For several years, the Hunt-Phelan Home was a museum. Now, it is an inn and restaurant, and it provides the most unique accommodations in Memphis. The Inn at Hunt Phelan (533 Beale St., 901/525-8225, www.huntphelan.com, $180–300) has five rooms in the old home, plus six condo-style suites in an adjacent property. Some of the rooms have kitchens and sitting rooms; all have private baths.
The Hunt-Phelan Home was built in 1828 and served as Ulysses S. Grant’s headquarters while he was in Memphis during the Civil War. After the war, it was a Freedman’s Bureau. Although totally modern in amenities, the rooms have been decorated in keeping with the house’s history, giving the property a feeling of elegance unmatched by any other Memphis hotel. It is located about three blocks east of Beale Street in a mixed residential and commercial area.
In 2007, Memphis welcomed the Westin Memphis (170 Lee Ave., 901/334-5900, $220–300), located across the street from FedEx Forum and one block from Beale Street. The hotel’s 203 guest rooms are plush and modern, each with a work desk, high-speed Internet, mp3-player docking station, and super-comfortable beds. The location can be noisy when Beale Street is in full swing.
Plans are afoot for a Hyatt Regency hotel at One Beale (www.onebeale.com), a $175 million mixed-use development that would sit on the riverfront at the head of Beale Street. If condo sales and other financing come through, then this would be Memphis’ most luxurious hotel.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Tennessee, 5th Edition