Avatar
by Sarah Owen

Urban Cowboy Nashville

A welcoming, chummy, and meticulously-designed getaway nestled in the heart of the hip East Nashville

Absolute Highlight

The contrast gainer between the room's intimacy and the wholesome social atmosphere of the communal areas, like grabbing an impromptu whiskey at the downstairs Public House bar in the company of soulful locals shortly after relaxing in our clawfoot tub.

In a nutshell

No. of rooms
Eight eclectic rooms and a free standing cabin.
The design aesthetic is...
centred around a Southwestern–Art Deco motif, defined by custom wallpapers, Watusi bull skulls, handcrafted furniture, and intricate inlaid wood walls. A rustic and colourful ambiance set in a 19th-century Queen Anne Victorian manse.
The typical guest is...
curious and adventurous minded; a seeker of authenticity without the gratuitous clichés, and capable of appreciating that middle ground between homely and bustling.
The sustainability features (ie. plastic free, recycling, green wall, garden) are...
embedded within the hotel's very design, a renovated Victorian mansion decorated with everything from scavenged pieces and geometric inlays of repurposed wood, to vintage furnishings and restored fixtures.
The location is...
across from downtown's Cumberland River, buried in one of Nashville's most iconic historic residential neighborhoods, merely five blocks away from the lively atmosphere and boutiques of the happening Five Points district.
Interaction is encouraged by....
the communal music parlor, an all-weather fire pit around which guests can cozy up with a blanket, and the property's on-site restaurant and bar Public House (where the friendly staff happily share their knowledge about whisky while enthusiastically concocting amazing beverages).
You should stay here because
it feels familiar but not predictable, allows for both retreat and extroversion, and embodies the energy that makes Nashville so memorable but without the unwarranted hipness or over the top clichés.
What took you there?

Often traveling for work, my partner and I decided our road trip through the South would be about doing as little as possible, being present, and fully enjoying the journey. We spent some time at Lyon Porter and Jersey Bank’s first hotel – the Urban Cowboy in Williamsburg, Brooklyn – and had really enjoyed our stay there, a full validation of their “arrive as strangers; leave as friends” motto, so we were looking forward to experiencing their new Nashville venture. From the uniqueness of the room and our passing encounters with engaging creatives passing through and local artists, our time there was great.

What was your room like?

We took refuge in the Captain’s Suite, one of their eight individually furnished and decorated rooms. Much like the venue, the room, carefully organized and laid out, felt larger than it was. Nautically inspired and elegant in its understatement (say compared to their Victorian or Tower suites), the memorable touches were the in-room claw-foot bathtub (large enough for two!), the porthole window above the bed’s headboard, and the soaring pitched ceilings. The leather sofa quickly became the reading spot and the room also included a walk-in shower hidden behind a barn-like door. WiFi, a hairdryer, and C.O. Bigelow bath products complimented our swell stay. It was mentioned to us in passing that an iron and ironing board were available.

What about the venue

A place where one can easily forget the world, the Urban Cowboy is a self-contained retreat of sorts. Whether spending time in the room or interacting with other guests in the communal parlors with instruments laying around (including a piano and drum set); sitting on the colonnaded wraparound porch (which has a sunset view) or enjoying a wood-fired meal and craft cocktail at the Public House; time quickly becomes irrelevant and plans to run around Nashville might temporarily become secondary.

Tell us about the destination

Located in one of Nashville’s rich historical districts, the Urban Cowboy is surrounded by craft coffee, farm-to-table restaurants, several dive bars, live music, and even a lesbian karaoke, the Lipstick Lounge. The hotel is merely a five minute drive from downtown and a 15 to 20 minute walk from the bustling Five Point district. Close by are the Johnny Cash Museum, the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Who did you meet there?

During our first evening at the Public House, my husband and I met a man who claimed to have tuned Post Malone’s guitar before an impromptu performance earlier that week in a nearby bar.

Surrounding Activities

Pinewood

A hip hang out spot with a coffee shop, restaurant and vintage bowling club.

Pinewood Social

Rolf and Daughters

One of Nashville’s must-eat spots serving American dishes in a converted industrial space

Rolf and Daughters

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

There’s no trip to Nashville without digging into its rich culture of music.

Country Music Hall of Fame