Memphis Travel Guide

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Gone Camping! You Can Now Stay the Night at Bass Pro Shops

May 14, 2015 at 9:33 AM | by | ()

There are no ocean view rooms at this property, but there are plenty of accommodations with a full view of fishing poles, hunting equipment, and of course plenty of camouflage. We’re talking about Bass Pro Shops — the outdoor store wonderland — and their first entry into the hotel market.

According to the Springfield News-Leader, the retail behemoth just opened up a brand new store over in Memphis in a repurposed Memphis Pyramid, as the arena—well, the pyramid—was no longer needed as a home for professional basketball’s Memphis Grizzlies. The new location is bigger and badder than many of its sibling stores... but what sets it apart is that visitors can now stay the night as well.

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The Guesthouse at Graceland Looks Like It'll Be the Real Heartbreak Hotel

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  Site Where: 3674 Elvis Presley Blvd [map], Memphis, TN, United States, 38116
May 4, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Last time we heard about the Guesthouse at Graceland, it was Elvis Week in August, and Priscilla Presley was getting all shook up breaking ground for Graceland’s huge new hotel.

How things have changed! Because not only has a 120-acre “tourism development zone” been approved for the Graceland area, but renderings have now appeared on the Graceland website. Look at the pictures. Watch the video. What do you think?

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Now Priscilla Presley Is Getting All Shook Up About the New Graceland Hotel

Where: 3674 Elvis Presley Blvd [map], Memphis, TN, United States, 38116
August 4, 2014 at 7:44 AM | by | ()

Turns out we’re not the only ones getting all shook up about the forthcoming Guesthouse at GracelandPriscilla Presley will be attending the groundbreaking ceremony on 14 August. How great thou art, Priscilla.

The ceremony will be part of Elvis Week, which runs August 8-17 and which will also see the unveiling of a new iPad tour of Graceland (suspicious minds might say Priscilla is stealing top billing away from John Stamos, who’s narrated the iPad tour).

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Graceland To Get All Shook Up With A New Elvis-Themed Hotel

Where: 3674 Elvis Presley Blvd [map], Memphis, TN, United States
July 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Lace up your blue suede shoes because you might get all shook up by this news – looks like Graceland is going to get a huge new hotel.

Elvis Presley Enterprises, the King’s estate, has received approval for a 450-room hotel to take up a whopping 24 acres of land just north of Graceland, on the same side of Elvis Presley Blvd.

The Guesthouse at Graceland is tentatively scheduled for a August 2015 opening – just in time for the 38th anniversary of Elvis’ so-called death on August 16.

Local architects Hnedak Bobo Group is in charge of the $70m project, and behind the cutesy-looking façade with its Graceland-Grecian-style façade (white columns, black shutters) will be a restaurant, sports bar, exhibition building, theater and meeting/event space. Hopefully “sports bar” is code for “Elvis impersonator bar” – the idea of going to Graceland to hang out in a sports bar is properly Heartbreak Hotel. (Speaking of the actual Heartbreak Hotel, currently the nearest hotel to Graceland, according to Memphis Daily News reporter Bill Dries, the estate will close this once the Guesthouse opens.)

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Room 306 Balcony Opens At the Old Lorraine Motel in Memphis

Where: 450 Mulberry [map], Memphis, TN, United States, 38103
November 8, 2012 at 9:19 AM | by | ()

On April 4 1968, Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated while standing on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. Since that day, the hotel has found new life as the National Civil Rights Museum, an impressive collection of photographs, videos and written accounts chronicling the history of the civil rights movement.

As historic hotels go, they don't come much more important than this place. And now the museum is adding to its repertoire.

Though room 306 has always been open to visitors (everything, from the furniture, curtains, carpet, rotary telephone and current newspaper, has been recreated to make the room look exactly the way it did when Dr. King stayed there), that was as far as they could go. Which is still quite a profound experience, given how much time Dr. King spent in that particular room (he was no stranger to the motel—in fact, room 306 was nicknamed the King-Abernathy Suite in his honor, after so many repeat stays).

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The Free Port At The River Inn Will Get You Rolling On The (Mississippi) River

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  Site Where: 50 Harbor Town Square [map], Memphis, TN, United States, 38103
August 5, 2011 at 10:29 AM | by | ()

All this week, Julia Buckley will be taking us down the Blues trail in the Mississippi Delta and giving us the lowdown on the hotel scene. So kick off your blue suede shoes and get comfy.

Chocolate, schmocolate. Turndown service usually leaves us slightly cold – or rather, it did until our stay at the River Inn of Harbor Town in Memphis two weeks ago. Because there, turndown not only means a gussied up bed. It not only means posh, round, Ferrero Rocher-like truffles rather than a tasteless slab of sugar on the pillow. No, at the River Inn, turndown also means a little carafe of port.

Why mention Memphis in HotelChatter's official Mississippi Delta Week? Because if you’re traveling to the Delta, it’s most likely that you’ll start off (and end up) in Memphis. Not only is it the closest major airport to the Delta, but it’s a fitting place to top and tail your trip, seeing as Memphis was the town all the blues musicians wanted to get to.

We’ve been to Memphis a couple times now, but never had much luck with hotels, the Benchmark being the low point, and the surprisingly snazzy Motel 6 in Horn Lake the high – but it’s a 20 minute drive from town. And though we’ve hung out and watched the duck parade at the Peabody, it’s always been out of our budget or fully booked.

But this time was third time lucky in Memphis, and not just because of the port.

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Any Concierges Out There Especially Good With Handling Ducks?

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  Site Where: 149 Union Ave [map], Memphis, TN, United States, 38103
July 22, 2011 at 1:30 PM | by | ()

There are all sorts of niche hotel jobs out there--we've profiled more than a few of them here--but being a duckmaster at the Peabody Memphis might be the most unusual hotel job out there.

However, taking care of the ducks is a full-time job and apparently a busy one as Head Duckmaster Jason Sensat is looking for an assistant to help him out. The Associated Press reports:

The assistant would help head Duckmaster Jason Sensat feed and care for the ducks. The new hire also would guide the four hens and one drake on their two daily walks from their penthouse suite to the marble fountain in the hotel lobby. The walk, a tradition for 78 years, draws hundreds of spectators every day.

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Downtown Memphis Hotels Remain Safe From Floods

May 9, 2011 at 9:32 AM | by | ()

While most people headed out to have pancakes with mom yesterday, Memphis battled flooding from the Mississippi River that's expected to reach 48 feet on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. However, downtown Memphis hotels are safe and open for business.

We called the Holiday Inn Select Downtown Memphis to see how it was faring, and the front desk said that downtown, which is perched on a bluff, isn't affected at all. "I'm not even wearing a swimsuit or anything," the front desk clerk joked.

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Three Memphis Hotels to Fit Every Budget

December 4, 2009 at 9:39 AM | by | ()

There's a lot that lures travelers to Memphis: the city's rich music scene—it was the birthplace of rock 'n' roll and soul music, after all—the finger-lickin' good barbecue and the jumping nightlife on Beale Street are just a few. If you want to go South for the winter, here are Memphis hotel options for every budget.

See our three hotel picks after the jump.

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Lowering the Benchmark at The Benchmark Hotel in Memphis

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  Site Where: 164 Union Ave [map], Memphis, TN, United States, 38103
April 16, 2009 at 11:06 AM | by | ()

Last week, we found ourselves on an unplanned Easter road trip and ended up in Memphis on Good Friday. Having paid our Graceland dues, we decided to shack up for the night, and soon realized that the town was pretty full for the weekend.

Our options? The Peabody had a double room for $200, but the Benchmark had one going for $130. The lobby looked a little worn but the staff were nice, we were tired, and we hadn't seen the warnings on TripAdvisor so we gave it a go.

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Cubicle Dreamin': An Inn That Has Everything But Elvis

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  Site Where: 50 Harbor Town Square [map], Memphis, TN, United States, 38103
July 25, 2008 at 1:39 PM | by | ()

Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.

In this episode, Hotel Maven Jennifer Merritt puts on her blue suede shoes and heads to Graceland. Enjoy.

I'm not much of an Elvis fan, but for some reason I've always wanted to go to Graceland. Because I'm not one of those jumpsuit-and-wig-wearing fanatics, I want to make sure my trip to Memphis isn't all Elvis, all the time. It appears that the River Inn of Harbor Town may be the solution to that conundrum.

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Hamptons Hotel Workers Spruce up MLK Museum

April 1, 2008 at 9:39 AM | by | ()

Hamptons Hotels' Save a Landmark program isn't just about restoring ginormous cuckoo clocks or 20-foot-tall duck-shaped gift shops. No, there's a serious side to it too.

The program has recently enlisted more than 100 of its workers - along with serious star power in the form of actor Samuel L. Jackson - to overhaul the National Civil Rights Museum, in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Museum celebrates the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and sits on the former site of the Lorraine Motel, where the civil rights leader was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

From new wallpaper and walkways, to displays, landscaping and electrical work, the Museum aims to complete most of the project by the 40th anniversary of Dr. King's untimely passing.

Jackson, who was an usher at King's funeral, is contributing to the more than 1000 man-hours that will go into rolling out the new look for this important landmark. And Hamptons plans more legendary makeovers this year -- including the birthplaces of Helen Keller and Jessie Owens.

Got a landmark you wanna see preserved? Nominate one here.