By Jess McHugh
August 10, 2016
A guestroom at the Guest House at Graceland.
Credit: Guest House at Graceland

Fans of “the King” of rock and roll will soon have the opportunity to live as one of his friends with the opening of the long-awaited Guest House at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, just steps from Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland.

The luxury hotel, set to open Oct. 27—nearly 40 years after Presley’s death—will fulfill a lifelong dream of the legendary singer to create a spot where his friends and musicians could relax while collaborating on projects or just enjoying some time off.

“Elvis always wanted to have a guest house for his guests; he was always entertaining people,” Mike Pramshafer, Vice President of sales and marketing for the Guest House, told Travel + Leisure, adding, “This is something that has been in the works for some time, and now it’s finally coming to fruition.”

The hotel is the only luxury resort in the Memphis area, according to Pramshafer, as well as the largest hotel project in the city in the past 90 years.

Prices for a stay in the six-story, 450-room hotel start at $159 a night and go up to $1,300 for the best suite. The first weekend of the hotel’s opening is already completely booked, but rooms are still available throughout 2016 and into 2017.

“This luxury hotel is the most significant enhancement to Graceland since we opened in 1982,” Priscilla Presley told the Associated Press Monday. “This is huge...I feel that it’s just so right for fans, and our guests, and tourists.”

The architectural style and interior decor is set to be a mix of southern colonial with several more modern touches in the rooms and public areas. Guests will walk through columns and arches to enter a circular lobby peppered with hexagonal mirrors and featuring Presley’s signature colors of purple and gold.

Vinyl wall coverings and a photograph of Presley in his signature gold jacket decorate the rooms, which also include a glass-enclosed shower, flat-screen television and blackout curtains, the AP reported.

The hotel will welcome guests into several restaurants, including Delta’s Kitchen and the Lobby Lounge, as well as into a 464-seat theater and ballrooms for special events. The 4,000-square-foot lawn will also feature family-friendly games such as croquet, bocce ball and bean bag toss, as well as a pool and fire pit.

“It just gives the fans another venue to kind of idolize Elvis,” Pramshafer said. “The design and the decor of the Guest House is patterned after what we feel Elvis’ look would be in today’s society.”