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Debut of Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal Takes Hospitality to New Heights

Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal - Sky Pavilion
Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal
Chartwell Hospitality, Rockbridge open first onsite hotel at Nashville’s International Airport

NASHVILLE – Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal, brought to life by Chartwell Hospitality and Rockbridge is now open. The modern onsite hotel situated at the heart of Nashville’s growing international airport, represents a landmark achievement in the collaborative efforts to enhance the experience for both business and leisure travelers in Nashville. Located mere steps from the terminal and connected to the airport by a covered pedestrian bridge, the 14-story, 298-key Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal is the centerpiece of the airport’s ongoing and vast expansion.

“Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal reflects our dedication to airport hospitality, a tradition that Hilton Hotels & Resorts proudly pioneered and continues to set the standard for today."

Leonard Gooz Hilton

Leonard Gooz

Brand Leader, Hilton Hotels & Resorts

“Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal reflects our dedication to airport hospitality, a tradition that Hilton Hotels & Resorts proudly pioneered and continues to set the standard for today,” said Leonard Gooz, brand leader, Hilton Hotels & Resorts. “Backed by the most trusted brand in hospitality, Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal provides guests with an amazing stay experience through elevated service, exceptional dining offerings, top-of-the-line meeting and event spaces such as the rooftop bar with panoramic views and the music lounge, which celebrates Nashville’s vibrant music scene.”

Aviation-Inspired Spaces

Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal - Lobby
Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal - Lobby

Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal’s design is a celebration of flight, brimming with playful nods to the world of aviation. From the Gateway ballroom’s dazzling lighting fixture that takes guests on a visual flight with its sweeping forms and luminous trails reminiscent of planes soaring through the night sky, to hotel corridors and guest spaces that are animated by an array of aviation-inspired art. 

The hotel’s light and modern rooms and suites provide a comfortable oasis, blending warm cream and grey tones with vibrant blue accents. Each room is equipped with essential amenities for both business and leisure travelers including a coffee station, spacious working desk with iPhone plug-ins and wireless charging stations on the alarm clock to ensure devices are always powered up for a day of meetings or travel.

Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal - Guest Room
Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal - Guest Room

Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal’s expansive meeting and event areas, totaling 23,000 square feet, pay homage to aviation pioneers and the paths they paved in air travel. At the heart of these event venues is the nearly 8,000 square foot Gateway Ballroom, symbolizing the boundless voyages of discovery awaiting every guest. From the Wright Room, celebrating the brothers who first took to the skies, to the Cayley Room, honoring the “father of aviation” George Cayley, the hotel boasts numerous flexible event spaces with unique designs that carry the legacy of flight, including a rooftop that can accommodate groups up to 400. 

As Hilton Hotels & Resorts is the destination for legendary meetings and events, Hilton BNA Airport Terminal offers meeting planners and attendees flexible spaces equipped with cutting-edge amenities such as comprehensive Wi-Fi, dedicated IT support, top-tier network security and state-of-the-art audio and visual solutions. Currently, as an opening promotion, the hotel is offering groups a downtown shuttle promotion, with the opportunity to receive one complimentary 56 passenger shuttle for 5 hours, minimum spends and conditions apply.

A Strategic Partnership and Visionary Expansion

The hotel is owned by a partnership between Chartwell and Rockbridge subject to a lease with the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. Chartwell is the hotel operator and FirstBank provided construction financing. Crain Construction, Inc. of Nashville, served as the project’s construction manager. Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal builds upon Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ leadership in airport hospitality, which began with the opening of the first airport hotel, Hilton San Francisco, in 1959. Today’s realization of this vision, adding to Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ robust portfolio of over 600 hotels spanning six continents, is the result of a collaborative effort involving Hilton, BNA, Rockbridge and Chartwell Hospitality. Hilton BNA Nashville Terminal marks Chartwell’s 19th property developed in partnership with Hilton. 

“We are honored to once again partner with Rockbridge and Hilton on this important project that will contribute to Nashville’s growth, as it offers travelers a premier experience that combines convenience with the unique charm of Music City for guests,” said Will Schaedle, executive vice president of Development & Acquisitions for Chartwell Hospitality. “We are thrilled to be once again working with Rockbridge, one of the nation’s premier hospitality groups in the development, financing and ownership of this landmark Nashville hotel.”

“We are proud to partner with Chartwell once again. They are a leading developer and operator that gets it done right at every level – not to mention high quality and high integrity people. Nashville is lucky to have them on the home team,” said Jim Merkel, CEO and co-founder of Rockbridge.

The development of Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal, including the hotel’s opening, is part of the airport’s construction and renovation program, BNA® Vision, which launched in 2017. The completion of the hotel is the culmination of the program. Other recent milestones include: new Concourse D, renovation of Concourse B and C, ticketing and baggage claim space, a new International Arrivals Facility (IAF), grand lobby and marketplace, expanded central security checkpoint, terminal garages, free-standing satellite concourse, 102 new dining and retail concessions, a new airport administrative building, plaza and pedestrian bridge, terminal access roadway improvements and airside – apron and taxilane expansion. 

“We’re incredibly proud to partner with Hilton Hotels & Resorts on this groundbreaking project,” said Doug Kreulen, president and CEO, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. “Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal is the cornerstone of our BNA® Vision plan, enhancing our ability to serve our travelers and cementing Nashville’s status as a key international hub.”

Nashville International Airport® (BNA®) is one of the nation’s fastest growing airports; with $3 billion in airport renovations underway. Generating nearly $10 billion in economic impact in 2019, BNA supports more than 76,000 jobs in the region and produces more than $443 million in state, local and federal taxes. The airport’s BNA identifier derives from its origins in 1937 from its first Airport Administrator Colonel Harry S. Berry.

First-Class Amenities

Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal - Aviators Restaurant
Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal - Aviators Restaurant

Guests at Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal can enjoy a range of amenities catering to every aspect of comfort and enjoyment. Central to its offerings is Aviators, an all-day restaurant where culinary excellence meets sophistication. Here, guests can indulge in breakfast, lunch and dinner with contemporary food and beverage offerings, like the Nashville Flyover and Red Eye cocktails.

Adding to the hotel’s charm is its music lounge located on the lobby level, which celebrates Nashville’s vibrant music scene. This inviting space features a music bar where guests can unwind with signature cocktails or local brews while enjoying live music performances multiple nights a week. 

The highlight of Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal is its expansive rooftop, BNA Sky Pavilion. As one of the largest rooftop spaces in Nashville, it offers panoramic views stretching from the bustling runways of the airport to the skyline of the downtown, less than 10 minutes away by car. At the Sky Bar, guests and locals alike can sip on crafted cocktails and enjoy bites 2 p.m. – midnight daily while basking in the sunshine by the full-size swimming pool or gathering around the cozy fire pit.

Additional offerings at Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal include a ninth-floor fitness center with floor to ceiling windows featuring sweeping views of Nashville and state of the art fitness equipment and Coffee Café, located in the lobby, serving fresh pastries daily from 5:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest loyalty program for Hilton’s 22 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, exclusive member discounts not available elsewhere, and free standard Wi-Fi. In addition, members can take advantage of the Hilton Honors app, allowing them to conveniently check-in, select their room, and access it using the Hilton Honors Digital Key.

Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal is located at 2 Terminal Drive, Nashville. To book a stay, visit Hilton BNA Nashville Airport Terminal or call 615-208-1000. To learn more about Hilton Hotels & Resorts, visit Stories From Hilton.

About Hilton

Hilton is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 22 world-class brands comprising more than 7,500 properties and nearly 1.2 million rooms, in 126 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed over 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, was named the No. 1 World’s Best Workplace by Great Place to Work and Fortune and has been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for seven consecutive years. Hilton has introduced industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the more than 180 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can't buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts

For over a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has set the benchmark for hospitality around the world, providing new product innovations and services to meet guests' evolving needs. With more than 600 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties are located in the world’s most sought-after destinations for guests who know that where they stay matters. Experience a positive stay at Hilton Hotels & Resorts by booking at or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Hilton Hotels & Resorts at, and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


About Nashville International Airport®

As infrastructure critical to the region’s growth and prosperity, BNA is a vital asset for Middle Tennessee and serves as a gateway to Music City and beyond. According to a recent State of Tennessee study, in 2019 alone, BNA generated more than $9.9 billion total economic impact. BNA supported more than 76,000 jobs in the region and produced more than $443 million in state, local and federal taxes. BNA receives no local tax dollars.

About Chartwell Hospitality

Chartwell Hospitality is a fully integrated real estate company based in Nashville, Tennessee. We specialize in the acquisition, development, and management of high-quality, branded, limited- and full-service hotels. Founded in 2003, Chartwell consistently surpasses competition in occupancy and market rates. Simply, our mission is to be the best in the business. For more information, visit  

About Rockbridge

Rockbridge, a vertically-integrated, hospitality-centered investment firm with more than 24-years in business, has been investing in and building brands in the hospitality and commercial real estate industries. The business has made over 295 investments in 39 states worth over $10.3 Billion in total capitalization and has over $3.8 Billion in assets under management. Rockbridge has built a family of hospitality, development, and management company brands, and its continued success is a result of its core Rocks: Relevance, Relationships, Resilience, and Responsibility. Rockbridge continues to make a difference, being honored as a top, philanthropic community-focused organization in Central Ohio. Learn more at and on Instagram.