Perhaps no hotel in the South is more iconic than the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. The original property opened in 1869 a few blocks away, but the current location has been around since 1925.
Named for George Peabody, the original financier of the project, it’s known as the “South’s grand hotel.” Over the years, it’s hosted presidents, celebrities, and members of high society. Elvis signed his record deal in this very lobby.
Rooms at The Peabody Hotel
On previous trips to Memphis, I’d only experienced the lobby of the Peabody Hotel, so I knew I wanted to change that. I was very impressed with the rooms, as they’re more modern than you’d expect from a historic hotel while still keeping their charm.
I stayed in a 2-bed double room, which included WiFi, television, and luxurious bathrobes. I did find that the bathroom in my particular room was very small, but that just meant the bedroom was bigger. The Peabody also offers king rooms, standard suites, and the $1,000+ per night Celebrity Suite. Rates start at $200 for basic rooms and vary by season.
What to See at The Peabody Hotel
It’s been said that “the Mississippi Delta starts in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel.” The lobby is an attraction in and of itself, where the world-famous Peabody Ducks make their parade from the roof to the fountain twice daily.
The Peabody also has its own museum, which includes an antique piano played by Francis Scott Key, as well as artifacts from its history. Beale Street is a short walk away, as are the top attractions of the city, including Graceland, the National Civil Rights Museum, and Sun Studio.
The Peabody has its own shopping gallery, which includes the official clothier of Elvis Presley, as well as the gift shop. Guests can dine onsite at Chez Phillipe, a fine-dining French restaurant. They also have Capriccio Grill, an Italian steakhouse, and Peabody Deli and Desserts, ideal for a breakfast on the go. The hotel has also brought back its famous summertime roof parties, where they host musical acts.
Tips for Staying at The Peabody Hotel
I received a media rate for my stay at The Peabody, but all opinions are my own.