When those little ducks come toppling out of the elevator and splashing into the fountain it is a truly memorable and majestic experience. The "World-Famous" Peabody Ducks, and well they should be. Imagine hundreds of people crowded into the lobby of the "Gateway to the South", six-year-olds alongside septuagenarians, all holding camera phones, tittering and teeheeing like fat girls in a sweetshop.
I must admit I was skeptical. My wife wanted to see the ducks. I had heard about their $250,000 "duck palace" on the roof, and was prepared for a prolonged assault on theology and good-sense.
Fact is that all your other impressions good and bad--the vast historical knowledge of the hotel valets, the nearsighted bar staff, the duck-shaped bathsoaps, the 80s themed gift shop and the charming if slightly dusty mid-century rooms--will all fade away as the elevator slides open and the first "quack" of the millionaire waterfowl resounds through the lobby and fully 2/5ths of the crowd wet themselves, ducks included.
- 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:
- The Peabody Memphis Hotel Memphis
- Peabody Hotel Memphis
- Memphis Peabody Hotel
- Hotel Memphis Peabody Tn