Joined by local tourism officials and politicians, including Mayor Karl Dean, executives from Omni Hotels & Resorts officially broke ground on June 16 on the new Omni Nashville Hotel, opening in downtown Nashville in the second half of 2013, Omni announced this month.
As previously reported
, the hotel will be adjacent to and fully integrated with an expanded Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, as well as Nasville's new Music City Center convention facility.
"Omni Hotels & Resorts believes the unique character of each destination should be reflected in our properties," said Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. "As we approach the design of the Omni Nashville Hotel, we want to ensure that Music City's distinct culture is incorporated to create a compelling and memorable experience for conventioneers, leisure guests and locals."
Upon completion, the new headquarters hotel will have 800 guest rooms and more than 80,000 square feet of meeting space. Connected on four levels to a 200,000-square-foot expansion of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum — allowing the two facilities to share meeting and entertainment space — it's expected to include a rooftop terrace, at least four restaurants and 560 parking spaces, as well as retail space, a pool, a fitness center and a spa.
"Due to the overwhelming support from the Metro Council and our citizens, we are ready now more than ever, for conventions and groups to experience our great city," Dean said. "We also look forward to extending our Southern hospitality to the thousands of business and leisure travelers who will be here for work and play."