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How things have changed! Because not only has a 120-acre “tourism development zone” been approved for the Graceland area, but renderings have now appeared on the Graceland website. Look at the pictures. Watch the video. What do you think?
The Hard Rock San Diego will get all shook up and throw Elvis a birthday party January 8, which would have marked the King's 75th.
The daylong celebration will include free cake and an update on Elvis' favorite snack, the peanut butter and banana sandwich. Mini Hot Elvis sammies are made with a thick brioche bread smothered in butter, spread with peanut butter and banana slices, then griddled until melty. The minis will be free for hotel guests staying overnight January 8. But if you crave more, the hotel's Maryjane's restaurant will serve up full-size versions that come with fries for $4, which is half off the regular price.
There's a lot that lures travelers to Memphis: the city's rich music scene—it was the birthplace of rock 'n' roll and soul music, after all—the finger-lickin' good barbecue and the jumping nightlife on Beale Street are just a few. If you want to go South for the winter, here are Memphis hotel options for every budget.
See our three hotel picks after the jump.
Don't call the Loews Vanderbilt Nashville the "Heartbreak Hotel." At least, don't plan on it unless you're booking their "Elvis in the Music City" package in celebration of The King himself. Elvis Presley's 75th birthday falls on January 8th of next year, and in honor of the music icon, the Nashville hotel has cobbled together a over-the-top package that's all glitz, glam, and calls to mind images of gold lame jumpsuits. Expect plenty of royal extravagances to be included, with a price to match: $3,975 for accommodations and a host of Elvis-themed activities.
We're still "All Shook Up" after hearing the price, but if you're an Elvis-lover, this hotel news couldn't have come at a better time, or with more Elvis-centric perks. They're slightly ridiculous as you might expect, but remember, this is the same hotel that hosted a $1,599/night "Hound of Music" package for aspiring canine singers. The Elvis offerings are tame and relatively normal in comparison.
Check out the full list of what's included after the jump.
Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.
In this episode, Hotel Maven Jennifer Merritt puts on her blue suede shoes and heads to Graceland. Enjoy.
I'm not much of an Elvis fan, but for some reason I've always wanted to go to Graceland. Because I'm not one of those jumpsuit-and-wig-wearing fanatics, I want to make sure my trip to Memphis isn't all Elvis, all the time. It appears that the River Inn of Harbor Town may be the solution to that conundrum.
TradeMork a funny site all about "trademark oddities, information and news" reports that Elvis Presley Enterprises recently filed paperwork to protect the trademark "The Elvis Las Vegas" and "The E Las Vegas."
The protections are for three categories which include these goods and services: resort hotel, hotel, restaurant, bar as well as real estate services for residential apartments, condominiums and retail establishments.
We've been following the plans for a Las Vegas Elvis-themed hotel for a while now but TradeMork also speculates that a hotel could go up near Graceland in Memphis.
While we don't doubt that will happen someday, we are guessing the Elvis Las Vegas is the actual hotel that will go up in Las Vegas and the E Las Vegas sounds like the residential bit of the hotel complex.
Afterall, would you live in a place named after Elvis? On second though, don't answer that. There are probably plenty of you who will.
Somehow we got caught up in reading Robin Leach's Luxe Life Vegas blog the other day. Normally, we would chide ourselves for breaking our 2008 resolution of not being so celeb-obsessed but this bit of ADD internet surfing actually paid off.
A post from the end of December details some enormous Vegas project that's happening behind the strip.
Over 60-acres of land stretching down Harmon between the Planet Hollywood resort and condo towers to the Hard Rock hotel has been packaged together by the Africa-Israel Investment Bank, which is controlled by Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev.
Several boutique hotels are planned for this parcel, so says Robin. Giuseppee Cipriani will plan a boutique hotel and the planned Elvis Presley-themed hotel should pop up here.
And Robin says he's been "reliably told" that Andre Balazs will open a boutique hotel there. So up it goes on the Andre Balazs Hotels: The Real and the Rumored Map. While this is interesting for sure--will it be a Standard Hotel or something completely new?--everyone is looking to do something in Vegas these days. So we expect all these boutique hoteliers to look to Sin City.
One more interesting thing: Robin also mentions a large 2,500 room luxury complex will spring up in this parcel--"probably a hip trendy W hotel," he says. Oh god, here we go again.
As evidenced by our earlier post today on getting married Elvis-style, we think it's safe to assume that most self-respecting hotel geeks have a soft spot for Elvis Presley in their hearts.
Few cultural icons have had hotels figure so prominently in their careers. Even The King's first hit, in 1956, had a hotel theme: Heartbreak Hotel, a blues-influenced number that catapulted Elvis to top-of-the-charts stardom.
After Memphis, where, by the way, the Elvis Presley Estate runs a Heartbreak Hotel, Las Vegas is the city most often associated with Elvis. He started performing in hotels there at the (love me) tender age of 21, mainly in what is now Hilton Las Vegas. He lived in the Imperial Suite during his Las Vegas heyday. It is now The Elvis Suite.
All told, he performed over 800 Las Vegas shows, selling $43.7 million in tickets. That's about $250 million in 2007 dollars.
To commemorate the Elvis years, VEGAS.com has launched a a new Elvis page, with a time line and pointers that include hotel pointers.
Today is the anniversary of the death of Elvis. If you had in mind a quickie Elvis-themed wedding we suggest avoiding the deadly heat wave now going on in Memphis and heading to the air-conditioned Graceland Wedding Chapel instead, at what used to be the Aladdin Hotel.
The original Aladdin Hotel where Elvis married Priscilla only lives on in old photos and it has been replaced by a typical brash behemoth based on Planet Hollywood. (Fat Elvis would have loved it.) Even the name of the hotel has changed from Aladdin to "Planet Hollywood." The hotel that supposedly gives you the best buffet in town has an Elvis wedding package that also goes for a big spread. For $875, an Elvis minister performs the ceremony, (another?) Elvis performs six songs during the ceremony, you get a photo package with prints, and flowers for the bride and groom are sure to be extra-tacky. You're on your own for the consummation room though.
This isn't the only place offering Elvis wedding packages though. At any number of chapels, an Elvis impersonator will walk you down the aisle, then afterward you can go go next door and gamble away your honeymoon money. Isn't Vegas grand?
Elvis fans may have a couple of years to wait but there is most definitely going to be some sort of Elvis-themed hotel and casino opening up in Las Vegas in the near future.
A source says the billionaire investor [Robert Sillerman] (who, in 2005, bought 85 percent of the entity that controls Presley's name and likeness, and tourist operations at Graceland in Memphis) has been quietly looking to buy the Vegas land mark and convert it into the Graceland Casino.
And conveniently for Sillerman, his CKX Inc. owns FX Luxury Realty which has a stake in the Riviera. But we think they can do better thatn Graceland Casino. What about Heartbreak Hotel?
· An Elvis-Themed Resort is Planned for Las Vegas [HotelChatter]
A hotel and casino centered entirely around the life and work of Elvis Presley is rumored for the Las Vegas strip.
Globe Street reports that property:
fronting the east side of the Las Vegas Strip immediately south of Harmon Avenue...was acquired [by FX Luxury] from Africa-Israel Investments Ltd. An Elvis-themed resort is expected, if not a sure thing.
Indeed a spokesperson for the FX Luxury company told Commercial Property News that since its affiliate company CFX owns Elvis Presley Enterprises, an Elvis Presley resort was a no-brainer.
"Elvis was the embodiment of Las Vegas and, in all surveys, is the entertainer most associated with Las Vegas."
Good lord. Meanwhile, if you can't wait for that hunka bunka burning hotel love to open, the Cirque du Soleil's Elvis show should open sometime in December 2009.
[Photo: Figures World]
· FX Luxury Buys Remaining Interest in Las Vegas Parcel in $180M Deal [CPOnline]
· Prime Vegas Land Could Top $1B [Globe Street]
The Days Inn Graceland is your run-of-the-mill motel. Most hotel mavens will not want to spend one more minute here than they have to, however, Elvis freaks feel a whole lot different.
This hotel is a two minute walk from Graceland, and more importantly has a guitar shaped pool you can see from space, er, at least from Google Earth.