February 10, 2019
Luxurious accommodations in the heart of Nashville that cater to canines? Yes, please! We’ll show you how to make the most of your dog friendly stay at Union Station Hotel.
When you live in a tourist destination like Nashville, you rarely think of booking a room at a distinctive and well-known hotel in your own town. We’ve written about Union Station Hotel before in this post. And sure, we’d been to visit the famous hotel several times. The venue hosts special events such as Yappy Hours to benefit local pet rescues- so we knew it was dog-friendly.
Did we ever think we’d be spending the night at such a swanky location?
Yet thanks to Union Station Hotel and their Puppy Love promotion, we had the opportunity to spend the night in one of their dog-friendly rooms. And we had an evening to remember.
If you’d like to play tourist in your own town, or if you’re traveling with your pup in tow and would like to experience a bit of Nashville’s history, then Union Station Hotel is where you want to be.
Located in the heart of Music City, Union Station Hotel is a unique and storied location. Built in 1900, this former train station was a bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Travelers marveled at its Gothic architectural details. Eventually the station fell into disrepair. But with the building’s renovation and rebirth as a hotel in 1986, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Now this gorgeous building hosts not only out-of-town visitors but provides the most elegant venue for weddings and special events. The blend of contemporary and nostalgia gives it charm.
Before You Arrive
The chance to stay overnight was so exciting; we wanted to play “tourist” with our staycation and planned a day full of fun local dog activities before we checked in. Mother Nature had other plans. Torrential downpours put a big damper on our day. But if you’re staying in nice weather, Union Station Hotel’s location makes it a perfect spot for exploring Nashville.
So what activities can you and your dog experience nearby?
How about some fun for your best friend at Centennial Dog Park? When your pup has had enough fun chasing tennis balls, you can walk next door to view The Parthenon at Centennial Park and stroll around Lake Watauga. You can also check out our post on other urban hikes nearby.
You’ll want your dog to look and smell her very best for her overnight stay – so head over to Wags and Whiskers on Charlotte Ave. for a self-service dog wash.
If you’re from out-of-town and you’d like to explore places in Nashville that wouldn’t be fun for your dog – like Frist Art Museum right next door or all the Lower Broadwayattractions, consider contacting Nashville Dog Adventures. They will pick up your best friend at the hotel and take them on an adventure while you enjoy some time on your own. Check out this post on their services.
At the Hotel
When it’s time to check-in for your stay, valet will be there to assist you if you’re driving. Enter the hotel through the front doors and the front desk is to your right. You and your doggie will be warmly welcomed. Everyone – from valet to the bellhops to front desk – will be gushing over your dog.
With our Puppy Love Getaway we discovered a sweet surprise awaiting us – a welcome toy for Chloe and Rascal Pinot Noir and puppy chow snack mix for the humans! Plus some Union Station ‘go’ bags – definitely a necessity.
Our room was comfortably large and inviting. In-room art (and throughout the hotel) showcases the creativity of local artist and craftsmen. Be sure and check out the stories here.
If you’re like me, the first thing you want to know when you get to a hotel with your dog is: where’s the potty area? Just down the hall and a quick elevator ride, you’ll find an outdoor patio and yard for potty breaks. Very convenient.
Once we checked in, it was time to think about our evening plans. Union Station Hotel is a short walk from The Gulch, where you can find several dog-friendly patios and shoppes that welcome your dog.
But for us – still raining…
That meant – room service!
Union Station Hotel is also home to Carter’s, their in-house restaurant. The entire menu is available for in-room dining, so there are lots of options. Our BBQ Smash Burgers were incredible. Chloe thought so, too.
After dinner, we took a stroll around the hotel. You might be lucky enough to be staying when local musicians are playing in the lobby. Or catch a glimpse of a bridal party or other special event taking place in the hotel. Stop by the gift shop to see what Baxter Baily & Company treats are available for your pup.
After a glorious night’s sleep, we were up early and ready for Nashville Humane’sValentine’s Day Adoption Event. Adoptable puppies were awaiting their forever homes in the hotel lobby. See, I told you they were a dog-friendly hotel!
Tips to make your stay pawsome:
Plan Ahead ~ Call the hotel and book directly so they know your four-legged family member will be there as well. All hotels that are dog-friendly will have a pet policy in place. Good to know ahead of time.
Check-In ~ After you check in, keep your dog close while you check out the room. Look for any unsafe items and make sure housekeeping didn’t leave any items behind your dog could discover.
Keep your Dog Comfortable ~ Bring some of your dog’s familiar items from home. Favorite toy, special chews, a blanket to spread across the bed or furniture. A travel crate is an excellent idea if you’re planning to leave your dog alone in the hotel room, even for just a few minutes.
Manners Count ~ I always remind myself that as dog owners, we are lucky to be able to bring our best buds with us when we travel. And if we want to have more places that welcome our four-legged friends, it’s up to us to set a good example. And it’s simple: walk your dog and clean up after him; don’t allow him to chew things he shouldn’t; discourage excessive barking that can disturb other guests.
And Just so You Know… ~ There’s a reason it’s called Union STATION Hotel. The rail lines that were integral to the buildng of this former train station are still there. And freight trains still use those tracks. Your dog…and, um, YOU…might be startled in the middle of the night by a freight train whistle right next door. It’s part of the charm. You’ve been warned.
To learn more of the history of Union Station in Nashville, click here.