ABOVE: Guests at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony appreciate the views from one of the hotel’s six executive suites. // MELISSA HAMBRICK
By MELISSA HAMBRICK
Franklin Mayor Ken Moore joined Hilton Franklin Cool Springs General Manager Gerald Loughran, members of the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce, local business owners, and Hilton and Chartwell Hospitality staff, for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new hotel on Thursday, November 1.
The first full-service hotel built in the area in almost a decade, the Hilton has been open to guests for about a month.
However, the crowd at the ribbon cutting was as impressed with the show put on outside the hotel as its contemporary style and soothing interiors. The ribbon-cutting and tour for local business executives was scheduled just in time for Tennessee’s fall leaves to showcase the views from the Hilton’s expansive terraces and outdoor spaces, which includes the area’s only roof-level patio.
The 244-room hotel, at 601 Corporate Centre Drive in the Meridian Cool Springs development, is fresh competition to the nearby Marriott and Embassy Suites hotels, catering more to smaller events than its neighbors. Offering 6,236 square feet of flexible meeting space, the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs also offers an additional 3,000 square feet of outdoor terraces.
In contrast, the Marriott’s Cool Springs Conference Center, built in partnership with the city and Williamson County in 1999 and recently renovated, boasts 29,000 square feet, with 300 guest rooms. The Embassy Suites Nashville South-Cool Springs, also owned by Hilton, features 250 guest rooms and 16,000 square feet of event space, including a 10,000 square foot ballroom.
The new Hilton is equipped with six corner suites, some with private outdoor terraces, available on the executive level. A full-service restaurant with available private dining also caters to local businesses and their guests.
The new Hilton in the Meridian development off Carothers Parkway is now open. // MELISSA HAMBRICK