Heading to Memphis for music history, Nashville for a honky-tonk weekend or the Great Smoky Mountains for some nature time – and want to stay somewhere budget-conscious that still offers nice perks and amenities? Check out these budget-friendly hotels in Tennessee that will keep your wallet happy while still delivering on style.
Millennium Maxwell House Hotel Nashville
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Many know Millennium Maxwell House Hotel as the hotel where President Theodore Roosevelt stayed, tried Maxwell House Coffee, and claimed it “good to the last drop.” We think the hotel is still “good to the last drop” with its saltwater pool, convenient location in Downtown Nashville and fitting music-themed decor. Kids love the Ask Alfred Children’s Programme – add this amenity onto your room and kids get an Ask Alfred cinch backpack with an Ask Alfred teddy bear, gummy bears, a crayon activity set, stickers and postcards they can decorate and drop off at the concierge desk for complimentary mailing.
In Downtown Gatlinburg, River Edge Inn offers its guests complimentary breakfast and an outdoor pool with a children’s pool. Rooms with a jacuzzi and fireplace offer the ultimate escape after a day on your feet, and family suites come with full kitchens and enough room to spread out and relax. Bath & Body Works amenities add a nice, elevated touch.
Call these quaint condos home while staying in Downtown Gatlinburg. Olde Gatlinburg Rentals is within walking distance to popular dining destinations, as well as Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Mynatt Park and more. Depending on the size, condos either have kitchenettes or full kitchens, and an outdoor heated pool can be enjoyed by all guests. It’s also located near the Gatlinburg Trolleys, meaning you can hop on a trolley to get to your destination instead of walking or driving.
Less than 2mi (3km) from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Crossroads Inn & Suites offers a space for those wanting to rest up after a long day of exploring. Take advantage of the grab-and-go breakfast before heading into the park, and enjoy the outdoor pool and splash pool upon returning to the inn. Accommodations with seasonal fireplaces and jacuzzis are available.
Urban-chic meets a touch of mid-century modern at Moxy Nashville Downtown. Exposed brick walls, beds with LED under-lighting and a combination of leather couches, plush sitting poufs and eclectic decor all come together for a unique look and feel. This is the only hotel on Honky Tonk Row, so take advantage of your location next to attractions including the Country Music Hall of Fame. After checking in, head to Bar Moxy, where you’ll receive a Got Moxy cocktail on the house. Enjoy Netflix in the rooms and locally roasted OSA coffee.
Once part of a 1914 rail station in Downtown Memphis, the Central Station Memphis offers 20th-century charm with views of the Mississippi River and the South Main neighborhood. Beale Street and the National Civil Rights Museum are both within a mile, and the hotel features a lively lobby bar and a French brasserie-style restaurant serving up dishes such as escargot and filets. One of the best features? The listening room, with daily curated playlists and podcasts, a record wall with 3,500 vinyls, an in-house DJ and Eggleston Works room speakers that play it all.
A short walk from the historic Graceland Mansion, the Guest House at Graceland wows with Southern colonial features mixed with snazzy furnishings that the King himself would have loved. Priscilla Presley supervised the design of the suites – which draw inspiration from Elvis’ master bedroom and TV room at Graceland, and his mid-century modern Palm Springs home. In all rooms, expect Kohler overhead rain showers, Simmons Beautyrest beds and plush furnishings. Two full-service restaurants offer choices such as cajun pasta and shrimp risotto, and the hotel offers complimentary airport shuttles and shuttles to Downtown Memphis and Beale Street.
Going to Nashville to catch a Tennessee Titans or Nashville Predators game? The Clarion is just minutes from the stadium and has easy access to Lower Broadway and Honky Tonk Highway. Don’t miss the free hot breakfast before venturing out, and grab a drink or light bites at the on-site bar and restaurant before heading to bed.