Bridging Memphis’ celebrated past with its cosmopolitan present, The Peabody Memphis is a landmark downtown hotel known for its grand, marble-columned lobby as well as its resident ducks, whose daily parade to the hall's fountain is a tradition that dates back to 1933. Established in 1869, this luxurious award-winning hotel offers 464 opulently decorated and furnished guest rooms with modern amenities, fine dining and unparalleled guest service.

Located on Union Avenue, the Peabody Hotel was originally designed by noted Chicago architect Walter Ahlschlager and built in an Italian Renaissance style. Having undergone numerous renovations throughout the years, the hotel has been restored to its former glory and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Peabody is probably best known for its custom of keeping ducks in the lobby fountain. In 1933 the General Manager of the hotel at the time, Frank Schutt, thought it amusing to leave his live English Call Duck decoys in the hotel fountain after a weekend hunting trip in Arkansas. Guests loved it, and as a result five Mallard ducks have played in the fountain every day since. The Peabody Ducks, as they are known, make a daily march to the fountain each day, drawing crowds to watch the delightful procession.

1.The Peabody Memphis Rooms & Suites

The Peabody Memphis Rooms & Suites  

The Peabody Memphis features 464 well-appointed guest rooms and suites that feature stylish décor, ample living spaces and deluxe amenities. Rooms and suites range from standard deluxe double, traditional queen and executive king suites to specialty suites such as the Romeo and Juliet Suites, Junior Suites, Celebrity Suites and the opulent Presidential Suite.

Generous, fully-renovated rooms include double, queen or king-size beds, ample sitting areas with a sofa and coffee table, a writing desk with chair and a private en suite bathroom with bath, shower and dressing area. Beds are dressed in imported Egyptian cotton linens and down pillows, while state-of-the-art technology such as a 42” flat screen TV, smartphone dock alarm clock and motion-sensor floor lighting come standard.

Specialty suites offer an extra level of comfort and luxury. Ideal for romantic escapes, The Romeo and Juliet Suites provide exquisite loft bedrooms with spiral staircases and a spacious two-story parlor with either a fireplace or a wet bar. Celebrity Suites feature a king-size bed, spacious parlor and formal dining room, a wet bar and a refrigerator.

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The Presidential Suite is a study of opulence and grandeur with a spacious king-size bedroom, en suite bathroom with walk-in shower and soaking tub, spacious living and dining areas, a marble wet bar and a refrigerator. Guests of The Peabody Club stay on an exclusive, private access concierge level with a welcome cocktail and honor bar. They can also enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks throughout the day.

Standard amenities in each room include a 42" flat screen television with premium cable and network programming, on-demand movies and a music and Internet service. Other amenities include high-speed wireless Internet, in-room safes, two dual-line telephones which include data ports, voicemail, speakerphone and teleconference capabilities. Local newspapers are also available, as well as a shoe shine service.

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2.Dining at The Peabody Memphis

Dining at The Peabody Memphis  

The Peabody Memphis and its beautiful restaurants with superb cuisine have enjoyed an acclaimed reputation for over 150 years. The Peabody offers a diverse range of settings for any taste and occasion, each of which presents a tantalizing dining and culinary experience for guests. Built on history, legend and tradition, which are at the heart of the Peabody dining experience, signature menus feature classic and traditional dishes that stood the test of time and are intertwined with memories of the "South's Grand Hotel."

The opulent Chez Philippe is a Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond rated restaurant that attracts gourmands and food lovers to its haloed halls to enjoy the Old South splendor and the classic French cuisine of Executive Chef Andreas Kisler. Ranked as one of Food & Wine magazine's "Top 50 Hotel Restaurants," Chez Philippe promises an unforgettable fine dining experience.

For the best steaks in Memphis, there is no better place than Capriccio Grill™. Headed up by Chef Derek Smith, the menu features succulent flash-seared steaks and chops, ocean-fresh lobster and seafood and handmade pasta dishes from "La Bella Italia" cooked to al dente perfection. Breakfast includes delicious American and Southern specialties while lunches present modern Southern comfort fare.

Enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea in the grandeur of Chez Philippe. This delightful experience includes a mouthwatering menu of savory finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, pastries and assorted petit fours, as well as a selection of regular, herbal and caffeine-free teas.

The age old Memphis tradition of Sunday brunch is taken to new heights at The Peabody. Family-friendly brunches are served in the Capriccio Grill, and feature a variety of hearty breakfast dishes, such as freshly-baked bread, croissants and sweet pastries, various types of eggs, smoked salmon, Belgian waffles stacked with Applewood smoked bacon and maple syrup, pasta, salads, prime ribs and of course, champagne.

The Peabody Pastry Shop offers sweet treats and other delights, as well as freshly brewed coffee to go and is open for morning coffee, continental breakfast, a quick sandwich or a vast array of delicious desserts.

uests can enjoy a selection of the best cuisine from all the restaurants, as well as an extensive menu of wines, spirits, sparkling wines and cocktails from the in-room service menu, which is available all day.

Located in the Grand Lobby and often referred to as the "living room of Memphis," The Lobby Bar offers an elegant and relaxed spot to enjoy a light meal and drinks with friends while watching the world pass by. It’s also the best place in the hotel to watch the famous March of the Peabody Ducks as they make their way to the fountain twice a day.

The Peabody Corner Bar is a casual and cozy spot for after-work cocktails. The relaxed venue serves a menu of Jack Daniels inspired upscale bar food and drink specials, as well as an exclusive 24-bottle Cruvinet wine dispensing system, which allows guests to taste and test wines from around the world.

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3.Weddings, Reunions & Conferences

Weddings, Reunions & Conferences  

The elegant and enchanting ambiance of the Peabody Memphis makes for the perfect wedding venue, of which there is a world of choices to choose from. The hotel boasts a variety of magnificent rooms to suit any occasion, from intimate family affairs and special anniversaries to lavish weddings and formal ballroom galas of up to 4,000 guests.

The trendy culinary team creates enticing menus and exquisite wedding cakes to perfectly complement the special day and the luxurious Romeo and Juliet Honeymoon suite is the perfect end to the perfect day.

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Synonymous with grand Delta style and gracious Southern hospitality, The Peabody Memphis hosted its first meeting in 1869 and has remained the city’s leading business and social hub ever since. Combining the historic architecture and opulent interiors with modern contemporary style and state-of-the-art technology, the hotel presents the ideal conference and meeting facilities for the modern-day executive. Catering for all types of functions and events, from a small business breakfast to a large sales conference, the hotel features 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting venues that can accommodate up to 2,000 guests and has expert meeting, planning and catering staff. Other Services

For guests wanting to take their memories of the beautiful hotel home with them, The Peabody Galleria offers a selection of hand-picked items and visitor favorites. The gallery store features a range of Peabody linens and bedding, deluxe bath products, therapeutic essentials, towels and robes, gourmet exclusives such as signature duck-shaped cookie cutters and conversation-starting shooter sets as well as specialty items like duck-themed books, elegant scarves and other Peabody-related trinkets.

The Peabody offers guests an array of first-class amenities to enjoy from a stunning indoor and heated Grecian-style swimming pool and luxury whirlpool spa to an exclusive spa and wellness center.

Feathers Spa at The Peabody is a full-service resort-style spa that offers a wide variety of pampering and indulgent spa and salon treatments, including massages, body wraps, facials and enhancements, wax treatments, manicures and pedicures, hair styling and make-up application. Massages range from relaxation and hot stone to deep tissue and sports massages, as well as the signature Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage and a one-of-a-kind Couples Ashiatsu treatment. Feathers Spa also offers a full line of high-end spa and salon products.

The Peabody is famous for its Rooftop Parties in the summer season. Taking place on Thursday nights, the glamorous events feature hot bands, cool drinks and spectacular sky-high views of the sun setting over the Mississippi River.

The convenient and central location of The Peabody Memphis makes it an ideal base for exploring the beautiful city of Memphis, birthplace of rock ‘n roll and home of the blues. Explore the history of American music, visit Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion, take in historical sites ranging from the National Civil Rights Museum to the beautifully restored historic mansions in Midtown and be sure to try some famous slow-cooked BBQ.

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149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103, Phone: 901-529-4000

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