Hyatt debuts first Caption hotel

Hyatt Hotels Corp. has opened the Caption by Hyatt Beale Street Memphis in Tennessee, marking the launch of Hyatt’s new lifestyle brand, Caption by Hyatt. The 136-room hotel, which is owned by real estate developer Carlisle Corp., is close to the Orpheum Theater, the Memphis Rock n’ Soul Museum, FedEx Forum and Sun Studios. 

Using upcycled and community-inspired design, the property combines contemporary aesthetics with the urban industrial history of the area. The hotel is integrated into the historic William C. Ellis & Sons Ironworks and Machine Shop as part of Carlisle's $200 million One Beale mixed-use development, preserving the existing riverside brick and cast-iron façade that dates back to 1879. The hotel has an interior mural by Frances Berry and an exterior mural by Juan Rojo.


The lobby includes Talk Shop at Ellis, a culinary and social space that has a bar and a 24-hour grab-and-go market.

The indoor lounge area extends out into a 1,500-square-foot patio and beer garden with open fire pits, exposed brick and a living plant wall with bench seating.

The Gathering Space—a 350-square-foot glass-enclosed space inside Talk Shop at Ellis—serves as a first-come, first-serve private meeting or event space with a large community table. When the space is not booked for private use, the meeting table turns into a billiards table.

Outside the back doors of Talk Shop at Ellis is a 1,000-square-foot courtyard area serving an outdoor lounge space. The area is surrounded by preserved façades of the William C. Ellis Building, and includes an elevated soundstage met with a large screen on the backdrop, doubling as an event space.

The guestrooms at Caption by Hyatt Beale Street Memphis reflect urban street art with blue and yellow hues. The living spaces have repurposed materials while the work/play lounge (separated from the sleeping area) has a worktable, task lighting and power outlets. Eight riverfront suites have double vanities and a large living area with a pull-out couch along with step-out balconies.

On the second floor, the fitness facilities have floor-to-ceiling windows facing Front Street. Equipment includes a cable machine, free weights, a row machine, cycling machines and treadmills. The space is covered in colorful green wall coverings highlighted by pops of color, leading into a functional movement studio for yoga, barre or Pilates.