MEANING outside Elvis’ bedroom window, with the sound of live music blaring from the blues joints below, I realized I was about to sleep in the house that changed the course of rock and roll history.
My home for the night was none other than 328 Lauderdale Courthouse in Memphis, Tennessee; The ONLY Elvis-owned home in the world that offers fans overnight visits.
But how can you stay in the old dug holes of Elvis Presley? Well, that requires both a bit more conversation and action…
Since there is no online booking system yet, potential guests need to call the management company directly to secure their stay.
Perhaps because of that, this classic nightgown flies under the radar, even to the most devoted fans.
Today in Lauderdale Courthouse, a red-brick complex that was once one of America’s first public housing projects, things look pretty ordinary; but when Elvis and his parents first opened their doors here, the apartment building was an absolute game changer for the family.
Fresh out of Mississippi and in search of a better life, this two-bedroom apartment parachuted Presley into the beating heart of Memphis.
Suddenly, the hottest music venues, all-night evangelical church services and the best recording studios are just a lap away – all leaving the impressive young Elvis immersed like a sponge. thirsty sea.
After Elvis moved up and up, Lauderdale Courts fell on hard times and nearly missed a visit from the sinking ball.
The entire complex has since been altered and renamed Uptown Square, with landscaped gardens and a swimming pool added.
And thanks to a campaign led by devoted Elvis fans, the Presley apartment has also been lovingly restored to its mid-century former glory.
Inside the five-room apartment in Presley, a spacious living room is home to an impressive array of Elvis classics, so I lounged on the vintage sofa to watch Viva Las Vegas.
In the kitchen, there’s an original fridge, working from the ’50s, plus a skillet and recipe card for sautéing Elvis’s favorite peanut butter, banana, and jelly sandwich to get the party going. midnight heat.
Among the twin bedrooms, Elvis’ is clearly the star of the show.
It was considerably larger than his parents’ room and had walls decorated with fuchsia lipstick kisses; a lingering memory of hoarding fans who paid $10 each for a tour during his birth week in January and his death week in August.
Elvis references have been strewn all over the place, from a bottle of his gravity-defying hair glue sitting on a vanity, to a copy of his Humes high school yearbook, curvy style. Iconic lips have been and are being made.
However, the best thing about Elvis’ pad is that (due to the old school’s reservation system) there are often plenty of empty seats.
Plus, at just £184.48 ($250) per night, this quadruple apartment rivals neighboring hotels on value and beats them on character.
No doubt – waking up in Elvis’ teenage bedroom, staring at the ceiling that Memphis Flash once looked at, then showering again with a soak in his original bathtub, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that’s surreal in and out.
You don’t have to be a die hard Elvis fan to appreciate a stay in this quirky apartment.
For brand new value and bragging rights, it’s well worth a visit.
And while you’re in town, be sure to pass the Graceland mansion on the way, to testify to the closing chapter of Elvis’ rags riches story.
It was a castle fit for a King.
GET / There: An overnight stay in a two-bedroom Elvis apartment costs £184.48 ($250) per night. To make a reservation, call +1 901 523 8662.
A visit to Elvis’ Lauderdale Courts apartments is included with a 6- or 12-night Elvis luxury Spring Break in April, which also includes a trip to Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo and an overnight stay at Guest house in Graceland.
ONE Elvis Luxury Spring Break lasts six nights costs from £1698pp, including flights from Heathrow, transfers and accommodation.
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