I stayed at the Residence Inn Downtown in Memphis recently with a group of girlfriends, and we had a great time! We booked a 2 bedrooom, 2 bath suite and found it to be a comfortable stay for a group. Things we liked about it:
Excellent service from the beginning to end of our stay - the receptionist, valets, and other hotel staff were friendly and extremely helpful. They went out of their way to help us have a good time, such as calling a restaurant we were interested in to find the best driving directions or letting our car stay past our check-out while we explored downtown.
Location - you can't beat the location of accessibility to everything downtown. The trolley stop is right around the corner, and the trolley runs along the river and through the downtown area, including a stop at Beale St. We were able to easily get to any downtown attraction we were interested in. If we had known that ahead of time, we probably wouldn't have paid the extra to valet our car with in/out privileges, but would've just left it parked the whole stay.
Room size - the rooms were large and comfortable for our group. One of our bathrooms was handicapped accessible (not something we requested), but that made it especially roomy. The living room area was great for visiting and watching TV together and the kitchen was equipped with what we needed (although we wished for a blender to mix drinks!) We had a corner room with large windows that looked out two directions onto downtown and the river, and we watched a horse and carriage with a wedding party go down the street from our window the first day we were there. Even though we were only on the second floor, we didn't have any problems with street noise.
Amenities - the roof has a great view of the river that we visited at sunset, and there is a hot tub on the roof that looked like a perfect way to view the sunset. It was pretty cold when we were there, so we didn't try it, especially after someone in the elevator told us the water wasn't very hot, so I can't speak to whether it's a good hot tub, but it sure looked inviting. The complimentary breakfast was also nice with waffles, fruit, muffins, eggs, biscuits (no meat though). It was definitely more than we needed.
Checkout time was noon, rather than 11, which gave us an extra hour to sleep in and enjoy a lazy breakfast downstairs.
Here are the downsides we found to the hotel:
We had trouble with showers in the morning, all getting hot water consistently. While we were all able to shower, it took a lot of fiddling with the faucets to make it happen.
There is no ice machine because the rooms come with a refrigerator with an icemaker. However, the icemaker was turned off when we got there, with no ice in the tray, and by the time we realized it, there really wasn't time to get any ice made. The ice maker only seemed to make a few cubes at a time. I don't know if we could've gotten ice downstairs from the front desk, because we weren't really in the room that much, but it was aggravating to not have ice when we wanted it.
However, I'd say that positives definitely outweighed the negatives, and I would highly recommend this hotel for a group who wanted a larger area than a standard hotel room. While it was somewhat pricey ($279 a night plus $15 valet parking), it wasn't bad when we split it among ourselves. The hotel helped us have a memorable getaway in Memphis.
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Inn Memphis Downtown Hotel Memphis
- Memphis Residence Inn