· The Luxury Option
If you want some South hospitality, spend a night at the Peabody. The downtown hotel, only several blocks away from Beale Street, doesn't have flashy rooms (rates start at $255). Instead, the Peabody saves the flash for the grandoise lobby and other public spaces. As far as amenities, you'll have to shell out $9 a day for WiFi, but the fee also includes a shoe shine, gym access and coffee or tea.
The hotel's French-Asian eatery, Chez Philippe, consistently ranks among the city's best restaurants. But the hotel's most popular for its resident ducks, who waddle from their "Palace" on the rooftop to the lobby's fountain twice daily with the help of a duckmaster. It's a tradition that dates back to 1933. If you like the duckies—and who wouldn't?—pick up a duck-themed souvenir at the on-site shop the Lucky Duck.
· The Boutique Option
When most people think of Memphis, they think of one thing, Graceland. If you're a hardcore Elvis fan, you'll find a new place to dwell down at the end of Lonely Street is the Heartbreak Hotel. Okay, it's not really on Lonely Street, as the song says, but it is across the street from the King's house and has a gate that leads into Graceland's parking lot. The rooms, which start at $117, come with free Elvis movies, free WiFi, a kitchenette and a continental breakfast. Of course, it wouldn't be the Heartbreak Hotel without its heart-shaped outdoor pool.
· The Budget Option
What gives the Holiday Inn Select Downtown a leg up over the other budget hotels in the city is its great location. The hotel is across from the famous Peabody, next door to AutoZone Ballpark and two blocks from Beale Street and the FedEx Forum. The hotel itself houses rooms (that begin at $106 a night) with complimentary WiFi, a free 24-hour fitness center, a rooftop pool and Sekisui Sushi Bar, one of only a handful of sushi restaurants downtown. Though if you're not in the mood for the raw stuff, the sushi bar is only steps away from many great restaurants.