Valor Hospitality Partners Set to Open The Harpeth, a Curio Collection by Hilton™ Hotel, in Downtown Franklin This Summer

USA, Franklin, Tennessee. July 18, 2019

Valor Hospitality Partners announced today plans to open the 119-room The Harpeth Hotel in the heart of historic Franklin, Tenn. in August 2019. A Curio Collection by Hilton, The Harpeth will be Franklin's first luxury downtown hotel, featuring spacious rooms, an upscale chef-driven restaurant, European-style street café, over 5,000 square feet of meeting space and access to an in-complex day spa - A Moment's Peace Salon and Day Spa.

Founded on stories that bring together history, culture, music, whiskey and more, The Harpeth will be nestled in Franklin's historic district, next to the banks of the Harpeth River, just south of Nashville, Tenn. The boutique hotel will feature elegantly designed guest rooms and spacious suites, combining the subtle touches of Franklin's rich history with modern-day comfort. Rooms will include 55" LCD TVs, lavish bathrooms, with oversized showers and tubs, plush robes and slippers, among other amenities.

The Harpeth will also be home to 1799 Kitchen & Cocktails, an upscale chef-driven restaurant, and McGavock's Coffee Bar & Provisions, a European-style street café. 1799 will showcase bold flavors of locally and regionally influenced American cuisine. In addition, a full-service bar, with a heavy focus on regionally distinctive bourbon, rye and American whiskeys. McGavock's, named after the well-known Middle Tennessee family, will serve Honest Coffee Roasters coffee along with artisanal sandwiches, freshly baked pastries, freshly pressed juices, hand dipped ice cream and a selection of premium wines, local craft beer and liquors.

"With its rich history, a great music and art scene, and fantastic artisanal options, Franklin is one of the best places in the country to visit right now," said Justin Foster, General Manager of The Harpeth. "We're looking forward to opening the first hotel in the heart of this great city, offering visitors a refined, yet comfortable place to stay and dine, while they explore the unique culture and landscape of the area and create their own stories at our hotel."

The Harpeth will also cater to corporate groups, weddings and other social events, with over 5,000 square feet of flexible event space, including a Riverside Ballroom and Maury Boardroom. A stunning courtyard, with a grand staircase and picturesque fountains, completes the event space. Other thoughtful amenities within the hotel include a whiskey keep and a private library, with a handpicked collection of books that give nod to Franklin's rich history, including the Battle of Franklin.

Additionally, The Harpeth will be part of a larger multi-use complex - Harpeth Square, that will be home to A Moment's Peace Salon & Day Spa, offering a vast range of services and private access to hotel guests. Harpeth Square will in entirely have 150 luxury residences, a 597-space parking garage and a variety of retail vendors.

The Harpeth will be located at 130 2nd Avenue N in Franklin, Tenn., providing guests with easy access to explore the unique culture, local dining and shops, art galleries, entertainment venues, the accredited Historic Main Street, while journeying back into history at one of the civil war museums and battlefield.

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