Nashville’s newest boutique hotel, Dream Nashville, is now officially open in the middle of Printers Alley.
“This is a story of great history in Nashville,” Michael Lindenbaum Executive VP of Hotel Operations & Development for Dream told News 2.
He says they repurposed and renovated two existing landmark properties on 4th Avenue North.
“One is the Utopia Hotel Nashville’s first boutique hotel built in 1891 (and) its notorious neighbor Climax Saloon a little bit to the right.”
Lindenbaum says the saloon once housed an illegal casino on the second floor and a brothel on the third floor.
“This was an area known for adult entertainment, gentleman’s corner if you will. We tried to salvage as much as we could at the Climax Saloon, but unfortunately it just wasn’t possible, but we did take down the façade we restored it with the help of Nashville by the way and then put it right back up,” he said.
Dream has more than 20 suites in the old Utopia Hotel, each unique with amenities like shuffleboards and poker tables.
There are also 168 art-deco inspired guest rooms featuring jewel tones and high loft-like ceilings throughout.
The hotel offers a number of food and beverage options as well, from a full-service restaurant to a coffee shop, cocktail lounges, and entertainment theaters.
Three of the venues have doors that you enter from the historic alley.
AllSaints is a small retail store, but inside the back wall has secret doors that open to a nightlife venue known as Dirty Little Secret. The space features a number of different performances, turntables and surprise acts.
Just beside it is a cocktail den known as Snitch, where they celebrate golden era hip-hop. The lounge is known for not having a menu, instead, you simply tell the bartender what you feel like drinking.
“So you walk in and say hey I’m a gin drinker or a bourbon drinker and the bartender sort of freestyles and makes something you won’t forget, but it’s impromptu it’s open 7 days a week, very sort of inviting and welcoming place steps away from Printers Alley,” Lindenbaum explained.
Dream is finishing up its third venue in the alley, known as Easy 8. The gourmet sandwich shop with a walk-up window will open in a couple of weeks.
Despite the competitive market, Lindenbaum says Nashville was the ideal spot for the hotel brand.
“Meteoric growth over the past few years, double-digit growth to be specific. It is Music City, known for its vibrant dining and nightlife fits perfectly for the Dream Hotel Group,” said Lindenbaum.