by Wendy Irvine
The Big Cypress Lodge is less your average hotel stay and more an experience. (Read: your kids will love this place.) Located inside the new Bass Pro Shop’s Pyramid in downtown Memphis, this incredibly fun lodge offers more than 100 elaborate rooms and suites totally decked in a mountain cabin-vibe. The hotel site likes to say that a stay at the lodge lets families “fully immerse in the Bass Pro Shops outdoor lifestyle.” (So, if you’re more Louvre-in-Paris, maybe not. Also, kids must be okay with deer heads hanging on guestroom walls.)
The Lodge offers a set of luxury suites that are spacious and drenched in the woodsy theme (the Governor’s Suite has a full kitchen, an extensive terrace, and an insane view). The premier and deluxe rooms are a little easier on the bottom line, but are also beautifully themed in woodsy. All suites and rooms have a fireplace, a mini-fridge, free Wi-Fi, coffee maker, flat-screen with a great cable package, and free parking. Many rooms and suite have balconies. Guests rave about rooms with views overlooking the Bass Pro Shop specifically.
Two onsite restaurants are experiences by themselves. Guests can ride a glass elevator to the top for dinner at The Lookout, or eat more casually and take in a meal while bowling (13-lanes) in an underwater experience at Uncle Buck’s.
The Big Cypress Lodge is 10.2-miles to Graceland Mansion, is 1.1-miles to visit the famous Peabody Hotel ducks, 1.3-miles to Downtown Memphis, 3.7-miles to the Memphis zoo, 1.3-miles to the Orpheum Theater Memphis (free summer movies), the 7.9-miles to the Pink Palace and Planetarium, 10.8-miles to the Big Back Yard, 6.8-miles to the Children’s Museum of Memphis, 0.7-miles to Mud Island River Park and 1.5-miles to Huey’s Downtown (kid-restaurant).
Our Editor Loves
- Unique lodge connected to Bass Pro Shop
- Onsite dining with views
- Tallest free standing elevator in the country
- Water Sports
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
We spent a week here for our honeymoon so we got a pretty good idea of how the lodge operates. I’ll start out by saying it is an absolutely gorgeous place to stay. We will definitely return if the opportunity presents itself. We had a room overlooking the inside of the Bass Pro. Friendly staff at front desk and if you were to run into any throughout the store. Loved visiting the lookout and took tons of pictures of the bridge when it was lit up. We ate at the Lookout Restaurant our first night there. If you’re rich, you probably won’t mind the prices. However, we are not in that class. The food was expensive but it was delicious. We decided it was worth it and we deserved to treat ourselves. The next morning we ate breakfast at the restaurant downstairs Uncle Bucks. The service was terrible. The food was okay. We thought maybe it was just a fluke so we decided to go back for dinner another night. The service was still horrible. If you don’t mind waiting 15 minutes to be greeted by a server or to get a drink, then you might like it. Majority of the time we spent in Uncle Bucks was either waiting for a refill or waiting for our check. A lot of waiting compared to how long it took us to eat. We ordered the same meal twice within the 6 days we stayed, and the food was very inconsistent. One day our salads would have cucumbers and cheese, the next day they wouldn’t. You never really knew what you were going to get. And if you ask why we didn’t just go somewhere outside the pyramid to eat, we did. However, Uncle Bucks was convenient being that it was downstairs and we wouldn’t have to leave the pyramid. Before coming to the pyramid I read reviews on the security. A lot of them said their cars were broken into, windows smashed, etc. We fortunately didn’t experience any of that. We saw multiple times a bass pro security guard driving around the parking lots to make sure they were secure. We tried parking close to street lamps and close as we could get to the pyramid, taking everything valuable out of our vehicle to try to avoid any bad occurrences happening. There’s a lot of places to explore in Memphis. While we were there, we went to the Memphis zoo (which could use some updating), the auto bahn go cart racing place, of course Graceland, the Pink Palace, and we drove about 20 minutes to Mississippi to go to Tanger Outlets. I recommend eating at Hueys in Memphis, it’s a must go for a great food. On our last night at the Pyramid, we ended up meeting Kid Rock which is probably a one in a million chance but still something we will never forget. We enjoyed our stay very much and will hopefully return for anniversaries and such! Thank you Big Cypress Lodge!
The lodge was fantastic...our room was like staying in a cabin in the woods...great atmosphere and such attention to detail everywhere we went. Try the elevator to the outlook...what a view! Ate at the Restaurant...delicious alligator tacos! Staff was fantastic...need to mention Jasen and Jeff, they made sure we were wanting for nothing..the shuttle took us to and from anywhere we wanted to go...added bonus. The location was great...walked to Mud island from Lodge. Overall, HIGHLY recommend the Big Cypress Lodge!