Shake, rattle and roll: these Memphis hotel’s offer more than just slumber

Memphis is home to some of the best activities in Tennessee with their hotels offering much more than simply a comfy place to rest your head.

The best part – you don’t need to be a guest to enjoy these outstanding amenities. In town looking for some fun for you and your crew? Why not stop by one of Memphis’ unique hotels.

Memphis Central Station hotels
Central Station Hotel © Alex Shansky

Drinks, music, dining and… yoga?

At The Central Station Memphis, dine at Bishop, the newest restaurant from renowned local chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman. Bishop’s Southern-inspired French cuisine is all the buzz around town. While you wait for your reservation, stop into the Eight & Sand music room for a cocktail and tunes. Every detail is made for the ultimate listening experience and a nod to style: the DJ booth is built from a vintage church organ. The listening studio behind the bar features Memphis-crafted Egglestonworks speakers, some of the best in the world, in a room designed for impeccable acoustics.

Most importantly: What’s spinning? With 500 vinyl records in its collection, all with Memphis music ties, you’re sure to get an earful of the classic Memphis sound. Eight and Sand also features a new patio that’s perfect for enjoying sips with scenic views. Be sure to check their events calendar for live music and even yoga classes from Mind Body Haus out on the patio.

Craft cocktails and vibrant hangouts

Head to MOXY Memphis Downtown and grab a beer or cocktail to go along with your choice of flatbread from BAR MOXY. Then retreat to one of the hotel’s excellent hangout spaces. With an eclectic modern and retro vibe, these vibrant community spaces are equipped with arcade games like pinball and foosball.

Breakfast fit for a King

Stop by King & Union Bar Grocery at DoubleTree Memphis Downtown for chicken, waffles, or pork belly French toast. This all-day breakfast joint also offers lunch and dinner options like sandwiches, steak and catfish, and a full bar with craft cocktails and local beers. Don’t forget to grab a signature warm DoubleTree cookie from the lobby on your way out.

Feather’s Spa inside The Peabody Hotel

Rooftops, spas and exquisite dining

The South’s Grand Hotel offers much more than a luxurious place to stay. Begin your visit to the Peabody Hotel with some relaxation at Feathers Spa. This full-service resort-style spa provides a variety of spa and salon treatments, including massages, manicures and pedicures, wax treatments and the Feathers Spa signature,, Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage.

Then, head to Chez Philippe restaurant, the only spot in town that offers a traditional English afternoon tea. Enjoy a three-course menu of sandwiches, sweets over a pot of the finest tea varieties.

Chez Phillipe also offers breakfast and dinner with exquisite menu items like sausage croissants, cinnamon challah, French Toast and pancakes in the morning, and catfish arrabbiata, BBQ salmon rolls and wild mushroom ravioli in the evenings. And take note: the Peabody Rooftop offers scenic views of downtown Memphis.

Hustle & Dough at Arrive Memphis Hotel

From almond butter toast to mushroom & shallot scones to brown butter brownies, Hustle & Dough offers fresh-baked bread and pastries that pair perfectly with their artisanal house brews, courtesy of local roaster Vice & Virtue, at Arrive Memphis Hotel.

Memphis hotels sign
Memphis Sign on Mud Island © Alex Shansky

Explore Elvis’ backyard

If you plan on visiting Elvis Presley’s Graceland, why not stay the night? Current packages allow you to stay over at The Guest House at Graceland and tour Graceland. Packages include audio-guided tours of the mansion, self-guided tours of Elvis’ custom jets and full access to Elvis Presley’s Memphis Entertainment Complex with all-new immersive augmented and virtual reality exhibits.

New hotel bar patios

The Curfew at Canopy Hotel, a new hybrid sports bar and American tavern, features a wrap-around patio overlooking AutoZone Park. This is the perfect hangout space to unwind with craft cocktails, local beers, shared plates and tapas-style dishes.

The Greyhound at Hilton Garden Inn, the first dedicated “gin bar” in Memphis, also features an excellent patio space across AutoZone Park. Enjoy the downtown atmosphere while sampling flatbreads and sandwiches as well as a wide variety of gins and other cocktails.

Food, views and bowling at The Pyramid

Explore the immersive Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. Grab lunch and go bowling at Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill. Ride the world’s tallest free-standing elevator to The Lookout observation deck, giving you unbelievable views of downtown Memphis and the Mighty Mississippi River. Then head out to the new patio hangout space on Mississippi Terrace at The Pyramid. This is the perfect spot to sit back, relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown Memphis. Order your favourite cocktail or beer from the bar, pull up an oversized chair around one of the fire pits and enjoy live music over small plate appetisers.

Memphis Beale Street
Beale Street © David Meany

Nightcap on America’s most iconic street

What better way to end a night out on the town than enjoying a nightcap with sprawling views of the city skyline and the Mississippi River? You’ll find that at Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis’ posh rooftop lounge, Beck & Call. Downtown Memphis’ newest hotel also features Latin-American-inspired CIMAS Restaurant. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch on the patio with the hotel pool and Mighty Mississippi as your backdrop.

Wanna stay awhile?

You might be inspired to stay overnight – or longer – with all these exciting activities and hip hangout spots in Memphis. Check out these special offers and deals if you feel like sticking around.

This article was produced in partnership with Memphis Travel.

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