Historic Nashville Hotel Joins Marriott's Autograph Collection

Effective January 2012, Nashville's historic Union Station Hotel will join the Autograph Collection, Marriott International's collection of independent hotels and resorts, it announced this month.

Currently a Wyndham Grand hotel, the property — a restored 19th-century railroad station that offers 125 guest rooms and over 12,000 square feet of meeting space — is the first hotel in Tennessee to join the collection, and the 27th overall.

"The Union Station Hotel embodies everything an Autograph Collection hotel is known for: creating exclusive and unique experiences that satisfy individualistic travelers' diverse needs," said Kip Vreeland, vice present of the Autograph Collection. "Due to the hotel's distinctiveness, we are happy to announce this historic landmark's integration into our portfolio at the start of 2012, and we are certain that guests will be equally as excited about our newest addition."

Before becoming a hotel, Union Station was the location of the L&N Railroad's iconic train station, which opened on Oct. 9, 1900. The station closed in the late 1970s and remained vacant for many years before it was converted to a hotel in 1986. In 2005, real estate developers Turnberry Associates and Corner Partnership LLC reclaimed and restored the landmark with an $11-million dollar renovation that was completed in 2007.

"The Union Station Hotel is a wonderful property with a tremendous amount of heart and charm," said C. Scott Rohm, president of Turnberry Hotel Group, Union Station's hotel management company. "We selected the Autograph Collection to expose this historic gem to an even larger audience."

Launched in 2010, the Autograph Collection is a group of "exceptional independent hotels, each hand-selected for their originality, character and uncommon details," according to Marriott, which to date has added to the collection 26 properties in the United States, Europe and the British Virgin Islands, with projections to double by the end of 2012.