What We Love
- 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)
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
I'm thrilled by the new remodel of the Madison Hotel. I had stayed away from this hotel after the last remodel had changed it's modern classic look into a one of bright garish Caribbean style colors that dishonored this outstanding beaux arts building.
Well now it has been completely updated and the new owners really appreciate and understand the building. It's now very hip, modern with a 30's retro feel throughout the hotel. The room are beautiful with a touch of Hollywood glam meats hipster.
I can't wait to visit agin when more of the public spaces have opened like the roof top bar.
Outstanding remodel work so far!
I had recently booked a room at the Madison Hotel based on a past stay there. When I was alerted that the rooftop bar was still closed for renovations I was very disappointed. I did not keep my reservations but I wanted to write a review to give praise to the staff, and especially Ms. Cynthia Johnson, for all their help in getting my situation fixed! I can't wait to visit the new and improved Madison as soon as renovations are complete!
Stayed here for two nights, was disappointed to learn that the rooftop bar was closed for refurbishment but we were upgraded to a king suite for the inconvenience! Room was fab, very spacious and comfortable, super king bed and clean modern bathroom. Also had a coffee machine and great coffee. There’s a few nice bars and restaurants around about, we particularly liked bar dog tavern just around the corner. And it’s only a five/ten minute stroll to Beale street. There’s also a great cafe nearby called blue plate cafe which does great reasonably priced breakfast.
Changed hotels in Memphis from Graceland Guest House to The Madison Hotel to have a better last night. To our surprise the hotel is under renovation. We specifically booked this hotel for its roof top bar and restaurant, both of which were closed. Corridors were unclean and we we sharing the lift with tradesmen! Rooms were very small also with old bathrooms.
Better hotels like Peabody to go to. Recommend go elsewhere.
A myriad of frustrations. We booked in September, where the renovations that removed all the amenities (rooftop bar, in-hotel restaurant and room service) that were the primary reasons for staying in this hotel were not outlined at the time of booking. Since booking early September, up to check in early June, there was no communication that the renovations were taking place, which is very deceitful. When we arrived at this hotel, we were informed of the renovations, then provided some local eats that deliver with a footnote that there is always Ubereats or one of the other variations of that service (not exactly a revelation). We were not offered any token compensation like free water or discounted valet. On the first night at 12:30am we were woken up by the front desk confirming if we had checked into our room, because they had two bookings in our name, which was confusing. There is the matter of no “do not disturb” card/hanger available in the room, which is a small concern but just another sign of lack of care by management. The rooms are nice and clean, furniture is delightfully retro in its Art Deco style. Bathroom could use an upgrade with a detachable hand shower head, the valet and daytime front desk were friendly and welcoming each time we saw them. The experience (especially considering the cost of the stay) was lacking and there is a clear indication that management has no real interest in accommodating their guests during the renovations that they are not informing early bookings of, leaving the distinct impression that you are being swindled. On return to Memphis, we will seek other accommodations.