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January 08th,  2018   -   The Telegraph  /  Elvis Express Radio
Everything about this hotel and convention centre, located across the street from the Graceland Mansion, is designed for Elvis Presley fans. The property has tourists in mind from
the front desk to the rooms.

8 / 10
If you're in Memphis to see Elvis, there's literally nowhere closer to the King's mansion than the Guest House. Walk across the street or take a shuttle to participate in all that
Graceland has to offer. It is a 15-minute drive to downtown, and, other than Graceland and the airport, there aren't many other attractions nearby.

Style & character
7 / 10
Elvis himself wasn't known for aesthetic restraint, but the Guest House at Graceland is. Décor is Elvis-themed, but not gaudy or over-the-top. Custom art features photographs from
Graceland in new and abstract ways, resulting in a sleek, modern look where the Elvis touches are almost surprises. The lobby is open and welcoming, with plenty of places to sit,
both inside and on rocking chairs on the back porch.

Service & facilities
7 / 10
The Guest House at Graceland bills itself as a resort, although this is a bit of a stretch. The hotel is well suited for tourists, with a separate entrance for tour busses (complete with
free peanut butter and banana cupcakes on arrival). There's a pub, a bar with live music, a restaurant, and an outdoor pool open in the warm-weather months. An on-site theatre
regularly shows Elvis movies. The gift shop offers a number of Elvis items that go beyond kitsch. But if you are expecting a full resort with spa and other amenities, you may be
disappointed. Service is friendly, albeit not particularly intuitive or speedy.

Fitness centre
Room service

8 / 10
The rooms are the highlight at the Guest House. Even standards are spacious and clean, with comfortable bedding (made of cotton and eucalyptus fibers) and tiled bathrooms that
have rain showerheads. The 20 themed suites, particularly those on the top floor designed by Elvis' ex-wife Priscilla, are magnificent, multi-room, Vegas-style retreats, with
televisions in the ceiling above the beds, views of the pool, and plenty of room for entertaining.

Food & drink
5 / 10
Memphis is a city that really knows its food, in barbecue, biscuits, and burgers. Unfortunately, that culinary tradition isn't carried over at the Guest House, where dishes are an
amalgam of not-quite-right innovations and banquet hall-style basics. Delta's Kitchen, the sit-down restaurant, doesn't have its own bar, so if you order drinks you'll wait for them to
be made elsewhere, and carried by hand through the lobby.

If you do eat at the hotel, the baked goods are the best, both the sweet scones served at dinner and the flaky, perfect biscuits in the morning. Breakfast at Delta's Kitchen includes a
buffet, with fruit, cheese, and made-to-order omelettes, plus the aforementioned biscuits ($16/£12). Gluten-free and low-sodium dishes are available. A number of packages do
include breakfast.

Value for money
7 / 10
Double rooms from $152 (£114) year round, with many packages including breakfast, parking and admission to the Graceland Mansion and Elvis Presley Memphis across the street.
A $10 (£7) resort fee includes Wi-Fi, shuttles to Graceland and the airport, and access to a small fitness centre.

Access for guests with disabilities?
The hotel is ADA-compliant with lifts throughout.

Cots and cribs are available for $25 (£19), although not in rooms with two double beds owing to size restrictions. Children will love the pool area and outdoor lawn games in summer.
The hotel is pet-friendly with a $25 (£19) fee per dog.

Telegraph expert rating
7 out of 10

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