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The Peabody Memphis, Memphis

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The Peabody Memphis is a luxury hotel in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The hotel is known for the "Peabody Ducks" that live on the hotel rooftop and make daily treks to the lobby. The Peabody Memphis is a member of Historic Hotel of America the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.HistoryFirst Peabody HotelThe original Peabody Hotel was built in 1869 at the corner of Main and Monroe Streets by Robert Campbell Brinkley, who named it to honor his friend, the recently deceased George Peabody, for his contributions to the South. The hotel was a huge success, and Brinkley gave it to his daughter Anna Overton Brinkley and her husband Robert B. Snowden as a wedding gift not long after it opened. The hotel had 75 rooms, with private bathrooms, and numerous elegant public rooms. Among its guests were Presidents Andrew Johnson and William McKinley and Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Nathan Bedford Forrest. Jefferson Davis, the former President of the Confederacy, lived there in 1870 when he worked as president of an insurance company. The hotel closed in 1923 in preparation for a move one block away. The building was demolished and Lowenstein's department store was constructed there.Current Peabody hotelThe current Peabody Hotel building, on Union Avenue, is an Italian Renaissance structure designed by noted Chicago architect Walter W. Ahlschlager. Construction began less than a month after the old hotel closed. The new hotel was built on the previous site of the Fransioli Hotel, a structure which looked nearly identical to the original Peabody Hotel. The new hotel opened on September 1, 1925.
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  • I was there for less than 24 hours with five other colleagues. We arrived on Sunday afternoon and checked out on Monday morning. I decided to spend the day reading a book and people and duck watching ...  more »
  • Perfect for small kids and families. Front desk is a bit unorganized and I would not consider it a high end resort hotel at this point. They were all very nice.  more »
  • It is a beautiful hotel, don't get me wrong. But I think that it has gotten a bit touristy. People come to see the ducks like crazy so you can't really enjoy the lobby or even see anything over the tr...  more »
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  • We did not stay here. We went to see the Marching of the Ducks. It was fun, very interesting! The Duckmaster was knowledgeable and entertaining. The Peabody is a beautiful Hotel. Be sure to go to the roof after, great view of the city. Oh, after we enjoyed the rooftop view we came back down to the lobby/fountain to watch the Ducks for a moment before leaving, don't stand too close ... they like to play, they will splash anyone that stands around, I know!
  • On a recent road trip with my mother through Tennessee the Peabody and it up being a highlight of the trip. The staff were incredibly helpful and the hotel was impeccably taking care of. The location is convenient to Beale Street and the staff can always help you with directions and finding places to go if you need it. The room was comfortable and very well stocked and clean. Watching the Ducks on their daily retreat was also an added bonus to the trip. I haven't stayed anywhere else in Memphis and don't anticipate I ever will.
  • We came to see the ducks march to the fountain. It was even more crowded than I anticipated! But my toddler loved the ducks and the fountain. As always, the lobby is gorgeous. Love the ambience with the piano playing and the fresh flowers and the lovely decor.
  • Attended the summer rooftop concert event. The band (Seeing Red) was AMAZING! The atmosphere is great. There are several bars set up, but still had long lines. Parking is kind of a pain and if you park in a garage, you have to pay. Overall a great experience!!
  • Let me start with the positive. The lobby is beautiful and the hotel has a wonderful ambiance. Definitely have a drink in the lobby bar, and watch the ducks if you can. The rest is disappointing. The rooms are tiny and feel worn. They also lack basic amenities like an in room coffee maker and safe that you'd generally expect at a nicer hotel. They don't even give you HBO. I've also never felt so nickel and dimed by a hotel before. My booked price was $260 per night but that was before 9.25% sales tax, 8.5% hotel occupancy tax (which is 3.5% higher than Shelby County's stated amount for that fee and 17.75% in total tax), $20 per day parking, $2 per day tourism district improvement fee, and $12.95 hotel service fee. That $260 per night is really $343 which is a 32% bump if you're keeping score. You don't get any kind of preferred seating for the duck walk if you're staying in the hotel, or any real incentive to pay the premium to stay here vs. just visiting. There are several nice hotels in the area that all have bigger rooms, better amenities and cost less. Stay in one of those and have a drink at The Peabody.