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What We Love

  • Free gourmet breakfast and champagne check-in
  • Downtown location means it's close to all the action
  • Friendly staff lay on the Southern hospitality

What To Know

  • Some rooms have thin walls and ceilings
  • Each floor has a library-style sitting area with morning coffee
  • There's a small gym onsite


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
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Downtown Memphis mainstay with a rooftop bar and Mississippi River views

The Lowdown

It’s not just the Mississippi River views or downtown Memphis location that will remind you you’re in the South: At the River Inn of Harbor Town, Southern Hospitality comes served up alongside a glass of champagne at check-in and continues throughout your stay. All of the 28 rooms and suites come with regal four-poster beds lined with Frette linens, dramatic curtains and Gilchrist and Soames bath products. Choose from two restaurants — Paulette’s (where daily breakfast is served) or the more laid back Tug’s — and be sure to take in the breezy River views from the rooftop bar.

In the Area

It’s not a trip to Memphis, the birthplace of rock n’ roll, without a trip to Graceland, Elvis Presley’s mansion, about a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Afterwards, continue rocking at Sun Studio, where the “Million Dollar Quartet” — consisting of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash — had their famed (albeit one-time) jam session. In Memphis, “Wet or dry?” refers not to the weather but the style of barbecue (sauce vs. rub). Charles Vergo’s Rendezvous serves the city’s most famous barbecue, down an alley and across the lagoon from the River Inn. The food scene is heating up beyond just the barbecue with funky new joints like the Italian-meets-Southern Hog & Hominy.

How to Get There

River Inn of Harbor Town
50 Harbor Town Sq
Memphis, TN 38103 United States


4.5 Very Good 1112 Reviews
Lovely Hotel - Great Service
Reviewed 14 hours ago

The River Inn is a small hotel located just outside Downtown Memphis on Mud Island next to the Mississippi River.

We had a large clean airy room with all the necessary facilities. The hotel has a quality restaurant on the ground floor, which also serves breakfast, a bar/casual grill across the road and a terrace bar on the 4th floor overlooking the river.

Staff were all terrific, from the front desk to housekeeping, with one of the waiters even arranging us a taxi.......... whilst at the same time serving our breakfast (have to admit to struggling with the Uber app).

The surrounding area is a delight with a wonderful riverside walk just across the street.

Finally, the turn-down service on an evening with a glass of port and a truffle, a delightful finishing touch.

Excellent stay - thank you.

Highly recommended
Reviewed 5 days ago

Stayed here for three nights and its absolutely lovely. Nice choice of food, nice bar, surroundings and friendly staff. Only 10 mins by car to central Memphis. Only stay here. You’re right by the Mississippi.

WEDDING NIGHT SURPRISE#WeddingBellsForWellsA surprise for my son on his wedding night.Money well spent.
Reviewed 1 week ago

A surprise for my son on his wedding night was Money well spent.

I knew that I wanted to "WOW" them and I did! The hotel was everything I needed it to be. I wanted them to feel like royalty but be comfortable enough to enjoy themselves. I did good! especially with the rose petals on the bed and the wine and chocolate covered strawberries. Absolutely Pleased!

Room With Parking Area "View"
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I just returned from a stay at the Inn. I called for a reservation at least 4 weeks before my arrival date, asking for a room with a view of the river. I was told this would be no problem and checked again 2 weeks before my arrival and was told my room would have a view of the river. Upon arrival I found my second floor room overlooking a parking area, next to an ice machine, next to a service room, and above the ground floor garbage bin (which I discovered on Monday at 5 AM when the garbage crew banged and clanged below). No view of any river. Perhaps my view was supposed to be the garbage men at work. I checked with the front desk and was told although my card did state "room with a view", an error was made and as the Inn was full, nothing could be done about it. I understand anyone can make a mistake, but when you check twice on your reservation and call way in advance there is no excuse. Because of my experience I will not recommend this Inn to anyone!

Outstanding weekend with views
Reviewed 1 month ago

I found the River Inn online and booked it on a whim as a weekend getaway for my husband and me. It was a great decision. Walking the neighbor was a treat. We watched the Mississippi was flowing from our window. Paulette’s dinner was worth the price of the weekend. Leave room for more than one popover with strawberry butter! There is very easy access to the city within minutes. We walked and used Uber/Lyft.