Memphis Airport Hotels Offer Amenities and Proximity for Travelers

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By Sally Walker Davies, Memphis Local Expert

Truth be told, the airport hotel scene is lacking in Memphis. The one on-site airport hotel is under renovation, and those closest in proximity tend to be of the budget variety, located in an industrial neighborhood that's a bit short on amenities and forcing those who are looking for a more upscale accommodation experience to drive a little further. 

Fortunately, Memphis is the kind of town where it's usually quick and easy to get almost anywhere, so choosing a hotel that's convenient to the airport doesn't mean your options are limited. Most of the hotels on our list offer shuttle service to the airport, or free parking for those who rent cars. And all are conveniently located to both the airport and a myriad of Memphis attractions.

Those hotels closest to the Memphis International Airport offer prices to fit most budgets and good amenities to boot. For our list of the 10Best airport hotels in Memphis, we've gone a little outside the box, looking for hotels in every price range, and focusing on important amenities including free parking, free wifi, or free breakfast. While not all of our hotels include those freebies, our selection covers the closest - and a few slightly further afield that are worth the cab fare. Our list includes the Hilton Memphis, which is one of furthest away on the list, the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis, and the incredibly convenient  Homestead Studio Suites Memphis Airport.

10. Holiday Inn University of Memphis All Suite
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Most folks don't know that the Holiday Inn chain of hotels got it start in Memphis; Kemmons Wilson started with one hotel on Summer Avenue, creating a nationwide empire of roadway inns. The Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis is part of the hospitality management school named for Wilson - and a training ground for those hoping to follow in his footsteps. The all-suite hotel is pleasant,comfortable and nicely-priced, with an on-campus location that's close to everything. There are two restaurants, a lounge, and a fitness center; the University's excellent art museum is just steps away, and the surrounding neighborhood offers a number of small restaurants.

9. The Cedar Hotel Airport Memphis

The Cedar Hotel Airport Memphis is located only a mile away from Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, and just a few miles form the Memphis International Airport. This non-smoking hotel offers free wireless internet, two on-site restaurants, and room service - a rarity for those hotels closest to the airport. There's a piano bar, too. The hotel is just a short drive from the downtown area and all of its attractions, from Beale Street to the Mississippi River and Mud Island, and AutoZone Park, home to the AAA baseball Redbirds, a St. Louis Cardinals team. The hotel is also convenient for those visiting locations in north Mississippi.

8. Hilton Memphis
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The centrally-located Hilton sits on the edge between east Memphis and Germantown, and is ideal for those with meetings with financial companies in East Memphis. Business services include a business service center with meeting rooms, complimentary airport shuttles, and a modern fitness center for working off the day's stress. Nearby restaurants like Ruth's Chris and Circa cater to the business crowd at dinner, while easy access to the interstate means there's easy access to attractions around Memphis including Graceland and Beale Street. From executive-style boardrooms to large ballrooms that seat hundreds, options for presentations and group meetings are abundant. For more casual meetings, a sleek lobby bar offers the chance to unwind yet still talk business at the end of the day.

7. Memphis Marriott East
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The 232-room Marriott in East Memphis occupies a funky little spot where Poplar Avenue splits as it crosses over I-240 - but the location is a prime one for anyone conducting business at International Paper, FedEx, the myriad of financial services companies in the area or simply looking for a central location from which to tour Memphis.While the hotel has undergone a head-to-toe makeover, the lobby bar is the best space of all. Backed by a two-story wall of windows and twisted, Chihuly-ish pendants, there's a downtown feel to this almost suburban space. Rooms feature dark woods and crisp white linens with touches of green, while suites mimic a more hip 70's decor vibe with arc lamps, furniture with clean lines and touches of wood and metal. Photographs offer glimpses into the city's icons, adding a nice touch of personalization. There's a nice outdoor patio complete with lounging furniture, and an indoor pool and fitness center.

6. Country Hearth Memphis Airport

Less than two miles from the Memphis airport, the Comfort Inn & Suites Airport is an excellent option for a business or corporate traveler, as well as leisure travelers, thanks to its close-to-everything location. A short drive takes travelers to Graceland, the nightlife of Midtown Memphis and the Overton Park and Cooper-Young neighborhoods, and downtown's myriad attractions including Beale Street, the National Civil Rights Museum, and the National Ornamental Metal Museum. The Comfort Inn and Suites is pet-friendly, and a good choice for families looking to stay on budget, a complimentary daily breakfast service, fitness room, free parking, and airport shuttle service.

5. Best Western Executive Inn Memphis
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This no-nonsense hotel is adjacent to the airport, and less than two miles from Graceland and offers a convenient location from which to explore the city. Rooms feature a beverage station, mini-fridge and microwave, cable TV, high-speed Internet access; surprisingly, room service is also available - not something you see in most airport-area hotels. There's free daily breakfast service, an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, business service center, and free on-site parking. A complimentary airport shuttle service is offered. Note that the area in which the hotel is located is primarily industrial / business, so services such as dining and shopping are not readily available.

4. Homestead Studio Suites Memphis Airport
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For the extended-stay guest, the Homestead Studio Suites - Memphis Airport is an excellent choice, with suite-style rooms and a location convenient to the airport and many of the city's most popular attractions. Elvis Presley's Graceland is just three miles from the hotel, and downtown's attractions – including Beale Street – are seven miles away. Because the hotel caters to the extended-stay guest, every room comes with a full kitchen featuring a refrigerator, microwave, and a stovetop, as well as all the utensils needed to make oneself at home. There's on-site laundry and dry cleaning available, and each room includes a workspace.

3. Comfort Suites I-240 East-Airport
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The Comfort Suites is tucked away on a cove less than five miles from the airport, and is convenient to a variety of Memphis attractions, from downtown's Beale Street and museums to the Memphis Zoo and corporate headquarters of International Paper, FedEx, and AutoZone. Graceland is about seven miles away, just south of the airport. The hotel offers airport shuttles, a fitness center and swimming pool, and a variety of business services, including secretarial service. There's also a free daily breakfast. With its close-to-the-airport proximity, the Comfort Suites is a natural choice for travelers who need to be close to the airport.

2. Holiday Inn Express American Way/Airport
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Just a few miles east of the airport, the Holiday Inn Express American Way is just off Interstate 240 and convenient to all Memphis attractions, as well as FedEx World Headquarters, the University of Memphis, and Graceland. The Memphis Zoo and Aquarium and downtown's many attractions – including Beale Street and the Peabody ducks – are less than a 10-minute drive. All of the rooms at the Holiday Inn Express American Way feature a mini-fridge and microwave, a beverage station, and the usual in-room amenities, from hair dryers to a personal safe. There's a free daily breakfast, and airport shuttle service fort hose who don't want to rent a car.

1. Courtyard Memphis Airport
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The newly renovated Courtyard by Marriott is not on airport property, but close enough to be called an airport hotel. With its proximity to both the interstate and the airport, it is easy to get to any of the major business centers in town, and serves as a perfect spot if you've got an early flight (there's free shuttle service to and from the airport). A full-service business center handles post and parcel service, overnight pick-up and deliveries, and an array of business services; two meeting rooms with complete audio-visual services and catering options allow for presentations and small banquets.