the property where cabaret royale gentleman’s club sits south of broadway, has been sold to make room for a pair of hilton hotel brands (homewood suites and tru by hilton). rising ten stories, the two hotels will offer 233 more rooms to help fill the demand downtown. developers are shooting to be open by 2018. the ever-growing sobro area already has four new hotels under construction with eight more in the works.
the demise of strip clubs is evident all across downtown nashville lately as a result of the growth in tourism. with the current over haul of printer’s alley to make way for the upcoming dream hotel and 21c hotel, brass stables was pushed out of their street level locale recently.
although future plans for the deja vu strip club property haven’t been confirmed just yet, the prime spot near the gulch was also sold earlier this year. after 26 years in that location and once boasting “1000s of beautiful girls and 3 ugly ones” it now it appears those girls, no matter their appearance, might soon be in the unemployment line if the strip club can’t find a new place to relocate, which might be tricky. adult businesses are restricted to what’s called an adult business overlay which is basically a small circle around the downtown area. downtown real estate is at a premium lately.
on the winning side is our hospitality industry. we can’t seem to build hotels fast enough. tourism is at an all-time high. last fall, we reached a milestone in the hospitality world: 60 consecutive months of year-over-year growth in hotel rooms sold, breaking our city’s personal longest streak and a five-year feat not achieved by any of the other top 50 US destinations.
last year, hotels.com reported nashville’s hotel rates jumped higher than any other city. we have become the 14th most expensive city and it doesn’t seem to be leveling off. note the nashville rates compared to new york city in may 2016:
- Omni Rockefeller Center – $181 a night
- Omni Music City Center – $449 a night
- Grand Hyatt NYC Grand Central Station – $215
- Hyatt Place downtown Nashville – $334
- Fairfield Inn on Wall Street – $174
- Fairfield Inn in the Gulch – $349
- Hilton Times Square – $222
- Hilton downtown Nashville – $549
with 2,000 rooms currently being built and an additional 7,000 more rooms being proposed, ultimately the new hotel construction could be the answer.