Remember the first time you read Harry Potter? I was 10, which means I’ve been in the market for a castle and a ride on the Hogwarts Express for 19 years now…

Last week, at the Union Station Hotel was the closest I’ve come.

This boutique hotel in the heart of Nashville was originally a railroad terminal opened in 1900. It’s a perfect example of late-Victorian Romanesque Revival architecture, which means… it’s basically a castle!!

What I loved about it (aside from being castellated):

  1. The rooms are large with extra tall ceilings and decent sized bathrooms.
  2. The lobby is breath taking and has a nice little bar you can perch yourself at while you enjoy the ambiance (or pretend your at Hogwarts).
  3. It’s a stones throw from the Broadway strip, as well as the Music Hall of Fame and The Gulch, which is a great area for restaurants.
  4. The staff were genuinely nice people and very accommodating. We were given detailed directions and restaurant recommendations complete with a hand drawn map.
  5. The french fries that we had delivered to our room after a jaunt on the Broadway strip were divine.

One thing to note is that the train lines below the hotel are still in use, which certainly adds to the charm and atmosphere of the old station, but it is something to consider if you’re a light sleeper.

So, if you’re looking for a unique hotel experience close to the action, Union Station Hotel will take you back in time and leave you feeling enchanted.

Though I’m still waiting for my letter from Hogwarts…

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