MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE PROPERTY EST. 1869 • NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES The original Peabody Hotel opened in 1869 as a symbol of the rebirth of the South. Named for philanthropist George Peabody, it quickly became the business and social hub of Memphis, and in 1925, it was rebuilt on its present Union Avenue location. In 1933, general manager Frank Schutt returned from a weekend hunting trip and mischievously placed live duck decoys in the hotel’s lobby fountain; it was a stunt that became the genesis of the hotel’s unique signature tradition, the March of the Peabody Ducks. As Memphis experienced economic decline in the mid-1970s, The Peabody closed its doors; however, the South’s Grand Hotel would not stay shuttered for long. It reopened in 1981 after an extensive restoration and breathed new life into downtown Memphis. The Peabody Ducks have appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Sesame Street, The Oprah Winfrey Show, in People magazine, and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. ORIGINAL HOTEL LUXURIOUS SERVICE TRADITIONAL DÉCOR VICTORIAN AMENITIES 464 completely renovated guestrooms and suites. Each with elegant furnishings and décor, 42-inch HDTV, on-demand movies, wireless Internet access, complimentary newspaper, and in-room safe. Fitness center, indoor swimming pool, shops, business center, concierge, and Feathers Spa at The Peabody. Club Floor with exclusive amenities and concierge services. DINING Offering French cuisine in a romantic atmosphere, Chez Philippe is the hotel’s signature dining room and the only Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four Diamond restaurant in the region. Capriccio Grill offers all U.S. prime steaks and dishes from La Bella Italia. Other dining options include Peabody Deli & Desserts, Corner Bar, and the legendary lobby bar. LOCATION Downtown on Union Avenue, 15 minutes to Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Short walk to Beale Street, the Gibson Guitar Factory, Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, FedExForum, Autozone Park, and the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Trolley ride to the Pyramid and the National Civil Rights Museum. Memphis Int’l Airport: 12 miles, 20 minutes. 149 Union Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 T 901.529.4000
Published by Historic-Hotels. View All Articles.
This page can be found at http://digital.milespartnership.com/article/The+Peabody+Memphis/2706949/380630/article.html.