Located squarely in the middle of downtown, the Omni is an ideal choice for first-time visitors to Nashville who want easy access to nightlife, events, and attractions. Located in the same building as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Hatch Show Print, this hotel is an event unto itself. Unlike other hotels of this size, the staff does an excellent job of making everyone feel attended to, which is a nice differentiator when you’re waiting 20 minutes to get your car from the valet. The pool is one of the hotel’s major selling points—it’s huge, especially by downtown Nashville standards, which why it’s kept under strict lock and key. The rooms at the Omni are all large and full of light, and the suites, while pricy, are the perfect home base for groups who need a space to congregate before kicking off raucous nights on Broadway. Inside the hotel, you’ll find the lively Barlines bar (watch out for the blaring live music), local favorite Bongo Java coffee, and better-than-you’ll-expect Mexican food in Bajo Sexto. There is also Kitchen Notes, which offers a better-then-you’d-expect dinner. Try deviled eggs topped with fried pork cracklings, well-seasoned fried chicken that comes in gargantuan proportions, and meatloaf with whipped potatoes with savory mushroom gravy. If you want to unwind, I highly recommend the on-site Mokara Spa; their skilled massage therapists are second-to-none. Tip: If you’re celebrating an anniversary or birthday, mention it; they’ve been known to throw in complimentary bubbly and chocolate-covered strawberries.