Elvis Presley fans, soon you’ll be able to stay over at Graceland
Called The Guest House at Graceland, the new add-on will eventually be a 450-room hotel, where people who love The King of Rock and Roll can stay overnight on his property. The official description of the new hotel claims it will be “full service and world class.”
“The project was built with one thing in mind: ‘What would Elvis want?'” said Joel Weinshanker, managing partner of Graceland LLC. “The Guest House will bring guests closer to Graceland than ever before and offer the same warmth and southern hospitality that Elvis was known and loved for.”
Reservations are currently being accepted for the star-studded opening weekend of October 27-30, 2016 (though probably not for too long due to demand). Besides Presley’s family and former band members, co-stars from his movies and even his ex-girlfriend from the 1950s, Dixie Locke Emmons, will be in attendance.
In addition to booking rooms for the opening weekend, fans worldwide have the opportunity to book rooms for November and December 2016, with special events planned throughout these debut weeks, including Graceland’s annual Christmas Lighting weekend, with the Lighting Ceremony to be held on Nov. 17, 2016.
Graceland opened to the public in 1982, and The Guest House at Graceland development is the largest hotel project in Memphis in over 90 years. Inspired by Presley’s iconic home, aspects of The Guest House will reflect his personal style and the unique character of Graceland, from the southern colonial exterior to themed specialty suites, many with designs supervised by Priscilla Presley, Presley’s widow.
“When Elvis had friends and family visit Graceland, he would have them stay at a hotel nearby. He would have been thrilled to have had his own hotel where they could stay,” said Priscilla Presley. “Lisa [Marie, Presley’s daughter] and I, and our entire family, are excited that visitors from around the world will soon get to experience our unique resort hotel.”
The Guest House will feature large rooms and a range of contemporary facilities, including two full-service restaurants, expansive meeting and special events space, a large outdoor pool and a 464-seat theatre for live performances and movies.
Here are some artist’s conceptions of what the hotel is going to look like, courtesy of Graceland:Follow @CJancelewicz
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