211 Music City Circle
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
Comfort and Convenience
Fairfield Inn & Suites Nashville at Opryland is clean and comfortable, has a friendly staff, and presents the best example of the consistency one expects from this Marriott property. At a more modest cost, it offers a restful stay without the extra fees added without advance notice to the cost of a full service Marriott and many other hotels.
A king bed room was not available so we reserved a room with two comfortable double beds. Unlike most Best Western Plus hotels, you get central air instead of a noisy wall a/c unit. The desk and side table lamps have power plugs in the base.
Hotel amenities include a small but clean indoor pool with water that is just right. I personally wish Fairfield Ins had a Jacuzzi. The free breakfast has a good variety of food including real eggs (not the dry powdered stuff offered up by too many hotels that have a free breakfast).
This hotel is very conveniently located for access to Nashville attractions including The Grand Ole Opry and the General Jackson paddle wheel show boat, as well as a great selection of dining and shopping.
About the General Jackson tour on the Cumberland River: we took this three hour tour (which keeps reminding me of the Gilligan's Island theme song) and thoroughly enjoyed it. The prime rib dinner was...well...awful. The dining entertainment was not top tier, but it is performed in a large and beautiful hall and the poor performers had to deal with a dead audience. Exception: there were two country singers performing a pre-show to folks waiting to board the boat who were really good. So good that I wondered why they are not big stars already.
Still, we thoroughly enjoyed our ride on the General Jackson. It is a huge paddlewheel boat (300 feet long) on which it is fun to walk along the railings or to simply sit and watch the beautiful Tennessee scenery.
Fairfield Inns are comfortable and consistent in expectations. Cost is usually moderate without all the extras added on by full-service Marriotts like deceptive "resort fees." We like Fairfield Inns for the simple comforts they provide.