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Memphis Original

The Central Station has stood watch over South Main Street in downtown Memphis for more than 100 years, a direct reflection of the success, struggle, and spirit of the city that grew up around it. It was built simply for arrivals and departures, but the life that churned through on its rails gave South Main a vitality that turned it into one of the most iconic and dynamic neighborhoods in the city. Today, Central Station Hotel lets you experience the verve of this town in ways unlike any other, just like a real Memphian would. We invite you to depart from the city you think you know and arrive in the Memphis that is. Welcome to The Central Station.

Building History

Memphis Central Station, referred to as Grand Central Station prior to 1944, opened in 1914 and was built on the site of a former station known as Calhoun Street Station. Both stations were owned by the Illinois Central Railroad and now services Amtrak's City of New Orleans route and the MATA Trolley system.

The Central Station Hotel

Opened on October 4th, 1914 on what was then the corner of Calhoun and Main, Memphis’ Grand Central Station was built by the Illinois Central Railroad for $1.5 million dollars as their primary headquarters and station for all IC passenger lines.

“The building is of the Roman Doric type of architecture, the main motive consisting of a colonnade of Bedford stone three stories high, from the sidewalk to the first cornice, above which the office portion of the building, in brick walls with terracotta trimmings, continues an additional five stories. Above the second floor of the building is devoted to offices of the Illinois Central and Yazoo & Mississippi Valley roads, including those of the passenger and freight traffic departments, the general, division and terminal superintendents, the superintendent of motive power and the claims department.” - Illinois Central Magazine, February 1915.

Central Station also served the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley, Rock Island, and Frisco Lines until the late 1960s. The station thrived for decades during the height of the passenger rail travel in the 20th century, boasting more than 50 arrivals and departures daily at its height. Central Station’s success lead to a marked rise of the surrounding neighborhood, with stores, dining, and hotels springing up to capture the volume of traveler traffic coming to and from Memphis. You can still see physical evidence of this boom time all around the station, such as the world famous Arcade Restaurant just across the street and still in operation since 1919.

Due to the drastic decline in passenger train travel in the 1960s, Amtrak remained as the only rail tenant by 1971. Central Station fell into disrepair over the next two decades, its downfall evident in its effects to the surrounding South Main neighborhood. Then, in 1995, the Memphis Area Transit Authority gave Central Station new life, leading a $20 million renovation to save the building and resolidify Central Station as the lynchpin of the South Main neighborhood. The investment paid off, bringing new generations to the South Main area and giving birth to Memphis’s very first arts district.

Today, Central Station Hotel remains an active train station, served daily by the City of New Orleans and the local Main Street trolley line.

Guest Rooms & Suites

Sleep well in one of the hotel’s 123 meticulously-designed and spacious king or double queen guest rooms with plush bedding, custom artwork and luxurious amenities. Enjoy the hotel's early 20th century charm and take in views of the historic South Main neighborhood or Mississippi River through the oversized windows. With modern amenities including complimentary WiFi, a 49" HDTV, functional workspace, easy access USB outlets, premium cable channels, and Keurig® coffeemaker, you'll easily be able to relax and stay connected. Refresh and renew with refined amenities from the William Roam Steam Collection. 

Relax and enjoy a little room service while listening to The Central Station’s daily curated playlist on custom designed EgglestonWorks speakers available in every guest room.

Rooms Home

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• The Bar •

Eight & Sand

A true Memphis Original, Central Station's bar & lounge is the best sounding music room in town and home to a one-of-a-kind, Memphis Inspired vinyl record collection. Savor the Memphis sound as you never have before, while sipping on fine craft cocktails alongside locals and visitors alike.

Eight & Sand

A unique gathering spot for anyone who enjoys expertly crafted cocktails, local beers or wine while experiencing a truly Memphis-inspired music experience. 

  • Extensive list of spirits

  • Selection of artisan foods

  • Immersive sound heard through Eggleston speakers

  • Vinyl records played by our very own DJ

• Restaurant •


Dining at Central Station showcases locally and regionally influenced Southern cuisine, featuring bold, contemporary flavors in a relaxed, yet attentive environment. Enjoy your meal paired with an extensive wine list that offers a selection of unique wines from smaller, family-owned wineries that deserve a place at your table.


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• Events Space •

The Grand Hall & Event Space

The Grand Hall speaks for itself with soaring 33ft ceilings and natural light from all angles.  The 6,000 sq. ft. Grand Hall, originally built in 1914, has been transformed into an elegant ballroom, combining its historic architecture with contemporary design, including custom chandeliers, acoustic engineering and the painstakingly-restored arrival/departure board from the original train station. The Grand Hall and adjacent, 1,200 sq. ft Waiting Room are perfect for large galas, stunning weddings, corporate events or any event you are envisioning. 

Full Service Catering • 6000sqft • 6 Event Spaces • 

The Grand Hall & Event Space

The Grand Hall & Event Space

In addition to the Grand Hall, The Central Station offers two intimate boardrooms that pay homage to the cities that travelers can visit on the Amtrak train that still departs from The Central Station. Lastly, the hotel offers a fantastic outdoor veranda perfect for gatherings and receptions.

Grand Hall

  • 6,000 square feet

  • 33-foot ceilings

  • Acoustically engineered

  • Adjacent pre-function space (1,200 sq. ft)

  • Abundant natural light

Chicago Boardroom

  • Seats 10 guests

  • Built-in technology package

  • With adjacent breakout space

New Orleans Boardroom

  • Seats 10 guests

  • Built-in technology package

  • With adjacent breakout space

Catering Services

The hotel’s innovative and experienced culinary and service team will curate the perfect event by thoroughly understanding your goals and vision. From the pallet pleasing menu selections to flawless service, the team’s singular goal is to exceed your expectations and have your guests rave about your decision to gather at the Central Station – a true Memphis Original.


We're now accepting reservations for November 1, 2019 and beyond.

• Location Info •

545 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN



The Central Station will offer both self and valet parking for hotel and event guests.