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The 7 Best Boutique Hotels in Memphis [2024]

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Memphis is rich in cultural diversity and history, with a storied musical heritage that shaped the rest of the country. The food scene is impressive, and not just because of the top-tier barbecue. This welcoming city is full of Southern hospitality and charm and growing more every day.

Visitors seeking to explore Memphis will be able to select from a wide range of boutique hotels.

The Best Boutique Hotels in Memphis

ARRIVE Memphis

Arrive Memphis
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Price: From $160

Found in Memphis’ trendy South Main Arts District, ARRIVE Memphis is in a stylish redbrick building right next to the National Civil Rights Museum.

Accommodation options at ARRIVE Memphis include a studio, bigger studio, double, and corner room. Each room features luxurious bedding made from 100% Egyptian cotton, cozy and practical furnishings, deluxe bath products from Hudson Made, and comfortable bathrobes. All rooms also have a Marshall Bluetooth speaker. Apple TV, DirecTV, a personal fridge, and a comfortable work desk. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available across the property.

The boutique experience provides plenty of amenities on-site, including craft cocktails, decadent meals, freshly-baked goods, and gourmet coffee. Guests also have access to a curated field guide but may enjoy their room too much to want to leave it often.

Big Cypress Lodge

Big Cypress Lodge
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Price: From $235

Found in one of the most imposing attractions in Memphis, the Big Cypress Lodge is located inside the iconic Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. Offering unbeatable views over the Mississippi River, this impressive boutique experience is ideal for adventurous travelers worldwide.

The Big Cypress Lodge includes an on-site spa and various fine-dining options across the Pyramid. Accommodation options are split between premium suites, stylish lodge rooms, private cabins, and treehouse-inspired retreats.

Interior rooms have balconies that allow guests an unbeatable view over the Pyramid. Exterior rooms also have amazing views over the entire city. Each of the accommodation options is designed with rustic decor and great modern comforts.

The Big Cypress Lodge has an on-site fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a 24-hour business center. Sky High Ride tickets are complimentary.

Hotel Napoleon

Hotel Napoleon
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Price: From $153

Located in downtown Memphis, Hotel Napoleon can be found in a landmark building dating back to 1902. This iconic location has a recognizable exterior in the Romanesque and Beaux-Arts revival styles.

The interior is fully renovated, with modern architectural wood teak-inspired wood running throughout the property and providing further refinement to the premises. Original Tennessee marble has been preserved and enhanced with modern metalwork details.

Each guest room and suite at the Hotel Napoleon features a sleek design and contemporary art, luxurious bedding, high ceilings, elegant crown molding, and bay windows. The preserved architectural details from 1902 are present in every room. With king and queen options, rooms include Bluetooth accessories, flat-screen TV, rain shower, and oversized windows. There are great views over downtown Memphis, and some rooms add a corridor with additional seating space.

Hu. Hotel Memphis

Hu. Hotel Memphis
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Price: From $169

The Hu. Hotel Memphis is a chic boutique experience in downtown Memphis and is within walking distance of the famous Beale Street district. Featuring thoughtful contemporary design and attention to detail, the hotel represents the city’s true spirit.

Named after Hugh “Hu.” Lawson White Brinkley, a Memphis politician, and philanthropist, the Hu. Hotel Memphis is a visionary option with beautiful rooms designed to provide maximum comfort.

Accommodation options include classic and deluxe guest rooms, along with spacious suites. Some of the rooms have river views, while others feature a separate living room with a comfortable workspace and a writing desk. All rooms include a curated private bar with local offerings, flat-screen HDTV, electronic safe, and individual climate control. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available through the property. Some suites include a sophisticated wet bar design with copper accents.

The James Lee House

The James Lee House
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Price: From $325

The James Lee House is a landmark historic location in Memphis that provides an exclusive boutique experience. Originally built in 1848 as a farmhouse, the property has seen many changes since its inception.

It now provides a stunning blend of historic charm and modern sophistication. The suites at the James Lee House are individually designed with opulent Victorian details to offer a luxuriously authentic experience in the heart of the city.

The most impressive accommodation option at The James Lee House is the Lee Suite. This choice was created from 3 other rooms to establish its grandeur and includes a collection of antique books.

The TEMPUR-Choice Luxe bed has premium bedding for maximum comfort. The magnificent, spa-style bathroom includes a Victoria + Albert tub, tower windows, and opulent marble tiled floors.

River Inn of Harbor Town

River Inn of Harbor Town
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Price: From $263

With views over the Mississippi River, the upscale River Inn of Harbor Town provides a luxurious boutique experience in the heart of Memphis. The hotel offers modern sophistication enhanced by Southern charm and hospitality.

Within walking distance of downtown Memphis, the River Inn can be found in a picturesque and peaceful residential area, right next to Greenbelt Park. The scenic area around the hotel and the Mississippi River can be enjoyed either on a walk or while taking a long bike ride.

There are European design accents throughout the River Inn, but they remain very authentic to the local spirit. Accommodation options include standard, deluxe, superior guest rooms, junior and grand suites, and 2 penthouse choices. Each room has luxurious bedding, comfortable pillows, walnut armoires, and designer bath amenities.

Talbot Heirs

Talbot Heirs
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Price: From $195

Talbot Heirs provides a quirky alternative boutique experience that is very different from traditional hotels. Each room at Talbot Heirs features an original design meant to represent the great spirit of Memphis and its storied past.

There is a curated collection of local art that adorns every room. Guests who stop at Talbot Heirs won’t find a typical hotel lobby when they check-in. Instead, there is a small office surrounded by private rooms. There is a convenience store on the first floor, and the guesthouse rooms can be found on the second.

This location can be found in the heart of Memphis, only steps away from Beale Street. The hotel’s creativity matches its surroundings perfectly. Each suite has a Marshall Bluetooth speaker, a queen bed, and a cable TV with HBO.

Final Thoughts

One of the main attractions in Memphis is the Big River Crossing, which allows glorious views over the Mississippi River.

The city is now also one of the world capitals of craft beer, and it is right next to Graceland, just one of the many legendary music locations in the area. Whatever your reasons for visiting Memphis, you won’t be disappointed.

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Amar is an avid traveler and tester of products. He has spent the last 13 years traveling all 7 continents and has put the products to the test on each of them. He has contributed to publications including Forbes, the Huffington Post, and more.

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