MERRILLVILLE, IND. - White Lodging services welcomed clients and guests to downtown Nashville to watch the final beam be put in place to complete the Hyatt Place Nashville/Downtown's structural construction at a Topping Out ceremony.
"It's very exciting to bring the Hyatt Place brand to the downtown market and to be an even bigger part of the Nashville community," said Nicole Nielsen, director of sales, Hyatt Place Nashville/Downtown. "With our prime location, we are poised for success and have been overwhelmed with the reception from neighbors and visitors."
The 255-room hotel broke ground in July 2012 and is slated to open in December 2013. The hotel will be owned by affiliates of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. and White Lodging and is the first new, select service construction venture for Host.
After signing the beam, White Lodging associates, members of the construction team and Nashville business leaders watched as it was put in place, completing structural construction.
"Hunt/Hardin, a joint venture is pleased to have completed structural top out of Hyatt Place Nashville/Downtown. This achievement will be celebrated today at the project site with a luncheon for workers and dignitaries, followed by a raffle and distribution of special t-shirts printed for the occasion. As is customary for a building structure top out, we will have the final beam on display to sign prior to hoisting it into place to complete the structure. This is the opportunity for those involved in the project to put their name on the building and for us to show appreciation for their efforts.
"We thank all of those that have supported and worked on the hotel thus far, and we look forward to a successful project completion," Hunt/Hardin said in a statement about the project.
Hyatt Place Nashville/Downtown, located at 301 3rd Ave. South in downtown Nashville, is being constructed on the former site of Rock City Machine Co. and will be developed and managed by White Lodging. The 13-story hotel is designed by PFVS Architects and will include 3,600 square feet of meeting space and a 175-space parking garage.
The hotel will include the Hyatt Place brand's signature stylish design and practical amenities with forward-thinking technology, including 24/7 Guest Kitchen serving made-to-order snacks and entrees, intimate Bakery Cafe featuring specialty coffees, premium beers and wines and cocktails, free Wi-Fi and remote printing access throughout the hotel, and complimentary a.m. Kitchen Skillet breakfast featuring freshly prepared breakfast sandwiches and more. All 255 guestrooms are 20 percent larger than the average hotel room and will feature separate sitting and sleeping areas with the brand's Cozy Corner, a 42-inch HDTV, a mini fridge, and the plush Hyatt Grand Bed.
Hyatt Place Nashville/Downtown will be the sixth Hyatt Place hotel in the Nashville area and White Lodging's second hotel in Nashville. It will complement the construction of the Music City Center, Nashville's new convention center scheduled to open in 2013 on 19 acres in Nashville's downtown area, located just one block from the hotel. Along with the convention center, Hyatt Place Nashville/Downtown guests will be a block away from the newly expanded Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, a short walk from the city's business district and around the corner from one of the countless live music venues just two blocks away on Broadway, the street where many of today's top musical artists got their start.
For sports fans, Hyatt Place Nashville/Downtown will be a short walk from the Bridgestone Arena, home of Nashville's professional hockey team, the Predators, and one of the closest hotels to LP Field, where the Tennessee Titans gain the home field advantage. The hotel will also be less than two miles from Vanderbilt University and the restaurant-filled West End District.