The staff, hands down, makes this a wonderful place to stay-very friendly with Southern charm, not at all stuffy; informative and accommodating. The rooms are spacious, as expected in this type of hotel. The free breakfast goes a notch above the usual continental fare. The location is great-adjacent to all 3 trolly lines, 2 blocks from Peabody and a couple more to Beale St. No restaurant on site but 2 very nice ones are steps (literally) from the hotel as well as a bunch of more casual spots just within the block and many more close by.
Now for our stay.
We were there for a week for Memphis in May BBQ Fest and we were doing some cooking of sides and desserts for our team. My husband, myself, my Mother and her friend.
We had a 2 bed/2 bath suite with a FULL kitchen, meaning full size appliances. Bedroom 1 had a queen bed with an en suite bath with a tub/shower combo. Both were of decent size. Bedroom 2 had a queen bed with the 2nd bath (good size with a nice large tiled shower) being right out the door in the hall of the suite. The Kitchen, while not large, had a good layout and decent counter space (think a galley kitchen with one side open) with the basic implements for cooking and eating. The dining and living areas were a good size. The living room has a full couch (fold out), 2 chairs and coffee table with a desk area separating it from the dining area. With all the seating surfaces utilized we could and did have a dozen people in this area comfortably.
The housekeeping staff is outstanding! Due to 4 of us staying in the suite it seemed like one of us was there all the time yet they cleaned our room without any of us walking in. They really do a nice job!
Please make sure you visit the roof! Nice sitting areas and a hot tub. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the hotel puts out an evening meal. The 1st two are in the breakfast area while Wednesday is a rooftop BBQ. Unfortunately I was not able to take part in these since I was there for BBQ Fest and was helping my team set up :)
The Front Desk
Hugh is a rascal! Very funny and when he tells you his name is Jessie....wait til you meet Jessie, great knowledge of Memphis and so kind. If you are very lucky Mac will be your Bellman, he so went out of his way to take care of us.
As you can tell I really like this property. Is it for you? if it's a weekend and you want some luxe amenities maybe not, but for any longer stays I wouldn't stay anywhere else.
One tip for anyone going to Memphis-use your manners! Please, thank you, you're welcome, etc. go a long way. If you don't you'll get ok service wherever you go there but you won't get the heart or the wonderful tips they "can" share. :)
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