Lonely Planet Writer

New hotel at Elvis Presley's Graceland set to open in October

A new hotel at Graceland – the famous home of Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tennessee – now has an opening date of 27 October, 2016.

Vernon and Gladys' Suite.
Vernon and Gladys’ Suite. Image by The Guest House

The resort hotel, called The Guest House at Graceland, is 90% complete, according to the owners, and is already taking reservations.

The resort is inspired by Elvis Presley and his iconic Graceland mansion, which is now a National Historic Landmark in the US. The rock’n’roll legend’s home, which he bought in 1957, is a huge tourist draw, bringing in thousands of people each year to take a tour. The home, which was redecorated by Elvis in 1974, opened for tours in 1982 and now draws in devotees who want to see the home where Elvis lived – and later died of heart failure in 1977 at the age of 42.

King's Suite.
King’s Suite. Image by The Guest House

The hotel is located “just steps away from Graceland Mansion” and is designed to reflect Elvis’ style. The site will have restaurants, a grand ballroom, conference space, 450-rooms, and a 464-seat theatre.

It will feature 19 suites designed under the supervision of Elvis’ former wife Priscilla Presley on the exclusive top floor of the resort – called “The Upstairs” – which is designed to emulate of the top floor of Graceland. That area of the home was private quarters for Elvis and family and is not shown on the tour of Graceland, according to a press release.

TCB Suite.
TCB Suite. Image by The Guest House

There will also be two rooms – The King’s Suites – that are luxury suites designed to help guests live like the King himself. The first is inspired by Elvis’ Graceland master bedroom, while the second is inspired by Las Vegas décor.