There is no doubt that the heart of downtown Memphis is Beale Street and, until this year, there has never been a hotel among the clubs, restaurants and lounges here. Boasting the first hotel address on one of America’s most iconic musical streets, Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis opened in April, allowing guests to stay within walking distance of the city’s best nightlife. town, and adding an exciting riverside location to the appeal. Remarkable enough in itself, this isn’t the only Memphis first for the sparkling new hotel that is leading the growth of the downtown Grind City district after decades of preparation. When you’re ready to explore Memphis from a new perspective, but don’t forget the city’s heritage, here’s what you’ll find in and around the Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis.
The 227 rooms and suites at the Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis are dressed in a neutral palette of warmer grays and muted blues kept cool by cream fabrics and accent pieces in pops of yellow. In bedrooms and public spaces you’ll find bold nods to the downtown industrial past, from vintage graphics displayed on brown leather headboards to lobby desks made from repurposed pieces by William C. Ellis and Sons Ironworks and Machine Shop, built in 1879 and today houses the hotel’s events and meeting space. Of course, the city’s first Beale Street hotel certainly isn’t ignorant of its musical heritage, outfitting the hallways with chic floor-key lighting and soundwave-inspired rugs.
Some of the property’s coolest features include frosted glass showers engraved with the names of Memphis’ must-sees, from iconic buildings and famous names to must-see dishes and quintessential neighborhoods. You’ll need to book a king room to experience one of these entertaining study guides / checklists from the best in town, but you’ll find comfy jersey-knit bathrobes and the scent of citrus and honey BeeKind equipment (Gilchrist & Soames) accompanying the rain showers present in all rooms. While considering upgrades, if floor-to-ceiling windows are essential for your viewing goals, opt for a spacious suite; whether you’re after a river or city view, there are a handful to suit either mood.
Eat and drink on the spot
Located on the lobby level with indoor and outdoor seating, CIMAS is the city’s first and currently only riverside restaurant. Open for breakfast and dinner, CIMAS is especially ideal for weekend brunch, when iconic Latin-American-inspired flavors shine with a southern twist. Choose from chilaquiles verde; chorizo, egg and potato taco breakfast; and the carnitas breakfast hash with sweet potato succotash and edamame in chipotle aioli, or just decadent with raspberry pancakes and Meyer lemon curd with wild rose whipped cream. Upstairs, the premieres continue with the city’s first rooftop riverside bar, Beck & Call. Surrounded by a wraparound rooftop terrace offering city, river and bridge views, the whiskey bar serves craft cocktails and light snacks indoors or outdoors, with semi-secluded spaces, fireplaces and an additional outdoor bar.
Eating and drinking off-site
Whether you’re in town for a weekend or a week, there are a few culinary highlights you’ll want to check out. Enter the spirit of the South with a breakfast at Sugar Grits. Within walking distance of the hotel, Sugar Grits specializes in loaded oatmeal bowls, but the cookie menu is equally delicious. For lunch, enjoy Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, also just minutes from the hotel. This Memphis tradition now has over 30 locations in 14 states, but the focus remains on a simple menu of spicy fried chicken with southern sides (get the mac and cheese) even more popular to take out than to eat in. It would be wrong to visit Memphis without exploring the barbecue a bit, and Rendezvous BBQ is a city favorite, a short walk from the Hyatt Centric. Beans and a mustard-vinegar coleslaw accompany any meat platters (try combos for the best variety) and while the ribs are the local favorite, the brisket here can be even better. Options for vegetarians are considerably limited, but Rendezvous’ surprising Greek salad specialty is worth ordering for everyone.
While the 19e-th century Tennessee Brewery may not be in business anymore, there are many modern breweries in Memphis today. Inside a former chair factory, Grind City Brewing Company continues redevelopment by the riverside (a bit upstream, however, so you’ll want to take a car up to this one) with a variety of beers. artisanal, including malt liquor, and honey flavored seltzer. The spacious faucet room just opened in 2020 and features artwork and furniture made from items left over from the factory, and has ample outdoor space for sipping on the patio or hosting parties. events on the lawn.