Gaylord Opryland Resort Review
About Gaylord Opryland Resort
Is Opryland a resort or an attraction? The answer is yes. With more than 2,800 guest rooms and three enormous garden atriums under nine acres of glass roofs, the Gaylord Opryland Resort is definitely one of Nashville's most popular sights -- to the tune of two million people each year. Originally opened in 1977 as a fancy hotel built to resemble an old Southern mansion, Opryland has undergone a series of major expansions, each time adding a new atrium with more guest rooms. The sprawling resort is now the largest non-casino hotel in the continental U.S. and claims a whopping ten percent of the total number of hotel rooms in Nashville.
The resort made headlines in May of 2010, when record rainfall caused the adjacent Cumberland River to flood, leaving part of the building under 10 feet of water. Opryland closed for six months for repairs. Clean up crews pumped 71,280,000 gallons of water out of the resort in three days. When the doors re-opened just before the start of the holiday season later that same year, Opryland had a whole new look, including a new lobby, hundreds of renovated guest rooms, and several new restaurants, bars, and nightspots.
In addition to the Magnolia area (the original area of the hotel), Opryland offers three spectacular atrium sections, each with a variety of shops, bars, and restaurants. The centerpiece of the Cascades atrium, just off the lobby, is a thundering three-plus-story twin waterfall surrounded by some 8,000 tropical plants. Adjoining the Cascades area is the Garden Conservatory, designed to resemble a Victorian-style garden. Here, lovely narrow paths meander around garden beds that show off more than 10,000 tropical plants (including 60-foot-tall palm and banana trees). The newest of the resort's three atriums is the Delta, with its somewhat spicy New Orleans/French Quarter ambiance, complete with a river ambling through it and a central island with a variety of interesting shops.
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