Newly renovated hotels embrace their buildings’ histories and local cultures
Three southern U.S. hotels located in historic buildings and locations unveil new meeting rooms and renovations. Each hotel adds its own distinct flavor to a vibrant local scene and celebrates its unique location through thoughtful design.
Cast Iron and Curated Art
Hilton announces the opening of The Bankers Alley Hotel Nashville, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. Housed in the historic Gray & Dudley building which originally served as the headquarters of the neighborhood’s Gray & Dudley Hardware Company, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was converted to a boutique lifestyle hotel in 2017. The design upholds the characteristic historic architecture to create a breathtaking environment with wooden flooring, high ceilings, arched windows and cast-iron columns.
The hotel features an onsite signature Southern-style restaurant paying homage to the building’s history with its name, Gray & Dudley. Located in downtown Nashville’s art district, the hotel includes its own onsite art museum, which groups can book for meetings and social events. The art gallery, complimentary to guests and open to the public, displays a rotating selection of curated exhibitions and site-specific installations.
Rich colors and patterned, textured materials adorn their 110 rooms and 14 suites. Their meeting spaces expand across 10,500 sq. ft. and include gallery space, private dining rooms, a terrace and the museum.
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Railroad Rock & Soul
Central Station Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee opens the doors to its new Rock & Soul event and meeting space. The new meeting space totals 2,300 sq. ft. and can be divided into two smaller meeting rooms of 900 sq. ft. and 1,400 sq. ft.
Including the new Rock & Soul meeting space, the hotel now offers 11,180 total sq. ft. of meeting space with their Grand Hall, Waiting Room, Chicago room and New Orleans room. Visitors enjoy excellent onsite catering for any small to mid-size meeting, conference or event.
The hotel embraces a historic music theme to promote Memphis’s history as a hub for musicians and music lovers. It occupies a 109-year-old midcentury building which once served as a train station, and its design seeks to highlight this history. It stands in proximity to many of Memphis’s must-see locations in the South Main district.
After eight months, The Westin Riverwalk, San Antiono has completed a refresh to many of its spaces throughout the hotel. Renovations include their public restrooms, fitness center, guest rooms and corridors. They have completed full renovations of the Business Center and their onsite restaurant and bar, Zocca Cuisine D’Italia. 473 guest rooms provide river or city views.
Blue indigo and wooden lacquer finishes decorate the lobby and collaborative workspaces. The new Business Center includes flexible seating options to accommodate individual and small group needs. Guest rooms now feature walk-in showers with stone accents and the signature Westin heavenly shower package. Along rich clay and sand-colored axminister carpet, elevators and corridors reference Spanish medallions.
The renovated Zocca Cuisine D’Italia restaurant serves seasonal Italian-inspired dishes with a distinct Texan twist and features an indoor-outdoor integrated bar standing along the San Antonio River Walk. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and shows live music from 6:00 to 9:00 pm on Thursdays. The hotel offers 26,000 sq. ft. of versatile indoor and outdoor meeting and event space.
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