Recently, I took my daughter, Maddy the Great, for an overnight stay at Memphis' newest resort, The Guest House at Graceland. I must admit this was not only my first visit to the hotel, but would also be my first trip to Graceland as well. It's funny because I've lived in Memphis most of my life, but never visited one of the most visited homes in the world.
Saying I was impressed my the resort is really taking it lightly. The main entrance is simply amazing and gives the feeling that you are no longer in Memphis. The ceiling is everything and Maddy stared at it each time we saw it. The decor has hints of Elvis Presley scattered and you have to really pay attention to find them. It's basically like a mini scavenger hunt when you go. Honestly, I was never an Elvis fan, but I found that the more I learned about him the more I was intrigued.
The room we received was equally impressive. I loved the wallpaper and the white backlit headboards were great for Maddy. She still a bit afraid of the dark, so this helped tremendously. Yes, the mattresses passed the official Maddy kid test. She jumped in the bed for at least 15 minutes and the mattress held up to this madness! Pro Tip: the rooms come with the standard wall plug in addition to USB ports!!
For dinner, we decided it was the perfect time to dress up and enjoy one of the restaurants inside the hotel. Any excuse to get fancy is fine by us. Maddy decided she wanted to wear her bat princess dress. We settled on EP's Bar and Grill. Pro tip: The grilled salmon is to die for!
After dinner, we enjoyed some live music in the lobby and headed back to the room for an action packed filled seating day. The Disney Channel is a standard with the cable package. Great news for kids, but not so great news for parents. At least the lobby bar stays open late.
The next morning we got breakfast at The Delta Kitchen inside the hotel. The buffet was great and Maddy made sure to test the limits of the amount of cereal she could eat. Luckily, the staff was very friendly and accommodating to Maddy's demands.
The next day was our very first trip to Graceland. We learned so much about Elvis Presley, his family and his historic career not only as a musician, but as an actor. By today's standards, the home is not something you might see on MTV Cribs, but in the time Elvis was alive it was high tech and luxurious. Funny moment! In the living room sat a console TV. Maddy asked what it was...it was at that very moment I knew my child had never really experienced life. She's only seen flat screen TVs and never seen a telephone with a cord!
Next up was a trip across the street to do a little shopping. There were so many shops and places to eat. We decided that since we wanted the full experience of Elvis; we had to go for the fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. We also toured Elvis' car museum and Maddy fell in love with all the pink cars naturally. Being able to go inside of both of Elvis' airplanes was awesome. Hint: They both are decked out like Graceland. Prepare for an overload of shag carpet!
Check out was bittersweet. We had a great time at The Guest House, but we sadly didn't get a chance to swim in the newly opened pool. The Memphis weather just would not cooperate. Have you ever been stuck in a hotel room with an upset child? It can be the worst time ever! All she wanted to do was swim and there was nothing I could do about it. Maddy stared at the pool each day and sighed.
Overall, I would love to go back and visit The Guest House at Graceland and I highly recommend it to anyone traveling to the Memphis or for an in town staycation for locals. This is a welcomed addition to Memphis and the Whitehaven area. The overall experience was amazing. From the moment you arrive until you leave, the hotel wows you at every turn. I've traveled a lot, but I've never felt as if I was home while traveling. It was truly a unique experience. All the staff was kind and helpful and we truly enjoyed ourselves. Maddy is counting down the days until we return and so am I. We have to get in that pool!!
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