The Peabody Memphis, a luxury hotel known for its daily parade of ducks, is celebrating its 140th anniversary and honoring its namesake George Peabody in 2009 by offering a $140 rate to anyone with the first, middle or last name Peabody, or who lives in the City of Peabody, Kan.


The Peabody Memphis, a luxury hotel known for its daily parade of ducks, is celebrating its 140th anniversary and honoring its namesake George Peabody in 2009 by offering a $140 rate to anyone with the first, middle or last name Peabody, or who lives in the City of Peabody, Kan.

Called the “What's In A Name? Rate,” this special offer is valid through Dec. 29, based on availability.

The Peabody’s anniversary rate is $140 per night (plus tax) for double occupancy and includes valet parking, wireless Internet access and health club admission. A government-issued ID is required upon check-in as proof of name or city of residence.

For reservations, call (800) PEABODY.

The Peabody Memphis is named for philanthropist George Peabody (1795-1869). Built by Colonel Robert C. Brinkley and opened in 1869, the now legendary Memphis hotel was originally to be called The Brinkley House.

But, shortly before the grand opening, Brinkley received news of the death of his good friend George Peabody and decided at the last minute to change the name of his hotel from The Brinkley House to The Peabody Hotel as a sign of respect for his friend.

Today, the Peabody name is very prominent in the United States because George Peabody endowed numerous museums and public libraries.

The Peabody Memphis is a Mobil Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond property of Peabody Hotels within the portfolio of the Peabody Hotel Group, Memphis and is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and Historic Hotels of America. The Peabody's resident North American mallards, The Peabody Ducks, march twice daily, at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.