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“A Rare Find in Memphis. Southern Hospitality, boutique style.”

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River Inn of Harbor Town
Ranked #1 of 138 Hotels in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 2, 2014

Nice hotels are hard to come by in Memphis these days. Sure, you have the South's (formerly) Grand Hotel, The Peabody, which was overrun by undesirable years ago. You have a very few other notables such as the Madison or Westin, although these can bring an undesirable crowd as well.

Then we come to River Inn at Harbor Town. Tucked away in sleepy Harbor Town is a true gem! My parents had been talking about it for a couple of years. They drive 80 miles from North Mississippi frequently on weekends to stay here and eat at Paulette's (a Memphis institution).

We went up to celebrate their anniversary two days after Christmas and I instantly fell in love with this charming Southern inn. Their general manager is German and obviously runs a tight ship. He is very visible throughout the property and it shows (well, there were a few slip-ups to be discussed later).

Notable standouts are the complimentary glass of wine upon check-in, and the nightly turndown service featuring port wine and a truffle. I was unimpressed by the Lindor truffles. I expected something from Dinstuhl's of Memphis or some other non-commercial chocolate, but they are definitely on track with this offering.

Rooms are very nicely appointed with classic southern furnishings and VERY nice lamps. Each room is slightly different.

Where I found the property to be falling apart was in the bathroom. The soap dishes were coming un-mounted from the tile in the shower and my toilet had a leak. The funny thing is that the turn-down attendant obviously noticed the leak and placed a towel behind the toilet to catch the dripping water. I would have not expected such a tacky remedy for this issue. I didn't want to re-pack and move, so I just let it be for the night.

Paulette's new home is inside River Inn, and the food is as wonderful as I remember it being. One fail, however was the escargot. Served in mushroom caps and not nearly as hot as they should have been, they were a big disappointment. Otherwise, the food was great. Our waiter tried WAY too hard to be funny, but overall it was a pleasant evening.

One of the best amenities here is the complimentary breakfast, served in Paulette's every morning. This is no run of the mill hotel breakfast. A full cooked to order meal is more than ample to get the day started.

Overall, a great property. They do need to stay on top of things falling apart in rooms, however.

Room Tip: River view rooms are available.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

We chose this hotel because of it's proximity to downtown Memphis, yet secluded location in Harbor Town. We were very pleased with the elegance of the hotel, the warm, friendly service from all staff, and the amenities. There is fresh coffee each morning in the "library" located on each floor, so that guests have only to walk steps from their rooms for delicious coffee. Breakfast is included in the room rate, at their on-site restaurant, and is lavish and delectable.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

First trip to Memphis and we would never stay anywhere else. Great location, away from the hustle bustle of the city but so close that most all attractions are just minutes away. I had requested a Deluxe Queen room but we were upgraded to the Kate Adams Suite which was just wonderful beyond my ability to describe in this short space. The Inn has three very good restaurants offering the options of both casual and fine dining. There was nothing that we did not greatly enjoy about this place.

Room Tip: If you are lucky enough to get the Kate Adams Suite you will greatly enjoy it.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Bob D
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

An excellent experience from check in to check out. A very personable experience with staff which made us feel at home. Highlights included: comfortable king size bed, complimentary drink on arrival, bed turn down service with chocolates and port, amazing views from Terrace Bar of the Mississippi River with an impressive drink selection, big fluffy white towels, and a impressive complimentary breakfast menu.
This was one memorable stay and we look forward to an opportunity to stay again.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Daz076
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Reviewed December 11, 2013

Excellent, personable, friendly staff including in the hotel and bar. Beautiful rooms with a fantastic view at sunset. Very clean and well kept, as well as quaint with character. A cute little area for reading and sipping tea. I loved this place the moment I stepped in. The locals love it too! (We made friends with the locals at the bar). Food in the bar also fantastic! Cannot fault this place. Well done!

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

I stayed here for my mothers birthday trip on 11/24 and it was a wonderful experience. All the small extras make you feel like a VIP and the area makes you feel like you are not in downtown Memphis. I wish we had stayed here two nights and not moved to a hotel closer to Graceland on Sunday. Also, Paulette's said casual/business, but most people were dressed nicely and not many jeans. I would definitely go back!

Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
1  Thank Jennifer G
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Beautifully appointed boutique hotel in Harbor Town which is away from Downtown but only a 10 minute cab ride away, or a short walk over the bridge to the Trolley. The view of the Mississippi is spectacular and you can walk along it for miles.

The rooms are great, staff extremely helpful and friendly and they serve a good breakfast.

Only negatives are:

# each morning at 5.30 a huge dumpster truck arrived right outside our window to collect the garbage

# they are very mean about replacing toiletries.

Room Tip: Avoid room 225 until they sort out the garbage collection!
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: 50 Harbor Town Sq, Memphis, TN 38103-8918
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Location: United States > Tennessee > Memphis
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Memphis
#1 Romantic Hotel in Memphis
#4 Business Hotel in Memphis
#6 Family Hotel in Memphis
Price Range: $266 - $425 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — River Inn of Harbor Town 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Boutique Hotel with European ambiance and Southern hospitality located I Harbor Town on a peninsula on the Mississippi River in downtown Memphis. 2 miles from Beal Street, FedEx Forum and Orpheum Theater, half mile from St. Jude Children Hospital. most room/suites are overlooking the Mississippi River, the hotel is offering 3 restaurants/bars, Paulette's (fine dining), Tug's Casual Grill and the Terrace offering small plates and hand crafted cocktails with having the best view in town of the Mississippi River, ... more   less 
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