Union Station Hotel captures Fodor's recognition

Downtown Nashville’s historic Union Station Hotel has been named a 2013 Fodor’s 100 Hotel Award winner.

The third-annual awards program showcases 100 hotels worldwide that offer a best-in-class experience across eight categories. Union Station Hotel joins 12 other hotels within Fodor’s  Creative Conversions category, which highlights adaptive reuse.

Union Station is the only Tennessee hotel on either the Creative Conversions category or on the list of 100 in general.

“We are thrilled to join this elite collection of hotels from around the world, as hand selected by the trusted travel experts at Fodor’s,” Ray Waters, regional director of Turnberry Associates, the management company for Union Station Hotel, said in a release. “More than 100 years after opening as a bustling railroad station, Union Station Hotel today stands as an equally vibrant landmark that embraces its rich history and the special place it has earned on Nashville’s cultural stage.”

Winners of the 2013 Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards (see here) were chosen from more than 4,000 Fodor’s Choice properties as nominated by 500 local contributors worldwide with finalists selected by Fodor’s senior editorial team. The 100 winners appear in the following eight categories: Creative Conversions, Enduring Classics, Home Suite Homes, Culinary Gems, Exotic Hideaways, Local Characters, Sleek City Addresses and Blissful Beach Retreats.

Opened as a railroad terminal in 1900, Union Station was converted into a boutique hotel in 1986. The 125-room hotel is known for its castle-like exterior and Romanesque interiors. Original design features include limestone fireplaces and oak and walnut paneling, as well as a 65-foot, barrel-vaulted ceiling featuring original Luminous Prism stained glass, gold-leaf medallions and 20 gold-accented bas-relief angel of commerce figurines depicting 19th century products that moved through the station.

Union Station also features the Prime 108 restaurant and lounge, a fitness center and 12,000 square feet of meeting space.