Family-Friendly Hotels Abound in Memphis for Those Traveling with Kids

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By Sally Walker Davies, Memphis Local Expert

When it comes to planning a family vacation to Memphis, it's easy to find a family-friendly hotel that's packed with amenities, no mater what neighborhood you choose.

From downtown to East Memphis, family-friendly hotel options are plentiful, and range from all-out luxury to more moderately-priced, suite-style hotels. But, because public transportation is limited, you will need to consider renting a car if you aren't driving into town; while a number of attractions are centered downtown, getting to the Zoo, Graceland, and other points of interest mean you'll need transportation. So be sure to choose a hotel not only based on its family-friendly options, but its proximity to the attractions you plan to visit.

Downtown hotels including the Peabody - and its famous march of its resident ducks, the Westin and others offer proximity to the FedEx Forum -home of the Grizzles and a variety of events - and AutoZone Park, home of the baseball Redbirds; the Cotton Museum, Mississippi River and South Main Historic District are all easily accessed via the Main Street Trolley (currently in repair, so replaced by buses that look like trolleys).

Further east - and with proximity to the Zoo and Shelby Farms - families will find suite hotels with free breakfasts, pools, and extra space to stretch out.

Regardless of which hotel you choose, Memphis is an easy to navigate city, meaning you'll spend less time in the car, and more enjoying the sites and sounds with the family.

10. SpringHill Suites Memphis Downtown
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With a location along the Main Street Trolley line,proximity to the Mississippi River and just a short walk to the delights of downtown Memphis, the Springhill Suites is an excellent option for families looking for an affordable yet convenient accommodation. The FedEx Forum, Beale Street, National Civil Rights Museum and AutoZone Park (home to the Memphis Redbirds baseball team) are easily walkable from the hotel,as is the river and Mud Island, just a block to the west. The hotel offers 147 suites with high-speed Internet and kitchenettes; daily breakfast is complimentary. A fitness room, swimming pool and business center are on-site.

9. Holiday Inn Select Memphis - Downtown
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Few know that Memphis was where the Holiday Inn was born - and the downtown option of the hometown brand is a perfect setting for those looking to economize yet be close to it all. With its Union Avenue location across the street from AutoZone Park - home to the Redbirds, a farm team of the St. Louis Cardinals - the Holiday Inn is situated just a few blocks from all the major downtown attractions and surrounded by loads of locally-owned restaurants. The Rendezvous, famed for its Memphis-style barbeque, is just out the side doors (follow your nose, and the smoke from the cookers). A terrace-level pool and fitness room will entice the kids.

8. The Westin Memphis Beale Street
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If you're high-tech, high-style or simply high maintenance, then the Westin Beale Street offers sleek, luxurious surroundings in which to conduct your business. The downtown property is a natural choice for anyone meeting with AutoZone, financial services, or medical industry teams; six ballrooms can be configured in a variety of meeting set-ups, and event space rocks with views of Beale Street and the FedEx Forum. During basketball season, the Westin plays home to visiting teams, so be sure to keep that in mind when planning group meetings or events. The Westin's business center is open 24 hours a day, with staff available during regular business hours to help with faxing, scanning and more; WiFi is available throughout the hotel at an additional charge.

7. Staybridge Suites Memphis - Poplar Ave East
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Located in an office park area in East Memphis, the Staybridge Suites is an excellent option for the whole family, as well as those traveling with pets. The hotel accepts up to two dogs, 80 pounds or less, for $75.00 for stays of 1-6 nights or $150.00 for stays of 7 nights or longer. Located in an office park on the city's East side, the Staybridge offers a free airport shuttle, breakfast buffet, and wifi - as well as an easy location for exploring the city. Close by is Shelby Farms with a huge playground for kids and miles of walking trails, and attractions such as Graceland and Mud Island River Park are about a 20-minute drive.

6. Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Shady Grove
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With an east Memphis location and proximity to International Paper, financial service firms and a quick drive to FedEx, the Hampton Inn offers the budget-minded business traveler the perfect combination of convenience and comfort. The hotel features wireless access throughout, and includes wired option in-room; there are two meeting rooms available with a total square footage of just under 1500 for group presentations and banquets. A free shuttle provides transportation to and from Memphis International Airport, as well as to locations within five miles of the hotel. The suite-style rooms allow for business travelers to work in one area and relax in another - a nice perk when you're on the road.

5. Residence Inn by Marriott Memphis Downtown
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The Residence Inn Memphis Downtown is centrally located within the downtown business district, and it's just an easy walk to Beale Street, AutoZone Park and the FedEx Forum. Those traveling with dogs are welcome to bring Fido along to The Residence Innwhen visiting Memphis. There's a limit, however: two dogs of any size. A $100, non-refundable sanitation fee applies, and the hotel requests those traveling with pets to call to reserve a pet-friendly room. The closest green space for a walk is a few blocks to the west; head down Beale toward the river, and the spacious Tom Lee Park.

4. 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.

3. Embassy Suites Memphis
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Located on Shady Grove Road in East Memphis, the Embassy Suites is a no-nonsense choice for the road warrior. Rooms are large and include a sitting area with a desk, couch and plentiful outlets, so you can set up your office-away-from-the-office. WiFi is free throughout the hotel, making it easy to connect; meeting rooms with full catering services are available, and a business center offers 24 hour access with printing, faxing and scanning available. The on-site restaurant, Frank Grisanti's, is a favorite of east Memphians, and a surprisingly excellent spot in which to host a business dinner. In addition, Circa and Ruth's Chris are just steps away, and a courtesy van can get you to local businesses, shops and restaurants with advance notice.

2. Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Memphis
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The hotel features the newest concept in Courtyards with the 'Refreshing Business' lobby which includes areas to relax, unwind, and do business. A Business Library complete with a fax machine, printer, copier, and computers as well as a large flat screen, and a variety of books. The location - smack downtown near Raymond James/Morgan Keegan and AutoZone - is perfect for arranging business dinners and meetings while keeping an eye on the bottom line. Every guest room has complimentary Wi-Fi, which is available throughout the property. Four meeting rooms offer 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including an executive board room of the scenic Court Square and a media room that holds 15 people comfortably. At the end of the day, the rooftop deck with its city and river views is a great spot in which to unwind.

1. The Peabody Memphis
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The grande dame of Southern hotels, the historic Peabody is a treat for the senses; opulence abounds, a dynamite restaurant pleases the palate, and the famed ducks entertain both adults and children. All the guest rooms were upated in 2014,and feature cool color palates and sleek furnishings. The old-timey pool area - a throwback to the glamour days of indoor hotel pools - intrigues kids, and the chance to watch the duck parade and enjoy duck-shaped soaps and other in-room amenities are added bonuses for families. For business travelers, this is the perfect spot to impress if a meeting room is needed, or to discuss deals in the quiet corner bar. Surrounding the hotel is an array of dining options, with the famed Rendezvous just across Union Avenue and down a back alley, and the hotel's own Chez Philippe is a grand dining experience (coat and tie definitely required).