First Look: Waymore’s Guest House and Casual Club
Get into the groove of East Nashville with a reservation at Waymore’s Guest House and Casual Club, welcoming guests to take up residence among the live music clubs, vintage shops, and independent restaurants only 10 minutes from the neon lights of the downtown Broadway music strip. As one of the latest additions to U.K.-based L+R Hotels, the reinvented five-storey building was formerly the FieldHouse Jones Hotel.
With 93 rooms, including 15 suites, this funky boutique hotel welcomes guests into its laid-back reception with distinctive desk lamps by Salt Ceramics, a low-slung caramel leather couch, numerous curved blue club chairs, and vintage accent pieces like a megaphone and player piano. Dryden Architecture & Design, which chose the furniture in the lobby, bar, restaurant, and lounge, focused on local sources: greenery from Lawrence & Clark Cacti Co, some signs and art by Stinky Signs, and books from the Bookshop.
Exposed pipes, concrete ceilings and walls, and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the guest house mix industrial style with streamlined comfort. The casual king bedroom features a tufted leather headboard and a bench seating area for relaxing, noshing, or being creative. When travelling with the family, gang, or band, upgrade to the Canadian double, which has a spacious seating/lounging area and two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and the other with a bunk bed in brilliant blue.
Bathrooms are tiled in white with striped marble floor tiles, walk-in rainfall shower, and a sink topped with an LED-lit mirror. All rooms include a clothes steamer and are pet friendly. What looks like a Marshall speaker is a fridge made by the same company with a minibar stocked with Nashville-sourced flavours like Walker Bros kombucha, Love and Exile wines, selections from Bearded Iris Brewing, Nashville hot peanuts, and Willa’s Shortbread.
The day starts with espresso and ends with cocktails (daily happy hour starts at 3 p.m.), like the prosecco concoction I Don’t Have to Work or a Nashville Famous with mezcal, chartreuse, and blood orange. The all-day café features modern interpretations of southern classics served at booths or tables. The in-house playlist changes daily in the lobby/lounge, and guests (and locals) can drop into the Wednesday Night Ramble live music series. Coming soon: Tall Tales rooftop bar offering indoor and outdoor spaces and an enviable view of the city skyline, a private outdoor terrace on the main floor for events, a retail shop, and the opening of the hotel’s music venue, Casual Club.