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Hotel help - Hilton on Ridge Lage or Hampton on Poplar

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lkm
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Hotel help - Hilton on Ridge Lage or Hampton on Poplar

Hi,

I am coming down to Memphis for a long weekend Nov. 8th. We were planning to stay at the Hampton on Beale st (where my bf has stayed before) but it is booked! Is there something going on that week? Should we keep trying to get in there? The two hotels we were looking at were the Hampton on Poplar or the Hilton. What are those like location wise?

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1. Re: Hotel help - Hilton on Ridge Lage or Hampton on Poplar

Yikes, that is COGIC week. If possible, pick a different week. Tens of thousands of religious fanatics come into Memphis that weekend, with their main convention being downtown. Church of God in Christ, a predominantly black religion. Talk to any entertainment type worker (waitress, bartender, etc) and they will tell you - this is the worst week of the year. You will not be able to stay downtown that week, nor would you want to. I'm sure the church has a hold on amost all rooms downtown and elsewhere.

The Hilton is nice, out in east Memphis. I think the Hampton Inn is nearby...Ridge Lake? I'm not sure which that is, but if it's on Poplar near the Hilton, it's a fine area. About a 20-30 minute drive to downtown.

But honestly, if you are coming into town to do anything "touristy" and to spend a lot of time downtown, I'd pick a different weekend. COGIC is Nov 3-10 or something like that. Check their website.

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2. Re: Hotel help - Hilton on Ridge Lage or Hampton on Poplar

Well... unfortunately it is too late to change my plans! Is it really going to be that bad? What events does this organization plan? Maybe I can plan around them?

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3. Re: Hotel help - Hilton on Ridge Lage or Hampton on Poplar

Well... unfortunately it is too late to change my plans! Is it really going to be that bad? What events does this organization plan? Maybe I can plan around them?

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4. Re: Hotel help - Hilton on Ridge Lage or Hampton on Poplar

It's a week-long religious convention. The issue is the sheer # of people who will be in town, eating at restaurants, shopping, blocking traffic, etc. I think it's about 40,000 people, all downtown at the convention. People nortorious for horrible tipping, or not tipping at all, slow driving, being loud, obnoxious, rude to people, etc. I'm not exaggerating about it - just personal experience and knowledge of what friends who work in those areas say.

Regardless, if you plan on being downtown at all that weekend, be sure to plan everything ahead. Make restaurant reservations now, buy tickets to things now (Graceland, Stax, Rock & Soul) if you can, etc. If you plan on going out on Beale, expect a crowd (supposedly they don't drink alcohol, but that's a load of ___ from what I have seen year after year).

You may not notice a big difference, since you don't live here and you may not tell the difference between a normal weekend and this weekend. But for those of us who live and work downtown...not a fun week.

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5. Re: Hotel help - Hilton on Ridge Lage or Hampton on Poplar

Hamtpon Inn on Poplar is located at Poplar and Estate. The Hampton Inn on Walnut Grove or Shady Grove are both a little closer to interstate access for going downtown, to Graceland, etc.

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If you'll note, this person has already been on their trip.

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