By Samantha Brooks

Stand atop any of Nashville’s rooftop bars at sunset and you’ll find a gleaming new skyline composed largely of … hotels.

There’s the 25-floor Grand Hyatt, anchoring a new mega-development called Nashville Yards; a 21-story Luxury Collection property called The Joseph; a JW Marriott with 533 rooms over 810,000 square feet and 33 floors; and the Thompson, which casts shadows over the low-rise Gulch neighborhood. And they don’t include smaller-size openings with outsize personalities, like the megawatt Soho House or the Graduate Hotel, which is right by famed hot-chicken joint Hattie B’s and brims with Southern charm.


Ben Weprin, who holds more than $1.3 billion in Nashville real estate—including the aforementioned location of his own fast-growing brand, Graduate Hotels—was among those who saw Wedgewood Houston's potential before it was cool. He bought the May Hosiery Sock Factory building, in 2015, and immediately flagged it to his friend and Soho House CEO Nick Jones.

Now the 97,000-square-foot, four-story Soho House contains 47 hotel rooms, along with a Cecconi’s restaurant, two stages for live performances, and a 74-foot-long outdoor pool. The vibe is low-key but stylish: Even in the middle of the week, it’s busy with people lunching and lounging with laptops, all looking freshly plucked from the brand’s West Hollywood or Brooklyn locations.

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