By Jeff Hamann
Rockbridge has opened downtown Nashville’s newest luxury hotel, operated by MAKEREADY under Marriott International’s Tribute Portfolio flag. Known as Noelle, the 224-key, 13-story historic structure was first opened as a hotel in 1930 by the Noels, a prominent family in the area. The building was later converted to office space, though it was left vacant in recent years. Rockbridge acquired the property in late 2013, and began adaptive reuse work approximately two years later, financed by a $42 million construction loan held by Wells Fargo Bank.
Located at 200 Fourth Ave. N., the hotel sits within a half mile of the state capitol and is a four-minute walk from the riverfront. Bridgestone Arena and Music City Center are both about a five minute walk south from the building, as is a vibrant retail district home to many shops, restaurants and bars. A bus station next to the property is served by 14 local bus routes.
Historic building, modern amenities
Inside the hotel are several retail options, including a rooftop bar, a café and a print shop equipped with a vintage printing press. The property features a number of on-site amenities, from a fitness center to valet parking. Conference rooms and a ballroom are also available to rent, with free Wi-Fi throughout the building.
“Noelle represents an incredible assemblage of Nashville talents and personalities, celebrating the facets that make the city such a compelling destination for visitors,” said MAKEREADY’s COO, Christine Magrann, in a prepared statement. “Our philosophy is to trust our local experts, amplify their efforts with MAKEREADY’s hospitality and operations know-how, and give them the tools and resources to bring fresh perspective that benefits locals as well as visitors.”
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