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At 9:50 pm, we're ensconced in a freezing cold hotel room (58 degrees at check-in) at the Downtown Residence Inn--the fierce air conditioning a defense, presumably, against 86 degree weather outside. Jerry immediately turned on the heat. We're huddling. Our flight to Memphis, via Northwest, an airline neither of us had even taken, was crowded and …
... a small area since the cemetery is pretty huge. 1200. Went to the Civil Rights Museum located across from where the Lorraine motel stands. That's where MLK jr was shot & killed. Very interesting & a great way to end our Memphis trip. 1300. Headed back to ...
... for a lake. However what we came across was something rather astonishing. A 100 foot waterfall ploughing down to a lake with clear water, clear enough you could see the rocks and sea critters underneath. The day was getting hotter as it went on, which meant going swimming in the smaller waterfall was a certainty. After just the first day was coming to an end, we had all got to know each other and make friends with one another. As the first night drew to ...
... proceeded onwards and ended the day in Memphis, Tennessee. It was a long day, and the weather was again punishing; it was SUPER hot all day. We are hoping for better weather tomorrow.
We put in 478 miles today; less than expected.
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Last on our agenda was a factory tour at Gibson Guitar. Full production was not going on as it is Saturday but we saw all the stages from a block of wood to a finished guitar. Pretty amazing. No photos allowed so I can't share any of it with you....you will just have to come to Memphis and see for yourself! ...
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This is a nice hotel a few short blocks from the exciting part of downtown Memphis (Beale St.). We were able to see the Streetcar (which ran in front of the hotel) from the window of our two-bedroom, two bath suite (Room 308). Lots of space for my family of four. My wife and I slept in one room, my daughter had her own bedroom and my son pulled out the sofa-sleeper and slept in the living room.
Hotel was quiet - I didn't hear a peep from other hotel visitors.
We used valet parking for $16 per night but getting to and from car was not real smooth as the parking on the street left for only one spot for valet and if more than one car needed valet at the same time it was tough to get in there. But the valets worked quick.
The furniture and walls in the hotel room was dated. I'm not sure if the goal was to keep the retro, historic feel of this hotel in a building built in the 1920s, but it looks like the furniture was cheap second hand stuff. I would note that it was not worn out, just old looking. The chairs in the living room looked like they came from the set of the Brady Bunch.
I have no complaints about the cleanliness of the room.
Staff was friendly and personable. Free breakfast was a plus.
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We stayed at the RESIDENCE INN APRIL 14 - 17, 2005. The hotel room was really clean. The staff at the hotel were friendly and kind, and would go out
Would definitely stay every time
We stayed here when we came to town for the grizzlies/heat basketball game. The hotel was in a good location, 5 blocks from the FedEx Forum, 3 blocks from Beale Street. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, from the valet to the lady that takes care of the breakfast buffet. The bed was comfortable, the room was a nice size, and the ammenities (free dvd rentals, rooftop grill, pool tables) were a definite plus. This one definitely goes on our list.
The only pick
This has to be one of the best hotels that I have stayed. The accommodations were splendid. They offer billards downstairs for free, an outside grill on the roof, a DVD player in every room (guest can check out movies for free), and much more. I'm from Memphis and did not know about this property until I looked on trip advisor's site. I don't plan on staying at any other place when I visit home. The location is prime and is in walking distance to all of the hot spots downtown; even the shopping, according to my wife and mother-in-law!
Lovely art deco lobby
Nice location. Large, clean rooms complete with kitchenette. Helpful staff. The best muffins and donuts I've ever had at a hotel. During the business week an evening snack is also included.
The Residence Inn Memphis was in an incredible location, right on the trolley line, a nice walk to Beale Street (but far enough away to be able to sleep!), a few walk to Rendezvous (THE place for ribs!) and next door to another fabulous restaurant, McEwan's on Monroe. The staff was courteous and helpful and the rooms were spacious, brand new, exceptionally clean with comfortable temps. The bed was incredibly comfortable and there was no street noise to keep you awake.
Nice hotel, great location
We stayed in the 2 BR suite and found it to be very clean, new, comfortable; granite bathrooms, comfortable bed, much nicer than I expected given my visits to other Residence Inns. Front desk staff was friendly and helpful, warm breakfast was good. Hotel is nicer than it seems from the picture. Close to everything.I would definitely stay here again
Needed a hotel that would allow dogs in Memphis area and this was hard to find so we were pleased that the Residence Inn would accomodate us. We were told that there would be a $100 non-refundable fee for the dogs and in the room it states that, plus an additional $20 per night per dog. That raises the room rate substantially. Additionally, there are no nearby grassy areas for the dogs to allow for quick potty breaks. You have to walk a few blocks, which doesn't seem like a problem until it is the middle of the night and it is dark out. That's a huge thumbs down from us. This is the first hotel we have stayed in with our dogs (and we travel frequently with them) that offers a sign for the door that says "Pets in Room". I really like that touch! We stayed in a large "exception suite" with a raised sleeping area. This is a nice sized room for two people, but with two adults, one 10 year old boy, and 2 dogs, I'm not so sure. Small galley style kitchen, dining area, desk, high speed internet access (via cable in room; wireless available in public areas only), fold out queen sized sofa bed, 2 dressers, nice bathroom area with in wall hair dryer. Breakfast buffet was nice with French toast, sausage, eggs, (cheese and salsa available), make your own waffles, cereal, oatmeal, fresh fruit, yogurt, milk, juice, coffee/tea/hot chocolate, and an assortment of bread, bagels, muffins, and danishes. The seating area fills up quickly and we noticed some security guards (4?) eating at the buffet --- I don't think they are staying here. The hearth area where the buffet is has a fireplace and tvs and there is also a billiards room, exercise room (3 or 4 treadmills, etc.), and a hot tub on the roof with a really nice view. In all honesty, if I had not been traveling with our dogs, I probably would not have chosen the Residence Inn, but since they did allow us to stay with our dogs, I do appreciate them and their hotel. We ordered from a local restaurant (Westy's) thanks to the suggestion of Tony from Guest Services who arranged with the restaurant that we could pay for the meal by credit card over the phone. Service was good for the level of hotel we were in, I cannot put my finger on what more I would want or need to make it better. Probably just the whole thing with the fees for dogs could be different.
We stayed here for one night on our way to Florida. When we walked in we were plesantly surprised by the room. The bathroom was roomy and the bed was very comfortable. I wish we could have enjoyed it more. We were there to check out Beale Street and were gone the next morning. Also had a nice breakfast buffet in the morning, complimentary. It was a little higher priced ($150) but it was worth it being downtown. We will definetly stay there again if we are in Memphis again!
We've been to Memphis several times and stayed at different downtown hotels, but this place is the best we've seen. It's a brand new hotel in an old historic building. Beautiful lobby, rooms, furnishings. Everything you need is in the suite. Wonderful beds & pillows! Great hot complimentary breakfast. Right on the trolley line. Only 3-4 blocks to Beale Street. We will definitely stay here again.
Great New-Old Hotel
Wow, where do I start! This hotel is great. We stayed this weekend and will definately be staying again. The hotel has just opened in the old William Len Hotel which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The lobby has been restored to its former glory while the guest rooms are all new. You have the best of both worlds. We had a great view of the river and Main Street. The location is super. Right off of main and a block from Autozone Park and a couple of blocks from Beale Street. There are several great restaurants within one block. The staff was great!!! They were very friendly and helpful. The breakfast buffet was a little slow but I'm sure a new hotel has a few kinks to iron out. You will not be sorry if you try this one!