Nashville’s iconic Hutton Hotel is looking forward to a bright future thanks to a unique renovation project. Located in the heart of a city that continues to thrive and grow at a rapid rate, the four-star Hutton Hotel has raised the bar to which other destinations in the city must reach.
The significant renovation included a revamp of the hotel’s lobby, restaurant and all 250 guestrooms and suites as well as the addition of a new two-level, three bedroom suite. Most significantly, however, is the creation of a new 5,000 sq ft music venue, Analog.
Occupying space that was formally used as a parking garage, Analog comprises a 300-person performance area and bar. It was conceived and developed over a two-year collaboration with Red Light Management and is poised to attract some of the biggest names in music. As a hotel rooted in music, this theme continues into the Writers’ Rooms, a pair of accommodations constructed with songwriters in mind. The two rooms were designed in collaboration with country singer Dierks Bentley and Ryan Tedder of One Republic. They are both fully equipped with sophisticated sound technology, a private sound booth, and a collection of Martin’s guitars for guests’ enjoyment.
Construction to transform the hotel was overseen by The John Hardy Group and began in March 2017. The design was created in collaboration with Studio 11 Design. To find out a little bit more about the work, Premier Hospitality spoke to Eric Augur, Senior Project Director at The John Hardy Group:
“We were hired by the owner of the hotel to be their project management company,” explains Augur. “We come in and help set the budget, hire the architects, contractors and manage the work on a day-to-day basis.”
A surprise to most, “this particular hotel used to be an office building and the second and third floors of the hotel were a parking garage. Then, when a brand new parking garage behind the hotel was built a few years ago, the two floors it occupied prior became wasted space,” Augur revealed. The team needed to find a solution in using the space most efficiently, in a unique and interesting manner.
“Our client, Watermark Capital, had the great idea to celebrate Music City to the fullest and integrate a state-of-the-art, high-end music venue into the hotel,” says Augur. “This was the biggest driver for the project – we constructed a quality performance space for dedicated artists to share their craft with locals and travellers alike.”
The hotel’s rooms and suites received an overarching soft-goods refresh and the three-bedroom duplex Hutton Suite was added. Designed with visiting musicians and their families in mind, the suite offers guests amenities such as a full kitchen, living areas, floor-to-ceiling windows with east-facing views and bathrooms outfitted with full soaking tubs. The lobby and restaurant were redesigned with a new feature bar to activate the space and improve the guest experience.
For more information on the Hutton Hotel, please visit http://www.jhgi.com/our-work/hutton-hotel.