By Nancy Lubiani
Hotel Napoleon is the latest addition to a growing list of historic properties being dusted off and refitted from the original use for a new purpose. Accepting reservations as soon as mid-September, the hotel features a 58-room boutique along with a restaurant, bar and fitness center.
The building at 179 Madison, on one of the four corners at Madison Avenue and B.B. King Boulevard – the one with curved glass windows - was built in 1902 and originally housed Memphis’ afternoon newspaper, The Press Scimitar. In 1983, under its name at the time, The Winchester Building, the property was added to the National Register of Historic places.
Although a new, traditional travel hotel may be less expensive to build, boutique hotels draw a traveler with interest in historic properties and neighborhoods, much of which Memphis has to offer between the River Museum, Beale Street, the Orpheum, Victorian Village, the Pinch and so much more.
Although the Peabody is not a boutique hotel, its historic presence has the same characteristics that draw the discriminating traveler. Other boutiques are doing well in Memphis: The River Inn, The Madison to name just a couple – and more are planned. For more information on Hotel Napoleon, and other developments planned for the future, check out the source for this article and more in The Daily News. You can also visit the Hotel Napoleon's website here.