Easily one of the top hotels in town, Noelle captures the essence of Nashville because locals custom-made every inch of it. The building started out as a hotel in 1930, but was rejuvenated by local architects and artists and reopened in 2017. Walk into the unassuming lobby, grab an espresso at Drug Store Coffee, and browse the highly curated Keep Shop to pick up some Nashville goods. To explore the Noelle, start in the Trade Room, a common room anchored by a large wood bar that features arched windows, pink Tennessee granite, and original brass fixtures. The 13-story hotel offers views of the Cumberland River from Rare Bird rooftop. While the rooms are smaller and may have lesser views than the nearby Bobby, the luxe style and amenities make up for that. With plush king beds and complimentary morning coffee delivered to your room, Noelle is equal parts old-school charm and forward-looking comfort. Throughout the hotel, you’ll find woodcuts from the in-house printing studio of historical figures including local civil rights activists. The basement restaurant, Makeready Libations and Liberations, is casual in vibe but refined in cuisine (perfect French omelets; pork schnitzel with mustard jus; vegetable lasagna with a truffle cream sauce). The hotel also holds a few secrets, which I won’t divulge here, but suffice it to say if you happen to walk through a door marked “storage” in the basement, you might find more than just mops.