The original Peabody in Memphis opened in 1869 and served as one of the city’s most luxurious hotels until 1923. In 1925, a new, bigger, and more opulent Peabody opened and it has been Memphis’ premiere hotel ever since.
It’s located in the heart of Downtown, just blocks from the famous Beale Street and just a short drive to the other places you may want to go like Graceland, the National Civil Rights Museum, and Stax Records just to name a few.
The building is gorgeous from just about every angle, one of those graceful old places they just don’t make anymore. Inside is all marble and wood and polished metals giving an air of sophistication and elegance, but like its more modern sister in Little, without being pretentious.
Heck, this a place that has ducks march through its lobby twice a day – how uptight could they possibly be?
Regarding the ducks, the tradition started in the 1930s as a joke by the general manager who had just returned from a hunting trip. Over the years it has become a tourist attraction as the family of ducks marches from their penthouse suite (Yes, the ducks live better than you do; accept it and move on) to the elevator and down to the lobby for a splash, accompanied by red carpets and all of the pomp and circumstance of a coronation. The whole thing is delightfully daffy.
Our rooms were every bit as comfortable as the ones in Little Rock (beds made out of angel wings, we tell you) with all of the luxury amenities you’d expect. Plus soaps in the shape of ducks. Come on; how could you not love that?
The same level of service as its sister is evident as well —bless them, every porter was happy to indulge us in our quest to figure out the best place to have barbeque tonight—and it’s about as beautiful a hotel as we’ve experienced.
Our two nights in Peabody hotels have turned us into unflagging fans of the brand. So much so that we were debating which hotel we preferred and then we realized, heck... they are in different cities so you don't have to choose between them. Little Rock and Memphis are great small cities and if you ever find yourself visiting one or both we have a hard time seeing how you could do any better than the Peabody.
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