New Bobby Hotel brings 4 dining concepts downtown

The Bobby Hotel, a 144-room boutique property with an “edgy but chic” design, is bringing a major food and drink component to downtown Nashville’s dining scene.

The just-opened hotel at 230 Fourth Ave. N. has four bars/restaurants, making it a dining destination along with a new lodging option in the city’s booming tourist market. Rooms start at $249 a night.

Bobby Hotel opens during a time of tremendous growth in Nashville’s hotel industry. At least four other boutique hotels have opened downtown this year alone, adding 751 new rooms and nine food and beverage options.

The Westin Nashville owner Castlerock Asset Management developed the much-smaller Bobby Hotel. The hotel’s edgy design was influenced by a persona called “Bobby” that has traveled the world and settled in Nashville.

Walking into Bobby Hotel, guests are greeted by Sasha, a 2-year-old rescued shepherd mix who serves as the hotel’s “canine ambassador.” The hotel is dog friendly and even has dog treats in the mini bar area and pet offerings on the room service menu.

Since the hotel opened Friday, general manager Avi Niego said it has been busier than expected with a mix of tourists staying overnight and locals dining at the restaurant and cafe.