Ducks and Pampering Rule
At The Peabody Orlando
The Peabody Orlando is a large hotel delivering deluxe serivce and amenities.*
By Janet Groene
It started as a prank in the 1930s, when two men who’d had too much sippin’ whiskey slipped some live ducks into the marble lobby fountain at the historic Peabody Memphis. Guests loved the idea so much, live ducks continue to delight visitors at all Peabody hotels including one in Orlando, FL.
At The Peabody Orlando, the pampered quackers are marched to the lobby fountain at 11 a.m. each morning. They spend the day there splashing and preening. At 5 p.m. they waddle up the red carpet to the elevator that takes them back to their penthouse suite.
Shown at right, the hotel's fountain boasts resident ducks, much to the delight of visitors who enjoy watching them primp and preen.*
Having a special occasion? Arrange ahead for the honoree to be honorary duckmaster complete with royal robes. Luminaries including Britain’s Margaret Thatcher have helped herd these very special VIPs (Very Important Poultry).
Hosting Elite Guests
How does a swank, AAA Four Diamond and Mobil Four-Star hotel combine this ducky bit of whimsy with the serious business of hosting elite guests?
Since its opening across the street from the Orange County Convention Center in 1986, the 27-story deluxe hotel at 9801 International Drive has gained a loyal following among leisure travelers. It's also popular with meeting planners, conference attendees and an international “who’s who of golf” during the annual PGA Merchandise Show.
The Orlando hotel has also won the Gold Key award from Meetings & Conventions magazine for 17 straight years; its restaurants hold the Ivy Award from Restaurants & Institutions.
Entering the hotel, visitors are greeted by the tranquil shush of the fountain, often accompanied by easy listening tunes played on the grand piano. Expanses of marble, cascades of orchids and bright but subdued lighting create a mood of serene welcome.
There are plenty of comfortable spots (see above) for lounging at The Peabody Orlando.*
Check-in is typically quick and smooth. After check-in guests can stop at the nearby concierge desk, where staff members know Orlando inside out. Ask directions or make a reservation and you’re handed a printout in an instant.
Spilling into the lounge with its fountain and piano is the enormously popular lobby bar. It typically is standing room only from the time it opens in late morning until the wee hours. Servers circulate beyond the bar into the lounge, especially during the afternoon duck march.
The Peabody Orlando has 891 rooms including 58 suites of various configurations including two Presidential Suites. Peabody Club rooms on the top three floors have private access.
Soft goods boast rich, restful neutral coloring. Decorative accents include natural wicker and woods. All accommodations feature a Dream Bed by Simmons Beautyrest; luxury linens including triple sheeting; free Wi-Fi; marble baths; robes and a safe for guest use; and exclusive bath toiletries.
The Peabody's standard accommodations (at right) are attractive with elegant soft goods.*
Dual-line telephones have dataports, voicemail, a speakerphone and teleconferencing capability. Flat-screen televisions play premium cable and network channels. Mini-televisions in the bathrooms are a Peabody trademark. All rooms also have iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee/tea service and a fully stocked mini-bar.
On the Club Level, located on the top three floors, guests have a private concierge, complimentary continental breakfast, early evening cocktails with canapes and honor bar, and after-dinner sweets.
One of the hotel's many types of suite configurations is shown at left.*
At presstime, nightly rates ranged from $395 for a Superior Double, double or single occupancy, to $1,975 for a Presidential Suite. The senior citizen rate was $160 nightly, AAA member rates at $276 nightly or 30% off rack rate. Check with the hotel for the latest rates and any specials.
Also, it’s advantageous for potential guests to review the hotel’s Web site – www.peabodyorlando.com for potential packages. The hotel often offers value-added packages that may include Universal Studios tickets; romantic touches including dinner and champagne, or an escape vacation package that includes free valet parking and such perks as breakfast in your room or in the B-Line Diner.
Delectible Dining Delights
The three in-house restaurants are under the direction of corporate executive chef Karl Eldbauer. The B-Line Diner is informal, serving classic comfort foods 24 hours a day. Have sit-down service or order take-out but don’t miss the bakery display case. Guests can also order room service around the clock.
B-Line Express is a good place to grab a quick snack or drink.*
Dux is the intimate, elegant gourmet room decorated with specially-commissioned paintings of colorful mallards. Butter pats are shaped like ducks, but duck is never on the menu.
Capriccio Grill with its open kitchen is a-bustle with good smells and convivial servers. Popular with both locals and guests, it’s known for its pastas, succulent steaks from Ruprecht’s of Chicago and dessert “shooters.”
Athletic Pursuits and Shopping
The Peabody Orlando Hotel boasts a lush, tropical exterior with palm trees.*
Surrounded by lush landscaping that screens out city noises, the Peabody Orlando’s outdoor heated pool is large enough for swimming laps. You’ll also find a children’s pool with cascading waterfall, an extra-large whirlpool, cabanas and a pool bar.
For fitness buffs, the Peabody Athletic Club, a certified Nautilus Training Center, offers a full range of massage from reflexology to hot stone therapy. Through the Athletic Club, book a poolside cabana with telephone access, Wi-Fi, table and chairs, television and lounge chairs.
Seeking a game of golf or tennis? Four hard-top tennis courts are lit for night play. Tennis pros can be booked on request. Golfers can connect with the on-site Captain’s Choice Golf Services, which will secure tee times at a wide choice of area courses and also arrange for transportation to and from the course you select.
If shopping is more your bag, you’ll find the newly rejuvenated Pointe Orlando within walking distance of the hotel. That festival shopping area features entertainment, specialty shops and myriad restaurants ranging from fast food to the esteemed Capital Grille.
For shopping on-site, the hotel has a Swim Shop stocked with bathing suits and leisure wear, a newsstand and gift shop, a boutique selling men’s and women’s fashions, golf and tennis pro shops and Feathers Apparel offering outfits and costume jewelry. Shala Salon does hair, facials, manicures and pedicures.
10 Perks of the Peabody Orlando?
The Peabody Hotel Orlando's decor boasts neutral colors with splashes of fun, such as this colorful backdrop.*
- Room service is available 24 hours a day.
- One-day service for laundry and dry cleaning.
- Full business and AV services for business travelers.
- Free self-parking. Valet parking is available.
- Hertz rentals available on site.
- Free shuttles to the Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and EPCOT Center
- Nightly turndown service on request.
- Licensed babysitters can be booked in advance and ‘round the clock.
- Close proximity to the convention center, Pointe Orlando and an International Drive trolley stop.
- Free Peabody Privileges Program offers hotel pre-registration and an upgrade (if available).
For More Information
800-PEABODY or 407-351-4000