Famous for blues music, down-home barbecue, and lots of local soul, Memphis is a budget-friendly destination full of popular attractions. Beale Street is always an exciting place to visit, and you’ll fall in love with the food, music, and history of this iconic Tennessee city. It’s also a city that prides itself on Southern hospitality and making visitors feel right at home. Here are the top hotels in town to call your home while you explore Memphis, Tennessee.
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This iconic downtown Memphis hotel is locally famous for its resident ducks, which really are a unique feature you have to see for yourself. The history of the Peabody ducks dates back to the 1930s when the hotel’s manager and a friend thought it would be funny to place ducks in the hotel’s fountain after a hunting trip and a little too much Tennessee whiskey. The tradition stuck, and now you can watch the Peabody Duck March daily at 11am and 5pm. You can also take a one-hour history tour of the hotel for $10 per person. Spacious guest rooms and suites include lots of amenities, including high-speed Wi-Fi, gym access, shoeshine service, complimentary coffee and tea. It boasts one of the best indoor pools in Memphis and has multiple dining options on site, while the Feathers Spa is open daily for appointments. There are even opportunities for rooftop parties with awesome views and live entertainment.
Memphis’ Hotel Napoleon is a boutique hotel that’s four blocks from Beale Street and the Mississippi River. It’s a popular choice for both business and pleasure travelers and has 58 guest rooms to stay in. The hotel has a contemporary design with luxurious touches and is also home to the Luna Restaurant and Bar, which specializes in tapas and craft cocktails. The downtown hotel is located in the historic Winchester building, which dates back to 1902 and has been beautifully restored.
Another great pick for luxury boutique hotels in Memphis is the River Inn of Harbor Town. This elegant and Southern-style hotel is sophisticated and perfectly positioned along the Mississippi River. There are just 28 guest rooms and suites here, and the hotel maintains AAA Four Diamond and 5-Star Alliance ratings. Perks of staying here include complimentary breakfasts at Paulette’s, a complimentary glass of wine or champagne when you check in, port wine and chocolate truffles at turn-down, and free Wi-Fi. There’s also free parking on site, fresh flowers and artwork throughout the hotel, and 24-hour concierge and room service available. You’ll love the Terrace venue’s rooftop views of downtown and the river while enjoying small plates and Southern cocktails, while Tug’s is a casual pub and grill that serves comfort foods like gumbo and burgers.
There’s also a great Westin hotel in Memphis that will put you steps from Beale Street, the Gibson Guitar Factory, the Rock ‘N Soul Museum, and other top attractions. Choose from its luxury guest rooms and suites or take advantage of the 9,000 square feet of meeting space, a fitness studio, and a 24-hour business center. The Westin offers a hot breakfast for a fee, and has free high-speed Wi-Fi and pet-friendly rooms. Each room here comes with Heavenly bed and bath amenities and also complimentary Starbucks coffee. You can enjoy a meal onsite at Bleu Restaurant & Lounge, which specializes in seafood, and squeeze in a workout at the fitness center with cardio machines and free weights.
If one of your big draws to Memphis is Elvis Presley, then definitely consider staying at the Guest House at Graceland. This hotel is steps away from the Graceland Mansion and is a luxury resort with beautifully themed suites. The designs here are inspired by Elvis’ mansion and personal style. The hotel offers complimentary airport shuttle service, two full-service restaurants, an outdoor pool with hot tub, an outdoor event and activity center, and even has a 464-seat theater for live performances. There’s a fitness room here, pet-friendly rooms, and shuttles to Beale Street and downtown Memphis offered by the Guest House too. For dining and drinking on site, enjoy Delta’s Kitchen, EP’s Bar & Grill, and the lobby bar. Package deals are available for kids’ summer camps, Elvis Week in August, romance packages, Graceland sightseeing packages, and breakfast deals.
For more of a B&B-style experience in Memphis, book your stay at the James Lee House. This is a historic and charming place to stay on Adams Avenue in town. There are a small collection of charming suites in the B&B, which is also a National Historic Landmark. It’s been featured in numerous magazines and is a perfect example of the city’s early opulence. It dates back to 1848 when it was originally built by William Harsson as a two-story home before the later expansions. As an ultra-romantic destination, the James Lee House is very popular among newlyweds for their honeymoons.
The name “Hu” comes from the legendary Memphis resident, Hugh “Hu” Lawson White Brinkley. It used to be known as the Madison Hotel but has recently been re-branded to celebrate and remember this local railroad businessman, patron of the arts, and philanthropist. This new hotel is quirky, stylish, and embraces the spirit of Southern hospitality, offering guests a unique way to experience the city. This hotel on Madison Avenue has an upscale diner, cozy café, and rooftop with lovely views for its on-site dining options.
The Hampton Inn Beale Street is also a great place to stay when you’re in town to be right in the heart of the Beale Street entertainment district. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, a business center, free hot breakfast, and free coffee and tea in the lobby. There’s a pool and fitness center on site, suites are available for a little extra room, and some rooms have balconies with great views of the city skyline. Self-parking at this newly renovated hotel is available, and you’ll be about 15 minutes from the airport when you stay at this Hampton Inn.