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No. 8 Peabody Orlando
As with its sister properties in Memphis and Little Rock, the Peabody Orlando (adjacent to the seven-million-square-foot Orange County Convention Center) employs a Duck Master to care for the North American Mallards that frolic in the lobby's marble fountain. The hotel combines traditional Southern style with eclectic notes like the cascading waterfall, duck-shaped soaps, and duck-shaped butter sculptures in Capriccio Grill. The high-rise tower—overlooking more than three acres with cabanas, terrace waterfalls, and sparkling zero-entry pools—has 1,641 rooms and common spaces decorated with palm trees, live orchids, and contemporary art by Alice Fellows and David Hockney. The Peabody Orlando underwent a $450-million facelift in 2010, adding 300,000 square feet, 105 meeting rooms, and a 22,000-square-foot spa and fitness center. Aromatherapy sessions, complimentary wine, and gourmet treats from the exclusive lounge are included in the 52 loft rooms on the Mallard Tower's top three floors. Be sure to be in the lobby at 11 a.m. when the Peabody Ducks descend from their penthouse palace via special elevator (accompanied by the strains of Sousa's "King Cotton March") to swim in their fountain.