Known at the South’s Grand Hotel, The Peabody Memphis opened in 1869 and has since remained a stalwart of tradition and hospitality. A handful of things come to mind when you think of Memphis: Barbecue, Beale Street, and Elvis. But one of the most beloved is the resident ducks at The Peabody Hotel. It all started back in the 1930s when then-general manager, Frank Schutt, and a friend spent a weekend hunting (along with a bottle of whiskey). When he got back to the hotel, a few live-duck decoys remained, so he plopped them into the hotel’s fountain. Needless to say, it was a hit with the guests, and a tradition was born. Each day at 11am and 5pm, five resident ducks march down the lobby for all to see.
A review of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee:
What You Need to Know
The Look at The Peabody Memphis
The look here would best be described as grand. Guests are welcomed in the massive hotel lobby before checking into one of the newly renovated guestrooms. The refresh has added upgrades like modern decor and updated bathrooms, but manages to keep a few historic touches (one of which is that standard rooms are quite small compared to your average hotel room). There's a stunning Grecian-inspired indoor pool with pops of greenery and a rooftop with views for days. Add to that a myriad of dining options, retail shopping, and the Feather Spa--it's one of those properties that you never have to leave.
The Vibe at The Peabody Memphis
The hotel feels both historic and luxurious, but it draws all kinds of travelers. The palatial lobby is the hub for all of the action (and is where Elvis Presley signed his first contract; his prom was held in the ballroom). The space has been referred to as the "living room of Memphis" and it's been said that the Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of The Peabody. Flanked by retail shops, the lobby is where you'll find guests sipping pre-dinner cocktails in the lobby bar while waiting patiently for the parade of ducks.
Who Will Love The Peabody Memphis
There really is something for just about everyone here, but those who appreciate history will especially love the property.
Who Might Not Love The Peabody Memphis
Those seeking a small boutique experience will feel overwhelmed by the choices at the hotel.
Best Amenity at The Peabody Memphis
Aside from the resident ducks, the best amenity often gets overlooked: The hotel's beautiful indoor swimming pool and Feather Spa. In a big bustling property, this space feels like the perfect escape.
What’s Included at The Peabody Memphis
A hotel service fee of $13.95 per room, per night includes internet access throughout the hotel, shoeshine, morning coffee in Peabody Deli & Desserts, bottled water in room, daily newspaper of choice, and Athletic Club and pool access.
Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About at The Peabody Memphis
See above service fee; parking is also additional.
How to Get a Deal at The Peabody Memphis
Check out the hotel's offers page, which includes packages like the bed and breakfast; love me tender, and a furry friends deal (pets are welcome at The Peabody).
In the Neighborhood of The Peabody Memphis
The hotel is located right in the Memphis downtown area, which makes it a breeze to walk across the street to AutoZone Park (the minor league baseball field); it's just a few blocks away is the famous Beale Street.
Nearest Airport to The Peabody Memphis
The Memphis International Airport is about a 15-minute drive to The Peabody.
Nearest Public Transit to The Peabody Memphis
The hotel is just steps to the trolley cars.
The Bottom Line
The Peabody Memphis offers history and sophistication in the middle of downtown Memphis.