Went to the Memphis area for business, but wanted to stay in a location where I would be around some activity for after-hours. Looking at a map online, this hotel seemed to fit the bill. It is only a few blocks away from Beale Street and the Redbirds stadium. It looked decent from the Marriott website and has pretty good reviews.
Honestly, the hotel itself was ok. The lobby was obviously recently redone and the breakfast area was nice looking. Compared to other hotels, there are certainly no frills though (which is not a problem).
My room was a weird olive green color (walls & carpet) which gave the appearance of something straight out of the 70s. The room and bedding were clean, but it was tough to tell from the initial appearance. I think the hotel is trying to be a boutique hotel, but its not working. Overall, it was fine.
My real problem was the location. Like I said, it is only a few blocks from Beale, but its traveling those few blocks which cause a problem. The hotel is located across from a park where shady characters hang out. Also, within a three block span, I was approched three times for money. It can be uncomfortable and intimidating alone at night. I got food at the Madison hotel and got back to my room quicker than I had intended to.
If you want to be in a good area near good restaurants while feeling safe, your best bets are the Hampton Inn, the Peabody (if you can swing it), Westin, Doubletree, or Holiday Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spacious, all-suite hotel located 10 mi from Graceland; minutes from area restaurants and businesses. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Springhill Suites Memphis Downtown Hotel Memphis
- Memphis Springhill Suites