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- Home of Lansky’s, a rock-and-roll clothing shop that stocks the custom special edition blue suede Hush Puppies originally made for Elvis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
- 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
First off, the lobby of this hotel is gorgeous!!! You could come and have a drink or dessert and enjoy it. You don’t have to stay at the hotel to see it...that’s great. I don’t recommend staying here. It’s a lot of money to spend on lumpy pillows, a tiny bathroom, and a feeling that you’re being nickel and dimed. The breakfast specifically was overpriced for the quality and service. The breakfast buffet was $16...which wasn’t so bad, except they were out of eggs. My husband was in a hurry to get to a work meeting, so couldn’t wait for more. Of course, we were still charged full price. Plus $7 for coffee even though my husband didn’t order it. Seems a bit much. I ordered eggs, which I got 25 mins later...they were cold and not cooked how I ordered them. But I didn’t really want to wait another 25 mins to get them the right way. I love the history of the hotel and the beauty, but wouldn’t stay here ever again.
I stayed at the Peabody with coworkers for a conference. It is very nice place with a lot of history. The meeting rooms are diverse but can be in several different areas of the building. The rooms are nice but the bathroom was small. Make sure you ask about all charges. There are extra fees for WiFi and othe services that might be inclusive at other places.
Attended a conference in Memphis at the Peabody. Service was great. Ducks were great! Staff put up some Christmas decorations while conference was going on and it was beautiful. The temperature dropped and I didn't bring my coat, but it was like being in your own world. The hotel has everything you need and a great place to sit and socialize. Great atmosphere. Not far from Beale Street.
Loved the hotel got to enjoy the ducks on both morning and evening walks. In addition the hotel itself is beautiful. Our room looked out over the Mississippi river, and we were able to walk or find easy transportation to any place we cared to visit
Great hotel and experience except for the valet service upon checkout. Had to wait over 45 minutes to get my automobile. Some Guests waited over an hour. Valet service was unacceptable. Every other part of the stay was excellent.