Construction began on The Hermitage Hotel (named after Andrew Jackson’s famous estate) in 1908. Local Nashvillian’s proudly led a civic campaign to raise money as downtown residents watched as Nashville’s third skyscraper and first million-dollar hotel rose to a height of 10 stories. Originally offering 250 guest rooms a century ago, the hotel now provides 122 rooms and five fixture bathrooms to the traveling public. Famous guests include Presidents such as Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Nixon, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Clinton, and Bush and celebrities like Charlie Chaplin, Jack Dempsey, Babe Ruth, John Dillinger, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.
The Hermitage Hotel recently renovated their in-house restaurants. Drusie & Darr is the Hermitage's flagship launched in collaboration with world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The restaurant offers Jean-Georges' signature plant-based dishes in addition to wood-fired pizzas and a fine selection of fish, poultry and meats. Also open at the Hermitage is the new all-day cafe The Pink Hermit which operates as a coffee bar with pastries in the morning and a wine bar in the evenings. Both restaurants are beautifully designed and match Hermitage Hotel's historic elegance.