The flood looks fun, anyway.
I don't get the logic behind a "luxury" hotel with plastic chandeliers and fake bagels, unless they were going for Dolly Parton plastic-jewelry tackiness. There needs to be a category called "kitschy-disturbing".
It's because it's a hotel and convention center masquerading as a resort. Because it's a convention center, it needs to keep the rates firmly in line with the middle-class ballpark, so it can't truly be a luxury hotel because then conventioners couldn't afford to stay there; or, at least, their companies wouldn't book there. It has to stay competitive with places like the Red Lion and the Doubletree. With that in mind, it is designed to give the middle class the impression of luxury, and most of them believe it. No one who is familiar with true luxury goods, gourmet food, or fine hotels would mistake it for any of those, but that isn't who it's marketing to. It's marketing to the American middle class; suburbanites who consider Olive Garden a nice restaurant simply because that's what's available to them in their area, that's what they know.
Opryland used to be a theme park. It went bankrupt and Gaylord (hotel company that specializes in massive occupancy convention centers - their flag ship is off i4 across from the gates to Disney. Squid probably sees it often.) bought it up since it fit their business model. It's close to BNA but out of the way of downtown or any place worthwhile. Perfect convention center for imprisoning conference goers.
The flood fucked up the opry mills mall behind it a lot worse. There were urban legends spawned about the sharks/piranhas from the aquarium restaurant escaping and swimming the halls in the flood.
At least it has a Dave and busters with limited jesus.