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River Inn of Harbor Town
Ranked #1 of 136 Hotels in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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78 reviews
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“Lives up to its top billing”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

I can't add anything more to the already excellent reviews of this hotel. We had a lovely room looking on to the Mississippi (tucked away from the city which created a sense of safety) but the best thing about this hotel - and a quality that is very difficult to create/replicate - was the ambiance which flowed from the exceptional hospitality. The staff were friendly and you genuinely felt they cared about providing excellent customer service. The breakfasts were good. We thought the evening meal offer to be a little rich for our taste buds but we were getting over a bout of flu so we craved simple food. You can't go wrong by staying here and would definitely return.

Room Tip: Take one overlooking the Mississippi
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

Who knew there was such a warm, safe, and quaint community in Memphis???  The River Inn of Harbor Town, and Harbor Town as a whole, provided the backdrop for a wonderful, romantic weekend getaway for my friend and me!

The hotel staff, from Katherine who provided sincere and friendly check-in service, to the room service delivery by Jessica from TUG’S, our stay couldn’t have been more perfect. 

The rooms were large and welcoming, with the most comfortable 4 post bed that I’ve experienced.  The bathroom was large and clean, the housekeeping staff was on the ball, and the breakfast presented by Paulette’swas delicious. 

The area was safe to walk, with an excellent coffee shop, Café Eclectic, just down the street.  The river front area provided beautiful views of the Mississippi River Bridge lit up at night, a small independent grocer & deli, Miss Cordelia’s, supplied us with last minute items, and we dined at TUG’S, a casual restaurant attached to the Inn, and found some of the best Southwestern Egg Rolls we have ever tasted!!!

We will not hesitate to recommend this B&B to our friends and family, and there is no doubt we will stay here again the next time we visit Memphis.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

Quaint and luxurious right on the river. The room was exquisite, the linens divine and the hospitality warm and inviting. With a complimentary full breakfast include and our waiter Mr. Patrick's affable southern charm, I highly recommend The River Inn on The Harbor for your stay in Memphis. Now we are off the Graceland.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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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WINCHESTER, MASS
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
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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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed December 12, 2013 via mobile

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
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Property: River Inn of Harbor Town
Address: 50 Harbor Town Square, Memphis, TN 38103
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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 (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — River Inn of Harbor Town 4*
Number of rooms: 28
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