Elvis | The Las Vegas International Hotel (Part Three)
With Elvis performing at the hotel for a month long engagement, twice a year, the 30th floor of the hotel became Elvis residency during that time period or when Elvis was in Las Vegas in general. When the hotel was built in 1969 the 30th floor contained a night club lounge as well as the suite in which Elvis resided. In the floor plan below the elevators on the far right were the public elevators used for hotel patrons although only particular elevators having availability to reach the 30th floor which required an elevator key. This however was not the elevators that Elvis would use, he would use the service elevators more in the center of the building as there was a direct entrance to these elevators from a hallway in his suite.
When using the public elevators after exiting into a foyer area you would turn to the right to a door entrance to Elvis suite. Once entering the suite there was a short hallway leading to steps down to a gallery or landing area. Immediately to the right was a door to Elvis' master suite and another door to the left to a hallway with access to multiple bedrooms and kitchen area. Straight ahead from the gallery area was a living room then to the left of the living room several steps up to the dining area which connected to the kitchen.
The original Elvis suite no longer exists as the 30th floor suite has been totally renovated and greatly expanded to form three separate suites. The "Tuscany" suite is the 30th floor area in which Elvis' original suite original existed. The new living area in the Tuscany suite was once the location of his master suite while the dining area was his previous living room area. The Tuscany suite has a similar access to the same service elevators that Elvis used and is depicted in the video and photos below.
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ELVIS OFF-ON STAGE
While performing in Las Vegas at the International (Hilton) hotel Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker, made sure that the city new that Elvis was in town by placing advertisements around the city and especially at the hotel itself. In addition you could also find signs that indicated that Elvis shows were sold out while the engagement was occurring. In the hotel fans could not only buy his latest record but souvenirs included posters, photos and even stuffed animal hound dogs.
The International Showroom entrance is at the back far right of the casino. Fans would line up in the entrance lobby area which would extend out to the casino floor. Since there were technically not assigned seats, fans wanting a better seat would have to tip the maitre 'd in order to get stage side seats. The front section had tables that extended from the front of the stage that allowed those fans the best opportunity to interact with Elvis. The remaining showroom seating included additional tables and booths. Including the balcony seating the showroom could hold 2,200 people.
LAS VEGAS INTERNATIONAL HILTON HOTEL PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL AND ADVERTISEMENTS
While off stage Elvis would meet up with other celebrity friends that were also performing in Las Vegas including Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck and Paul Anka to name a few. Because Elvis was staying at the hotel fans were always looking for an opportunity to meet him off stage during his engagement. Although Elvis was generally not visible to the public when they did come across Elvis he was always cordial by signing autographs and taking photos.
Elvis would also attend concerts of other Las Vegas performers such as Tom Jones while at Caesars Palace. In order not to cause a disruption Elvis would enter the performers concert shortly after the concert had begun. Tom Jones had introduced Elvis as being in the audience at times as well as have Elvis come on stage for acknowledgement.
ELVIS | THE LAS VEGAS INTERNATIONAL (HILTON) HOTEL PHOTO ALBUM (PART 3)
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