After staying at this hotel and its older sister in Memphis, we have become official fans of the brand. They specialize in luxury accommodations but do it in a fun, low-pressure way that allows you to sit back and relax without being intimidated.
The Peabody in Little Rock is excellently located in the River Market District of Downtown, just a mile or so from the Clinton Library and close to all of the major attractions in the area.
Unlike the historic 1920s era building in Tennessee, the 400 or so rooms in Little Rock are housed in a more modern high-rise right along the river. The lobby and other public areas are sweeping and airy and offer a high-end Italian steakhouse, a couple of bars, a fitness center, and more.
Rooms are divine, with modern and extremely plush furnishings, high speed Internet access, dual line phones, upscale bathroom amenities, and all of the other comforts one would expect from a hotel of this caliber.
Our rooms overlook the river, and have ridiculously comfortable beds, plus soap in the shape of ducks, the Peabody being famous for its twice-daily parade of our fine feathered friends (“….may be somebody’s mother…”) from the elevator to the fountain in the lobby and back again.
We were sharing the joint with a whole group of US submarine vets, who are a rowdy and rather hilarious bunch, quite willing to tell lusty tales of underwater adventure. One explained that any time they hit the gulf stream, they would go swimming naked in the middle of the ocean, albeit with a guy armed with a sharp shooter in the tower, watching for sharks.
We also kept noticing the excellent and alert service—the bellboy who greeted some of the submariners by name (because he read it on their shirts, a nice attention to detail) and the doorman who asked Mary if she enjoyed her walk (having noticed her leaving about an hour before and returning from the opposite direction).
It’s not cheap to stay here – expect rates to hover around $200 a night (sometimes less, sometimes more) – but we felt that was a more than fair price to pay for this level of comfort.
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