MEMPHIS, TN - December 12, 2008 - The best room at The Peabody Memphis hotel isn't the one with 1,000 thread count sheets, a giant flat-screen television, and 24-hour room service. Instead, it's the suite on the rooftop with a granite sun deck, a swimming pool adorned with a bronze sculpture of splashing ducks, sweeping views of the Mississippi River, and the dedicated services of a Duck Master. This, the sweetest of suites, is the new home of the historic hotel's resident marching mallards, The Peabody Ducks.
Capping off the 75th anniversary year of The Peabody Ducks, the "South's Grand Hotel" unveiled a luxurious, new Duck Palace for its famous flock during a House Warming Party held in their honor.
The 288-square-foot Duck Palace is made of brick and granite with a 24-foot glass viewing panel and a sloped metal roof. Inside is a swimming fountain with a bronze duck water feature, an elevated sun deck, and a replica of The Peabody Hotel for the ducks to sleep inside. The Duck Palace also is equipped with ceiling fans, overhead lighting, and ventilation and drainage systems. Construction on the new Duck Palace began in September and took 3 months. The project cost approximately $200,000.
The new Duck Palace replaces the previous structure, which opened in 1985 and had a Camelot theme. After 23 years, however, the decorative mural of a castle on a hilltop had become sun-bleached and the structure was beginning to show its age. At 24-feet-wide and 12-feet-deep, the ducks' new home is significantly larger and more luxurious than the previous structure.
The 5 North American mallards spend their days at The Peabody working the room from the hotel's magnificent lobby fountain, but when 5 o'clock rolls around the ducks clock out and ride the elevator up to the rooftop to retire for the evening. The Duck Palace is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
The Peabody Ducks are one of the top three attractions in Memphis (along with Graceland and Beale Street). People come from all over the world just to see the ducks. The hotel's web-footed ambassadors are also national celebrities having appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Sesame Street, The Oprah Winfrey Show, in People magazine and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.