nashville is named after Francis Nash, one of the few Patriot generals who were killed during the American Revolution.
President Theodore Roosevelt coined the phrase “good to the last drop” after drinking a cup of local Nashville coffee at the Maxwell House Hotel.
Nashville was the first city nationwide to be granted an FM-broadcasting license. The original WSM and radio announcer David Cobb called Nashville “Music City” for the first time in the 1950s.
Graduate Hotel at a glance
Check in time: 4:00p.m. However, guests can pay an additional $25.00 to guarantee a check-in no later than 1:00 p.m.
Check out time: noon.
Valet parking is available for $40.00/night. Guests can self-park, which is free, but spots are VERY limited.
The hotel is pet friendly
24-hour fitness center featuring Peloton bikes
White Limozeen is 21+ after 7pm, guests will be required to show I.D.’s at the door.
How do I get there?
I flew into Nashville International Airport and caught an uber ride to the hotel. The driving distance is less than 13 minutes.
Not to mention, the hotel sits in the heart of town. With nearby restaurants and is a short stroll from Vanderbilt University and its stadium.
Graduate Nashville is a 12-story, 205-room hotel located in Midtown on West End Avenue and is not far from popular attractions like the Nashville Zoo, Parthenon, and Belle Meade Plantation
The second you step inside you will notice that the hotel pays tribute to the rich history of country music. Each room includes portraits of some of country music’s most famous female icons. My room was dressed in pink and white striped wallpaper, with Dolly watching over me. Doesn’t get much better than this, right?!
I stayed in the Graduate King room that offers a king bed, workstation and a lounge chair.
I loved the black and gold accent in the bathroom and the modern look and feel of the shower as well.
I purchased the “head over heels” package that allowed for a later checkout, guaranteed reservation at White Limozeen and $100 towards food and beverages that I could use at any of the dining destinations at the hotel.
The room + the “Head over heels” package cost around $750.00 in total.
I know the package + the cost of the room can be pricey but it was well worth it for the overall experience, in my opinion.
Upon arrival, the hotel gave me a bottle of their Simonet Sparkling Wine made from Ugni Blanc grapes and their Poppy and Peep chocolate that’s handmade in Nashville.
Can we also talk about how cute the hotel room keys are? They’re made like a “student card” but have famous musicians on the front. Super cute, right?
And drum rolls pleaseeeeeee.
For the best rooftop ever! White limozeen.
A little background for you, White Limozeen, the Graduate’s nod to Nashville’s queen of country, Dolly Parton, was named after Parton’s twenty-ninth solo album released May 1989.
The rooftop has something for everyone. Whether you choose to lounge poolside, grab a drink from the bar, order food indoors, or snap a pic next to “big pink Dolly”, you’re in for a treat!
Can you tell that my niece and I are obsessed with “Big pink Dolly” ha ha
When it comes to getting a spot at White limozeen I would highly suggest booking ahead with a reservation.
You can do so using Resy and secure a table!
Once you’ve gotten your perfectly pink pics at White Limozeen you have to head downtown and check out the vibrant scene there.
Talk about options! From food, to bars, to rooftops, to shopping, there’s something for everyone.
One of my favorite places to go during my trip was the city’s newest development called “Fifth and Broadway“!
Final thoughts ...
Overall I had an amazing time in Nashville and loved staying at the Graduate Hotel and exploring the music city for the first time!
Comment below with any other travel related questions that you may have and I hope this post is helpful for you as you plan your next trip.