Irregularly shaped wing chairs mimic his upturned collar. The lobby ceiling reflects the design on his cape. Hall light sconces feature the initials EP. And beside the pool, a heart shape blazes in the hunka hunka burnin’ fire pit.
The new Guest House at Graceland salutes Elvis Presley at every turn, yet it does so with high-end elegance and muted bling. The walls sparkle, but quietly, not blindingly. This is the new, 450-room resort and conference center that replaces the old Heartbreak Hotel across the street.
Carrying a sort of ’70s Vegas vibe, it’s designed to evoke Elvis Presley, but in a way that’s not kitschy.
Well, it might be just a tad kitschy that there’s a flat-screen TV embedded in the ceiling of each of the two King Suite bedrooms over a bed swathed in red velvet. But it’s also awesome, inspired by Elvis’ own bedroom at Graceland (except his TV wasn’t a flat screen).