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- Home of Lansky’s, a rock-and-roll clothing shop that stocks the custom special edition blue suede Hush Puppies originally made for Elvis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
We stayed at the Peabody for two nights. I have to say that the hotel is as beautiful as the photographs depict. The room was stylish and a good size. No view to speak of, but who cares when you are in Memphis? We did not eat at the restaurant, but ordered room service twice. The fried chicken was literally the best I’ve had in my entire life! The hotel had valet parking, so there was no hassle with the car. Cute little duck soaps! Perfect place to stay.
This is a lovely older hotel in great shape. The rooms are small-medium, but were just fine. Bathrooms a little small, but workable. The rooftop bar and terrace is a fun place to go, especially when they have a live band for "cocktail hour".
Watching the Peabody ducks coming out from the elevator to walk the Red Carpet and take up residence in the lobby fountain for the day created a large watching party.
Food was okay at the restaurants, but there are so many local fish and BBQ "joints" nearby that were great.
Brilliant hotel, would definitely stay here again! Can't fault any part of our stay here, location excellent, staff lovely, room on the club floor was brilliant, bed was one of the most comfortable I've ever slept in, altogether an excellent stay
The Duck March is a must see if you are planning a stay at the Peabody! Guests really need to arrive at least an hour prior to the Duck March for a good spot for viewing as this activity is open to the public! The lobby can get crowded at these times.
Hotel was beautiful.
Employees were either excellent or poor; no in between.
Rooms were gorgeous.
Bathrooms very tiny.
Housekeeping- under staffed, and took them till 3:00 to get to our room. Not very nice people.
Ducks- soooo crowded. Arrived an hour early as advised by guest services. We were ushered around downstairs because no where we stood was appropriate and by the time they told us where the kids could go there was no room. So we went to the Mezzanine floor, found a okay spot, the right when it started a visitor not staying at the hotel pushed my kids out of the way. So as a mother, I spent the attire time telling the lady to move.
We I spoke with the manager the following day (the day we were leaving), she offered us items from the hotel gift shop. I said no thank you.
Will not be returning and will advise everyone I know the same. We paid a lot of money to stay there to see the ducks, I feel we should have been reimbursed something