Peabody Memphis to Go Under the Knife; Luxury B&B Planned

The Peabody Memphis, also referred to as South’s Grand Hotel, is expecting a major facelift. The 464-room hotel will begin a six-month renovation on Nov. 1, one that has been planned for the last few years and in design for one year.

The Peabody Memphis, also referred to as South’s Grand Hotel, is expecting a major facelift. The 464-room hotel will begin a six-month renovation on Nov. 1, one that has been planned for the last few years and in design for one year.

The hotel has yet to disclose the price tag of the upgrades, but according to The Memphis Daily News, it is referred to as “expensive” by insiders. Considering the planned work and the $450 million cost of the Peabody Orlando, the bill is expected to be quite significant.

One of the costliest parts of the renovation will be installing new windows. The windows of all 464 rooms are expected to be replaced, as the current ones have been in place since the 1980s. Obviously, window technology has come a long way since then, especially in terms of heating and sound proofing.

Upgrading will also be heavy in terms of technology. For example, TVs themselves will not be replaced—as the 41-inch flat screens have been in place for only two years—but the in-hotel TV system will be receiving new features such as a room service-ordering function and displays for phone messages.

Big bathroom fixtures, such as tubs and sinks, will not be replaced. However, guest room designs will be remodeled and converted to a more classic design, and hallways are to be refitted as well. Atlanta’s Hirsch Bedner Associates is the designer of the renovation, while York Construction of Memphis is the chosen contractor.

The Memphis Daily News also reports that the 165-year-old James Lee House could soon be converted into a five-suite, high-end bed-and-breakfast at the heart of the Victorian Village master plan.

According to the report, pending a favorable decision by the Economic Development, Tourism and Technology Committee of the Memphis City Council, the historic property will be transferred to James Lee House LLC for $1 with the significant stipulation of keeping intact the historic aspect and features of the structure.

Located at the corner of Adams and Orleans Street, the house has been abandoned for nearly 60 years due to the Memphis College of Art moving to Overton Park in 1959. Renovation and remodeling is expected to cost $2.1 million in private investments, and suites are expected to rent at a rate of $170 to $300 per night. The suites will be named after the families that previously owned the property.

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