The Central Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, a 123-room boutique hotel in Memphis’ South Main District, was transformed from the city’s 105-year-old historic transportation hub.
“Every detail and layer of the property pays homage to the rich history and culture of our unique city,” said McLean T. Wilson, principal, Kemmons Wilson Companies, and owner, The Central Station Hotel. “The property retains the original architecture of Memphis’ transportation hub—complete with original signage, waiting benches and industrial elements. Meanwhile, contemporary design elements like stereo console check-in desks and a monumental speaker wall art installation reflect the neighborhood’s innate connection to Memphis’ musical history.”
The property, managed and operated by Valor Hospitality Partners, has mid-century architectural design, Memphis-influenced music programming, expansive meeting spaces and also offers regionally inspired French brasserie cuisine at on-site restaurant Bishop.
The eight-floor hotel’s 123 guestrooms, including nine suites, evoke the essence of Memphis through their rich color scheme and interactive experiences. They feature tall ceilings, original oversized double-hung windows, elegant bath areas, custom artwork from local photographer Jamie Harmon and views of the historic South Main neighborhood or the Mississippi River.
For an authentic, immersive Memphis experience, guests can enjoy The Central Station’s daily playlist on custom designed, in-room EgglestonWorks speakers, controlled through a handcrafted knob on the room’s desk.
The hotel’s two-story bar, 8 & Sand, offers a seasonal cocktail list rooted in the classics as well as a locally influenced wine list and beers from local breweries for guests to enjoy among comfortable sofas, parlor-style seating and a unique vinyl art installation. A daily house DJ spins records from a booth creatively designed from an old church organ, and a Memphis-inspired playlist is broadcast throughout the bar and lobby. 8 & Sand also features a separate, acoustically constructed Listening Lounge, showcasing Memphis-based audio designer Jim Thompson’s EgglestonWorks speakers and the hotel’s original written and produced podcasts on specific Memphis styles of music as explained by an artist of that genre.
The Central Station also offers 8,000 sq. ft. of event and meeting space, including a 6,500-sq.-ft. Grand Hall ballroom that occupies the transportation hub’s former waiting room space. The Grand Hall features the original train marquee, soaring 33-ft. ceilings and light fixtures inspired by train lanterns. The Central Station also offers a pre-function space and two boardrooms.