Hot American Summer: Soho House Nashville
Industrial charm, poolside afternoons and live gigs – your journey to Music City starts here
Monday 15 August 2022 By Anastasiia Fedorova
Nashville is pretty legendary. Wherever you are in the world, the name immediately evokes the rich history of country music, cowboy boots and the warm neon lights of late-night bars. Still, there is much more to Nashville than its globally-renowned delights: a bourgeoning art movement, independent stores, a contemporary food scene – and, of course, the comfort and the buzz of Soho House Nashville – to name but a few.
Recently, supermodel and musician Karen Elson talked us through her 15-year love affair with the city, citing its warm community feel, abundance of ‘closet musicians’ and Honky Tonks (country music bars) as personal highlights. Like many Nashville residents and guests, she agrees the Southern staple has ‘big city energy’, but still possesses the warm and relaxed pace of a smaller town. This happy medium is what makes Nashville a perfect destination: whether you’re keen to kickstart the party, soak up the local history or chill by the pool, Music City is the place to do it, making a trip to Soho House Nashville mandatory.
Located in a former sock factory – built in the early 1900s and known for producing hosiery for astronauts travelling to the moon – the House reflects both the city’s industrial and music heritage. Here’s a look at all it has to offer: including three indoor and outdoor performance spaces, a pool, garden, fully-equipped gym and screening room.
Architecture and interiors
The House design was influenced by the European creative movements of the first half of the 20th century, including Bauhaus-inspired geometric patterns, with bold industrial finishes and bespoke fixtures that pay homage to the building’s history. In a nod to the building’s original verdigris copper doors, light teal tones run through the House, creating a rich colour connection throughout the spaces.
The Club – complete with 360 central bar connecting the inside with the outdoor terrace – and Sock Room (which hosts music, live entertainment and members’ events) are the House’s main spaces. Both feature bespoke pieces of furniture and incorporate designs from local artisans, such as the lamps in the Sock Room that are made from industrial machine parts from the old factory.
And let us not forget the summer gem – an outdoor swimming pool with pistachio-coloured sun loungers and a designated restaurant and bar.
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Each of the 47 bedrooms – which range in size from cosy to large, over three floors – is decorated with an oversized chandelier and an industrial metal work screen that separates the main space and the bathrooms. Designed to feel welcoming, they feature woven tapestries made with bespoke, locally-designed fabric crafted specifically for the House. Oh, and did we mention the extra-comfy beds with grand headboards in velvet, leather, or fabric and burlwood? Perfect for those lazy morning afters when you’ve been hitting the local bars the night before.
Gym and wellness
For those who love to stay on top of their workout and self-care routine, Soho Health Club has it all. The gym offers state-of-the-art equipment, with free weights and a wellness terrace. The space has a reclaimed timber floor sourced from an old factory, industrial metal doors and the original exposed ceiling, painted to give it a light, open feel. Spoil yourself post-workout or round off your day of rest with a visit to the steam room and sauna.
Food and drink
Soho House Nashville is home to Club Cecconi’s, the Venetian-inspired restaurant much-loved by members globally. Its menu boasts classics such as fresh, hand-made pasta, wood-fired pizzas and the famous dirty burger with sweet potato fries, alongside a regularly changing rotation of seasonal dishes, inspired by the local food scene. Don’t leave without trying the lemon pepper chicken.
The art collection
The Nashville art collection comprises the work of 41 artists – all of them born, based, or trained in Tennessee with the vast majority local to the city itself. In total, the collection features 170 pieces, bringing together textile-based installations, sculpture, photography, cyanotypes, painting, collage, embroidery and mixed-media. Featured artists include established names, such as Vesna Pavlovic, Willie Stewart and Vadis Turner alongside rising talents, such as Eden Anyabwile. Together, they represent a snapshot of the current contemporary art scene in Nashville.
Several artists were invited to create site-specific commissions for the Nashville collection, including Yanira Vissepó, whose ‘My Heavenly Bodies’ – a set of six hanging linen panels with uniquely dyed shapes – is located in the main club space, and Beizar Aradini’s ‘1994’. Nashville is home to the single largest group of ethnic Kurds in the United States and Aradini’s piece – a work of embroidery on tulle placed in the Club entrance space – was commissioned and created specifically to celebrate them.
As part of our Hot American Summer campaign, members enjoy 25% off bedrooms until the end of September at Soho House Austin, Soho House Nashville and Soho Beach House Miami, with no minimum stay.
Under 27 members and Under 27 Soho Friends members 50% off rate is extended from Monday through to Thursday, while Soho Friends members also receive 25% off their member rate at all three Houses until the end of September.