A Memphis Landmark

The Scimitar building was built in 1902 for the Evening Scimitar, one of Memphis’ leading newspapers of the day. It was purpose-built for the paper by its benefactor, the wealthy businessman, Napoleon Hill (1830-1909). Hill’s own mansion sat across the street, in the location of the present day Sterick Building. The building was added to the National Register of Historic places in 1983. In 2016, the Hotel Napoleon opened in this historic facade.

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A Nod to the Past

The Scimitar building was the skillful and imaginative product of two important Memphis architects Chigazola (1869-1911) and Hunker (1876-1958). The building was the epitome of early 1900s architecture, which saw classical Old World elements come together in a new, maximalistic style including Corinthian columns, Italian cornices, and a Romanesque entrance crowned by three-dimensional laurel wreaths. Atop the 5th floor, the original carved lions’ heads still watch over Madison and Third Streets.

Modern Luxury With Old-World Charm

Today, Hill’s Scimitar building is one of a very few surviving examples of downtown Memphis’ early 20th century building boom, and home to a unique hotel that has embraced adaptive reuse to preserved its architectural heritage while innovating into the 21st century. As you enter, take time to admire the historic building’s carefully preserved corbelled balconettes with their elaborate iron railings. If you glance up from Madison Street, you can still see the carved insignia—N and H—for Napoleon Hill, and now, Hotel Napoleon.

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An Authentic Experience

Once inside the dynamic lobby, you will notice the original Tennessee marble in the lower lobby and stairs, along with the contemporary flair. Some rooms feature prominent bay windows. Our experienced concierge can assist you with any detail to make your visit memorable and will go above and beyond to make any of your special arrangements. You will find that everyone at Hotel Napoleon is dedicated to every attention to detail, no matter how small.

Hotel Parking

Offsite parking is available next door at Prospero Place Garage, located at 193 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103. This facility is independent of the hotel. The rate is $17 per night plus a transaction fee for unlimited in and out privileges.

Entry Instructions:

Note for International Guests: If you cannot dial a U.S. number, press the help button and provide your email address to receive the payment link. Payment setup is required to exit the garage.