About Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis is the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and the home of the Blues. It’s also home to Beale Street, the Memphis Rock and Soul Museum, and Graceland (Home of Elvis Presley), the second most visited residence in the United States.

Memphis became a music mecca in the 1950s and ’60s with Elvis Presley, Johnnie Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, among others, all recording at Sun Studios. Across the city, Stax Records developed “the Memphis sound,” with artists such as Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, the Bar-Kays, and Booker T. & the M.G.’s.

Memphis still has a vibrant music scene to this day, with live music each night on Beale Street and in most areas of the city.  But music is not Memphis’ only export; these days, most goods come through Memphis and its transportation and logistics infrastructure. Not only is the airport the second busiest cargo airport in the world – a fact attributable to FedEx’s “Super Hub” – but Memphis sits at a crossroads of what we call the four R’s: Railroads, runways, roads, and the Mississippi River.

The city is also home to several Fortune 500 companies, including AutoZone, International Paper, and FedEx, as well as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies.

For more information, you may want to visit the Memphis Tourism website.

Where to Stay

The University of Tennessee Health Science Complex is located in downtown Memphis, only minutes from the most famous sites and locations.  Because of this, you have many choices for accommodations.  The list below provides a nice mix of hotels; the first few hotels are the most historic or are boutique hotels, offering a very unique experience.  The rest of the list are large national or international hotels.  All are within a 5-10 minute drive from the dental school complex.

The Peabody Hotel - Legendary for its charm, elegance, and gracious Southern hospitality, The Peabody Memphis has been made world-famous for its five resident Mallard ducks, who march daily through the Grand Lobby at 11a.m. and 5p.m.  Built in 1869, the luxurious downtown hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and continues to carry the distinction as the "South's Grand Hotel."

149 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103

Tel: +1-901-529-4000


Big Cypress Lodge - The overnight lodging experience at Big Cypress Lodge is truly unforgettable.  These are luxury accommodations that showcase the awe-inspiring beauty of the Tennessee outdoors.  Suspended among hundred-food trees, the rooms overlook the indoor Cypress Swamp.  Guests can enjoy views of Tennessee wildlife like alligators and 36 species of fish.  Some rooms are designed to resemble tree houses, while others favor duck hunting camps.  Each room features its own fireplace, handcrafted furniture, and screened-in porches. 

1 Bass Pro Drive, Memphis, TN 38105

Tel: +1-901-620-4600


River Inn of Harbortown - This upscale boutique hotel in the Harbor Town district is 1.1 miles from both the Memphis Cook Convention Center and the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.  The elegant rooms feature an American South-meets-Europe vibe with Italian linens and 4-poster beds, plus modern touches like 32-inch flat-screens and free WiFi.  Suites offer sitting areas, wet bars and/or fireplaces.  Free perks include a wine reception, breakfast, and evening port and truffles.  There are several cozy sitting areas, a lobby with a crystal chandelier and a fireplace, plus a restaurant with regional dishes and a rooftop terrace bar that overlooks the Mississippi River.

50 Harbor Town Square, Memphis, TN 38103

Tel: +1-901-260-3333


Madison Hotel - The jazzy spirit of Memphis is brought to life at the Madison Hotel.  This boutique luxury hotel dazzles the senses with its striking interiors.  Its contemporary style is best defined by its bold use of colors, geometric patterns, and modern furnishings.  Sexy yet comfortable, this stylish luxury hotel is the select address for cosmopolitan travelers.  It is known as downtown Memphis’ most celebrated luxury venue and the 1st Small Luxury Four Diamond Hotel.  Just steps from downtown’s historic Main Street Trolley with access to Beale Street, the Orpheum Theatre, FedEx Forum, AutoZone Stadium, the Mississippi Riverfront and many more of area attractions, the Madison Hotel offers all the convenience of a select travel destination.  Still, one step inside the elegant lobby and you’ll know that Memphis’ finest hotel is anything but touristy.

79 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103

Tel: +1-901-333-1200


Sheraton Memphis Downtown - This contemporary hotel connected to the Memphis Cook Convention Center is a 1.2-mile drive from restaurants and entertainment on Beale Street, and 1.4 miles from historic Sun Studios.  The modern rooms have free WiFi, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers and desks.  Upgrades add Mississippi River views, some have pull-out sofas.  Club rooms provide a lounge with complimentary breakfast, all-day snacks and evening appetizers. Suites add living areas, wet bars and minifridges.  Amenities include an American restaurant and bar, as well as a fitness center and an indoor pool.

250 N. Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103

Tel: +1-901-527-7300


Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown - Treat yourself to a relaxing, contemporary guestroom or suite, featuring Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage bedding, highlighted by our great service and extensive amenities including complimentary Internet access.  Smoke free environment.  For the best hotels in Memphis, we are an ideal option, with numerous restaurants, clubs and shops nearby.  Experience Beale Street entertainment district, AutoZone Baseball Park and FedExForum, home of the Memphis Grizzlies, minutes away on the trolley line.  Memphis, "Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock n Roll," invites you to discover our eclectic music scene and explore Memphis' roots with a trip to our music museums.  Visit Elvis Presley's Graceland to see what TCB really means to Memphis and catch a performance at Orpheum Theatre or Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.

300 N. Second Street, Memphis, TN 38105

Tel: +1-901-525-1800


Comfort Inn Downtown - Located on the downtown trolley line overlooking the Mississippi River, near FedExForum, Memphis Cook Convention Center and Beale Street.  Easy access to I-40 and I-55 make Graceland, Memphis Zoo, and AutoZone Park within easy reach.  Located near a variety of restaurants and bars and within walking distance to some of the best Memphis barbecue and blues.  Free WiFi, American breakfast, fitness center and outdoor rooftop pool.

100 N. Front Street, Memphis, TN 38103

Tel: +1-901-526-0583


Springhill Suites Memphis Downtown - Across the street from Court Square Park, this casual, all-suite hotel is a 9-minute walk from the Orpheum Theatre and a 13-minute walk from the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum.  Low-key suites come with kitchenettes, coffeemakers and pull-out sofas, as well as flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and iPod docks.  Upgraded quarters add balconies.  Hot breakfast is complimentary.  There’s an informal restaurant, plus a lobby bar.  Other amenities include a 24-hour convenience store, an outdoor pool with a hot tub, an exercise room and a business center.

85 Court Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103

Tel: +1-901-522-2100