How about a Marriott, too?

It seems that the green light for lower Broad’s proposed Westin is fueling the fire on downtown hotel development. Rex reports today that Marriott Corporation’s CEO, Bill Marriott, Jr., was in town recently checking out plans for the new convention center. No doubt he wants Marriott to have a hand in any convention center-related hotel development, too.

No surprise there, since Marriott owns the Renaissance brand, which adorns Nashville’s current convention center, and since Marriott has a history of linking their various hotel brands with convention centers. One need only look to downtown Louisville’s very fine Marriott that opened last year, or to the slightly less-swank Chattanooga outpost connected to that city’s hall as perfect examples of Marriott’s strategy in this area.

Certainly, Nashville needs more nice hotels. The Hermitage is wonderful, but it’s not enough. Palmer’s addition of an InterContinental will help greatly, as will the Westin, but a larger scale Marriott on par with the one in 2525 would truly be a boon to downtown. Add that to the Indigo being built in the Goten building on West End, the all-suite concept slated for Church Street, and Signature’s Hotel Palomar, and we might be seeing a critical mass of luxury hotels downtown.

Now that would be something.

3 Comments so far

  1. Sam Davidson (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 9:45 pm

    Indeed it would! I guess all the luxury hotel guests can hang out with all of the loft dwellers at…um….Wildhorse?

    Seriously, I love the (re)surgence, but until we get some viable hangouts downtown-ish, it just won’t jive like some of those other places you name.

    Hopefully, the baseball stadium, a revived riverfront and other projects will change all that.

  2. Andrew (unregistered) on November 21st, 2006 @ 3:19 pm

    I agree with you completely. It’s a chicken-or-the-egg type of debate, and my belief is that it is much better to have development of one type to spur the other than to have none at all.

    In other news, the Viridian grocery store has announced its opening date. It won’t be big, but its another stab at that “jive” we’re so desparately looking for.

  3. Brian (unregistered) on November 21st, 2006 @ 5:07 pm

    Yep.. downtown dwellers are missing places we’d actually hang out or frequent, like outposts of Fido, Virago, Baja Burrito, Calypso Cafe, Pancake Pantry, Noshville.. basically anything would be nice.

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