Our room was beautiful, really luxurious. We decided to splash out and stay at a nice hotel, as a Christmas present to each other.
High tea was a great experience, and the ambience of the Lobby was lovely. There were so many people to see the ducks we barely saw the head of one duck. And this was on a Tuesday afternoon, I can't imagine how many people are there on the weekend. We got up early and went to see the ducks in their Duck Palace and it was just the two of us. You can get a great view of the city from the top of the Duck Palace.
It is so expensive to stay here. The one down side is that the price was often misquoted to us. I called ahead and made reservations for high tea and they quoted me 16.00 per person, when in reality it was almost 22.00 per person, plus tip (which is automatically added). Then I ordered wine through room service and it was twice as much as was quoted to me over the phone when I ordered it. We would have taken high tea irregardless, I just don't like a business that lies to me repeatedly.
Unique Quality: The location is great, the lobby is plush, and there are dozens of restaurants, a shopping center, and a movie theatre within walking distance, plus Beale Street.
Directions: Great location on Union Ave. within walking distance of Beale Street and the FedEx Forum
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 Quality: Casual elegance; all the things you might expect at a luxury hotel. Great central location.
Directions: The Peaboy takes up an entire city block bounded by Union, Second, Peabody, and Third.
Before I went on the Memphis City Tour, I had never heard of the Peabody Hotel. But the tour driver told us that the Peabody is reknown for the March of the Ducks which occurred at 11 am every day. She dropped us off at 10:30 at the hotel so that we could see it. We went up to the mezzanine level to wait, and I looked around a little bit while I was there.
In the center of the lobby is a fountain which is where the ducks swim. On one side is a bar, and there is also a player piano in the lobby.
But I have not stayed here.
They have a special which is called:
Bed & Breakfast Package
Includes one night’s Deluxe accommodations, plus:
* Breakfast in-room or in Capriccio Grill
* VIP turndown service
* Valet parking
Rate: $235 for double occupancy
Unique Quality: The hotel website says that it offers the following amenities:
* Award-winning restaurants, bars, and eateries, from fine dining to casual fare
* The Peabody Athletic Club, our Certified Nautilus Training Center
* Heated swimming pool, a Grecian-style indoor lap pool and whirlpool spa stocked with fresh towels
* Gould's Day Spa & Salon, a full-service salon and spa providing an array of therapeutic and beautifying services
# 464 Deluxe Guest Rooms, all of which been recently restored, offering complimentary turn down service, complimentary coffee and USA Today delivered to your room
# The Peabody Club, our exclusive, private-access concierge level with complimentary food and beverage bar
# The Executive Club, an over-sized guestroom in our exclusive, private-access concierge level with complimentary food and beverage bar
# Peabody Suites, featuring one to two bedrooms and a parlor, with a reception capacity of 10 to 15 guests
# Romeo and Juliet Suites, including exquisite loft bedrooms with spiral staircases, and reception parlors accommodating 30 guests
# Celebrity Suites, with king bedroom, wet bar, refrigerator, formal dining room and reception parlor with a capacity of 15 to 20 guests
# Presidential Suite, featuring king bedroom, marble wet bar, refrigerator, and reception parlor that can accommodate up to 30 guests
This Memphis Landmark is home to the famous Peabody ducks. five ducks live on the roof and during the day they swim around in a fountain in the middle of the lobby. At 11AM everyday the ducks walk down a red carpet from the elevator to the fountain and back to the elevator at 5 PM. A must see show!
Lovely hotel with Italian Renaissance Revival architecture. This luxury hotel has rooftop parties that offer a beautiful view of the nearby Misssissippi River. I'd stop by before dinner and drinks on Beale St.
Unique Quality: Each day, at 11a, the Peabody Ducks march from their rooftop Duck Palace to the Italian marble fountain in the Peabody Lobby. A red carpet is unrolled as the ducks strut to some traditional march, passing through crowds of adoring spectators. Its all repeated at 5p, when the ducks retire to their palace.
The Peabody Hotel is famous for their ducks. The ducks live in the penthouse suite and are escorted downstairs to their pond every morning. It is a huge deal and it is so much fun to watch these ducks waddle through the hotel. During the summer they have a great happy hour on the roof with music and plenty of food.
I was booked at the Peabody for a conference there; but when I arrived (at nearly midnight) they told me that "existing guests had decided to extend their stay and so my room was not available." I was furious - they made sure I knew there was nothing I could do about it. They booked me at the Hilton across the street. No other offer was made to make up for the inconvenience (no free night, no free dinner, nothing). I would never, ever, recommend anybody trust this place to maintain a reservation. And honestly: who the hell cares about those ducks?
Unique Quality: I've never actually stayed at the Peabody, though I have heard good things. We would always stay at either the Holiday Inn or the Ramada off of Beale St. The reason I am writting about the Peabody is the ducks. There is a group of ducks that live on the roof of the hotel and everyday they take their own elevator down to the lobby to take a bath in the fountain. There is even a guy whose sole job it is to look after the ducks. There are little duck footprints paint on the sidewalk leading to the hotel and everything in the giftshop has ducks on it. All the hotel guests will gather in the lobby with their cameras, awaiting the ducks arrival. The ducks really are a fun tradition and have become the trademark of the Peabody.
Directions: Off Beale Street
The lowest priced single room is $195 per night, $225 for a double.
Unique Quality: This hotel is over 130 years old, and is absolutely beautiful inside. Pure luxury. But the main draw has to be the ducks, who live in the hotel. Everyday at 5pm, the ducks march (to some grand music, might I add) out of their fountain in the lobby and into the elevator, where they go up to their 'penthouse.' It's really cute, and worth watching even if you're not staying at the hotel.
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Address: 149 Union Ave, Memphis, Tennessee, 38103, United States