Take everything you know about B&Bs and throw it out the window.
East Nashville’s new eight-room B&B, right in the heart of Five Points, is contemporary, stylish and uber-hip. Oh, and it’s not a bed and breakfast, it’s a bed and beverage, meaning you can skip the awkward breakfast conversation with strangers and instead enjoy some craft cocktails a stone’s throw from your room.
Vandyke Bed & Beverage opens April 1 at 105 S. 11th St., next door to Bongo East and across the street from 3 Crow Bar. It’s the latest addition to the booming lodging market in Nashville, which is expected to add 20 hotels with 3,021 rooms this year alone, according to the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.
In East Nashville, though, lodging options are more limited to short-term vacation rentals. Urban Cowboy, another trendy B&B, opened in 2016 about a half mile east of Vandyke Bed & Beverage.
'We're trying to break the mold'
The newest bed and beverage is the brainchild of Geist restaurant owner Doug Martin and his business partner Justin Prince. They wanted to create a space where locals and tourists could co-mingle in one of Nashville’s hottest neighborhoods.
“We’re trying to break the mold in terms of your traditional hotel concept, and I feel like that’s been a trend for a while with boutique hotels,” said Tinsley Dempsey, a Nashville artist and Vandyke Bed & Beverage’s property manager. “This is very localized — a lot of great art, culture, food, music.”
Vandyke Bed & Beverage has a ground-floor bar and restaurant open to the public, an outdoor courtyard where guests and bar patrons can drink and dine al fresco, and a rooftop where guests can hang out and attend events, such as yoga classes.
Nashville bar expert Freddy Schwenk designed the bar’s menu of seasonal craft cocktails, which will be served alongside eight draft beers and wines by the glass. There will be a limited food menu available while the bar is open Wednesdays through Sundays, and brunch service will be served Fridays through Sundays starting soon.
Spirit-themed rooms and local art
The property has eight rooms named and designed after different spirits, including a vibrant tropical oasis (rum), a chic suite with touches of gold and rose (champagne) and a Scandinavian-inspired retreat (vodka). Several of the rooms are connected so larger parties can book adjoining rooms.
Starting room rates are $329 per night and starting suite rates are $599 per night.
“We wanted to create kind of a bespoke experience, and so the thought of just having each room related to a spirit became a design focus, our influence, if you will,” Dempsey said.
Dempsey worked alongside the project’s lead interior designer, Brooke Prince, to curate an art collection highlighting mostly East Nashville artists. Dempsey said some of the artists featured at Vandyke Bed & Beverage live within walking distance to the property. The art work is also available for sale.
“If a guest comes in here and loves this piece, I want them to be able to take it home with them and then we’ll curate a new piece from a local gallery,” Dempsey said.
The bar at Vandyke Bed & Beverage will be open from 3 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Sunday. The property is for guests ages 21 and up.
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