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When it comes to accommodations, downtown is your best bet, as it is convenient to most attractions and many clubs and restaurants. The Westin Memphis Beale Street features a Starbucks in the lobby and Beale Street just outside the door. Another downtown option is Madison Hotel, a plush boutique hotel with jazzy décor.
Memphis' famous grand hotel is The Peabody, which, in its current location, dates to 1925, when it replaced the original, smaller Peabody built in 1869. Long a social center of the city, it is best known for its resident ducks, which from their rooftop domicile waddle to the lobby fountain for an afternoon of swimming and entertaining the throngs who come to view their activity. This campy ceremony attracts a crowd, as, under the watchful eye of their attendant, the ducks exit their elevator and parade down a red carpet to the fountain in two daily marches at 11 a.m. and at 5 p.m.