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Turns out we’re not the only ones getting all shook up about the forthcoming Guesthouse at Graceland – Priscilla Presley will be attending the groundbreaking ceremony on 14 August. How great thou art, Priscilla.
The ceremony will be part of Elvis Week, which runs August 8-17 and which will also see the unveiling of a new iPad tour of Graceland (suspicious minds might say Priscilla is stealing top billing away from John Stamos, who’s narrated the iPad tour).
Lace up your blue suede shoes because you might get all shook up by this news – looks like Graceland is going to get a huge new hotel.
Elvis Presley Enterprises, the King’s estate, has received approval for a 450-room hotel to take up a whopping 24 acres of land just north of Graceland, on the same side of Elvis Presley Blvd.
The Guesthouse at Graceland is tentatively scheduled for a August 2015 opening – just in time for the 38th anniversary of Elvis’
so-called death on August 16.
Local architects Hnedak Bobo Group is in charge of the $70m project, and behind the cutesy-looking façade with its Graceland-Grecian-style façade (white columns, black shutters) will be a restaurant, sports bar, exhibition building, theater and meeting/event space. Hopefully “sports bar” is code for “Elvis impersonator bar” – the idea of going to Graceland to hang out in a sports bar is properly Heartbreak Hotel. (Speaking of the actual Heartbreak Hotel, currently the nearest hotel to Graceland, according to Memphis Daily News reporter Bill Dries, the estate will close this once the Guesthouse opens.)
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.
We didn't know this but it's actually Elvis Week, an entire week devoted to all things Elvis Presley.
While the planned Elvis Hotel for Vegas is not open yet, there is another way you can combine your love of hotels, the King and truffles.
Whist at The Viceroy Santa Monica has created Elvis Truffles as part of the restaurant's new dessert menu which was unveiled this month. Here's what's inside a $12 truffle:
milk chocolate, toasted peanuts, nueske's bacon, caramelized bananas
OMG. Thank you Viceroy, thank you very much.