A Reflective History
The original Noel Hotel was built in 1929 by John and Oscar Noel. The 12-story, 250-room luxury hotel was designed by Marr Homan Architects with Nicholson Company serving as general contractors. At the time, it was the tallest building in Nashville, and it was promoted as Nashville’s Smartest Hotel boasting state-of-the-art technologies for that time period. Noel Hotel opened on January 6, 1930 at a time when downtown Nashville was experiencing a boom with new hotels and department stores on nearly every corner.
During the first 40+ years of the building’s existence, it served as a hotel with guest rooms on the upper floors and public spaces on the lower floors. The luxury guest rooms played host to numerous celebrity guests throughout the years, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, Roy Rogers, and Jayne Mansfield. The public spaces included the hotel lobby, a coffee shop, a bakery, a ballroom, a restaurant, and several small retail shops along Church Street. The coffee shop, knows as the “Kaffee Klatsch,” was a lively establishment where businessmen gathered to share coffee and business.
After 42 years of successful operation, the Noel Hotel closed her doors in September of 1972 when it was purchased by Hamilton Bank. Over the next 40 years, the lower levels of the building then served as various banks while the upper floors were leased out as office space. The property was eventually purchased in 2014 by Rockbridge Capital with the goal of returning the building to its original use as a hotel, and they did just that. After countless hours of research and development, Rockbridge, in partnership with Makeready, brought the hotel back to its original intent.
With the rebirth of the hotel, it only felt fitting to give it a new name; one that pays homage to the original hotel, but also casts a light on its new beginning. The reimagined building is so much more than a hotel; it is a destination, home to many unique experiences for locals and travelers alike. She needed a name that embodied all of this, hence the decision to exclude the word “hotel” and simply name her “Noelle”.