A new Memphis luxury hotel fit for a King
430 Rooms / 20 Suites
The Guest House at Graceland is a bold hospitality foray aiming to please Elvis Presley fans while also welcoming Memphis conventioneers and weekend travelers simply looking for a comfortable overnight experience. With just the right mix of shimmer and sophistication, this all-new property, complete with 450 rooms, a 464-seat theater and four dining options, was able to do it.
By definition, a guesthouse is meant to be a structure near the main dwelling where visitors can rest. In the case of Graceland, the iconic former home of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, there just happened to be an available plot adjacent to the house that could be the perfect location for a replacement to the Heartbreak Hotel.
The property couldn’t be more convenient for the 600,000 fans who annually make the pilgrimage to the Memphis landmark. The walk from the Guest House’s lobby to Graceland’s ticket office is a breezy 10 minutes. If you’d rather not risk scuffing your suede shoes, hop on one of the shuttle buses going back and forth to the attraction throughout the day.
Non-Elvis fans can’t help falling in love with the luxury hotel’s location, either. For starters, the property is only three miles from Memphis International Airport. (And, yes, complimentary shuttles can shoot you to and fro.) Additionally, Elvis Presley Boulevard leads you right to I-55, the highway that takes you near buzzing Beale Street and other attractions in the heart of the city.
Heartbreak Hotel proudly proclaimed its love for the King up and down its halls. Public spaces felt like Vegas showrooms. The 128 rooms seemed like personal shrines. Though Elvis is still clearly the brand at The Guest House at Graceland, property developers have turned down the glitter's shimmer significantly.
Yes, purple couches and silver wallpaper can be found, but things feel less Sin City and more subdued this time around. Presley touches are so subtle that if you weren’t paying attention, you’d walk right past photos of magnified pieces of Elvis’ wardrobe or light fixtures designed in the shape of “EP.”
The rooms certainly have flair — sparkly gold shower tiles and throw pillows with white tigers on them look like design elements Liberace might have approved — but they’re still done with the high-end traveler in mind (see: 50-inch flat-screen TV, spa-like Kohler shower and a drapery-controlled keypad).
Elvis’ former wife, Priscilla Presley, made sure this aesthetic carried over to the 20 suites she personally helped designed as well. From funky end tables and bar stools to curving leather sofas in the ’60s-inspired spaces, everything feels playfully polished.
It’s well documented that Elvis loved to eat. The Guest House at Graceland wants to honor that and give his fans a good meal, too. One of the hotel’s four dining stops is EP’s Bar & Grill. Set up like a sleek sports bar, EP’s is where you go to catch a Memphis Grizzlies basketball game on TV or settle a bet at the pool table in between bites of the Delta Burger or maple-syrup-dripped chicken and biscuits.
Delta’s Kitchen is far from formal, but its neutral color scheme and attentive servers skew the diners’ attire ever so slightly. The restaurant will soon change its dinner approach from menu style to a full-service buffet. With a host of Southern favorites and carving stations coming to the line, the smorgasbord that guests have been nibbling from at breakfast can soon be enjoyed later in the evening.
If you’re in a hurry to get to the “Elvis in Hollywood” exhibit before every other Graceland visitor that day, pop into Shake, Rattle & Go, a sort of mini café with coffee, baked goods and ready-made sandwiches.
Beyond good food, the property also believes in having a good time. To that end, the Memphis hotel offers an outdoor pool, a fitness center and a light-hearted events calendar filled with Elvis trivia games and themed karaoke nights.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Graceland without some real music. Almost every night of the week, some fine local talent will have your toes tapping at the Lobby Lounge, another great spot for a light bite and beer. And at the aforementioned theater, local acts regularly take to the stage with spirited performances the King himself would likely approve.