Where to stay in Memphis

Where is the best area to stay in Memphis?

Straddling the point that the Wolf and Mississippi river meets lies the mesmerising and electrifying Memphis. For music fans, Memphis is one of the ultimate pilgrimages. Elvis fans flock to Graceland, while rhythm and blues aficionados head straight to Downtown Memphis to see where the all time greats Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters, B.B. King and more immortalised the music scene on Beale Street. Beale Street has been the heart and soul of this intoxicating music scene since the late 19th century. Grab a cool beer, prop up a bar and enjoy the show.


Downtown Memphis is the best area to stay in Memphis. Creative, atmospheric and historically layered, it is the oldest area in the city and at its very core lies America’s most iconic road, Beale Street. Also known as the Blues Highway, its rich history and repertoire of music both past and present can be seen everywhere intertwined with the city’s turbulent past. The National Civil Rights Museum documents this difficult time and pays homage to Martin Luther King Jr. You can walk everywhere in Downtown, even across to Mud Hill (although you may prefer to take a taxi). Graceland is an 11-minute taxi ride or 20-minute bus ride from Downtown.

Hotel   Avg price
MOXY Memphis Downtown
40 N. Front St.
178€ - 196$
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SpringHill Suites Memphis Downtown
85 West Court Avenue
198€ - 218$
Residence Inn Memphis Downtown
110 Monroe Avenue
201€ - 221$
Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street
175 Peabody Place
206€ - 227$
Courtyard Memphis Downtown
75 Jefferson Avenue
238€ - 262$
Hotel   Avg price
Sheraton Memphis Downtown
250 North Main Street
169€ - 186$
Peabody Memphis
149 Union Avenue
272€ - 299$
The Westin Memphis Beale Street
170 Lt. George W. Lee Avenue
413€ - 454$


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Downtown, the best area to stay in Memphis

Memphis DowntownVibrant and soulful, the Downtown area is without doubt the best place to stay in Memphis. At its core lies Beale Street, declared the Home of the Blues by an act of Congress. Don’t miss the iconic A. Schwab dry goods and souvenir store, and its funny motto "If we don't have it, you don't need it”, that has stood the test of time since 1876. Alongside the blues route, there is also a comprehensive repertoire of arts including the New Daisy Theatre where you can see contemporary bands play and the Orpheum Theatre where you can catch anything from a touring Broadway show to stand-up comedy acts. Pop into one of the clubs along Beale Street, such as Rum Boogie Café, B.B. King’s Blues Club, Silky O’Sullivan’s or the Hard Rock Café and soak up this unbeatable atmosphere where the greatest movers and shakers in jazz have all played. At any of these places you are likely to stumble across an impromptu jazz session day or night giving a taster of this city’s rich musical history. The area is therefore a great place to stay as it has something to offer for everyone.


On Beale Street you can get to grips with the city’s musical past by visiting the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, which pays tribute to numerous local legends. On the corner of Beale Street you can also visit the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum which was created by the Smithsonian Institution and follow the journey of music pioneers from the 1930s onwards as they fought to overcome racial and social borders and conceive music that would change the shape of music forever.


Head south from Beale Street onto Mulberry Street to visit the hotel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. Now housing the National Civil Rights museum, it takes visitors through five centuries of history, from slavery, through the civil war and ultimately to the civil rights movements that changed the course of history forever and inspired people to fight for equality not just in the US but around the world.


From the Downtown area you can also easily access the Mud Island Riverwalk, which is a popular museum that has a 2,000-foot-long scale model of the lower part of the Mississippi flowing from the Ohio River in Illinois to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the walk you can learn about the river’s fascinating history and the city’s transformation into the world’s largest cotton and hardwood trader. You will also learn about its central role in the slave trade, which would affect generations to come. The most historic part of the river is found close to Beale Street where you can see the original and still usable historic cobblestone landing that dates back to the 1800s. It is also a great place to spend an afternoon when the heat is in force, to cool down on the banks of the river or take a look at a unique vantage point of the city across the water.


The streets of Downtown Memphis come alive each year during the Memphis in May Celebration as Beale Street hosts its exuberant 3-day annual music festival that features a mix of well-known starts alongside local musical acts.



Hotels in Downtown Memphis


Other areas to stay in Memphis


midtown memphisFor a real taste of Memphis, consider staying in Midtown. This area is one of Memphis’ oldest neighbourhoods and to many the real deal, the authentic Memphis. It´s a great place to stay, being the up and coming neighbourhood with diverse cultures and ethnic influences and its main attraction, Overton Park, contains the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Memphis Zoo and the Memphis College of Art. There are often live music concerts and food festivals to indulge in, staged in the park during warmer months, so it´s a vibrant and fun area to be in.


In Midtown, century old mansions sit next to lively restaurants that are garnering acclaim and music venues that host local and international acts as well as nightly jam sessions. Feast on soul food like the renowned barbecued pork ribs, pulled pork and black-eyed peas. Peruse the antique stores around the antique and design district, where you’ll find a treasure trove of quirky stores selling vintage wares. A cool café culture, a lively performing arts scene and trendy cocktail bars have enticed a young hipster crowd to head here and turn this area into the “next big thing”.



Hotels in Midtown Memphis