I spent 6 days in Memphis in August 2021. I had the pleasure of checking out a few new properties for overnight stays. Many opened in 2020, but of course closed due to COVID-19, so this has been their first full year of operation. Below are my top picks for downtown Memphis hotels.
What makes them the best #1 – Most of these are in walking distance or all within 5 minute car ride of Beale Street. #2 -Hotel amenities and atmosphere #3 -Room accommodations and details. What do you look for when booking a hotel? For me, depends on the purpose of the visit. If I’ll be in the room a lot, I need the room to be the main feature. If I’m spending less time in the room and more on property then it’s all about amenities, restaurant bars and restaurants.
What I Love: The Hyatt Centric Beale Street has some of the most modern and top notch amenities in the city. Those amenities include a rooftop bar with amazing views of the river and DJ, a resort style pool and a great restaurant. Of course, it’s the first hotel officially on Beale Street so the location is amazing. Read more about my weekend stay at the Hyatt Centric.
What I Love: The Westin Beale Street is across from the FedEx Forum and less than 2 blocks from Beale Street. The lobby has an outdoor patio area off the patio. The hotel does have a restaurant as well as a Starbuck’s attached. The views from the suite are unmatched. The morning and sunset light is perfection.
What I Love: This renovated train station still has an operational AmTrak station attached. Central Station has history throughout the hotel and lots of nods to Memphis’ musical past and present. Don’t worry about it feeling renovated, it doesn’t. Looks new and everything is modern. The downstairs bar and sound room are the highlight of the hotel. There is an upscale restaurant, Bishop located downstairs. The king rooms are very spacious with wall to wall windows and great city views. The rooms include sound systems in the walls and steamers which gets 2 thumbs up.
What I Love: This boutique hotel has a cozy lobby with a bar and full coffee shop. A lot of locals come in to Arrive Hotel to work inside and outside of the coffee area. The lobby includes a bar that serves yummy personal pizzas. Upstairs there is a private bar modeled after Elvis’ personal pool room. Downstairs there is a shuffle board bar. You don’t have to go too far to have fun. The rooms are open concept with industrial floors. The bathroom has a slider to the bedroom and two thumbs up for them, the room includes a steamer.
Other Memphis Hotels I Like: Hue Hotel for the rooftop. Have you stayed at any of these hotels? Which one is your fave when stopping in Memphis?