I got to spend three nights at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee for work. I’ve visited this place before and also frequent the Gaylord Texan, but it was my first time actually staying overnight at any Gaylord hotel. According to Travel Channel, Gaylord Opryland is the largest non-gaming hotel in the continental US. I believe it, because it really is HUGE. Walking around the resort each night was more than a workout for me.
The resort has nine acres of gardens and waterfalls on the property. The entire resort reminds me of a greenhouse because of the ceiling and so many live plants, along with a bit of humidity (perhaps from the waterfalls). I even saw some birds, and this definitely reminded me of a tropical jungle! Let’s dive in a little deeper.
The room was a bit underwhelming, considering my expectations for a resort. The atrium-facing rooms are $40 extra if you want to enjoy the pretty balcony-view (but be aware that there will be noise from the water falls/ people). The restroom amenities included shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and body lotion from the resort’s own spa, Relâche Spa.
The original hall I stayed at the first night was actually was SO LOUD that I barely slept throughout the night. To make it even worse, someone next door had an alarm that went off for the entire morning. I literally thought something must’ve happened to the man next door… Overall, the walls were so thin so I heard everything that was going on next door. I definitely ended up asking for a different room, and it was a lot better for the rest of the stay!
From Mexican, Southern (Jack Daniels), Italian to Japanese and more, Gaylord Opryland has a decent number of food options. They’re not cheap BUT just letting you know that there are plenty of options when it comes to dining. If you’re looking for some options outside the resort, there really isn’t much! The whole area is kind of Opryland seemed to be the main thing in the whole area.
Tip: If you ever get a chance to go eat at Old Hickory Smokehouse, Wayne is THE BEST SERVER. Imagine the friendliest old man who knows the entire history of the restaurant, each food item, and just delivers amazing customer service throughou the entire meal. I would come back just for him!
SoundWaves – New!
SoundWaves is the latest addition to Gaylord Opryland and an attraction alone. An indoor/outdoor waterpark that takes up 4 acres, SoundWaves features water attractions for children and adults, an adults-only pool, bars, lounge areas, and more. You can find details on all the attractions on the this Gaylord Opryland page.
Gym, Pools, Spa
Besides the new SoundWaves, the resort also has its own outdoor pool, indoor pool, and a hot tub. The spa, pools and the gym are all in one section.
The gym is pretty spacious and I love that they have a fridge with cold towels with eucalyptus sprayed on them. Being a skincare junkie, this was obviously the best part or me! It was the perfect way to finish a workout.
The Relâche Spa, which is the resort’s own spa, is by appointment only. As I mentioned earlier, all the shower amenities in the rooms are from this spa so if the massages and facials are over your budget, at least you can say you’ve tried some products from the spa 🙂
Other features of the resort include the 18-hole golf course, and a hotel shuttle from and to the airport for $19 one-way. There’s also live music at some of the restaurants (see front desk for schedule). On my first night, Tim McGraw was at the resort performing!
Grand Ole Opry & Opry Mills Mall
The resort and the Grand Ole Opry as well as the Opry Mills Mall are connected through the Opry Walkway, which is about a mile walk one-way.
If you’re a fan of country music, Grand Ole Opry is the weekly country music stage concert since 1925. I’m not a country music person, but I do know this is a historical spot, especially to Nashville! After all, Nashville is the “home to country music.” If you want to get out of the resort and do some shopping for souvenirs, Opry Mills Mall is right across the Grand Ole Opry.
So the next time you’re headed over to Nashville for any reason, what about staying at the Gaylord Opryland? It was just work for me and I got to explore around afterwards when I had the chance, but maybe it’ll be a relaxing staycation for you!
As always, thank you for reading 🙂