Construction begins on $95 million Hilton hotel project at Nashville International Airport

September 10, 2021

Construction for a forthcoming hotel and terminal garage development is now underway at Nashville International Airport (BNA).

The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) broke ground Wednesday afternoon on an upscale hotel and parking garage that will be directly adjacent to the airport terminal.

The Hilton-branded hotel is scheduled to open in late 2023.

The hotel and garage are considered a key piece of BNA Vision, a multibillion-dollar expansion project of Nashville’s airport to accommodate the growing air travel in the region.

“This dynamic hotel is a jewel in BNA’s expansion and will change the landscape and broaden what the airport offers to travelers, the business community and locals alike,” said MNAA president and CEO Doug Kreulen.

Chartwell Hospitality LLC, is developing the hotel and will serve as the hotel operator for the property, which is a public-private partnership. Chartwell’s cost for the hotel approaches $95 million while MNAA’s cost of the garage and plaza is approximately $82 million, according to a news release.

“This hotel at BNA will be one of the top on-airport hotels in the United States,” Rob Schaedle, president and managing partner of Chartwell Hospitality, said in a news release. “We’re extremely proud to bring this world-class hotel to Nashville and be part of MNAA’s vision for the airport.”

The hotel features 292 guest rooms, including six luxury suites.

Amenities will include the grand lobby with public artwork, a bar and music lounge and high-end contemporary restaurant; the grand plaza will include open-air dining, a bar, café and elegant landscaping, according to the release.

The meeting and event spaces will total 16,500 square feet, including an 8,000-square-foot ballroom/event space.

The hotel tower will sit atop a four-level parking garage, with hotel parking on the ground level, public parking on the upper levels and a covered pedestrian bridge connecting the hotel grand plaza and garage to BNA’s renovated and expanded central terminal.