Legendary Beale Street is three neon-lit blocks of nonstop entertainment. Strolling along the pedestrian-only thoroughfare, you can shop, eat, drink and enjoy the music that makes the area famous. Theater buffs love visiting the beautiful Orpheum Theatre, while sports fans and concertgoers appreciate the state-of-the-art FedEx Forum. In fact, the only thing that has been missing from this iconic destination is a great place to stay – until now.
Today, Beale Street welcomes Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis, an upscale hotel experience with a resort-style pool, full-service restaurant, and rooftop bar. We are excited to explore everything that awaits us; from event spaces to accommodations to dining options, here’s a look at what we can expect!
Event & Community Spaces
Downtown has seen businesses come and go, with some lovely historic properties remaining vacant over the years. Hyatt Centric has revitalized and repurposed one such property, the William C. Ellis and Sons Ironworks and Machine Shop located on Front Street. The former family-owned manufacturing business will be home to approximately 9,000 square feet of event and meeting space. Designed to be flexible, the space can accommodate up to 450 meeting attendees and up to 500 social event guests. (These numbers may be less for now due to the pandemic.)
The history of the building is reflected in the event space, which includes original brick walls and large windows. In the lobby, guests will be greeted at check-in pods that were locally created using original Ironworks parts and materials. The fresh, modern décor was inspired by all things Memphis and pays homage to its rich music history. Distinct touches include hallway carpets with patterns that mimic sound waves and light fixtures that resemble treble clef notes.
Making excellent use of the view, the event area incorporates an event lawn overlooking the mighty Mississippi River and the pool. This is not your typical hotel pool, however! Hyatt Centric Beale Street has pulled out all the stops for the only resort-style pool experience Downtown, including private poolside cabanas, an expansive sun deck, food, and entertainment.
You’ll also find a 24-hour market in the lobby, a first-class fitness center, valet parking, and concierge services in this pet-friendly hotel.
Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis offers 227 guest rooms, including 12 suites. The soothing colors in the rooms set off cool vintage wall graphics and leather headboards. Continuing the Memphis theme, shower walls are etched with sights and names beloved of the Bluff City, and oversized windows give panoramic views of Downtown or the river. Visitors can select a room with one king bed or two queens, and ADA rooms are also available. Upscale amenities add to the comfort: rainfall showers, jersey-knit bathrobes, Keurig coffee makers, 55-inch HDTVs, and more. You might be tempted to not leave your room!
Latin American-inspired cuisine awaits you at CIMAS. Open from 7 a.m. to midnight, the full-service restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner accompanied by views of the majestic Mississippi River from the outdoor patio or through the floor-to-ceiling windows inside. The menu features local Southern ingredients in delicious and exciting Latin American dishes.
“For breakfast, we’re particularly excited about the classic shrimp and Anson Mills grits dish, as well as chilaquiles Verde,” says Chef de Cuisine Garron Sanchez. For a great example of Southern food filtered through a Latin American lens, he recommends the blackened shrimp Caesar salad along with a catfish Milanese po’boy for lunch. You’ll be spoiled for choice at dinner, with sure-to-please options like the vegan Bluff City mushroom chorizo tostadas, dry-aged New York strip, and scallops with creamy elotes (street corn), chorizo, and okra on the menu. The restaurant is complemented by CIMAS Lobby Lounge, a lively and welcoming place to sip curated cocktails before or after dinner.
Eight stories up, guests are in for a truly delightful experience at Beck & Call Rooftop Lounge, which opens in a few weeks. Just the words “rooftop lounge” conjure up a romantic image of enjoying sophisticated cocktails at sunset or under starlit skies. The whiskey-themed rooftop bar offers a sweeping vista that takes in Beale Street, the Memphis skyline, and of course, Old Man River.
“Going with a whiskey theme for Beck & Call was a no-brainer,” says Troy Dixon, Beck & Call’s Director of Operations. “With Memphis near some of the country’s best distilleries, we wanted our menus to reflect the rich history and craft of America’s bourbon and whiskey legends.” The beverage menu will offer other tasty treats, including spirits from Old Dominick Distillery and a selection of craft beers from Wiseacre Brewing Co. Delicious dishes with a distinct seasonal Southern influence will add the finishing touch.
Location, Location, Location
The location at the corner of Beale and Front streets is ideal – very close to thriving downtown Memphis and only a 15-minute drive from Memphis International Airport. As a part of the new One Beale mixed-use development currently underway, the first full-service Hyatt in the city will be a great base for visitors to explore all that Downtown has to offer.
For more information and to book your stay at Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis, visit hyatt.com. All renderings courtesy of Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis.