Nashville International Airport is poised to gain something it’s never had — a hotel on its property.
The board of the Metro Nashville Airport Authority unanimously voted Wednesday to hire Franklin-based developer Chartwell Hospitality to build a 292-room Hilton (NYSE: HLT) hotel. The $177 million construction project involves the nine-story Hilton BNA International hotel sitting atop a five-level parking garage for airport passengers, hotel guests and the public. Both are set to open in the second half of 2023.
The forthcoming hotel fills in another piece of the airport’s ongoing $1.4 billion BNA Vision expansion, which also is creating a wing for international arrivals and another concourse for its biggest carrier, Southwest Airlines. The airport had experienced breakneck growth leading up to the pandemic, in tandem with Nashville’s rise on the national and international stage. The hotel project signals that airport leaders — and Chartwell — are betting on Nashville’s recovery and continued growth in the long term.