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Boutique Hotels That’ll Bring You Good Times, Views, and Vibes in Memphis

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Whether you’ve got folks coming in town from afar or you want to treat yourself to a little staycation, Memphis has plenty of places for you to rest your head and rally for the goods times that are taking place all over the city.

DOWNTOWN:

 

Arrive Hotel 

 

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Arrive Hotel is a gorgeous space located on Main Street, and is here for those who enjoy the finer things in life. This space includes many luxuries, including their very own cocktail bar — Bar Hustle — and their own restaurant — Longshot—both offering unique, mouthwatering menu items such as a variety of pizzas, bruschetta, sandwiches, desserts, and handcrafted drinks, too! 

Unlike others, this hotel even has its own bakery, Hustle and Dough, which is open daily, delivering fresh menu items including fluffy pastries, toasts, coffees, sparkling beverages, and more.

Situated within walking distance to some of Memphis’ finest attractions, including Blues Hall of Fame, Arcade Restaurant, the Orpheum Theatre, National Civil Rights Museum, this cozy corner will have you heading out to explore and coming back for more. 

 

Big Cypress 

 

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Big Cypress Lodge is located within the Bass Pro Shop at the Pyramid, and is the perfect space for an escape from everyday life. 

The hotel features many amenities that you most likely won’t find anywhere else such as an underwater themed bowling alley, archery range and pistol range, and a 28-story freestanding elevator that will take you to their rooftop bar, Mississippi Terrace at the Pyramid which features fire pits, live music opportunities, along with cocktails and appetizers. 

If you’re looking for more eats, you don’t have to go too far. Big Cypress also includes The Lookout at the Pyramid and Fishbowl at the Pyramid, two in-house restaurants that present menus full of tasty eats including salads, sandwiches, chicken, pizza, and wings.  

 

Central Station

Central Station Hotel, located on South Main, is one of Memphis’ oldest hotels and artifacts. Formerly known as Grand Central Station, this iconic hotel was once the primary headquarters for the Illinois Central Railroad lines. (Pretty cool right?!) 

Today, the Central Station Hotel continues on as an active train station that serves New Orleans and Memphis’ Main Street trolley line. 

Central Station provides a unique experience for both visitors and Memphians alike. The hotel offers a unique restaurant, Bishop, a french inspired restaurant. Menu items range from scallops, fluke, to butternut squash bisque. 

The hotel also features Eight and Sand, an original bar that’s got the specialty cocktail and small bites on lock with menu items including white, red, and rose wine, along with a variety of drafts and handcrafted cocktails. 

Additionally, the hotel showcases music nightly through playlists and live DJs inside of the hotel’s listening lounge. This lounge is unique in its own way as it includes eight-foot tall EgglestonWorks speakers. 

The hotel also offers exquisite meeting and event spaces that can be reserved for business meetings, receptions, parties, or events.

 

Hu. Hotel

 

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If you have an affinity for mid-century modern vibes, the Hu. Hotel will have you feeling like an extra on the set of Mad Men in the best way. Nestled on Madison Avenue, within walking distance to Memphis mainstays like Paula Raifords Disco, Bardog Tavern, and Court Square Park, you could hop on a bird or Explore Bike Share bike and make your way ’round town in a jiffy.

Not to mention that you don’t have to go too far for a good cup of coffee or a craft cocktail. Pop in for an espresso at  the Lucy’s cafe downstairs OR head up to the Hu. Roof where the bartenders will set you up.

 

Hotel Indigo

Memphis is good about making use of its spaces that were booming back in the day. What was once an motor lodge, and the first Holiday Inn in Downtown Memphis in 1963, is now a lodging location that’s full of character. With music memorabilia all throughout the building and murals perfectly placed nearby, Hotel Indigo is a good stomping ground to soak in some Memphis soul.

 

Hyatt Centric Beale Street

Introducing Hyatt Centric, the first ever hotel on Beale Street, and hottest new attraction in Downtown Memphis.

Hyatt on Beale offers many amenities and attractions for guests, including multiple on-site restaurants: CIMAS Restaurant, Beck and Call Rooftop Lounge, and CIMAS Lobby Lounge. 

CIMAS is a Latin-inspired restaurant that overlooks the Mississippi River, offering breakfast and dinner Wednesday through Sunday, along with brunch on the weekends. 

There are also two lounges serving up delicious food such as seasonal salads, Cubano Sandwich, Beale Street Burger, Fried Chicken sandwich, Chilled Shrimp, and more. 

Nothing beats enjoying a cocktail with a view, and Beck & Call can provide you with both if you make your way up to the rooftop bar that boasts an unbeatable panorama of our city’s skyline. 

The Hyatt is centrally located, within walking distance to the Downtown Entertainment Center, making it an ideal location for those visiting the city, and for those who just want a night out on the town.

 

Moxy Memphis

 

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Moxy Hotel is a stylish hotel located on North Front Street in Downtown Memphis—and from the moment you walk in, you will instantly know that this hotel is made for those who live on the wild side! 

Moxy offers both visitors and the public access to their bar, which includes delicious cocktails, food, and arcade games.

Placed within walking distance to some of Memphis’ hot spots, including Court Square, FedEx Forum, Orpheum Theatre, and Main Street, know you’re never too far from good time. 

 

Hotel Napoleon

 

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Remember how we said Memphis is good about making use of our abandoned buildings? Housed in what was known as the The Scimitar Building, which was the home base for the Press-Scimitar—an afternoon newspaper that ceased publication in 1983—now houses The Hotel Napoleon. Characterized as modern luxury mixed with old charm, they blend elements of their unique past with the present.

Their hotel bar, the Luna, may currently closed due to Covid, but there are delicious dining options close by, like the pizzas at Memphis Chess Club, BBQ at Rendezvous, tacos at Maciel’s, and the martinis at Flight.

Peabody Hotel

 

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If you haven’t had the chance to “duck” into the Peabody Hotel, then you might not understand the reference that I just made. This historic landmark has been exuding elegance since it opened in 1869, from the fare featured at Carpaccio Grill and afternoon tea at Chez Phillipe, to the paddling of ducks that get to walk the red carpet on the daily.

But don’t let its fancy ambiance fool you. The Peabody Rooftop‘s got the views and vibes that make for a good turn up location, and it’s perfectly placed right down the street from Beale Street where party never stops.

Whether you book a long stay, or pop in for a weekend Sunset Social Hour, you’ll definitely have a grand time at the “South’s Grand Hotel”

 

 

MIDTOWN

The Memphian

The Memphian  is centrally located in Midtown, on the edge of Overton Square—within walking distance to many local attractions, including Lafayette’s Music Room, Babalu Tacos and Tapas, Hattiloo Theatre, and many more

If you’re in need of some fuel, look no further! The Memphian offers two dining options for guests to enjoy, the Complicated Pilgrim and Tiger and Peacock, where you can keep it cute and casual with a cocktail in hand.  

Need to get gains after getting your grub on? Check out The Memphian’s fitness center which includes cardiovascular and free weight equipment for guests to use at their leisure. 

Additionally, The Memphian also offers 420-sq. ft of event space—so if you’re party planning, this is a perfect space to consider for celebrations of all kinds. 

 

WHITEHAVEN:

The Guest House at Graceland

Who wouldn’t like to sleep like the King  for a night or two? Well, not in his actual dwellings, but just steps away from his Mansion. The Guest House at Graceland is an oasis of excitement for Elvis fans and music lovers alike—providing easy access to his larger than life estate and a Soundstage that welcomes performers and musical acts from across the nation.

With two on-site restaurants, a coffee shop, and a lobby lounge that’s perfect for cocktail drinking and people watching, you’ll get a taste of Rock ‘n’ Roll mixed with a little southern hospitality as you wine and dine your way through each spot.

Oh, and if you’re looking for a spot host a special event or meeting, the Guest House has got both—and is ready to help you take care of business.

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