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Urban Cowboy is one of the hippest niche hotel ventures among creatives and those in the know. Born as a passion project nearly ten years ago in the trendy Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, the Nashville location first opened its doors in May 2016.

From the outside, Urban Cowboy Nashville looks quaint and unassuming, easily mistaken for any other historic home of Victorian-style architecture. Don't be fooled, though; a super-cool design wonderland and friendly, social vibe await on the other side of the door. Travelers will immediately feel a sense of home within the Urban Cowboy community.

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History And Background Of Urban Cowboy Hotel

The original Urban Cowboy first came to fruition when founders Lyon Porter and Jersey Banks built their dream home in Brooklyn and then opened it up to the public. It quickly became a cultural hub and artist hangout, with Lyon and Jersey soon venturing south to scout for the next location.

As the story goes, they inadvertently stumbled across the Nashville mansion within a few hours of arriving in town, and it was love at first sight. The property wasn't even for sale, but they knocked on the door and struck a deal. Urban Cowboy Nashville followed in the footsteps of its original location and quickly became a hub for creative, traveler, and artists communities.

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The Urban Cowboy Experience: More Than a Boutique Hotel

As its motto states, guests 'arrive as strangers and leave as friends with Urban Cowboy's inviting atmosphere to socialize, play music, and throw back a few beverages. This hotel is much more than a place to simply lay one's head at night.

The interior design is nothing short of spectacular, incorporating an incredible array of reclaimed natural materials, varied textures, vintage and one-off decor, and hand-designed patterns. There are in-room spa services for anyone really looking to pamper themselves, as well as top-notch drinking and dining options. Just take note - guests must be 21+ to stay and play at Urban Cowboy Nashville.

Parlor Wine Bar

Located inside the mansion, the cozy wine bar features multiple parlors (hence the name) to sip a glass of wine or wine-based cocktail. Guests can also opt to enjoy their wine on the porch or out in the large garden space. There is often live music and special performances too.

  • Hours of Operation: Wednesday - Sunday, 5 pm - 10 pm. Walk-ins only; no reservations accepted.

Public House Bar

For a full-service bar, craft beer, and wood-fired pizza, guests can cruise out to the back of the property to Public House Bar. Public House is a much-loved Nashville watering hole that is a popular hangout for locals too thanks to its delicious food, amazing bartenders, and of course, its cool design that falls in line with the rest of the Urban Cowboy aesthetic.

  • Hours of Operation: Open seven days a week at 4 pm, kitchen closes nightly at 10 pm, but patrons can stay and sip until 11 pm Sunday - Thursday, midnight on Friday/Saturday. No reservations, but Public House can be booked for private events.

Urban Cowboy Nashville Rooms And Rates

There are eight unique, 'experiential' (and very Instagrammable) suites that guests at Urban Cowboy can choose from. Each provides its own distinct ambiance, and all are overflowing with eccentricity and personality. Vaulted ceilings, clawfoot tubs, and premium mattresses are featured across all the suites.

Here is an overview of what else to expect in each room:

  • Midnight Rider: as its name somewhat implies, the Midnight Rider suite is dark, mysterious, and sexy. The enormous (12-foot) black, burnt wood headboard sets a dramatic backdrop against the custom-printed wallpaper and dark floorboards. Rates start at $349/night.
  • The Captain: a mix of gray tones and distressed wood compliment unique components such as a sliding barn-style bathroom door, vintage leather couch, and nautical-inspired porthole for a window at the head of the bed. Rates start at $349/night.
  • The Penthouse: guests looking for some extra space to spoil themselves will love this sprawling suite. With a king bed plus two full beds, it also provides the option to sleep up to six people. Exposed brick accents and a huge 72-inch tub pair with bold wallpaper and interesting decorative accents such as a motorbike suspended from high above. Rates start at $469/night.
  • The Cabin: located in a freestanding cabin (hence the name) apart from the main house, this suite makes for the ideal lover's escape. Alternatively, extra guests can be accommodated with the room's combination of one king + one queen bed (sleeps up to four). This stunning suite has a leather settee and two leather chairs situated around a coffee table, cowboy-inspired accents, and a private balcony overlooking the Public House Bar. Rates start at $399/night.
  • The Victorian: bright, light, and elegant, this suite has a different feel than the others mentioned thus far. With dainty (rather than heavy) furnishings and decor that honors the mansion's historical roots, crisp white bedding and crystal chandeliers provide a timeless touch of class. Rates start at $249/night.
  • The Watch Tower: perhaps the most flamboyant of all the suites, The Tower is located in the domed turret of the mansion. Copper leafing throughout paired with a copper tub, skylights, and bold, southwestern-inspired furnishings will have guests feeling like they're in a different world. Rates start at $299/night.
  • The Muse: this king suite is chic and trendy yet cozy at the same time. A warm, neutral palette features a few bold black and gold highlights, illuminated under the room's massive skylight. Although it is the smallest of the suites, the layout is aesthetically-pleasing and still allows ample space for the luxurious leather chair and ottoman. Rates start at $229/night.
  • The Rose Room: another suite that pays homage to the history of the Queen Anne mansion, the handcrafted wallpaper showcases the original 1890s design. With tones of rich mahogany, antique furnishings, and floor-to-ceiling windows, the Rose Room makes for a truly unforgettable stay. Rates start at $249/night.

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Beyond A Nashville Mansion: Explore More Of Urban Cowboy

After falling in love with Urban Cowboy Nashville, there is a stunning new location in the heart of the Catskills to add to the bucket list. Although the original Brooklyn Urban Cowboy is no longer hosting guests, it is still operating as a creative studio that is open for shoots and brand collaborations.

Stay tuned - Urban Cowboy founders Lyon and Jersey are currently working on a few more properties that will be opening their doors to guests soon!