Memphis has some new digs. Brand new hotels are open and taking reservations, making 2021 the perfect time to visit Memphis. Let’s take a look at what’s new, what’s in the works and what’s unique as ever to help you book your perfect stay in the Bluff City.
New hotels for 2021
Stay on one of America’s most iconic streets at Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis. Located on Beale, the brand new property puts you in walking distance of Downtown Memphis’ biggest attractions, like The Orpheum Theatre, South Main Arts District, FedExForum, Beale Street landing and the Mississippi River and all the bars, restaurants and night clubs throughout the Beale Street Entertainment District. Plus, Hyatt Centric offers first-rate amenities such as an outdoor pool, 24-hour room service, a 24-hour fitness center and on-site dining with Beck & Call Rooftop Lounge and CIMAS Restaurant.
Canopy by Hilton Memphis Downtown recently opened across from AutoZone Park in the heart of Downtown Memphis. A stay at Canopy will make you feel right at home as you enjoy the sleek, modern accommodations of your guestroom. Curfew, the hotel's new sports bar and tavern, is the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring the city. You can watch your favorite team while enjoying the internationally inspired fare, craft cocktails and local brews.
The Memphian, the newest member of the Marriott Tribute Portfolio, is located in Midtown’s Overton Square Entertainment District. Discover the area’s rich arts and culture scene before retiring to your cozy quarters. This eclectic property is an extension of Midtown’s unique personality. Dig in to some locally inspired fare at the Complicated Pilgrim, the hotel’s on-site eatery, or grab drinks at the rooftop bar The Tiger and Peacock. The hotel also offers a fitness studio and pet-friendly accommodations.
Aloft, Marriot’s collection of modern boutique hotels, is opening in Downtown Memphis later this year. The hotel, which focuses on tech-savvy amenities like mobile keys and robotic bellhops, will feature 156 guest rooms, a full-service restaurant and three banquet halls. The property will also include retail space and a private-viewing movie theater.
Once one of Memphis’ busiest train stations, this gorgeous historic building now welcomes hotel guests. 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 Art Deco train station—try Bishop restaurant, one of Vogue's most anticipated American restaurants of 2020, for French cuisine with a southern flair, grab a drink at the Memphis-themed Eight and Sand bar (target weekend evenings to hear a DJ spinning Memphis-connected music from the "album wall") and catch a flick at the new state-of-the-art movie theater, Malco Powerhouse.
This 1916 warehouse (and 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. From Hustle and Dough’s coffee and legendary toast to Bar Hustle’s delicious craft cocktails—and don’t forget the shuffleboard bar, Longshot—Arrive Hotel is Memphis’ new one-of-a-kind hangout spot.
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 this year.
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, four onsite restaurants and easy access to Graceland Mansion and the new Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex.
Relax at a luxury spa, take in stunning views of downtown and the Mississippi River on glass-bottom observation decks, and lounge at the all-new 7,000-square-foot patio bar, The Mississippi Terrace at the Pyramid. You can do all this and more when you stay at Big Cypress Lodge, the hotel inside Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid (which 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You won’t be able to miss this new façade on the downtown scene: a modular design robed in white and glass, then embellished with LED lighting and bold yellow accents. Featuring a central pool and some rockin’ tributes to Memphis’ legendary music scene, you have to see Hotel Indigo’s modern take on the soul of Memphis.
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:
- One billion-dollar mixed-use development, Union Row, to feature two hotels and views of AutoZone Park.
Where will you book your next Memphis stay?