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Booming Nashville Is Being Transformed by Luxury Tourism

The city is shedding its unique identity as a country music hub as five-star developers swarm in.

The penthouse of the Thompson Nashville

The penthouse of the Thompson Nashville

Source: The Thompson Nashville

Stand atop any of Nashville’s rooftop bars at sunset and you’ll find a gleaming new skyline composed largely of … hotels.

There’s the 25-floor Grand Hyatt anchoring a new mega-development called Nashville Yards; a 21-story Luxury Collection property called The Joseph; a JW Marriott with 533 rooms over 810,000 square feet and 33 floors; and the Thompson, which casts shadows over the low-rise Gulch neighborhood. All are new constructions, most since 2020. And they don’t include smaller-size openings with outsize personalities, like the megawatt Soho House or the Graduate Hotel, which is right by famed hot-chicken joint Hattie B’s and brims with Southern charm.