The town of Roanoke is getting a new hotel with Memphis roots and mallard ducks.
Called The Peabody Roanoke, it'll be a sister to The Peabody Memphis, from Peabody Hotels & Resorts. According to a release, it'll open near the Texas Motor Speedway in 2020.
The Peabody Memphis first opened in 1869 and welcomed celebrities, politicians, and socialites. It closed in the 1970s when downtown Memphis suffered hard times. The hotel was saved by the Belz family who faithfully restored it, then re-opened it in 1981.
The hotel is a Memphis landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. Known for its elegance and Southern hospitality, it boasts a AAA Four-Diamond rating.
The ducks are kept on a rooftop pen and make a daily march to swim in the hotel lobby fountain.
Belz Enterprises established Peabody Hotels & Resorts in 2014. The Roanoke hotel is their first venture outside Memphis. Plans were first announced in 2017. On May 28, Roanoke's city council gave their approval.
The hotel will boast 300 rooms and will be modeled after The Peabody Memphis, including an expansive lobby with a fountain at its center and an overlooking mezzanine.
It'll have two restaurants, two bars, a spa and athletic club, a rooftop swimming pool, and a "duck palace" for the Peabody Ducks.
Douglas V. Browne, President, Peabody Hotels & Resorts says in a statement that "we have worked hard to foster a relationship with Roanoke’s leadership over the last few years in the development of The Peabody Roanoke, and are eagerly anticipating spreading our wings to Texas."