My husband and I decided to take a quick (under 48 hours) weekend trip to celebrate our 15th anniversary. We looked at many destinations, but a combination of factors led us to Memphis. Where else to stay but the iconic Peabody? It absolutely did not disappoint. We arrived around noon to check in. We were offered a paid upgrade to the club level, and we elected to take it! In my opinion, it was well worth the additional cost - it included a larger room and valet parking, along with breakfast and snacks throughout the day in the club level lounge. The parking for the Peabody is located in a parking garage about a block away from the hotel. You can hoof it outside or through a few meandering hallways inside the hotel. Or you can pay just a little more (or upgrade to club level) for valet - and in the August heat, or for a 5 a.m. departure like we had, it is worth every penny!
We were delighted that there was a room ready for us - all we wanted to do after being awake for 8 hours and on two flights was to lay down in a cool room on a soft bed. And the Peabody has soft, comfy beds! We've all stayed at those hotels with beds that seem like plywood...not the case here! We got good sleep both nights - rare away from home!
After a refreshing nap, we opened the door to a staff member delivering champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries for our anniversary. We don't drink (and I'm pregnant, anyway!) but it was a lovely gesture! The staff member happily swapped out the champagne for extra bottles of water. Then we went out to see some sights. There is tons of stuff within walking distance!
We returned later to watch the ducks waddle from the fountain to the elevator - quite possibly the most enjoyable 60 seconds of the day! It may seem cliché, but it is really so fun to watch. Then we headed back upstairs for hors d'oeuvres in the club lounge - cheese, fruit, veggies, dip and mini shrimp n' grits and bbq bites. There are also soft drinks and Keurig coffee available, along with hot tea. And cookies and milk at bedtime! ;) I'm afraid there will be no living with me after this experience...a hotel stay with yummy treats all day AND valet parking??
The next day we had an all-day event to attend, so we were quite happy to see the substantial breakfast options offered. I was afraid it might only be bagels and pastries, but in addition to those, there were hard-boiled eggs, a variety of cured meats, smoked salmon, fruit, cheeses and assorted crackers. It was a great start to our day without being too heavy or greasy.
We had very pleasant interactions with all staff members and had no complaints about anything during our stay. Are there less expensive options in Memphis? Sure. But for the history, location and amenities, the Peabody can't be beat!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic, luxury hotel located in downtown Memphis, TN, known for its famous marching mallards, The Peabody Ducks. Located just two blocks from the world-famous Beale Street entertainment district, Peabody Place, Memphis Museum of Rock & Soul, FedEx Forum and Autozone Park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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