Gaylord Opryland Resort is one of the Nashville’s most popular tourist destination. Over two million people each year visit, enjoying more than 2,800 guest rooms and three enormous garden atriums under nine acres of glass roofs. In 1977, it was initially opened as a fancy hotel built to resemble an old Southern mansion. Opryland has experienced some series of major expansions with the addition of a new atrium and more guest rooms. The largest non-casino hotel in the continental U.S. it claims ten percent of the total number of the hotel rooms in Nashville.
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center is a destination unto itself, located right off Briley Parkway on the banks of the Cumberland River. One atrium contains an indoor river and offers boat tours allowing guests to view gardens from another angle. Next door is the Opry Mills and Grand Ole Opry. The sprawling 9-acre property is a household of three tropical plant-filled and glass-roofed atriums that house restaurants, shops and entertainment centers.
The resort made headlines in May 2010, when record rainfall caused the Cumberland River to flood leaving part of the building under 10 feet of water. Opryland was shut down for six months in order to be repaired. The clean up teams pumped out 71,280,000 gallons of water from the resort in a space of three days. Opryland received a new look when the doors were re-opened just before holiday season started that same year. New lobby, bars, nightspots, several restaurants and hundreds of renovated guest rooms.
In addition to the original hotel located in the Magnolia area, Opryland offers three atrium sections that are spectacular, each having a variety of bars, restaurants, and shops. The centerpiece of the Cascades atrium just off the lobby is a thundering three plus-story twin waterfall that is surrounded by 8,000 tropical plants. Garden Conservatory attached to the cascades area is designed in a way that it resembles a Victorian-style garden. Narrow pathways roam around garden beds exploring more than 10,000 tropical plants including banana trees and 60-foot-tall palm trees. Delta is the newest of the three atriums in the resort which is a kind of spicy New Orleans/French Quarter ambiance, with different varieties of interesting shops and complete with a river ambling through it.
The guest rooms at the hotel are decorated with traditional designs and feature contemporary wooden dark furnishings. The two types of room offered are the interior and exterior guest rooms. The interior guest room face rooms afford atrium views, and many feature balconies; whereas the exterior rooms face the outside of the resort. Standard guest rooms are equipped with alarm clock radios, coffee makers, pillow-top mattresses and 32-inch flat-screen TVs.
The gaylord opryland hotel offers 17 on-site dining options that range in cuisine and style. The restaurants in the hotel include the Solario Cantina, the Italian Ravello, Old Hickory Steakhouse, the Southern-style Jack Daniel’s Stax sandwich and burger bar, Paisano’s Pizzaria & Vino, Wasabi’s, and Cascades American Cafe. Bars vary from the conservatory Wine Bar, the taps-style Falls Bar & Lounge, the Craft Tavern pub and the Library Lounge at Old Hickory Steakhouse to Fuse Sports Bar and Findley’s Irish Pub. For grab and go options, guests is capable of choosing from the on-site coffee house, Conservatory Cafe for sandwiches, Cocoa Bean and pastries or Delta Delight Frozen Yogurt and Bravo Gelato.