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The best places to stay in Memphis exude the charm of the Old South; the Peabody Memphis is a Four-Star, historic hotel located downtown. Near many of Memphis’ popular attractions, the Peabody has its own world famous event, the March of the Peabody Ducks. You’ll find the luxury boutique hotel, the Madison Hotel, in the heart of downtown Memphis. As former bank, the hotel actually has a basement gym and lap pool in what used to be the early bank’s vault.
The Inn at Hunt Phelan, an Antebellum mansion, sprawls across a five-acre, downtown Memphis estate. The historical landmark offers lodging, special events and dining, with easy access to all the city’s landmarks. The River Inn of Harbor Town is a boutique hotel with incredible complimentary pampering: champagne, wine, gourmet breakfast and port and chocolate truffles at turndown. The Talbot Heirs Guesthouse, located in downtown Memphis, gives you comfortable and private surroundings, and will stock the suite kitchen ahead of time from your personal grocery list.
Any of the mentioned lodging choices should serve you well, but keep in mind, that if you stay in Memphis long enough, you may end up wanting to stay in the Home of Blues.
For tourists and especially first time visitors, Memphis has one hotel so unique it rises above all others, and that’s the historic Forbes 4-Star Peabody, a Southern grande dame steeped in history, with an elegant ambiance, several restaurants including Chez Philippe, the city’s top fine dining eatery, and the city’s most popular cocktail spot, the lobby bar. It also has the best location in town, two blocks from Beale Street and within walking distance of several famous attractions and eateries. But the Peabody’s world renowned claim to fame is its morning and afternoon “duck marches,” when the hotel’s uniformed Duck Master escorts a family of ducks between the lobby fountain where they spend their days and the rooftop coop where they spend their nights. A major tourist attraction in its own right, this spectacle packs the lobby with outsiders but only hotel guests even have the option to serve as honorary Duck Master and help lead the procession. Otherwise, the top choices for upscale lodging are the boutique River Inn of Harbor Town with less than 30 rooms and tons of charm, the Madison Hotel in the neoclassic former Tennessee Trust Bank Building, and the Westin Beale Street, combing a predictable level of quality and Westin’s signature Heavenly Bed & Bath with a perfect location for dining and entertainment. For Elvis fans only, there’s the kitschy Heartbreak Hotel, part of the greater Graceland attraction and located directly across the street from the King’s mansion and its ultra-popular tours.