We’re about one week away from the Grand Opening Celebration for the brand new hotel, The Guest House at Graceland.
The 450-room resort hotel, located steps away from Graceland, features two restaurants, meeting space, a theater and more – and the hotel is uniquely Elvis, and elegantly rock ‘n’ roll.
The Guest House at Graceland is the perfect place to stay if you want to explore everything that Graceland and Memphis has to offer. Elvis, of course, did quite a bit of traveling, whether it was while on tour, filming a movie or making a television appearance. With hotels in mind, let’s take a look at just a few of the hotels Elvis frequented while he was traveling.
Elvis stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village several times, most notably around the time he filmed”Blue Hawaii,” which was filmed in the spring of 1961.
The hotel’s Carousel Room was home to a press conference with Elvis and comedian Minnie Pearl on Saturday, March 25, 1961. The pair discussed the benefit concert they were set to perform in a few hours at the Bloch Arena. The concert raised money to build a memorial to those killed and injured in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The resort first opened in 1955 and is one of the most prominent resort hotels on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. The hotel and its famous towers, including the Rainbow Tower, have been renovated many times over the years, with new pools, restaurants and other amenities added to the property.
While Elvis was in Hollywood filming his first movie, “Love Me Tender,” he stayed at the Knickerbocker Hotel.
Photographer Ed Braslaff takes some photos of Elvis at the hotel on August 18, and later, Elvis and his friends spend $750 at the Long Beach Amusement Park.
The Knickerbocker opened in 1929 and was still glamorous when Elvis stayed there. Many celebrities stayed there, including Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio and “I Love Lucy” actor William Frawley. After falling into disrepair over the years, the building has since been renovated, and it’s now a retirement community called the Hollywood Knickerbocker Apartments.
While Elvis never toured Europe, he did travel there while serving in the United States Army.
In the summer of 1959, Elvis was stationed in Germany when he took a 15-day furlough. He traveled to both Munich and Paris with his friends, and in Paris, the guys stayed in a top-floor suite which overlooked the Champs-Élysées at the Prince de Galles (or Prince of Wales) Hotel. While in town, he answered a few questions at a press conference, was mobbed at a sidewalk cafe and spent time at a few Paris night clubs, including the Moulin Rouge, Le Bantu and the Folies Bergère.
The elegant Prince de Galles Hotel opened in 1928 and still operates as a hotel. Other famous guests include actress Marlene Dietrich, actor Charles Laughton and Sir Winston Churchill.
Be like Elvis and stay in the best hotel the city has to offer! The Guest House at Graceland is now accepting reservations, and if you want to see Graceland too – and who doesn’t? – there are hotel packages available. With the holidays right around the corner, check out the ‘Tis the Season package, which includes a stay at The Guest House at Graceland, tickets to Graceland, breakfast at Delta’s Kitchen and Elvis holiday goodies.