Hotel boom continues in Downtown Memphis with more than 2,000 rooms planned

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Desiree Stennett, Memphis Commercial Appeal Published June 27, 2019

While most conversation about Downtown hotel development seems to focus on the court battle being waged over the planned 550-room convention center hotel to be built by Loews, Memphis’ core is seeing an explosion of hotel projects.

In Downtown and Midtown Memphis, there are more than 2,000 hotel rooms in various stages of development from the recently completed to the newly announced.

Here are the hotel projects big and small that have gotten the most attention in Downtown and the surrounding area.

After decades of delays, One Beale, the longtime dream development for the Carlisle family — a major franchisee of the fast-food chain Wendy’s, is finally happening.

The $111 million project will stretch two blocks down Front Street from Beale Street to Pontotoc Avenue and back toward the riverfront. The project will include a 227-room Hyatt Centric planned to open in 2020.

The hotel will be at Beale Street and Front Street.


Canopy by Hilton

While one Hilton project is already complete, another one is underway at the former site of the long-blighted Benchmark Hotel at 164 Union Ave.

The Canopy promises to be an upscale boutique hotel with 174 rooms across the street from The Peabody in Downtown.

Developers at Magna Hospitality Group of Rhode Island also promised a first-floor restaurant, bar and coffee shop.