The hotel is near Beale Street, the Civil Rights Museum and Sun Studio
From the M logo formed by two back-to-back eighth notes to the framed lipstick-red gown of a torch singer hanging in the lobby, the hotel's devotion to music runs deep
The jalapeño cornbread at the Eighty3 restaurant and bar; it's topped with honey-jalapeño butter and served in its own miniature skillet
What To Know
The hotel is only a 15-minute ride from Memphis International Airport
There's a state-of-the-art gym in what used to be the bank's vault; look for the heavy door and rusted steel plates
Pet-friendly, so you can bring Fido along (a nominal fee applies)
Parking on site
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Bank turned music-inspired Memphis sleep with a rooftop terrace and an acclaimed restaurant
Music and the spirit of rock and roll permeate Memphis — and the luxe Madison Hotel. Its logo is an M formed by two back-to-back eighth notes, and there's a framed lipstick-red gown of a torch singer hanging in the lobby. And even though the stately building dates back to 1905 (it was converted from a bank in 2002), a 21st-century elegance reigns inside.
Bed and Bath
In the 110 guestrooms, the right angles of black desks and dressers offset jazzy patterns (tweed, leopard print and Marimekko-style waves). The accommodations don’t skimp on tech amenities, offering flat-screen TVs and sleek clock radios and iPod docking stations; in most rooms you can play media from your own device via mighty, zeppelin-shaped B+W TV speakers. The spacious bathrooms offer marble counters and products from Lather.
Grab a cocktail and head up to the hotel’s roof terrace for views of the historic bridges across the Mississippi before dinner at the Eighty3 restaurant and bar, where a jazz-inspired art fairly explodes off the subtle woodwork of the walls. The eclectic menu consists of updated comfort food: short rib papardelle, and grilled Brussels sprouts with cauliflower, but don't miss the signature jalapeño cornbread. Topped with honey-jalapeño butter and served in its own miniature skillet, it’s humble on the outside, sweet and hot on the inside, and with a bit of grit all over. Work it all off at the fitness center, which is in the old bank vault — the hotel even left the three-inch steel walls intact, with their original nuts and bolts.
In the Area
It’s about five blocks to the famous juke joints of Beale Street, where a high school kid named Elvis Presley found his inspiration. And the party is still going on more than half a century later. After you visit some of Presley's old hangouts, head on over to Graceland, his mansion, about a 15-minute drive from the hotel. The musical Million Dollar Quartet was based on the one-time jam session of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. Visit the very room it happened in, unchanged to this day, at Sun Studio. Still on a music jones? The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is the only museum we know of with a dance floor playing Soul Train videos. It’s where Stax Records brought forth such greats as Isaac Hayes and the Staple Singers. For a bit of history, head over to the National Civil Rights Museum; it encompasses the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, but his is just one of the inspiring stories told. For some eats, the Rendezvous serves the city’s most famous barbecue, down an alley a few blocks from the Madison. And if you're looking for a scene, you can party ’til the wee hours at such Beale Street juke joints as B.B. King’s and Rum Boogie.
79 Madison Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Madison Hotel is Memphis, TN (MEM-Memphis Intl.) - 13 km / 8.1 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.