"The Elvis Suite"; a look inside the private room for Elvis Prelsey

Nearly 40-years after his death, Elvis Presley is still considered the King of rock and roll. He's also still a big draw to visitors in Las Vegas.

The biggest permanent exhibit outside of Graceland opens in the former Las Vegas Hilton where Presley sold out shows for years.

Welcome to the Elvis Suite, also known as the penthouse of the Westgate Hotel. It used to be the Las Vegas Hilton, and before that it was The International, the first mega-resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

It signed a mega-star to perform at the hotel when it was still under construction, Elvis Presley.

"His bed sat right here, so the backdrop of Vegas was his headboard you could say," said Angie Marchese. 

Elvis lived in the suite while he performed more than 800 sellout shows in the early 1970's.

And on Thursday, the Westgate Hotel will open the biggest, permanent collection of Elvis memorabilia outside of Graceland. "Elvis the exhibition, the show, the experience," features his iconic jumpsuits, all covered in the beads and glitter that made Elvis famous during his Vegas years. It also features his movie costumes and vintage video.

There's even a wedding chapel that looks like you are getting married on the steps of Graceland. 

Angie Marchese is with Elvis Presley Enterprises and says people have strong reactions to seeing Elvis' belongings up close.

"It's I remember seeing that, or I remember that jumpsuit, or I've seen that video footage before, it's always a very personal connection," said Marchese.

Workers are putting the final touches on the exhibit, including a 28,000 square foot video screen. 

So why is Elvis so popular, especially with young people?

"They're discovering Elvis in very different ways than we did, or our parents did, they see an Elvis reference in a movie or on television," she said.

Walking into the Westgate, the suite, and the exhibit, it's like walking back in time. A time where the king has not left the building.
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