The History of Union Station
Explore the History of Our Hotel in Downtown Nashville
Feel transported in time when you step through the doors of our historic hotel in downtown Nashville. Today, Union Station Hotel offers guests a unique opportunity to be immersed in the grandeur of the past while still within the comfort of the new and cutting-edge. Discover the rich history behind the notable Nashville landmark.
Originally built in the year 1900, Union Station served the city of Nashville as a major local train station and epicenter for travel. The imposing Gothic design—complete with turrets and towers—made Union Station an architectural marvel in its day, delighting travelers with its beautiful detailing, including ornate wood carvings, sparkling stained glass, beautiful Italian marble, and soaring ceilings.
As the years passed and times changed, the once heavily trafficked station had begun to fall into obsolescence. After nearly 100 years, a National Historic Landmark designation, and a $15.5 million renovation, Union Station was breathing a new life as Nashville’s newest luxury hotel.
No longer just for passing through, Union Station had become a destination, finished with modern touches that invoke the spirit of a new and nostalgic Nashville. Today, our hotel in the heart of the city offers 125 uniquely decorated guest rooms and suites, an on-site bar and restaurant, beautifully appointed event spaces, and more.
Some of the historic features still present in our hotel today include:
- Heavy-stone Richardsonian-Romanesque design
- 65-foot, barrel-vaulted lobby ceiling, featuring gold-leaf medallions and 100-year-old, original luminous prism stained glass
- Marble floors, oak-accented doors and walls, and three limestone fireplaces
- 20 gold-accented bas-relief angel of commerce figurines
- Two bas-relief panels—a steam locomotive and a traveling chariot—at each end of the lobby
Reserve your next stay at Union Station Hotel and experience our vibrant history and contemporary atmosphere.