Whether you’re planning a stay-cation or you have friends planning trip to the River City, these downtown boutique hotels provide a totally Memphis experience. All three are distinctive in style and ideal entertainment venues. Live it up at one of Memphis’ downtown boutique hotels!
79 Madison Ave., Memphis • (901) 333-1200
Artful sophistication and the jazzy spirit of Memphis is brought to life at the Four Diamond Madison Hotel. This hotel features cool urban design with high-end sophistication. Memphis’ rich musical heritage is honored throughout the interior, and it is the ideal resting spot for cosmopolitan travelers who enjoy modern luxury with a twist.
Amenities include the option to dine at eighty3, one of downtown’s most popular culinary destinations for locals and visitors alike. Enjoy globally inspired cuisine with Southern sensibilities. eighty3 also has a new outdoor dining patio, and the restaurant is open morning, noon, night and late night. The Madison’s Twilight Sky Terrace rooftop is a place for Memphians and guests who love a handcrafted cocktail with a perfect view of the Mississippi River. And one of the Madison’s best-kept secrets is a custom-built gym carved out of a 100-year-old bank vault. The three-inch steel walls have their original nuts and bolts. Fun fact: They even cut out the ceiling of the gym to accommodate some NBA players who needed the extra headroom!
50 Harbor Town Square, Memphis • (901) 260-3333
See Southern charm at its finest at The River Inn of Harbor Town, an intimate hotel with a riverfront view of the Mississippi. Traditional and warm, The River Inn boasts old-world European architecture with wrought iron gates, gas lanterns and a stately lobby with chandeliers and wood-burning fireplaces. The private rooms are equally impressive, with walnut furnishings, four-poster beds and gorgeous linens.
Prized for its exquisite concierge services, this boutique hotel offers noteworthy amenities, including a terrace with sweeping views of the landscape, a complimentary gourmet breakfast, fitness center and more. Located in Harbor Town, just steps from downtown Memphis, The River Inn is close to a handful of attractions, including beautiful bike paths along Greenbelt Park. It’s also known for its award-winning restaurant, Paulette’s, which serves chef-inspired Southern fare for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.
149 Union Ave., Memphis • (901) 529-4000
We cannot discuss Memphis’ boutique hotels without mentioning one of our city’s all-around gems. The Peabody is just about as Memphis as you can get! Since 1869, this grand hotel has awed guests as one of the South’s finest. Built by wealthy Memphis businessman Robert Brinkley, The Peabody was designed to be “an oasis of elegance and good taste where local gentry, wheelers and dealers could congregate in comfort to wine and dine on the finest foods and rarest wines.”
Today’s Peabody still offers fine foods and elegant ambience, and guests can choose from several dining experiences. There is the elegant setting of the Lobby Bar or the casual Italian offerings at Capriccio Grill. The upscale Chez Philippe is a gourmet treat. And The Peabody Galleria features a variety of shops to suit a full range of tastes, including Lansky Bros. and Lucky Duck Gifts.
Encourage anyone who is new to Memphis to watch the famous Peabody Duck March, which takes place at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. In the 1930s, two guys who’d had a little too much Jack Daniel’s thought it would be funny to place live ducks in the beautiful Peabody Hotel fountain. It was a hit, and the ducks became a permanent addition. Every day now, the ducks enter the lobby via a red carpet and head for the lobby fountain. At the end of the day, they return to their own Royal Duck Palace, a $200,000 marble and glass structure that includes a fountain with their own bronze ducks. (Yes, seriously!)
These three hotels are as Memphis as Elvis and Beale Street, so suggesting out-of-towners pay them a visit is a no-brainer. Additionally, all three were recently nominated for Travel + Leisure‘s World’s Best. To learn more about the nomination and to cast your vote, visit tlworldsbest.com.
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