CA: Bass Pro’s Big Cypress Lodge lands on list of top 2015 hotels
“Bass Pro’s Big Cypress Lodge inside the Pyramid has landed on a list of the ten best hotels of 2015, compiled by travel writer Larry Olmsted for Forbes.
The 103-room Memphis hotel, which debuted in April, shares the spotlight with the likes of the Wynn/Encore in Las Vegas, the Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe, Oberoi Hotels in India and Botswana’s Zarafa, a luxury safari lodge.
Of Big Cypress, he says, “This was the most memorable hotel opening of the year, if only for the sheer audacity and bizarreness of the undertaking … When staying here, it is very easy to forget you are inside, and especially bizarre at night, when the store closes and only hotel guests are in the vast pyramid.”
In addition to the marveling at the feat of creating a Cypress swamp-themed retail store inside of a giant Pyramid, Olmsted praises the hotel’s hand-hewn beams, its virtual fireplaces, animal mounts, jetted oversized tubs, fresh turn down cookies and “generous” welcome baskets of free snacks.
But he does ding the new hotel on one point: its location in the Pinch district, which local officials have tried somewhat unsuccessfully to revitalize for years.
“The location is not the best for visiting Memphis, but the experience is so over the top it cannot be missed,” he writes.”