Where to Sleep : Urban Cowboy, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Buried in the residential blocks of the perennially hip East Nashville is one of the South’s coolest hotels. Urban Cowboy Bed & Breakfast is a boutique hotel, located in a beautiful Victorian mansion.
Urban Cowboy is very obviously a passion project, the second of two boutique inns started by Lyon Porter, an ex-hockey player turned real estate agent, and Jersey Banks. They started their first location out of their Brooklyn home, and on a weekend trip to Nashville fell in love with the current location’s building.
Their art as hosts pervades the entire space. It just feels right. With eight unique suites, it’s a small space, yet the common areas are bustling. The Stable House in the back holds the Public House Bar & Kitchen, which is a gathering area for the entire neighborhood and ticks all of Nashville’s favorite boxes: craft cocktails, beautiful people, blazing open fire to gather around, and, well, it makes you feel like a bit of a cowboy.
We stayed in The Tower. In all my hotel travels across Europe, I am hard-pressed to think of a room that felt more magical.
Located in the turret of the mansion, the room turns traditional notions of a hotel room’s purpose on its head.
The beautiful clawed-foot copper tub is front and center, and the bed is a mattress on the floor in the turret itself, surrounded by windows, under a gaping copper ceiling.
The message is clear: forget your routines and let the magic surprise you. You are in a place that feels like home.
The common areas beg to be played in, from the old-fashioned honesty bar to the upright piano at the entrance. Urban Cowboy manages to be so Nashville while avoiding any cliches or gratuitous hipness. I won't be staying anywhere else on my next trip to Nashville...too many corners left to explore in this magical hotel.
Urban Cowboy B&B
1603 Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206, USA