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New & Wish-List Hotels for Your Next Stay in Memphis

2019’s looking pretty rosy for a trip to Memphis, friends. It’s our 200th birthday, Frommer’s and Lonely Planet named us one of the best places to go this year and, making your outlook even better, we have a wave of new hotels for travelers to check into. Let’s take a look at what’s new, what’s in the works and what’s unique as ever.

New hotels for 2019

Hu. Hotel

This boutique hotel debuted at the end of 2018 and its restaurant is set to follow in early 2019. Though its Beaux Arts-style building was designed as a bank in 1905, it’s served as a hotel before. Only now, all 110 rooms, including 44 suites, have been updated, local touches like Phillip Ashley chocolate bars for guests have been added and the new restaurant—an upscale diner—will join a rooftop bar starring iconic downtown views.    

Hilton Garden Inn

The hotel website is accepting bookings beginning February 2019, so be an early adopter. You’ll find these rooms and suites across the street from downtown’s AutoZone Park. Command a music note-upholstered lounger in the lobby or go for a gin-based craft cocktail in the bar.

Hotel Indigo

You won’t be able to miss this new façade on the downtown scene when it opens in early 2019: a modular design robed in white and glass, then embellished with LED lighting and bold yellow accents. According to renderings, the interiors of the boutique property will be just as bold, featuring a central pool and some rockin’ tributes to Memphis’ legendary music scene. 

Moxy

Check-in and receive a poker chip that’s good for a snack or drinks onsite. Join a game on the bocce ball court, then lounge at the bar or around a firepit. Social spaces like these, combined with hip rooms and a prime location on downtown’s Court Square, make this Marriott concept one to check into in early 2019. ​

Central Station

Once one of Memphis’ busiest train stations, this gorgeous historic building should begin welcoming hotel guests in early 2019. Imagine: You check in at the old station lobby. Retire to a room with sweeping windows that frame your view of retro South Main Street and downtown Memphis. Then see what’s happening throughout the development—retail, restaurants and even a movie theater with a rooftop screening area are coming right along. 

Aloft

The renovation of a century-old, 12-story building is making way for 156 downtown rooms topped with penthouse suites and a rooftop restaurant/bar. Though not scheduled to open ’til spring 2019, this Marriott concept’s already known for its tech sense: Use your smartphone or Apple Watch to unlock your room; request towel service from BOTLR the robot.  

Arrive

This 1916 warehouse/former Memphis College of Art space, located in downtown’s vibrant South Main Historic Arts District, was a spot-on choice for the fifth hotel in Arrive’s ultra-creative portfolio. Watch for 62 industrial-inspired rooms, two onsite restaurants and a live music venue to open around summer 2019.  
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Unique-as-ever stays

Even though some of these accommodations are fairly new, they’ve already earned a reputation as bucket-list stays for travelers to Memphis.  

Big Cypress Lodge

What’s it like to have a slumber party inside a pyramid? Find out at Big Cypress Lodge, the hotel inside Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid (both opened in 2015). Rooms and suites resemble treehouses—plus cozy fireplaces and, in some cases, porches that overlook an indoor cypress swamp, alligator pool, aquariums, restaurants and an aquatic-themed bowling alley. Also onsite: a spa and a glass-bottom observation deck that will spoil you with views of downtown and the Mississippi River.

The Guest House at Graceland

With the opening of this luxury resort in 2016, you can stay steps away from the most famous rock ‘n’ roll residence in the world. The Guest House combines Southern charm with Elvis’ swagger—suites were designed under Priscilla Presley’s direction—to create a stay with one-of-a-kind glam, two onsite restaurants and easy access to Graceland Mansion and the new Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex. 

Hotel Napoleon

Downtown’s historic Winchester Building was beautifully restored to launch this 58-room boutique hotel in 2016. Today, marble, wood, glass and stainless steel accentuate original design elements, creating a rich, luxe vibe, echoed in the offerings at the onsite Luna Restaurant and Bar. Stop in at dinner for seasonal tapas and craft cocktails.   

James Lee House

The Lee family moved into this mansion on Memphis’ Millionaires’ Row in 1890. In 2014, after a meticulous restoration, another local family opened it as a bed-and-breakfast on the east side of downtown. Guests are treated to gourmet breakfasts, five well-decorated suites to choose from (each featuring luxe linens and spa-inspired private bathrooms), a lush parlor and art gallery space.

River Inn of Harbor Town

This spot on Mud Island, a residential enclave in north downtown, is all charm: Gas lanterns, wrought iron and flowering window boxes invite you in, where 28 rooms and suites await with Mississippi River views and posh amenities from linens to bathrobes. Listen to live piano music in the lobby before doing dinner at any of three restaurants onsite—Paulette’s is a longtime local-favorite for French cuisine while the rooftop Terrace specializes in small plates and panoramic views.

Talbot Heirs Guesthouse

Look for the colorfully painted door in the heart of downtown Memphis to discover this hidden gem in plain sight. Inside, eight suites feel more like studio apartments, outfitted with kitchenettes generously stocked with staples, indoor and/or outdoor seating areas and an eclectic mix of bold paint colors, local art and other surprises (one suite houses a baby grand piano!). The cozy set-up and friendly owners will make you feel right at home.
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Add these Memphis hotels to your wish list

If you’re already feeling spoiled with options, consider this: Everyone’s talking about the next generation of hotel projects emerging in Memphis, including: 
 
  • At least two more boutique properties scheduled to open in 2020, including Canopy by Hilton downtown and a hotel in the Overton Square Entertainment District
  • Two hoteliers in talks to welcome revelers along world-famous Beale Street
  • One mixed-use development, One Beale, to feature a hotel and Mississippi River views (estimated completion: 2020)
  • One billion-dollar mixed-use development, Union Row, to feature a hotel and views of AutoZone Park (estimated completion: 2021)
  • 100 N. Main, a mixed-use redevelopment, to feature a 600-room convention center hotel (estimated completion: 2022)

So. Where will you book your next Memphis stay? ​