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Looking for a home base for your next stay (or staycation) in Memphis? Compared to large hotel chains, these hotels are more intimate and offer a distinctive style. Best of all, they each offer personalized service and a delightful atmosphere with impressive attention to detail. Any of these 10 Memphis hotels will provide a lovely haven (with plenty of photo ops) for your next stay!


Neighborhood: Downtown
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Walking into the ARRIVE lobby is such a delight! Cozy and eclectic, it’s filled with the most luscious aromas from in-house bakery Hustle & Dough and favorite local coffee brew Vice & Virtue. The rooms are modern and full of natural light, with luxurious touches such as 100% Egyptian cotton bedding and upscale bath amenities. Stop by Longshot for a game of shuffleboard, a local beer or two, and a casual meal. If you’re in the mood to sample a creative cocktail, Bar Hustle is your spot.

Two beds against floral wallpaper
We love the charming wallpaper that adds an elegant touch to this double room! Image: Facebook

Caption by Hyatt Beale Street

Neighborhood: Downtown
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Yes, Hyatt is a chain — but the vibe is all local at Caption. The heart of the hotel is Talk Shop (we won’t call it a lobby!). The airy, friendly space seamlessly combines yummy food, craft cocktails, lounge space, and workspace. You’ll also find a patio and a courtyard for outdoor activities, such as the acoustic music series in the summertime. Colorful and cool, the decor of the rooms beckons you in after exploring all that downtown Memphis has to offer.

Balcony at Caption by Hyatt
A room with a view? Yes, please! A balcony is the perfect place to relax and watch the Mighty Mississippi roll by. Image: Caption by Hyatt Beale Street
King room at Caption by Hyatt
The rooms and suites at Caption by Hyatt Beale Street are full of color and cozy comforts. Image: Caption by Hyatt Beale Street
Talk Shop at Caption by Hyatt
Talk Shop is the place to hang out. Enjoy a tasty treat, cocktail, or coffee. If you are from out-of-town, be sure to strike up a conversation with your neighbor — lots of locals come here to work and relax, and we love to share tips on where to eat and what to do in Memphis! Image: Caption by Hyatt Beale Street

Central Station Hotel

Neighborhood: Downtown
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In one of the coolest of concepts, Central Station Hotel has embraced the past and the future. Built in 1914 as a train station, the strikingly refurbished building is now home to a working Amtrak station and a vibrant boutique hotel. The decor pays tribute to the railway’s heyday and the always-exciting Memphis music scene. The sleek lobby combines cushy furniture with an artsy array of speakers, and the Eight & Sand bar and lounge boasts a one-of-a-kind, Memphis-inspired vinyl collection that will have you singing as you sip! The charming guest rooms and suites are oh-so-welcoming, with thoughtful touches and lovely amenities. Enjoy locally-inspired Southern cuisine at Bishop before you head out for a night on the town.

Sock monkey on hotel bed.
Greetings from Central Station Hotel! Image: Central Station Hotel
Music-themed hotel lobby
Is it any wonder the Central Station Lobby is an Instagram hotspot? Image: Central Station Hotel
Music-themed cocktail lounge
Nothing says Memphis like an evening of cocktails and music at Eight & Sand. Image: Central Station Hotel

Hotel Indigo

Neighborhood: Downtown
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Located in the heart of the Beale Street Historic District, Hotel Indigo has an interesting past – the building was developed in 1963 as the home of the first Holiday Inn in Memphis. The hotel embodies a retro feel, with splashes of color, local artwork, and cool memorabilia from regional blues, rock, and soul legends. The hip rooms feature music-themed murals, hardwood floors, and spa-inspired showers. Amenities include a relaxing courtyard with an outdoor pool and a sundeck.

Room details at Hotel Indigo
Guest rooms are made comfy with lush linens and bath amenities, smart TVs, Keurig coffee makers, and decor inspired by the soul and character of Memphis. Image: Facebook

Hotel Napoleon

Neighborhood: Downtown
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Polished and chic, Hotel Napoleon is located inside the historic 1902 Press-Scimitar Building, an architectural gem in downtown Memphis. Inside, you’ll find historic elements blended seamlessly with modern conveniences and comfort, including plush bedding and linens. For a yummy breakfast to start your day or drinks to end it, stop by the in-house Luna Restaurant & Bar.

Cocktails at Hotel Napoleon
If fun cocktails are on the agenda, Hotel Napoleon creates specialty drinks for various occasions. Image: Facebook

Hu. Hotel

Neighborhood: Downtown
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If views of the Mississippi are what you’re after, you can’t go wrong at the Hu. Hotel, which offers a sweeping sight of the mighty river from the year-round rooftop bar. A cocktail or two is in order as you take in the panorama. Hu. is close to all the fun downtown Memphis has to offer, and if you need a little help planning your stay, the staff is always glad to assist. At the end of the day, snuggle up in your room and unwind.

Food on rooftop of Hu. Hotel
The view from the Hu. Hotel rooftop bar will take your breath away. Enjoy a tasty snack and a signature cocktail as you watch the sunset. Image: Facebook

James Lee House

Neighborhood: Victorian Village
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Historic charm meets modern luxury at the James Lee House, Memphis’ only bed and breakfast. Located in the enchanting Victorian Village, the home has a fascinating history, stunning architecture, and absolutely beautiful decor. Choose from five suites that offer sink-into-your-pillows comfort paired with elegant, high-end amenities — and save room for breakfast! The mouthwatering cuisine is truly a perfect way to begin your day.

Suite at James Lee House
Every room has a story at the James Lee House. The Harsson Suite is in the oldest section of the house, built in 1848 for the Harsson family. Three rooms were combined to make this peaceful, relaxing suite that overlooks the fountain courtyard. Image: James Lee House
Bathroom at James Lee House
How stunning is this bathroom? While the James Lee House holds a sense of history, the amenities are all luxe and modern. Image: James Lee House
Tablescape with flowers at James Lee House
The James Lee House is the loveliest spot for special occasions such as bridal showers, teas, weddings, and so much more. Image: Emily Swan Photography

The Memphian

Neighborhood: Midtown
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Close to Overton Square, Playhouse on the Square, Hattiloo Theatre, Ballet Memphis, and much more, The Memphian is the perfect base for exploring all Midtown Memphis offers. We love the cleverly designed interior with bold colors and fun, eclectic details. The guest rooms offer high-quality comfort combined with a true sense of flair. You’ll find an excellent meal at local favorite The Complicated Pilgrim and creative cocktails with a gorgeous view at the elegant rooftop bar, Tiger & Peacock.

Hotel suite with sitting area
Elegant and welcoming, the Junior Suite at The Memphian makes a perfect home base for a weekend in Memphis. Image: The Memphian
Hotel lobby at The Memphian
How cool is this lobby? The colorful chandelier and super-fun photos make the space so inviting. Image: The Memphian
Cocktail bar with dark walls and ceiling
Is it any wonder that Tiger & Peacock is one of the hottest spots in town? Image: The Memphian

The Peabody Memphis

Neighborhood: Downtown
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With over 400 luxuriously-appointed rooms, The Peabody Memphis may be a little larger than the usual definition of a boutique hotel — but the South’s Grand Hotel is legendary for its hospitality, warmth, stunning decor, and charming ambiance. Settle in for an afternoon or evening in the high-ceilinged Lobby Bar, order a delicious cocktail, and people-watch to your heart’s content. The famous Peabody Ducks arrive in the morning, splash contentedly in the fountain, and return upstairs to great fanfare in the afternoon. The hotel’s premiere restaurant, Chez Phillippe, is renowned for creative, delicious dishes, and The Feathers Spa offers a variety of rejuvenating and relaxing services. You might not want to leave the hotel!

Hotel lobby at The Peabody Memphis
Welcome to The Peabody Memphis! The history of the South’s Grand Hotel stretches back to 1869. Today, you’ll find the hotel on the National Register of Historic Places. Image: Trey Clark
Duckmaster at the Peabody Hotel duck mark
You are in for a treat when Duck Master Kenon Walker leads the world-famous Peabody Duck March! The tradition of the ducks began in the 1930s and has been a special part of the hotel ever since. Image: The Peabody Memphis
White hotel room with blue accents.
In the guest rooms, you’ll find a timeless sense of elegance paired with modern luxury. Image: Trey Clark

River Inn of Harbor Town

Neighborhood: Harbor Town/Mud Island
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An elegant and delightful experience awaits you at the River Inn of Harbor Town. The 28 beautifully appointed rooms and suites are warm and inviting, with high-quality bath amenities, fine woodwork, comfortable four-poster beds, and plenty of natural light. You’ll feel welcome from the moment you step in the door, especially as you’re greeted with a glass of wine or champagne. Harbor Town is a quaint, intimate, and walkable community to explore, but you don’t have to go far to enjoy outstanding cuisine. Longtime Memphis favorite Paulette’s is downstairs, and the Terrace at the River Inn provides a wonderful rooftop vantage point for the river.

Embroidered pillow of hotel room bed
Sink into the plush bed at River Inn of Harbor Town! Image: Facebook

Enjoy your stay!


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Gaye Swan

A freelance writer, mom of twins, avid traveler, and local foodie, Gaye loves meeting new people and bringing their stories to life.