by: Scott Madaus Updated:
The guesthouse at Graceland is now officially open.
It has been years in the making, and now this world class resort on Elvis Presley Boulevard next to the King's mansion is taking the region by storm.
FOX13's Scott Madaus was invited to Thursday’s ceremony hosted by Priscilla Presley.
From EP's Bar and Grill, up to one of the King’s private rooms, back down to a massively detailed lobby, over to Delta's Kitchen then back up to a 7th floor suite themed after Elvis' Palm Springs mansion... you will have no doubt that you are in Memphis with the King.
Leading the way and cutting the ribbon for the ceremonial grand opening was Priscilla Presley.
This $90 million project has 450 rooms, a business center, a 464 seat theater, 5 restaurants, and lounges.
It is now officially open for business.
Priscilla Presley said, “If this hotel was here during the time he was alive, he would have probably spend most of his time over here.”
The lobby's ceiling is themed after one of Elvis's jump suits.
An exact replica of the stairwell inside Graceland including the famous chandelier is there.
Presley said, “It has just been a dream come true.”
No detail was spared, and much of the work force inside the guesthouse is local.
Patrice Robinson said, “Over 80-percent of the employees here live in 38116.”
The rooms, of course, are fit for a king, and the suites are fit for the King, himself.
Presley said, “Someone asked me last night if Elvis would ever stay in this hotel, and I said, 'Would he ever stay in this hotel? I mean this would be a dream hotel for him!'"
In the end, this project that is now the basis for revitalization in the Whitehaven area is complete. But the best is possibly yet to come.
Kevin Kane said, “It positions us for better things to come in the 21st-century.”
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