Review: The Peabody Hotel in Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee is a city steeped in history and tradition, and few buildings signify this as strongly as the Peabody.  This historic hotel was built in 1869 on the corner of Main and Monroe streets.  It was part of the rebuilding effort following the destruction and loss of the U.S. Civil War.  The hotel signified much to the city and was named after philanthropist George Peabody.

The Peabody became almost instantly the place to be for those at the top of society.  It was a meeting and gathering place for the likes of General Robert E. Lee, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and Presidents Andrew Johnson and William McKinley.  It was at the Peabody that Presidents, steamboat captains, and others met to rub elbows and shake hands.

The Peabody was briefly closed and turned into a department store in 1923, and was closed again in the 1970s due to urban decline.  Because it is such an integral part of the city, however, the doors of this historic hotel have never been closed for long.

The Peabody has since reopened as a hotel, and has played host to some of the biggest names in music.  It has stood for more than a century as one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city.  Guests will find themselves within easy reach of Beale Street and Graceland, and will certainly never find another accommodation to match its history.

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