The Most Budget-Friendly Area To Stay In Nashville

According to local news outlet, News Channel 5, Nashville broke tourism numbers in 2022, indicated by hotel reservation data. If you've ever been to Nashville, the city recently breaking a tourism record seems sort of notable. Walking among the throngs of people under the honkey-tonk twinkle of South Broadway, you'd be hard-pressed to think tourist crowds could grow much larger.

Along with the Chicago cowboys, bouncing bachelorette's go parties, and of course, music enthusiasts, Nashville attracts revelers, melophiles, and international tourists of all kinds. And for good reason! When you visit Nashville, you can see live music almost 24 hours a day, eat innovative and classic cuisine (and hot chicken!), and generally have a fantastic time.

However, whenever a destination breaks tourist records (and the hotel sector is providing that info), you're paying a premium for hotel rooms. Fortunately, Nashville is larger than Broadway and The Gulch neighborhood, where hotel rooms can be super-expensive.

If you're planning to visit Nashville, then consider West End accommodations. The West End neighborhood is not only a budget-friendly place to stay; it's a terrific balance to the surrounding commotion — no matter how good it sounds.

Take a set break at Centennial Park

While some may consider West End as part of Midtown, the neighborhood has its own unique character. Before the buildup of The Gulch, Broadway, and now, over the river into East Nashville, most residents considered West End as the metro part of Nashville. Today, West End serves as a respite from the more touristy parts of Nashville.

West End isn't a nightlife spot, even as a Dolly Parton-themed bar at the Graduate Hotel can be found here. However, the neighborhood offers an excellent atmosphere to greet the next day after a night out. Nestled between Vanderbilt University and Centennial Park, West End is a tranquil part of Nashville, though traffic will remind you of your own metro location. But, if you stay in West End, you're a short walk from Nashville's largest urban oasis.

According to, Centennial Park encompasses 132 acres and features a mile-long walking trail, the Centennial Art Center, a sunken garden, a dog park, sand volleyball courts, and Lake Watauga. The centerpiece of Centennial Park is the full-sized replica of the Greek Parthenon and its huge statue of Athena. Even if you don't stay in West End, you should definitely take a trip to visit the Parthenon at Centennial Park.

Encore at the Elliston Place Rock Block

Although West End isn't a tourist hotspot, the area isn't devoid of classic Nashville offerings. Visit Music City reminds visitors that Elliston Place Rock Block is still part of West End. Elliston Place is a small strip of storied music venues and eclectic dining options.

So, if you're visiting Nashville to (you know) experience Nashville, but you're not a huge fan of Broadway crowds, then the Rock Block is an excellent area to explore. Check out The End or Exit/In, which are both music mainstays. Along with a good amount of international cuisine, West End also features BBQ joints and celebrated hot chicken counters.

And if you're looking to jump into the crowds of Nashville, you're still within walking distance of the Music Row area, The Gulch neighborhood, and Church Street. West End Avenue actually turns into Broadway, although it's not very walkable. Even so, with your budget-friendly accommodations in West End, you'll now have extra cash to catch a ride.