The home of country music is also updating the blueprint on how hospitality impacts local communities. Holding up a corner of East Nashville, The Russell has set a new standard, converting an 1904 Cumberland Presbyterian Church into a 23-bedroom hotel. The hotel both host hosts fortunate travellers, also serving several local charities to ensure bed nights translate into community impact.

Opened in 2019, The Russell embraces original stained glass windows, old brick walls and original pews to create a unique setting. The project from property developers Anchor Investments maintains a connection with the past, echoed through the hotel’s connectivity with local non-profits. By matching bed nights from paying guests, The Russell gives away a substantial portion of each night’s stay to local homeless ministries, with the average weekend stay providing one of:

  • 16 beds nights
  • 100 free showers
  • 30 free meals

Local organizations include Nashville Rescue Mission, Shower Up, People Loving Nashville, Room In The Inn, Nashville YoungLives, and MapleBuilt.

The Russell joins two other Nashville properties in its goal to support underserved communities. Mission Hotels includes boutique hotel The Gallatin as well as 506 Lofts, apartments in downtown Nashville. A fourth is planned for 2023 - Tulip Street United Methodist Church.

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