The new hotel comprises two buildings connected by the lobby.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the famous Printer’s Alley in the American city of Nashville, Tennessee, was home to two prestigious newspapers, 10 print shops and 13 publishers. During the Prohibition (1920-1933), people flocked to the area to drink alcohol illegally and listen to music. By the 1940s, Printer’s Alley was the nightclub and entertainment district.

Today, all of these historic and social references are reflected – with modern influences – through the interior design of Dream Nashville, one of Music City’s newest hotels located near the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Last March, it opened its doors across two historic landmark buildings that were previously separated, but are now connected through the lobby. One of the structures was formerly Nashville’s first boutique hotel named Utopia that opened at the end of the 19th century.

A glass-clad gable roof fills the lobby with natural light during the day.

Designed by New York City-based studio Meyer Davis, the interiors blend traditional and contemporary references via architectural elements, furniture and materials. Neon lighting, marble, tiles, mirrors, textiles, wallpapers, and colourful, bright accents characterise the sophisticated atmosphere.

Clean lines dominate the hotel rooms, giving each a spacious, airy feel.

Subway tiles in the bathrooms add a vibrant touch.

The 168 Art Deco-inspired rooms and suites include the Guest House, Dream Nashville’s largest that’s spread over 130 sq m, and has a mahogany poker table as well as a custom craft beer called Dream Brew on tap.

The Meyer Davis team created the spaces with the goal of giving guests the feeling of being at home. A collection of photographs – donated by the Frist family – can be found in various areas. Behind the reception desk, an artwork by David LaChapelle, an American commercial and fine-art photographer, as well as music video and film director, matches the area’s palette of yellow, orange and red.

Bold accents and plush furnishing evoke a chic, energetic feel.

When it comes to cuisine, guests have many options – thanks to the hotel’s seven restaurants and bars, which all feature a different atmosphere. Among them are Stateside Kitchen, a brasserie-style restaurant helmed by executive chef Michael Kopfman and situated in a glass atrium, and Dirty Little Secret, a nightclub with live music and entertainment.

Offering visual surprises in every corner, Dream Nashville is an ode to the city’s past and present – and reminds us that the energy of Music City is very much alive.

To find more about Dream Nashville, visit

Written by Karine Monie. Photos courtesy of Dream Nashville.