Located just a few blocks away from the bars and restaurants on Broadway, Noelle, Nashville, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel is one of Music City’s most wheelchair accessible hotels. The hotel is thoughtfully designed, modern and accessible, and it is one of my favorite places to stay in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.
Room Rates & Reservations
The cost of a hotel room at the Noelle Nashville varies, with prices influenced by demand. Advance purchase rates hover around $400 per night, but lower-priced rates can be found on occasion. During my recent stay in July, I was able to get a room rate of around $200 per night. Because the cost of hotel rooms in Nashville are expensive, any rate at a 4 or 5-star hotel of under $250 per night is an excellent deal.
Reservations can be made online via the hotel website.
Wheelchair Accessible Hotel Room
Not all room categories include accessible rooms, and the lowest-level room type I found with a roll-in shower was the studio suite. I booked a standard room with two beds, and called the hotel to raise my concerns. I was confirmed into a studio suite with two king beds and a roll-in shower, which was the right thing for the hotel to do pursuant to the ADA’s nondiscrimination requirements.
My guest room was number 1205, located on the 12th floor.
Apart from having two king size beds, the studio suite did to feel like a suite. It just as easily could have been marketed as a standard or deluxe room, which should be the case. The sofa barely fit in the room and was not accessible.
When booking a room with two beds, I often have to sacrifice on bed size, but that was not necessary in this case. Two king beds gave both me and my friend a great night’s sleep.
The bed height was measured at 25 inches from the floor to top of the mattress. With a platform base, there is no clear space underneath the bed to accommodate a patient transfer lift.
Power outlets and controls for the window shades were placed next to and between the beds. I used one of these outlets to charge my power wheelchair. Electricity in the United States is delivered at 120 volts. Travelers from outside North America may need to use a step-up power transformer to charge wheelchairs that require 220-240V. Please see the FAQ on charging a power wheelchair abroad.
Directly across from the beds was a wall-mounted HD television and a sofa. The sofa was wedged between the far bed and the wall, and was not accessible to my wheelchair.
The opposite corner of the room housed a chair by the window. It looked nice, but I did not use the chair.
Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom
The wheelchair accessible bathroom was spacious enough accommodate my power wheelchair. The sink was outside of the space where the toilet and roll-in shower were located, with the two spaces separated by a sliding door.
The sink basin was raised several inches above the vanity countertop, which could prove to be an access barrier for some. There was space to roll under the sink, but only after removing the table stored underneath.
The toilet was ADA compliant, with grab bars on the adjacent walls and a vertical bar to assist those who are ambulatory. Clear floor space next to the toilet made parking my wheelchair alongside easy, and allowed for a safe, lateral transfer between wheelchair and toilet.
Few hotels in Nashville have ADA compliant roll-in showers, but the Noelle is an exception. Everything was in the right place, including a folding shower seat, grab bars, water controls within reach and a handheld shower wand. The water pressure was high, which made for a fantastic shower experience.
Restaurants & Dining
The Noelle has a fantastic breakfast spot, Makeready. I had a full American breakfast there each morning, with scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes and toast. It was delicious! The restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner.
Room service is offered around the clock, and the lobby bar is a great place to grab a drink. If you prefer to drink at higher altitude, check out Rare Bird, the scenic rooftop bar.
Location & Transportation
The Noelle Nashville Hotel is at the center of Music City, just 3 blocks from the historic Ryman Auditorium, 4 blocks from the honky tonks on Broadway, less than half a mile from the Country Music Hall of Fame, Bridgestone Arena (home of the Predators hockey team) and so much more.
Finding an accessible hotel room is harder than it should be, but Noelle Nashville really steps up by making pictures of their accessible facilities available online. I had a fantastic stay — everything was top-notch, from the comfortable beds, ADA compliant roll-in shower, high-quality restaurants and the great location near all of the action. If the accessibility I’ve described here will meet your needs, I encourage you to give the Noelle a try!