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Peabody Hotel, Memphis: 2,308 reviews and 14 photos

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The Peabody is a Memphis institution located on its current site since 1925. Like the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, the aim of the Peabody has been and is to provide a luxury hotel fitting of the image of southern hospitality and civility. It is located in the heart of downtown and within easy walking distance to Beale Street, the Gibson Guitar Factory, Autozone Park, and Fedex Arena. Rooms are spacious and equipped with great beds, linens, complimentary bathrobes, marble counters in the bathrooms, and nice chairs in which to relax. Service is good without being extraordinary. Staff were friendly and accomodating when asked a question. A nice place to relax and have a drink is the wonderful great hall in the center of the hotel's ground floor. A bar sits on one end and the chairs and sofas are very comfy. A striking Art Nouveau or Arts and Crafts style ceiling looms above.

The Peabody includes a pool, day spa, adequately outfitted exercise room, business center, 2 restaurants including the critically acclaimed Chez Philippe, pastry/coffee bar, lounge, and shops including Lansky's which has high-end men's and women's wear and is operated by the man who was Elvis' personal tailor, Bernard J. Lansky.

The big attraction is the twice daily march of the Peabody ducks to and from the great hall fountain from the elevator which transports them to and from their rooftop palace (it's really more of a cage). The ducks spend the day in the great hall fountain, never venturing out. The march, led by the Peabody Duckmaster, between the elevator and the fountain is a much anticipated and well-attended event that occurs at 11am and 5pm daily. The ducks (1 mallard and 4 drakes) are rotated out every 90 days. Training usually takes 5 days. It's best to avoid the great hall in the area around the fountain and bar during these times if you don't want to get caught up in the crush.

Unique Qualities: Casual elegance; all the things you might expect at a luxury hotel. Great central location.

Address: 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103
Price Comparison: most expensive
Directions: The Peaboy takes up an entire city block bounded by Union, Second, Peabody, and Third.
Phone: 901.529.4000
Price: US$180 and up
Theme: Hotel
Website: http://www.peabodymemphis.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 23, 2006
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