The Best Hotels to Book Near the Orpheum Theater, Memphis

Stay close to the Orpheum Theater to bear witness to tomorrow’s musical classics
Stay close to the Orpheum Theater to bear witness to tomorrow’s musical classics | © Nikreates / Alamy Stock Photo
Nick Dauk

Looking for somewhere groovy to stay in the home of the blues? This hand-picked list of hotels in Memphis, bookable with Culture Trip, should be music to your ears.

Put on your blue suede shoes and touch down in Memphis for a musical holiday. This Tennessee city dancing with the Mississippi is a grand stage for music of every genre. Legends like Elvis and Roy Orbison filled these streets with something special, and today burgeoning acts fill the seats of the Orpheum Theater to bear witness to tomorrow’s classics. Get your toes tapping at these hotels a few feet (or slightly more) off of Beale.

1. Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street


Spacious king room with marbled blue carpet, desk and floor-to-ceiling windows at Hampton Inn Beale Street, Memphis
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You don’t even need to leave your room at Hampton Inn & Suites to enjoy Beale Street; just listen for the musical soul of Memphis right from your window. Handy Park is always buzzing with free outdoor concerts that you can get to faster than the elevator can get you to the lobby. Follow Beale Street a few blocks west and you’ll hit the Orpheum in a hop, skip and a jump. Fair warning: the clubs en route will try to seduce you in with more killer live acts.

2. The Westin Memphis Beale Street


Bright king room with floor-to-ceiling windows, flatscreen TV and grey-and-white carpet at the Westin Memphis Beale Street
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Choosing a room at the Westin is like setting the soundtrack for your night. Going hard with a rock and roll attitude? The traditional rooms should suffice since you’ll be out until the wee hours. Looking for something more soothing, like a blues riff? The jacuzzi suites will keep you as cool as a jazz cat. Are you a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll? The junior suite is the best of both worlds: space where you need it and the rate where you want it.

3. Hilton Garden Inn Memphis Downtown

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Hilton Garden Inn doesn’t think that it’s too wild of an idea to fit a trip to the Memphis Zoo into your itinerary. The wildlife haven is only a 10-minute drive from the hotel, putting zero pressure on you to rush your way through the breakfast buffet. Go ahead and take a quick dip in the pool while you’re at it; you’ll have plenty of time to get ready for a night at the Orpheum Theater when you return.

4. Hotel Napoleon, Ascend Hotel Collection

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Who said coming to Memphis meant having a one-note vacation? Hotel Napoleon is home plate for an afternoon at the ballpark. The Redbirds take the field right behind your hotel, so it’d be wise to save room for Cracker Jack when you’re ordering tapas at Luna. You could almost make it back to the hotel during the seventh inning stretch if you want to change your clothes and make a beeline for Beale Street when the final pitch is thrown.

5. Residence Inn by Marriott Memphis Downtown

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Does a Starbucks in the lobby sound like music to your ears? Then that’s just the opening act for a great stay at Residence Inn. This hotel is within walking distance to the Orpheum and the Memphis Rock and Soul Museum. While your neighbors are headed south to Beale Street, follow the sounds of Johnny Cash and B.B. King east to Sun Studio where some of the most important rock and roll tracks were laid down.

6. Springhill Suites By Marriott Memphis Downtown

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Getting to the Orpheum from Springhill Suites is so easy, you’ll hardly have to lace up your shoes for the 0.5mi (0.9km) walk. Hop the Trolley Bus if you want to get there lickety-split, so you can grab a drink from the concession. Trying to kill time before the show? The hotel has an outdoor pool and spa, though we’re going to insist that you shake, rattle and roll to Graceland only a 10-minute drive away.

7. MOXY Memphis Downtown


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If MOXY were a rock star, we’d be its groupie. This sexy, sassy and unapologetically stylish hotel will rope you into its shenanigans with a lively bar scene that accepts all audiences. Drop your bags on the mega bed of the Jungle Room and get wild as the sun sets. Planning on being fashionably late to the Orpheum? Grab another round and play a little bocce ball until you can break free from MOXY’s seductive spell.

8. Comfort Inn Memphis Downtown

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Set your watch to a Memphis version of island time when you check into Comfort Inn. This budget-friendly urban hotel is directly across from Mud Island Park, a split of land separating Wolf River Harbor from the Mississippi. The 52 acres (21ha) of trails and running space are especially handy if the hotel’s rooftop pool doesn’t soak up all of your kids’ energy. Need a rainy day activity? The Fire Museum of Memphis will keep the kiddos entertained across the street from the hotel.

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