Omni to Build Nashville's New Convention Center Hotel?

Although a spokesperson for Mayor Karl Dean insists that a hotel partner has not yet been chosen, Omni Hotels has agreed to buy land in downtown Nashville that previously was identified as the preferred location for a convention center hotel, according to local media reports. 

The property, rumored to be the site of a headquarters hotel for Nashville's new Music City Center—scheduled to open in 2013, adjacent to Omni's new land—reportedly will be home to as many as 1,000 new guest rooms.

"As we've confirmed before, Omni is one of the hotel operators that have expressed interest in building the convention center headquarters hotel," said Janel Lacy, the mayor's spokesperson, according to the Nashville Business Journal. "However, there is no agreement with Omni to announce. The mayor is committed to finding a hotel deal that is privately owned and operated and is in the best interest of Nashville taxpayers."

Last year, the city announced plans to build a Marriott Marquis as its headquarters hotel; while that deal has not moved forward, the NashvilleBusiness Journal reports, it's not off the table, either. "We're continuing to work directly with the city," one of Marriott's partners, Joe Hall of Nashville-based Hall Strategies, told the paper, although he would not elaborate further.