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Gaylord Opry Hotel The Largest Non-Casino Hotel in The World
Newly Renovated Gaylord Opry Hotel
Gaylord Opryland Hotel is the largest non-casino hotel in the USA. They have increased their guest rooms to 2,881(including 200 suites). There are six floors in this spacious luxury hotel that has just been renovated with a $270 million dollar face lift after the devastating flood in May 2010. On November 15, 2011 the hotel’s name was changed from Opryland hotel to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.
This is a great vacation destination for couples and families because the hotel which is located on 41.7 acres has something for everyone. A favorite site in the hotel lobby is a beautiful antebellum staircase located near the front door. This is a wonderful spot for a photo and it is just one of hundreds of other ideal photo locations sprinkled throughout the complex.
This is also an international meeting and convention center featuring 600,000 sq. ft. of flexible space. Companies from all over schedule their meetings and conventions here. They find it convenient when they have the opportunity to bring their families as the family members have a lot of activities they can do.
There are 9 acres of lush indoor botanical gardens, winding rivers, waterfalls, and winding pathways to explore in their signature climate controlled glass atriums. You can arrange for a guided tour of the gardens and learn about the different plants featured. If you take your own walking tour, there are benches to sit on where you can rest a while and take in the view. You can enjoy spending hours in the botanical gardens and not get bored.
Gaylord Opryland hotel has exciting water shows and, also, has a 27,000 sq. ft. European inspired spa with an indoor, an outdoor pool, 12 private treatment rooms, and a state of the art fitness center.
There are a variety of restaurants to choose from within the walls of this massive hotel complex. The hotel houses a 20,000 sq. ft. antebellum style mansion restaurant named Old Hickory Steakhouse. There are many other restaurants located throughout the hotel that feature a sushi bar, a seafood restaurant, an Italian restaurant, an Irish Pub with nightly entertainment, a sports bar and grill, and a buffet style restaurant. Then there are the snack shops and/or ice cream parlors at different locations.
You will have many specialty shops to browse in different sections of the hotel. There are many activities in the areas surrounding the specialty shops like book signings, and holiday specials. In the river area you can take a boat tour to learn about the plants and history of the hotel. There are waterfalls, an assortment of fish, and botanical plants galore.
If you are in the area of the Gaylord Opry Hotel and cannot stay in the hotel for a day or two, it is worth your time to visit for a day. It is a favorite daytime outing for many locals who live within an hour or two’s driving distance. This is my favorite place to spend a day in the central part of Tennessee. I find it beautiful, relaxing, invigorating, and uplifting every time I visit. I can enjoy walking in the outdoors without encountering insects, bugs, or wild animals.