The Peabody Orlando is a custom-built Orlando hotel catering to the meetings and conventions industry nationwide. The hotel is a masterpiece of contemporary design and luxurious decor and furnishings. Since opening its doors in 1986, The Peabody Orlando has established itself as the Orlando convention hotel of choice for the nation's professional meeting planners.
What's in a name? Why is our hotel called "The Peabody Orlando," and why are The Peabody Orlando ducks named "Peabody? Is there a specific "Peabody" duck species? Was there a Mr., Ms. or Mrs. Peabody? Once upon a time, long ago, back in 1865 to be precise, a very wealthy man named Robert Brinkley decided to build a beautiful new hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. He wanted it to be the finest hotel in the south, an oasis of elegance and good taste where local gentry, wheelers and dealers could congregate in comfort to wine and dine on the finest foods and rarest wines; where their ladies could meet for genteel afternoon tea in opulent, exquisite surroundings. The hotel was to be named The Brinkley House Hotel.
Just before the official opening of the hotel in 1869, Mr. Brinkley's best friend, George Peabody, an international financier and philanthropist, died suddenly in London, England. Brinkley was devastated by the sudden loss of his dear friend. Without hesitation, Brinkley decided to honor the name of his cherished friend, and changed The Brinkley House Hotel to The Peabody Hotel.
Today, Peabody Hotels comprising The Peabody Memphis, The Peabody Orlando and The Peabody Little Rock, all proudly bear the name of Peabody, an extraordinary American whose generous, enlightened spirit mirrors those of our existing owners and management.
Luxuriate in the modern comforts of The Peabody Orlando, strategically located in the heart of Orlando's world-renowned attractions, performing and visual arts. The grandeur of this Orlando luxury hotel must be experienced first-hand. Soaring marble halls, stately palm trees, cascading waterfalls, exotic orchids, priceless art and artifacts, combine to form the perfect backdrop. The Peabody Club occupies the top three floors, and is exclusively available by private access. The beautifully decorated and equipped guest rooms provide an unmatched level of personal comfort and indulgence. The Peabody Dream Bed® by Simmons Beautyrest® ensures sound, undisturbed sleep.
Our business is your pleasure at The Peabody Orlando. From our heated Olympic-style lap pool and open-air whirlpool to the Certified Nautilus Training Center and spa facilities, our Recreation Level stands out among Orlando Florida hotels. Play tennis into the evenings on our four lighted tennis courts, or take advantage of our exclusive golf services and play a round at one of several local championship courses. When you bring the whole family to our Orlando Florida convention hotel, you'll find plenty to keep the kids entertained. An action-packed game room and a children's pool offer fun for all ages.
Look no further than the restaurants and bars of The Peabody Orlando for the best dining options in town. Here, the menus reflect the very best of the changing seasons, always highlighting the freshest of local produce and imaginative preparation and artistic presentation by our specially trained chefs.
Place your next event at The Peabody Orlando and be confident of a smoothly-efficient, memorable event your clients will appreciate. Our Orlando meeting hotel's 57,000 square feet of flexible function space provides state-of-the-art telecommunications technology, audiovisual, production and business support services, as well as outstanding banquet and catering services. Designed for convenience of movement, the Convention Level caters to large groups, and allows for smooth movement of people from the meeting room to breakout rooms. The Mezzanine Level meeting space caters to smaller meetings and is equipped with the same telecommunications technology and audiovisual services.
How did the tradition of the ducks in The Peabody fountain begin? Back in the 1930s Frank Shutt, general manager of The Peabody, and a friend, Chip Barwick, returned from a weekend hunting trip to Arkansas. The men had a little too much Tennessee sippin whiskey, and thought it would be funny to place some of their live duck decoys (it was legal then for hunters to use live decoys) in the beautiful Peabody fountain. Three small English Call ducks were selected as guinea pigs, and the reaction was nothing short of enthusiastic. Thus began a Peabody tradition which was to become internationally famous. The original ducks have long since gone, but after more than 70 years, the marble fountain in the hotel lobby is still graced with ducks. Today, the mallards are raised by a local farmer and friend of the hotel. The ducks live in the fountain until they are full grown and, on retirement from their Peabody duties, are returned to the wild. The Peabody ducks march at 11:00 am and 5:00 pm daily.
Thus began a Peabody tradition which was to become famous in the annals of world hoteldom. Ever since, The Ducks of The Peabody Memphis, The Peabody Little Rock and The Peabody Orlando, have been cherished by the owners, management and staffs of the three hotels which proudly bear the Peabody name. While every guest of The Peabody Memphis, The Peabody Little Rock and The Peabody Orlando is treated as a VIP, none is so pampered as those other VIPs, Very Important Poultry, who carry on the tradition which began in Memphis, Tennessee, so many, many years ago.