I was in Memphis for a convention and booked the Residence over the convention hotels (Marriott Downtown and Wyndham Garden) because of the reviews here, even though it was farther from the convention center. Boy was I glad that I did. My colleagues who stayed at the other properties had nothing good to say about them, whereas I was very pleased with the Residence. The staff were friendly, I had a gorgeous room with a wonderfully comfortable bed. The breakfast was fresh and plentiful, with a good choice. The only problem I encountered was low water pressure in the shower, but it couldn't be helped and didn't spoil the visit. Although the hotel was full, I did not hear the other guests. I never made use of the full suite facilities - kitchen, living room, dining area - but it would be great for people on a budget wanting to cook for themselves. Although there are good restaurants nearby, I wish that the Residence had room service. Sometimes after a long day, you just want to eat (not cook!) in front of the TV rather than going out.
I had an excellent dinner at McEwan's next door (reservations needed), and the food at Encore in the Peabody Center was good too.
Unfortunately I was far less impressed by the city of Memphis than I was by the hotel. There were panhandlers on the corners, gangs roaming the streets at night, which even the heavy police presence did not help. If you want to stock up on tacky Elvis souvenirs, you have plenty of choice, but no other shopping was available within walking distance of the hotel except for the disappointing Peabody Center. I don't understand the attraction of Beale St. Glad I was there on business, would not return as a tourist.
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