Hotel Preston is the best affordable hotel in Nashville. I mentioned it as a place I would recommend in my guide to planning three great days in Nashville. Last time I planned a trip there, it was for a concert at Bridgestone Arena: The Flaming Lips were opening for The Black Keys. Tickets weren’t exactly cheap, so we couldn’t afford to stay anywhere downtown due to budgeting concerns. That put the places we had stayed in the past out of the running. The search was on.
Strange Complimentary Amenities
As I searched online, I kept seeing great reviews for a boutique-style airport hotel called Hotel Preston. At less than $100 for a room with a king-size bed, it was in the right price range for our one-night stay. I was intrigued by some of the unusual amenities the hotel offered: rubber duckies, lava lamps, pet fish, and art kits available upon request. It seemed like a fictional hotel from the ’80s TV show “PeeWee’s Playhouse.” That alone was enough to make me want to check it out. From browsing through the pictures on their site, the rooms appeared clean and tastefully decorated, with quirky red accent lamps and all the extras you’d expect: an in-room coffee maker, hair dryer, and the works.
The only thing that made me a little uneasy about the choice was some of the phrasing on Hotel Preston’s website. It used expressions like “A routine business trip might lead to something more…” in several places on the website. That sounded a little off to me, but since I wasn’t going alone, my boyfriend and I agreed to ignore the odd innuendos and check this place out. A night’s stay was surprisingly affordable for such a seemingly cool hotel.
The Pink Slip
At check-in, the lobby featured a mannequin with a dress made entirely of crayons. That caught my eye instantly. There was also a bar adjacent to the lobby called The Pink Slip, but since we had checked in so late after the concert, it was already closed.
There were a few downsides to our stay. One was a very loud guest who was up all into the night. Since we didn’t call the front desk, the hotel really wasn’t to blame. The other downer was the fact that all the nearby convenience stores were closed. Again, not their fault. Our visit was wonderful aside from these minor inconveniences.
The Final Verdict
Hotel Preston may not be The Hilton, but try asking the folks at The Hilton for a rubber duckie or a lava lamp. They are likely to look at you like you’ve lost your mind. However, at this little airport boutique, such a request won’t even raise an eyebrow. Overall, our experience was great, and we’ll definitely be staying here again.
733 Briley Parkway