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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Room was grand and comfortable, with lovely decor and great bathroom. The towels were large, clean and delivered in abundance. The staff was nice and helpful.
But, unfortunately do not expect much else. There are no coffee or tea making facilities in the room. The espresso bar does not make espresso coffee. The rooftop terrace is advertised as grand, but is actually sad arrangement of few chairs and tables. The gym facilities across the road were particularly disappointing. The man at the entrance is militantly unwelcoming, the space is dark, equipment old, dirty and unkempt. Real shame, I hope Hu finds better arrangements in the future.
I loved it. The views, the people, and the environment of Memphis was amazing. We were in town for the Elton John concert for one night, and we enjoyed everything about our stay here at the Hu Hotel! I can’t wait till the next visit.
Nice and clean. Convenience location. Easy access to Beale street and other museums. No public parking. Valet parking kind of pricey $29/day but there is no choice. Since no driving is needed to get the most of th point of interest, that is ok for me. Will definitely stay there again next time if in Memphis.