Elvis always wanted a place for friends
MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Elvis Presley dreamed of building a guesthouse at his Graceland estate for friends visiting the rock ‘n’ roll icon in Memphis.
Presley couldn’t see his dream come true, but his fans will. The Guest House at Graceland is a six-story, 450-room hotel, which will open Oct. 27 just steps from Presley’s former home. The exterior, with columns, arches, and a portico, evokes the feel of a cozy southern colonial home, but the interior design and amenities are modern.
Presley died on August 16, 1977, and Graceland was eventually turned into a museum. Priscilla Presley, the singer’s ex-wife and guardian of his legacy, said Elvis planned to build a guesthouse at Graceland as early as 1960. But it was never built, so when people visited Graceland They were staying at a Howard Johnson’s down the street.
“This luxury hotel is Graceland’s most significant upgrade since we opened in 1982,” Priscilla Presley said Monday. “It’s huge. … I think it’s so good for the fans and our guests and tourists.
The hotel is the first of its kind in the working-class, middle-class Memphis neighborhood of Whitehaven. Crowds of applicants flocked to a job fair on Saturday, and the hotel will employ around 450 people. When the hotel opens, room prices will range from $149 for basic rooms to $1,300 for the most expensive suite.
The location keeps Elvis fans within walking distance of Graceland and tourist attractions across the street, but it will likely attract other visitors as well. It will offer the most upscale accommodations in the immediate area, which includes a Days Inn and a few other budget hotels. Also nearby, the aging Heartbreak Hotel is to be demolished.
The Guest House at Graceland also promises to become one of the best lodging options in town, along with the Peabody and the Madison several miles from downtown.
“If you’ve ever thought you wanted to hang out with Elvis and feel like one of his guests, this is your opportunity,” said Joel Weinshanker, owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises, which manages Graceland tours. and also produces and licenses Elvis-themed. live events around the world.
Weinshanker said the total investment in the hotel is approximately $92 million. Memphis officials have approved a tax break for the hotel project.
The hotel is still under construction, with bulldozers outside and workers installing electrical outlets and carpets.
But the colors associated with the King are already there, such as pops of purple and gold in the carpet and hallways, gold lighting in the 464-seat theater and a picture of Elvis in a gold jacket hanging on the gray walls textured rooms. . At 386,000 square feet, it’s about 22 times the size of the Graceland house.
“There’s not a lot of Elvis bling out there,” said Jack Soden, CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises. “It’s much more subtle. It’s really cool.”
The circular lobby is illuminated by natural light diffused through large windows. The hall ceiling features mirrors in the shape of elongated hexagons. The gray and purple rug is decorated with a geometric pattern.
Turn right and you will come to the Lobby Lounge, a place to eat and drink with indoor and outdoor seating. Nearby is EP’s Bar and Grill, a sports bar-themed restaurant with TVs and a pool table.
A left turn from the lobby leads to another restaurant, Delta’s Kitchen, which will offer local produce and a breakfast buffet. There is also a coffee bar and room service will be available.
Beyond Delta’s Kitchen is a grand ballroom and four meeting rooms. The theater room can be used for musical performances and corporate conferences.
Rooms have textured vinyl wall coverings, a glass-encased shower with a wall-mounted spray, and stylish chairs next to a window with a blackout curtain. Rooms also feature Keurig coffee brewing systems and flat-screen TVs.
Priscilla Presley said the sequels will have unique themes. The King’s Suite will be designed like Elvis Presley’s master bedroom, with rich red and black tones and a custom-draped four-poster bed.
The property will also include a swimming pool, adding to the resort vibe.
“It’s really, really beautiful, and it’s subtle, and it’s contemporary, and it’s chic,” Priscilla Presley said. “I think our guests will be very happy.”