Located between 4th Avenue North, a magnet for young professionals, and Printer’s Alley, a famous late-night entertainment district, this 12-story boutique hotel blends elements from two historic buildings with modern features to create a one-of-a-kind hotel with an impressive number of amenities under one roof. Positioned in the historic core of Nashville, the 169-room hotel and its full-service restaurant, three additional bars, two meeting spaces, music venues and a coffee shop will cater to tourists and locals alike.
Expansive renovations to the two buildings, which formerly housed George A. Dickel’s Climax Saloon and Hugh Cathcart Thompson’s Utopia Hotel, complement the existing architecture and preserve historic design details. Constructed in 1887, the saloon’s façade will be preserved and The Utopia Hotel, originally built c. 1890, will be renovated to include 25 guestrooms. Two street front entrances were designed for Dream Hotel. A grand entrance on 4th Avenue North is adjacent to higher-end retail and restaurant venues, while the entrance located along Printer’s Alley is more inconspicuous and in keeping with the night-life for which the area is well-known.
The more modern 144-room expansion will juxtapose brick, metal panel and stucco building elements. In the restaurant, a 66-foot skylight will serve as a contemporary focal point. Designers incorporated technology-focused modern touches, such as USB plugs in guestrooms, while artwork and other elements reﬂecting the history of Printer’s Alley are incorporated to create “moments” for visitors to share on various forms of social media.