To Priscilla Presley, the Guest House at Graceland, which opened for business last weekend in Memphis just a few steps down the road from Graceland proper, is more than just a new hotel—it's the culmination of a decades-long dream and a tribute to Elvis's spirit and legacy.
"I think that one of the biggest challenges was to create a design that really complemented Graceland," Presley says. "This would be a dream hotel for him. If he were here, if this hotel were here when he was alive, he'd probably spend most of his time over here. A built-in theater—that's the place he would go. And the bar with the pool table inside—it's practically a man-cave in there."
The 430-room, 20-suite resort sits proudly alongside the Presley family home on Elvis Presley Boulevard in the Whitehaven neighborhood of Memphis—and its grand foyer, guest rooms, and specialty suites house archival imagery, specially commissioned artwork, and design elements inspired by the king of rock-and-roll himself. From the Elvis Presley cape-inspired glittering ceiling installation in the hotel lobby to the custom-built studded '60s-inspired armchairs reminiscent of his stand-up collars, Elvis' spirit and style are everywhere—even in the bathrooms, which are covered in dog tag embossed wallpaper, and all the hallway lighting fixtures: monogram "EP" wall sconces.