Memphis Downtown Hotels & Motels

by Lee Morgan

Memphis, Tennessee, is the self-proclaimed home of the blues and the birthplace of rock and roll. People come to this city on the bluffs of the Mississippi River for the music, the barbecue and the history. While the city is spread out over a wide area, downtown Memphis and its surrounding neighborhoods are often the place where people gather to see some of the best of what Memphis has to offer. There are lots of downtown accommodations to choose from.

Peabody

The Memphis Peabody Hotel is not only a luxurious downtown option for accommodations, it is a tourist attraction in itself. People come to the hotel to view an unusual hotel tradition. The marching of the ducks takes place each morning at 11 a.m. and again at 5 p.m. A parade of ducks follows a red carpet into the hotel lobby where they wade in the fountain and frolic throughout the day. This has happened each day since 1933. The hotel, located on Union Avenue, is convenient to many of the most popular downtown attractions. Guests can walk or take a short cab ride to places like Sun Records, the Rock N Soul Museum, Gibson Guitars, Fed Ex Forum (home of the Grizzlies), the National Civil Rights Museum and historic Beale Street. In addition to plush, spacious rooms, the four-star hotel itself has outstanding amenities including fine dining at Chez Philippe and Capriccio Grill, casual dining options, a full-service day spa, salon and an antique gallery.

Madison Hotel

The Madison Hotel in downtown Memphis is a contemporary boutique hotel that is considered among the most luxurious accommodations downtown despite its small size relative to the giants in the neighborhood. The hotel has 110 guest rooms and suites that offer plush furnishings, bold colors and large windows for views out into the city streets. The suites at the Madison include walk-in showers, Jacuzzi tubs, gourmet continental breakfast service, twice-daily housekeeping, bathrobes, a wet bar and Egyptian cotton linens. The Madison Hotel has a martini lounge, a state of the art fitness center, indoor pool and a rooftop garden for getting away from it all in the middle of an urban setting.

Westin Memphis Beale Street

Whether you are in Memphis to enjoy the sites, sounds and tastes of Beale Street or in town on business, the Westin Memphis Beale Street is a logical choice for your stay. The Westin is located adjacent to historic Beale Street on George W. Lee Avenue and features 203 guest rooms with the hotel’s signature pillow-top “Heavenly Bed” in each spacious room. The hotel features a health club that accommodates your morning run or bike ride and offers free weights and machines as well as yoga equipment. The hotel also has more that 6,000 square feet of meeting space, a full service business center, a lounge, Starbucks coffee, and a casual restaurant and raw bar.

DoubleTree Memphis

The DoubleTree Memphis, located on Union Street, is a convenient location from which to explore downtown attractions like B.B. King’s Blues Club and the famous Rendezvous Barbecue restaurant and is just a short car ride to Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley. DoubleTree guests enjoy one of 280 rooms with plush-top “Sweet Dreams” mattresses, complimentary high-speed Internet service, and 32-inch flat screen televisions. There is a TGI Friday’s restaurant on site that offers meals in its dining room as well as room service for all meals. The hotel also features a fitness room.

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