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When planning a trip to Memphis, Tennessee, your choice of hotels in the area will have something to please everyone. Memphis is known for its eclectic mix of music, entertainment, and history, and the hotels that encompass the city capture each distinct vibe.
Perhaps you want to stay in the heart of “Blues City” and surround yourself with the vibrant nightlife of Beale Street, incredible dining, fabulous museums, and eclectic shops. Then choose from a number of hotels that are located in and around downtown Memphis. Whether your preference is high-end luxury, mid-scale, quaint bed and breakfasts, or family friendly – there are hotel and lodging options in Memphis to suit everyone’s taste and budget, each allowing you the opportunity to explore this amazing city at your leisure.
Definitely check out the historic Peabody Hotel – you will not only be lodging in quiet elegance, but also be able to witness the famous Peabody Ducks march through the Grand Lobby at 11am and 5pm daily, this being a time-honored tradition since 1933.
A trip to Memphis would not be complete without a visit to Graceland, the home of Elvis. To complete your experience, spend a few nights at the funky themed Heartbreak Hotel, which is across the street. A variety of other hotels (ranging from upscale to budget) are located nearby and give you convenient access to the numerous entertainment options in the area.
Should you be traveling for business or strictly for pleasure, your choice of a hotel in Memphis will most certainly accommodate your desires with the charm and “Southern hospitality” that make this city unique.
Looking to stay in the River City? Travelocity lists cheap deals on hotels in Memphis, TN. Book your room with us today and explore the home of the blues. Browse our online listings to find a beautiful space in this classic, southern, musical city. Feel free to get out and explore downtown Memphis. Hotels can be found based on customer reviews, star ratings, and price; however, you can also look to book a room near these great things to do in Memphis, TN. Hotels near Beale Street will be in the middle of the rockin' action, or you could find rooms with a view of the Mississippi River, for example. Build your itinerary and find the perfect spot based on what you want to see and do!
Visit the Heart of Rock and Roll
If you've got a passion for blues and rock music, keep that in mind when looking at hotels. Memphis, TN, has been called the home of the blues, and if Memphis is the home, Beale Street is its hearth. Book your room during the Beale Street Music Festival. Along this street, you'll find many different clubs, bars, and restaurants where you can hear live music. Many historic, industry-changing artists like Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Otis Redding, and Issac Hayes found their start in this bluesy town. Up the road and around the corner is Sun Studio, the birthplace of rock and roll. You could either tour the museum or see new artists performing there live today. Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum celebrates the history and diversity of this local music and is a Smithsonian Institution affiliate. There's also the STAX Museum of American Soul Music, the only museum dedicated to American soul music, which also features many local events. It's a bit of a drive from this area, but no Elvis fan can resist the pull of Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, where you can tour the mansion, gardens, and automobile collection of the man himself.
Taste Food That Will Rock Your Soul
The River City has been called the barbecue capital of the world, and when you taste it, you'll be able to see why. If you're a barbecue fan, you'll most likely want to plan your trip for during the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest; consider this season when choosing when to book downtown Memphis hotels. Locals take this finger-lickin' sweetness seriously and consider it an art form. Memphis-style barbecue typically features slow-cooked pork (often ribs) with a wet or dry rub. Wet or dry seems to be the eternal question in Memphis, and you'd better decide on which one you like, as rivalries are fierce! Go out for ribs at Corky's Bar-B-Q, Charlie Vergo's Rendezvous, Payne's Bar-B-Que, Central BBQ, Cozy Corner Bar-B-Q, or Blues City Cafe and you'll be satisfied. Choose ribs, pulled pork nachos, brisket, sandwiches, or whatever you fancy. In addition to having barbecue that draws food enthusiasts to Memphis in droves, the city also features excellent Creole and Cajun foods. Check out Soul Fish, DejaVu Restaurant, or Restaurant Iris for excellent cuisine. You could also really enjoy a soulful meal at Gus's World Famous Hot & Spicy Chicken. Take advantage of the area's local food truck scene, or just take a tour with Tastin' 'Round Town. If you're looking for a fancier night out, wine and dine at McEwen's on Monroe.
Experience Greater Memphis
Of course, Memphis has a lot more to offer than just excellent rock music and American classic cuisine. The area also offers a rich, dense history, an affinity for the arts, and an enthusiasm for all living things. If you're looking for hotels in Memphis, TN, for children and families, you should definitely stop by the Memphis Zoo. In addition to being a world leader in conservation sciences, it's also one of only four zoos in the United States that houses a giant panda. Perhaps human culture is your passion; get a view into a very important part of American history at the National Civil Rights Museum. Walk through the troubles of African Americans from the 1600s onwards and learn about the struggles of people in this area during the Civil Rights Movement. The Withers Collection Museum Gallery also gives a unique and deeply personal perspective on this time, with images from photojournalist Ernest C. Withers, who was a close friend of Medgar Evers, James Meredith, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Take the time to explore and discover this integral part of history. The area also celebrates the arts in an enthusiastic and unique way. Attend an event at the historic Orpheum Theater, which serves the region as an excellent performing arts center. Tour one of the many museums and galleries as well. If you want to truly experience Memphis in a big way, join Memphis Riverboats for a dinner cruise on the Memphis Queen and ride along the wide Mississippi River. You'll get a view of the city's skyline and chug away on a very classic-looking steamboat!
Book Your Trip Today
Pick what attractions and times you want to be in Memphis when choosing your hotels. Downtown Memphis is full of great museums, attractions, shows, and more. Coordinate your trip with local events. If you want to really get a grasp on the rich culture of this smooth city, book your room during May. Memphis in May is a month-long festival comprising of the Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, International Week, and the Sunset Symphony as the fun finale. If you want to come at another great time, note that the weather in Memphis during late May through September is like its barbecue: sticky and hot! The winter months can be quite cool but comfortable, in the 40s and 50s. Book your trip in the fall and spring months to have a great time in Memphis. In addition to offering hotels, note that Travelocity also offers vacation packages, which can bundle your hotel stay, flight, and car rental together to create one great deal. Find the best packages online and rock out in the home of the blues today!