All things considered, downtown hotels are probably the best choice for sightseers, providing easy access to Beale Street and other central-city attractions. The restored 1925 Peabody Hotel is the place to stay downtown. The lavish lobby (which includes the fountain where the hotel's famous ducks paddle during the day) is worth a visit even if you stay elsewhere. The historic Madison Hotel is also a highlight, especially with its rooftop bar and fabulous views of the river.
If downtown hotels fill up, there are numerous hotels at all price ranges clustered around Interstate 240 and Poplar in East Memphis, an easy drive from downtown.
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