A touch south of Nashville’s famous Broadway, the SoBro neighbourhood is home to live music venues, restaurants, and bars. At the heart of it is the Cambria, a hotel that harnesses the area’s energy.

The Cambria has bagged itself a prime position in Music City. Walking to Broadway, Nashville’s Honky Tonk Highway, takes minutes. And other must-see neighbourhoods, including The Gulch, are easy to get to. But there’s plenty around SoBro itself to keep you local. The fifth floor is where the action happens in the Cambria. The hotel lobby leads out to the much-lauded outdoor pool deck, bar, and restaurant. Signature hot chicken, biscuits and gravy and whiskey-laced cocktails are in good supply. Try a ‘5th Floor Shoot Out’, a potent blend of ole smokey habanero whiskey with lime and pineapple. Enjoy it all as you watch live music on the hotel’s stage with a city backdrop – all in all, the fifth floor is the social hub of the Cambria. After eating, drinking, dancing, and singing to your heart’s content, one of the Cambria’s 225 comfortable guestrooms will help you unwind. Pillowtop mattresses and luxury walk-in showers serve to soothe, but industrial concrete ceilings give the rooms a welcome edginess. Come morning, the Cambria’s 24/7 Grab & Go market is the ideal pitstop to pick up snacks and drinks for a day exploring Nashville.

4 stars