The Peabody Memphis
What We Love
- Twice daily Duck March, with cocktails, a singular tradition in the hotel world
- Home of Lansky’s, a rock-and-roll clothing shop that stocks the custom special edition blue suede Hush Puppies originally made for Elvis
- The only full-blown traditional afternoon English tea in Memphis, served Wednesday through Saturday
What To Know
- The Duck March is a hugely popular event that draws in lots of non-hotel guests, and staying here gives no advantage, so go early
- The minimal day spa is leased out to a local chain, so it’s not really part of the hotel
- Very pet-friendly
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Spanning an entire city block, the 12-story Peabody is a huge Italian Renaissance building clad in brick. The centerpiece is the two-story lobby, with its stained glass skylight. Stores, restaurants, the front desk, bell desk and concierge surround the lobby bar and the black marble duck fountain, while an extension off the lobby contains several more shops. The elevators have ornate brass doors, there are chandeliers at every turn, a mezzanine of balconies overlooks the lobby, and the staff is impeccably uniformed — it is all simply grand. Guestrooms are simple but ornate in an old-fashioned way, with sumptuous fabrics and lots of blue, gold and violet.
Bed and Bath
Rooms are on the small side but comfortable, and feel elegant with gold wall-to-wall carpeting, and well-chosen fabrics in blue, gold and violet. Rather than sleek surfaces, almost everything is covered in fabric, including armchairs and the luggage bench at the foot of the bed. Bathrooms have marble details, a traditional tub/shower combo, branded toiletries and, of course, rubber duckies. The robes are not name brand, but they are unusually thick, absorbent and comfortable. All rooms include free WiFi and have new 42-inch plasma TVs.
The Peabody is very pet-friendly, and the attached Peabody Athletic Club has a pool, sauna and modern gym, but it also welcomes downtown residents, so it can get quite crowded. Most leisure visitors to Memphis head out for the city’s famous barbecue, but the dining in the hotel is surprisingly good, especially the standout Chez Philippe. The Peabody’s unique public history room, on the second floor, displays the check Elvis Presley got for signing with RCA, a deal done in the lobby bar, and Babe Ruth’s autograph.
In the Area
The 800-pound gorilla of Memphis tourism is Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland, and the adjacent plane and car museum; go first thing in the morning, before the tour buses arrive. Most other highlights are within easy walking distance: A great minor league stadium sits right across the street, and within three blocks are several marquee attractions including historic Beale Street, the Smithsonian affiliate Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and the Gibson Guitar Factory. Just a few blocks farther is the National Civil Rights Museum, built around the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Memphis is famous for its barbecue, and the famed dry-rub Rendezvous is just across the street, but better options include Central BBQ and Cozy Corner. One of the nation’s finest emporiums of fried chicken, Gus’s Famous, is a few blocks away.
How to Get There
We were disappointed with our stay. The hotel is beautiful with a very well kept lobby. Our room was less than great. First, we were put on the "pet floor" and experienced the dog next to us barking late at night and very early in the morning. Our shower and sink leaked to the point where it distracted our sleep. When we mentioned this to the front desk, we were told that we never should have been placed on the pet floor. They refunded our "fee" which ended up being less than $20 but made sure they charged us the $37 Valet parking fee. Nice to know that our complaint was worth less than $20. I wouldn't recommend staying here, there are better values that are more comfortable in the surrounding area.
My boyfriend and I, were trying to decide where to go for Labor Day weekend.
We decided to visit Memphis. This was the first time for both of us.
I originally booked us a hotel room at another location, but after reading the reviews for the Peabody Memphis I decided to switch hotels. That was the best decision we made. The hotel was beautiful and the customer service from the staff was superb!
I enjoyed the Peabody Ducks show, the rooftop music/drinks, and most of all the wonderful historical hotel tour given to me by Mr.Carol.
The local people were so nice, the food was great, and Beale Street was the place to enjoy our night entertainment.
I look forward to our next visit!
The hotel is at a very central location in Memphis. The staff is super friendly and supportive. The rooms are clean and big enough but could be a bit noisy. I love the traditional ceremony with the ducks, it gives a original twist at your stay.