November 1, 2013
by Hilari Jones

 

DALLAS – The luxury 800-room Omni Nashville Hotel opened its doors to guests more than three months ahead of schedule on Sept. 30, with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and other state and local dignitaries on hand for the ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Designed by HKS Hill Glazier Studio, the Omni Nashville Hotel, now the second largest hotel in Tennessee, is a modern expression of the city’s authentic character and vibrant music culture, incorporating natural materials and exposed steel. The 21-story property is fully integrated with a 200,000 square-foot expansion of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on three levels.  An internal pedestrian pathway provides a seamless connection from the hotel to the museum expansion; situated along the pathway are Nashville-inspired restaurants and retail spaces.

 

The hotel and expanded museum serve as a beacon for the Music City and Convention Center District, bringing additional entertainment space, restaurants and retail venues to downtown Nashville.  Focusing on sustainability, the hotel and expansion project is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification.

 

Located in the up-and-coming South of Broadway, or SoBro district, the Omni Nashville is sited adjacent to the new Music City Center, offering hotel guests and groups access to an additional 1.2 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space. The hotel itself features more than 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and 49,000 square feet of pre-function space.

Omni has already booked more than 400,000 room nights, comprised of more than 450 meetings and conventions contracted through 2024, reflecting the robust interest in Nashville as a destination in demand.

 

“The Omni Nashville embraces the fabric and distinct culture of the city with a thoughtfully articulated architectural response, respectful of the history, scale and character of its urban context,” said the projects lead designer, Eddie Abeyta, AIA, HKS principal and senior vice president.  “Through vision and execution, the Omni Nashville works in tandem with the Music City Center as a civic response for the community by energizing the streetscape, designed with a strong human scale, as a public outdoor room. The project extends the life and energy of Nashville’s entertainment district,” he added.

As part of the Korean Veterans Blvd. master planning effort, the hotel project takes its cues from the city’s urban fabric by incorporating grand sidewalks, native landscaping, vintage lighting and pedestrian-oriented building facades.

 

“The success of any great city is dependent upon on the strength and network of its physical environment,” said Abeyta.  “We paid close attention to the manner in which the buildings define and interact with the street edge to enhance the public realm with proper scale, rhythm, textures, pattern and detail.  The Omni Nashville was conceived in a responsible urban manner to engage, interact, extend and enhance the existing public realm.  Every project we design has a responsibility to uplift, inspire and enhance a person’s everyday experience in a unique way.”

 

HKS and Omni have partnered on several projects, including the Omni Nashville Hotel, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, and TRT Holdings (Omni’s parent company) corporate headquarters in Dallas.

 

A Unique Collaboration that Elevates the Guest Experience

 

According to Abeyta, collaboration is the key to the success of large and complex urban projects.  In addition to teaming with local city agencies, the Omni Nashville design team formed a unique collaborative opportunity with its adjacent neighbor, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Situated at the north end of the hotel site, the design team learned that the museum had plans for future expansion on a portion of land being considered for the convention center hotel.  Both Omni and the museum realized they needed one another to make their respective projects workable and successful.  At the project’s onset, a partnership between the Omni and museum design teams formed to develop a unified response and holistic end result, which is an integral part of the hotel’s overall guest experience.

 

Omni Hotels & Resorts broke ground on the project just over two years ago. Crews from Brasfield & Gorrie worked around the clock to complete construction of the hotel approximately three months ahead of schedule and on-budget. Throughout the process, the architectural and design teams including HKS Hill Glazier Studio and Looney and Associates ensured that the property captured the distinct culture and character of Nashville in the hotel design.

 

“It was important that the Omni Nashville truly embody the raw and honest character of the city.  Everything from the materials we used to the food we serve to the art we display – is reflective of local cultural sensibilities,” said Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. “This is our approach for all of our hotels. Each property is distinct and features elements that speak to the uniqueness of each destination.”

 

The property offers a host of amenities, dining, and leisure activity options, including Omni’s signature Mokara Spa and state-of-the-art fitness center, four culinary and entertainment venues and one luxury retail shop.

 

The hotel’s fourth floor pool deck, the only downtown hotel rooftop pool in Nashville, allows guests to rise above city streets for a bird’s eye view of stunning skylines and downtown Nashville, as well as light fare and cocktails.

 

About Omni Hotels & Resorts

Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at nearly 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America.  From exceptional golf and spa retreats to dynamic business settings, each Omni showcases the local flavor of the destination while featuring four-diamond services, signature restaurants, Wi-Fi connectivity and unique wellness options.  Known for its award-winning, personalized service, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every customer interaction, with a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program and the company’s “Power of One” associate empowerment program.  The brand is frequently recognized by top consumer research organizations and travel publications. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.

 

About HKS Hill Glazier Studio

HKS Hill Glazier Studio specializes in the design of hotels and resorts including sophisticated urban hotels, unique destination resorts, world-class golf clubhouses and luxurious spas. With construction underway on five continents, HKS’s hospitality practice is ranked as one of the top in the nation and the world, according to BD World Architecture, Hotel Business and Hospitality Architecture+Design. Over the past two decades, the firm – operating from 27 offices worldwide – has designed projects in 45 countries garnering numerous awards and coverage in national and international publications. For more information, visit www.hksinc.com.