Read my honest review of the Guest House at Graceland before you book your stay.
After spending a week at the Guest House at Graceland I can honestly tell you the truth about our experience there.
We vacationed at The Guest House for Elvis week. My hubby and I had never been to Memphis so this was a completely new experience for us. How much do you love adventure?
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Table of Contents
- Why we chose The Guest House
- The Lobby
- The Amenities
- The Room
- Would we stay again?
- More Places To Visit in the South
Why we chose The Guest House
Once we decided we would actually visit Graceland during Elvis Week, the first thing to do was book a room. Our search for a room began and ended on the Graceland website. That is where we found The Guest House.
If you are an Elvis fan and you discover there is a hotel next door to Graceland built with his fans in mind, you will want to check into that.
A quick look at their photo gallery will have you Oohing and ahhing. It did us.
My husband first heard about the Guest House on the Elvis channel on SiriusXM radio.
The beautiful and lavish Guest House resort is located right next door to Graceland on Elvis Presley Boulevard. It is right across the street from the Elvis Memphis Entertainment Complex.
Only 3 miles from Memphis International Airport, they provide a free shuttle back and forth from the hotel to the airport.
Would you choose a hotel because you love its lobby? Heck yeah! Especially when it is just the beginning of how lavish the entire hotel is decorated.
The furniture in the lobby is designed to pay homage to the high-collar jumpsuits Elvis wore when performing. The colors reflect his personal taste and extend the decor style of his home into the Guest House.
The lobby at the Guest House is a happening place. You never know who you may encounter, especially if you visit during Elvis week when celebrities show up.
The lobby filled up fast every evening during our stay. We enjoyed a band with live music between 7-10 pm each night. There are lots of places to sit including seating in the lobby lounge.
There are a number of lovely common areas where hotel guests will find a great place to relax. The only thing I am not a fan of with the outdoor seating is the smoking policy. Smoking seems to be allowed right outside of the doors, front or back. This is a big put off for non-smokers.
We have come to begrudgingly accept the fact that most hotels charge you to park in their parking lot. Don’t get me started on that soap box but when they offer something in return, like ‘free’ shuttle service, we perk up.
It currently costs $10 per day to park. The good news is there is security in the parking lot and you need a key card to even get into and out of the parking lot unless you are checking in. The guard will let you into the parking lot when you are checking in.
Valet parking is available at the entrance to the hotel lobby for a fee.
Riding the shuttle over to the Entertainment complex will save you their $10 daily parking fee. We visited the entertainment complex about 5 times during Elvis week for concerts and tours so riding the shuttle saved us $50 in parking fees.
We enjoyed both of the full-service on-site restaurants inside the hotel. The food and the service were good.
EP’s Bar and Grill
First of all, the decor is sort of Art Deco and beautiful. I love the gorgeous combination of red and gold with deep blue.
Open until 11 pm, EP’s is a hot spot. If they are packed and you are hungry, go to the bar and order take-out. You can take it back to your room or dine outside on the patio.
Everything we ate at EP’s Bar during our stay at the Guest House was good and plentiful with one exception. I will share that in a moment.
The Grilled Cheese is actually a battered and fried grilled pimento cheese and it’s scrumptious. There is a possibility I may have ordered it more than once during our stay.
The BBQ Nachos are enough to easily feed two people if you want those for your meal rather than as an appetizer.
The only disappointment we had at EP’s was the Red Velvet cake. While it was really good, it was a thin slice. For $8, you’d expect a thick slice but it was paper thin.
The ultimate breakfast buffet can be found at Delta’s Kitchen. It comes with a price but please, indulge yourself at least once because it is totally worth it. You are worth it.
The coffee is good. The orange juice is good and the food is hot, fresh and delicious.
Pictured above from the top left; Salmon with fried sweet potato chips, green beans, and mashed potatoes. Pasta alfredo with shrimp and garlic bread. Omelet and Guitar Belgian Waffle, made fresh while you wait.
This is your breakfast buffet haven while staying at the Guest House. Dig deep into your pockets, it isn’t cheap but it is definitely good.
What is on the breakfast buffet? Everything. They will even whip up an omelet with your choice of fillings right there on the spot.
Delta’s also serves classic southern cuisine with southern hospitality during their evening hours. It is a little more upscale than EP’s with a more varied menu and is a bit pricey. We had a delicious meal there on our last night in Memphis.
Shake Rattle and Go Coffee Shop
Open at 6 am, stop by Shake Rattle and Go for a hot Espresso, Latte, or coffee. They also have a nice selection of sandwiches, snacks, and salads.
They appeared to have extended hours during Elvis Week. Normally they close at 2 pm.
PBJ Bar every night at 10 pm
What a fun thing to do! Elvis loved his peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Maybe they serve peanut butter and jelly because it’s more common. I don’t know but I do know it’s just a fun thing to do.
The line got super long on the night we participated. We probably waited well over 30 minutes. A very sweet lady was serving each guest a cup of homemade ice cold chocolate milk to go with their sandwich.
More Guest House Hotel Amenities include
- ADA transportation available with 48-hour notice
- Concierge service
- Complimentary airport shuttle
- Complimentary shuttle to Graceland every 30 minutes
- Two full-service restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating
- Coffee shop with sandwiches, salads, and snacks to-go
- Lobby Lounge
- Large outdoor swimming pool
- Outdoor event and activity area with lawn games
- 464-seat theater for live performances and movies (they show Elvis movies here)
- Fitness room
- Dogs less than 35 pounds at the Guest House in the South Tower rooms, with a daily pet cleaning fee of $50 per dog.
- 10 pm every night, free peanut butter and jelly (not banana) sandwiches outside of Delta’s Kitchen
- Live band in the lobby at night
- Meeting rooms
- Gift shop
What we did not like
Maid service is inconsistent. They do come in and make the bed daily but you never know what else they might or might not restock. We had to ask for toilet paper twice during our week-long stay. I had to ask for coffee supplies and a clean washcloth on one occasion.
The mirror lights in the bathroom are on a dimmer switch. Ours would not come on when we first arrived. It took us two days and three requests to get it fixed.
What we liked about the room
- the bed, pillows and covers were all comfortable
- the chair by the window has an ottoman to rest your legs
- there is a comfy chair at the desk as well which makes two chairs
- there is a nice full-length mirror in the hallway outside the bathroom
- the shower is very large with 2 nice shower heads
- a nice big 55″ TV
- the Elvis channel on the TV is fun
- we loved the coffee bar
- the compact refrigerator is great to have
- the safe in the closet was handy
- two bedside tables with plenty of outlets are nice
- USB plugs next to the bed make charging devices easy
- outlets are easily accessible
Would we stay again?
The Guest House at Graceland is a luxury hotel located right next door the the Graceland mansion on Elvis Presley Boulevard. They have thought of everything to make you comfortable after a long day of taking care of business. ~wink~
Yes, we would love to go again, during Elvis week and get that room with the courtyard view.
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