Priscilla Presley didn't want the Guesthouse at Graceland to have ''Elvis everywhere'' and instead the suites pay tribute to her iconic ;ate ex-husband in a more subtle way.
Priscilla Presley didn't want the Guesthouse at Graceland to have ''Elvis everywhere''.
The 71-year-old actress has overseen development and helped design the 450-room hotel, which is situated close to her late ex-husband's iconic Graceland estate in Tennessee, and though the 20 suites all pay tribute to the 'Love Me Tender' singer in some way, the nods are very subtle.
Priscilla explained: ''Each suite has a feel of Elvis. We didn't want it so Elvis-themed and Elvis everywhere, because you can see that at Graceland.
''He wouldn't have wanted a hotel full of his picture.''
Priscilla helped design the suites, with her favourite being the King Suite, which is inspired by Elvis' own master bedroom, complete with a TV mounted in the ceiling, and one designed in homage to the then-Hilton hotel where the singer would stay while performing in Las Vegas.
She explained to People magazine: ''That one has a royal blue and purple color palette . . . a little bit of a vintage touch.''
Two months ago, when the hotel was almost complete, an archivist showed Priscilla a photograph he'd found from 1960 of the 'Heartbreak Hotel' singer and his father Vernon standing in front of a model of a guesthouse at their home, and the 'Naked Gun' star thinks the new facility pays tribute to her former spouse's vision.
She added:''He would not live in the Jungle Room.
''[His style was] more modern and contemporary. He seemed to gravitate toward rooms that were very plush and colourful. He had an aesthetic eye, lets just put it that way.''
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