I’ve been getting an enormous kick out of working with my old friend Mark Banks as he launches a new project in Nashville’s Gulch neighborhood, called The 404 Hotel and Kitchen. Mark and I share the same small hometown: Cleveland, Tennessee. I have memories of him as an eight-year-old, riding his BMX bike around our neighborhood with the rest of our gang, so it’s really been a pleasure, more than 30 years later, to watch him mastermind Music City’s first boutique hotel. The 404 has five rooms—big ones, with handmade beds, twenty-one-foot-ceilings, and local art on the walls, and four of them have lofts.
The 404 Hotel opens later this month, while the Kitchen made its debut two weeks ago. Helmed by chef Matt Bolus (his CV includes FIG in Charleston), it’s got a killer wine list, plus a rooftop herb garden, custom-screened Mylar wallpaper in the bathrooms (cherries [below] for the dudes; bananas for the ladies), and a dining area carved out of a cleverly renovated storage container attached to the front of the hotel, which itself is located in an old cinder-block garage. That idea (and many more) can be attributed to Nick Dryden, an architect who’s contributed to some of Nashville’s more ingenious spaces: think forward-thinking retail spaces like Imogene + Willie, situated in a retrofitted 1930s gas station, and several local rock stars’ studios.
For more information, visit http://the404nashville.com/.
Photos: Courtesy of Libby Callaway; Ron Mansfield; Courtesy of Libby Callaway