East Nashville Hotel To Give More Than Half Of Its Proceeds To Underserved Community

The Gallatin Hotel in East Nashville is starting its first month with a long-term plan. It will donate much of its proceeds from guests stays to ministries benefitting Nashville’s homeless and underserved communities.

Owned by Anchor Investments, a property management company, the Gallatin Hotel opened on May 14, 2020. As part of its family of hotels, the new boutique hotel will participate in the company’s “Rooms for Rooms” program. 

The program gives over half of its profits from average weekend stays, such as at the Gallatin, to help fund relief services provided at one of its four nonprofit partners.

These stays are said to provide 16 nights in a bed, 100 free showers or 30 free meals at either the Nashville Rescue Mission, Room in the Inn, People Loving Nashville or ShowerUp.  

Jared Minnix

Jared Minnix

The lobby of the Gallatin Hotel is adorned with vibrant walls and colorful decor. 

“We started our ‘Rooms for Rooms’ program in 2015 with our first hotel in downtown Nashville,” said Micah Lacher, president of Anchor Investments and the project’s developer. 

As for the amount given away, Lacher noted that the total varies depending on the season, the rates at the hotel at the time and the guests’ length of stay.

“Our company believes that we are called to live generously and give back to those who need it the most,” explained Lacher. “We give the majority of our profits to a group of ministries that benefit Nashville’s homeless and underserved communities. As our hotel business grows, we will continue to add more partners that align with our mission.”  

The Gallatin Hotel is based within a circa 1925 building on Gallatin Avenue that once belonged to the Eastside Church of Christ. 

Jared Minnix; The Gallatin Hotel has 25 guestrooms consisting of eight categories

Jared Minnix; The Gallatin Hotel has 25 guestrooms consisting of eight categories

“We bought the church in 2019 after the membership had dwindled and decided to shut down,” said Lacher. “The building has character and architectural interest that would be very hard to recreate with modern construction techniques which gave us a very cool palette to create a one-of-a-kind hotel.”

The Gallatin Hotel contains 25 vibrantly colored guest rooms. There are eight different setups, ranging from suites and bunk suites, to king-sized rooms, queen-sized rooms, bunk rooms and cozies.

Its lobby is designed to be worthy of an Instagram photo, complete with a photo booth. Other features range from a first-floor powder room to different common areas plus amenities including complimentary in-room snacks.

In the summer of 2021, the Nashville-based Fat Bottom Brewery is scheduled to open a taproom and events space next door to the hotel.  

Jared Minnix; The Gallatin Hotel operates as a concierge-less business model in uses contactless check-in.

Jared Minnix; The Gallatin Hotel operates as a concierge-less business model in uses contactless check-in.

The Gallatin Hotel operates similarly to its sister hotels, The Russell and 506 Lofts, in using contactless check-in and having a concierge-less business model. Guests are given a key code to check in and check out. Reservations are now available.

Its location in East Nashville also offers much for guests to do. This neighborhood is known as a creative hotspot and its restaurant and bar scene. Along with promoting the region’s locally-owned businesses, Lacher noted that Anchor Investments also wants their guests to know that their stay helps someone who needs a hand.

“Our motto is ‘Stay Here, Change Lives’ and we are thankful for guests who allow us to help those in need in our community.”

For more information or to make a booking, visit The Gallatin Hotel website.

Michele Herrmann develops guides on U.S. and international destinations and writes about travel trends, food and culture for various print and digital media outlets and travel companies.

Staying at This New Nashville Hotel Helps Provide Shelter and Food for the Homeless

There’s no easier way to pay it forward than staying at this new boutique hotel in Nashville.

Anchor Investments, which also owns the Russell Hotel and 506 Lofts in Nashville, Tennessee, is opening a brand new property called The Gallatin Hotel. While it’s certainly a comfortable stay, it also serves an important purpose in its local community as the only hotel brand in the U.S. that gives away a substantial portion of each night’s stay to local homeless ministries through its Rooms for Rooms program.

Renovated from a historic church built back in 1925 in East Nashville, The Gallatin has been modernized and updated for travelers today. Architecture firm Daniels & Chandler redesigned the space with vibrantly-colored guest rooms and suites. Blocks of bright colors can be seen on the walls, ceilings, and floors to make this an Instagram-worthy stay in Music City.

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“East Nashville is known for its quirky vibe and buzzing restaurants and nightlife, and The Gallatin Hotel is the perfect place to stay to take it all in,” said Micah Lacher of Anchor Investments. “Inspired by bright and fun pop art images, this cheery hotel interior awakens the senses and ensures that your stay in Nashville is one you will never forget.”

In addition, the hotel’s courtyard connects to Fat Bottom Brewery’s newest taproom in Nashville, and its location is close to some of the hippest destinations on the East Side and a short trip downtown.

But perhaps what makes it most special is how it gives back to the community. Anchor Investments properties give a generous percentage of each night’s stay and the majority of its profits to local ministries that are helping those experiencing homelessness in Nashville. A weekend stay at one of its properties can provide up to 16 nights in a bed, 100 free showers, or 30 free meals for people struggling with homelessness at one of the company’s nonprofit partners, like Nashville Rescue Mission, Room in the Inn, People Loving Nashville, and ShowerUp. In the last five years, over 100,000 meals, showers, and beds have been donated.

“We started our Rooms for Rooms program to give a hand to the most vulnerable in our community. We believe we were put on this earth for a purpose greater than ourselves and we’re called to give back to those who need it most. Our company motto is ‘Work Here, Change Lives’ and we strive for that mission each day,” said Lacher in a statement. “We are continually encouraged by all of the amazing things our charity partners do for our community on a daily basis. Because guests stay at our hotels, our partners are able to provide hundreds of hot meals, showers, and beds each day to those in need. These daily necessities that many of us sadly take for granted serve as a great source of encouragement to those experiencing homelessness.”

Rooms are available to book online for stays starting May 14. Nightly rates depend on the number of guests and availability, but can cost anywhere upwards of $179.

For more information or to make a booking, visit The Gallatin Hotel website.

Andrea Romano is a freelance writer in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @theandrearomano.

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