How to Throw a 2 Night Bachelorette Party in Nashville without the Bars: Our Airbnb Experience

Thanks for coming back for more information on creating your own fun, alternative Nashville Destination Bachelorette Party! In this section, we’ll continue on with choosing our rooming options for a large group.

If you arrived on this page first, I hope you check out Part 1 on planning your itinerary and then Part 3 on finally enjoying your big party next.

A review on a Nashville Airbnb for a bachelorette party

 

Step 4: Find Your Accommodations

Nashville has a vast amount of hotels to choose from so you should find something to suit your bachelorette party group. Our bride made a preference of a hotel and we intended to honor that… Except hotels can get a little greedy during the holidays. I worked my butt off to find affordable rooms in safe areas but it was nearly impossible. I mean, 3-star hotels were charging $250-$350 a night per room. I was floored. Come on, now. That is just not going to work.

So what did I do? Took a nontraditional approach, that’s what. I had never used AirBnB before but so many people I’ve talked to in the past vouched for it. What’s the harm in just looking? I found quite a few nice apartments and houses that could accommodate 7 people. But were they safe? How about clean? Are we going to see the owners all weekend or just when they let us in?

Turns out you can rent out an entire house or apartment without the owner under the same roof. Not that we’d be doing too many shenanigans, but it would be weird trying to have a bachelorette party with them casually strolling into the kitchen for a glass of water or late night snack while the bride is pulling out gifts whose sole purpose is to make her blush…. This also explains why you won’t see any personal photos of mine from the apartment in this review post.

I finally picked about 3 listings and emailed them to the swamped Maid of Honor. She seemed on board with Airbnb after reviewing them and I gave her my top pick. She evidently liked it as well and we decided on this little gem of a place after we both read the reviews.

It’s located directly across the street from the (in)famous Winners and Losers Bars (that’s not a typo – they’re two separate establishments). If you’re wondering why they sound familiar, maybe it’s because of Toby Keith). Even though we were there during a drizzly Thanksgiving weekend, it was warm enough to have the windows open well into the evening. This simple act provided the energetic music from the bars to lightly waft into the backgrounds of our late night conversations with our bride.

At the end of the day, it was more or less $50 cheaper per person for the weekend. It also came with the added benefit of not having to hunt everyone down before going out. Everyone was grateful for the savings, which of course, ended up being spent at the Vera Bradley outlet store at the Opry Mills Mall. I honestly didn’t realize the bride’s entourage was made up entirely of Vera Bradley fans.

An additional benefit of renting an apartment for a weekend: having access to a kitchen. We were able to save a few more dollars by cooking breakfast in the apartment. While my breakfast casserole was baking in the antique oven, we all took advantage of the time to get dressed on our terms before venturing into the city for the day.

Many interesting art structures can be found throughout Nashville, like the Johnny Cash and the Carter Family's artist guitars
The Carter Family and the Johnny Cash artist guitars outside one of the many recording studios near our Airbnb weekend apartment.

First Impression of our Airbnb Apartment

We managed to find a parking space directly in front of the white house. Luckily, for the other 2 cars coming from the far end of West Tennessee, there was additional parking behind the house. Overall, the building itself is timeworn, but not dilapidated.

After each of us got our bags & supplies out of our vehicle, we walked up the short stairway through heavy doors, where we found our little weekend home on the left. Our little 1st-floor apartment was quaint but provided a comfortable respite from the 6-hour drive on Friday afternoon. Overall, our decision continues to feel like it was a good choice.

When you first walk in the door, the first room you see is the only bathroom in the apartment. That’s where we spotted the fluffy hand and bath towels for our stay. There were enough for us all, but most of us made a point to keep up with our towels for next day use.

It’s important to note that the building was erected during a time when little thought was given to wheelchair-bound people. If your celebration will have mobility-limited guests, this particular home-away-from-home simply won’t work for your needs.

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The Kitchen

If you’re planning to do some light cooking while there, it was not a completely stocked kitchen with a wide array of pots and pans or cooking utensils. However, it does have an antique combination stove and oven (super cool once you figure it out!), a small refrigerator “hidden” in a tiny nook, and a microwave.

Our host was pretty friendly and could probably provide specific pots and pans if you give her plenty of time to make sure they’re available for your needs. While I can’t guarantee that, I definitely encourage you to ask her. If you’re flying in, you might want to pop into a grocery or convenience store and get some paper plates and forks (and perhaps those tin pans if you want to use the oven).

I think she provided some plates/cups but for our large group. However, I’m glad we packed our disposables and my huge kitchen spatula since I made breakfast for all of us. I mean, who wants to wash dishes during party weekend? If you plan to eat out at every meal, this is a non-issue for you.

An important aside on the bathroom

The shower itself is quite untraditional. For some reason, the shower head is located in the middle of the sidewall of the bathtub. It is an old building, so my guess is that it could have originally only had a bath option. Instead of updating the plumbing lines to include the shower portion of the pipes to be located on either the right or the left, they kept it in the middle. It does make for odd shower time and is something I doubt I’ll ever forget.

When we were there, the shower consisted of one of those long hose handheld showerheads to let you get those hard to reach spots. Never really had a problem with those, but the piece that keeps it up against the wall was broken so running water would shoot up at me (and the others, as it turns out) when we weren’t using the head to wash off the shampoo and soap from ourselves. I think I was most surprised by its uncanny ability to maneuver itself to execute rapid-fire blasts of water into my face no matter how I tried to angle it away from me.

Just to be perfectly clear, I’ve never experienced such powerful water pressure before in my life. Take it from me, just wash your face at the sink if you want it to remain with you. On the whole, this didn’t take away from our weekend or our view of our little weekend rental. We all did have a good laugh about the ridiculousness of it all, which is totally part of the travel experience. I thoroughly recommend you embrace the unexpected, wherever it comes from!

Don’t Despair on the Bathroom!

If you were interested in this apartment for your own get-together and the bathroom is just really turning you off, I totally get it. But before you give up, you should know that she confirmed for me that the shower head has been updated so you will probably have a lot less chaotic experience. Obviously, the bathroom wasn’t the worst thing ever for our bachelorette group, as I’m still recommending the place!

UP NEXT: Savoring the fruits of your labor and all your activities in How to Throw a Bachelorette Party in Nashville without the Bars: Enjoying Your Hard Work!

 

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