The Peabody Memphis
Why We Love This Hotel
- This very fancy AAA 4-Diamond hotel is a downtown destination unto itself
- It has operated as a hotel since 1925 and retained many of its grand architectural details
- All rooms were renovated in 2014
- A quirky "duck march" tradition takes place daily by the lobby fountain
Operating as a hotel since 1925, The Peabody offers a true old South experience. The downtown building is a Memphis attraction with its grand Italian Renaissance architecture, awarding-winning restaurants and its the only place in town that serves a traditional English afternoon tea.
While the property's period details are still intact, the rooms and suites were completely renovated in 2014. Each has traditional decor, plush bedding and motion-sensored floor lighting. A nightly "service fee" of $12.95 covers extras like in-room Wi-Fi, bottled water, newspaper, health club access, a shoe shine and morning coffee in the hotel's deli.
There's an upscale bar with a whiskey-themed drink menu, a AAA Four-Diamond-rated French restaurant and a full-service spa on the premises. The Peabody Athletic Club has Cybex cardio equipment, a Grecian-style heated indoor pool, hot tub and tanning bed.
Not to be missed is the lobby duck parade (with live ducks) held twice daily -- this is a quirky, 90-year-old tradition initiated by the hotel's general manager in the 1930's. The live music venues and restaurants of historic Beale Street are a 10-minute walk from the hotel.