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Frequently asked questions
What can a history enthusiast expect from a trip to Memphis?
On vacation in Memphis, history enthusiasts will likely want to visit the churches. Be sure to check out the well-known zoo and fascinating museums while you’re here. You can also take some time enjoying the scenic riverfront.
What's the best hotel in Memphis that's close to historical sites?
Based on our travel knowledge, Vista Inn & Suites Memphis is a top property on Expedia for those interested in history, and it features free breakfast and free WiFi. National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel is a short 19-minute walk away. A couple of other options near historic sites include Holiday Inn Downtown Memphis and Travelodge by Wyndham Memphis Airport/Graceland.
How many historically relevant hotels are located in Memphis?
In Memphis, there are 439 hotel accommodations bookable on Expedia, including 98 designated as historic hotels or close to historic sites.
What are the top historical places and other sights in Memphis?
Memphis is notable for its churches and landmarks like National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, Graceland, and Sun Studio. Known for its live music and museums, cultural venues include Orpheum Theatre, Pink Palace Museum, and Cannon Center for Performing Arts. Other popular sights include Beale Street and FedEx Forum.
What is a historic hotel like in Memphis?
Guests who choose historic hotels have the opportunity to stay in a building officially recognized with a national historic designation. Historic hotels throughout the world can take the form of palaces, castles, stately homes or even lodges, pubs, or skyscrapers — as long as it’s of special interest. These types of hotels in Memphis usually retain original elements like traditional architecture and period features in guestrooms or communal spaces.
What is the difference between a historic hotel and a heritage hotel?
They are quite similar. The term “historic hotel” is more common in the U.S., whereas “heritage hotel” is common in Asia and Europe. Historic hotels tend to emphasize the architecture and actual building. Heritage hotels draw their meaning mainly from the cultural value that the place has and how it inspired the community.
Do historic hotels in Memphis have modern facilities?
Yes. Every effort is made to preserve treasured traditions and historic facades, while interiors have safety features and modern conveniences. Guests should expect the popular amenities from a contemporary hotel such as private rooms with updated bathroom facilities, heating and air conditioning, and free and fast Internet. In Memphis, booking a historic hotel doesn’t mean you will stay in a place that’s uncomfortable for guests or simply rundown.