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When we travel, we usually stay within walking distance to all of the action or the beach. There is one thing that I will sacrifice location for – more space when traveling with our kids.
Our kids go to bed early, compared to most, and we like to stick to bedtime even while on vacay.
Trust me, it’s better for ALL involved!
It’s not exactly a fun time hanging out in one room at 7:30pm, with all the lights out, trying to be quiet so the three kids can fall asleep. For this reason, when traveling with the kids I like to book accommodation with at least one room with a door. If we can find a two bedroom, that’s a plus!
On our recent trip to Nashville this past summer, I found the cutest apartment-style hotel – BentoLiving Chestnut Hill. And even though it wasn’t in the middle of all the action, it was only 1.5 miles from Broadway in downtown Nashville!
Driving out of the downtown area of Nashville towards BentoLiving Chestnut Hill we noticed we were in more of an industrial area. BentoLiving is located across the street from Dudley Park, which at all times throughout the day had people walking, running, playing, and riding bikes.
Pulling into the parking lot at BentoLiving, the kids noticed the automated parking structure which looked like a vending machine for cars. This was the “coolest thing ever” according to our seven year old son.
BentoLiving has 89 apartment-style units, which are simple and modern. I love the minimalist look of the property.
With our family surviving 12 moves in the first 12 years of our marriage, we definitely know how to minimize. Over the years I’ve grown to love the less is more approach, and love even more when places we stay have this look. I feel like there’s more room and space to breathe.
The lobby and check-in desk are beautiful and welcoming (both pictured below). There was a minor issue with our reservation when we arrived, so our kiddos made themselves at home in the lobby and ate their takeaway from Burger Up.
That’s what is needed when traveling, right?! Flexibility when things don’t go according to plan. And ask my family, I plan A LOT. Like a lot, a lot.
Whether you are traveling solo or with a group, BentoLiving has different room configurations to suit all travelers. There are micro studios, studios, premium studios, 1 bedroom apartments, 2 bedroom apartments, and a 5 bedroom suite.
If you want more details on what the rooms look like, check out my BentoLiving Nashville Two Bedroom Apartment Room Tour.
The property has a small store, Bento Bodega, that has necessities and more. They sell beer, wine, cider, soft drinks, prepackaged meals, eggs, snacks, salad dressing, sauces, protein bars, and more that I’m not remembering at the moment.
The Chestnut is a must-see. This rooftop area has AMAZING views of downtown Nashville. We went up every night of our stay to the rooftop to enjoy the sunset and views.
We had just missed by one day “Movies on the Rooftop”, which sounded like fun. Boot camp, yoga classes, and rooftop music events are also offered here!
B1281 is the cutest and colorful cocktail bar and food truck serving Hawaiian food. I was really hoping to get to try this place out, but sadly it wasn’t open when we were there. Another reason to come back for a visit!
B1281 can be hired out for private parties. It would make the best gathering place for friends on the weekend! All the bright colors are an instant mood boost.
The Hart is another dining option that will be opening soon on property.
There is also an event space on the property, which you can use for meetings or whatever you’d want to use an event space for.
I just couldn’t get enough of this stylish, clean, quiet (except for my kids), cute apartment-style hotel in Nashville!
Heading to Nashville soon?! You’ll enjoy your stay at BentoLiving!