The Peabody Memphis Hotel was originally constructed in 1869. It was supposed to be a place for the wealthy. A place to see and be seen by the upper crust of southern society. Just before Colonel Brinkley opened the hotel doors, his good friend George Peabody, a famous philanthropist and financier, died. As a tribute to him, Colonel Brinkley chose to name the hotel after his friend, altering what was to be The Brinkley House Hotel to the Peabody Hotel.
In 1923, the first Peabody closed, only to be reconstructed and reopened in 1925, still having the tradition of sophistication and good taste. My associate over at business phone service Orlando was here once and loved the old look actually. The new hotel, situated in the heart of Memphis, provides 625 guest rooms and 40 shops, offices, and restaurants. The Peabody Memphis Hotel is famous for its amazing history, but even more famous for a most unusual reason. Every morning at 11 am, a red carpet is rolled out for the hotel’s resident ambassadors.
Most would think this would be some type of dignitary or famous celebrity, but not in at the Peabody. The carpet goes from the penthouse elevator to the Italian travertine marble fountain in the lobby. With high pomp and ceremony, a duck master guides five mallard ducks that live in the duck palace, a special suite just for them on the roof of the Peabody. The tune of King Cotton March can be picked up as the ducks move from the elevator into the fountain, to delight in their swim until they are lead back up at 5 p.m.
This unusual tradition began in 1932 by the general manager. It started as a prank, but to the delight of the guests and staff, everyone was happy about the addition and live ducks were used instead of decoys. If you plan on seeing anything in Memphis, you have to check this out.