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- Home of Lansky’s, a rock-and-roll clothing shop that stocks the custom special edition blue suede Hush Puppies originally made for Elvis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 could not have gotten a better location downtown Memphis. The Peabody was within walking distance of Beale Street. The hotel was an excellent experience. I see why they call it the South's Grand Hotel. Looking forward to our next trip to the Peabody.
While at the Peabody I found the beautiful cakes in the sweet shop window irresistible. So after dinner I purchased a selection to take back to the room. My husband had requested the carrot cake, and I also bought coconut cake and key lime pie. They were all beautifully decorated. Sadly, the quality and taste did not come close to matching the appearance. I've had much better carrot cake from the bakery at my local grocery store. The coconut cake was flavorless and overly dense (management should fly to Branson and try the coconut cake at Dobyn's restaurant at the Keeting Center. Beyond perfect.) The key lime pie was just ok. I love the Peabody - it's the best place to stay in Memphis. But the sweets in the little shop do not measure up to what one expects from this hotel. And they were, of course, quite pricey. We left much of our purchase untouched. We will certainly come back to the Peabody, but plan to avoid the sweet shop.
My family stayed at the Peabody over the weekend. Very impressed with customer service. Staff was extremely friendly and offered great assistance. Room and bathroom was very clean and neat. All common areas were well kept. Highly recommend.
The PEABODY should be on everyone's bucket list. We took our 3 yr old granddaughter and had a blast. The DUCKS entrance/exit is a must see. What a unique hotel. Truly The Grand Hotel of the South! FIVE STARS!!
The Peabody is the ultimate in charm, elegance and hospitality. Everyone was so cordial and helpful with even the smallest matter. The room was extremely comfortable, clean and well appointed. Ideally located for anyone wanting to explore on foot.