by Matt Alderton | May 10, 2019

Because it's the center of the country-music universe, Nashville goes by the nickname Music City. Over the last few years, however, a thriving tourism economy has given Nashville something else to sing about: meetings and conventions, the number of which taking place there nearly doubled from 537 in 2013 -- when Nashville's new convention center, Music City Center, opened -- to 1,048 in 2018, according to the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

The growth is thanks in large part to a flurry of hotel development. Between 2016 and 2018 alone, Nashville added 4,353 new hotel rooms. It will add another 3,110 this year, the NCVC says, and 1,722 more next year.

To the benefit of meeting groups, the influx of new properties has placed pressure on old ones, many of which have undergone large-scale renovations designed to keep them fresh in an increasingly competitive market. The latest such property is the DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville Downtown, which was built in 1979 and has just completed a $5 million renovation, Hilton announced this month.

Located approximately a mile from Music City Center and just a few blocks from the famed Ryman Auditorium, the 341-room DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville Downtown has a hefty 20,000 square feet of meeting space. Guest accommodations -- including 192 double and double-double rooms that were converted to queen and double-queen rooms -- were updated with new beds and in-room amenities, including new mini-refrigerators, USB ports and charging stations. The meeting space was refreshed with new "country-chic" décor and new banquet equipment, including linen-less meeting tables with built-in power outlets.

Elsewhere, the hotel offers a full-service Starbucks, a signature restaurant and bar with nightly live music, an outdoor patio with life-sized games and a theater-sized projection screen, and a 24/7 fitness center that also received a facelift.

"As one of the hottest cities in Tennessee, there is always a lot going on in Nashville, and our hotel prides itself in bringing our guests unparalleled comfort and convenience so they can get some much-needed rest after a busy day exploring nearby attractions," said general manager John Schilling. "This renovation helps continue our mission to provide our guests the warmest welcome and stay in town."

Read about four more meetings-ready Nashville properties by visiting NorthstarMeetingsGroup.com.