Guitar-shaped pool opens in Tupelo

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo’s first guitar-shaped pool celebrated its grand opening Tuesday.
The pool is part of the Clarion Inn, the Roadway Inn & Suites and The Summit Center – all owned by Tupelo hotelier Jimmy Pappas.
“Elvis always wanted a guitar-shaped pool in Tupelo,” Pappas said. “After all these years, we helped make that a reality.”
The pool and the two hotels on North Gloster Street had a grand opening and open house Tuesday afternoon. The properties previously were called The Summit. One of the buildings changed to The Clarion Inn in December 2009. Another building was converted to the Roadway Inn & Suites last month.
The two hotels share the pool and have the same amenities, Pappas said.
The 5-foot-deep water of the pool forms the body of the pool, which faces McCullough Boulevard. The neck of the guitar is depicted through stamped and stained concrete.
Along with the Elvis connection, Pappas said, the pool also complements the guitar-shaped sculptures in downtown Tupelo. The sculptures are a scaled model of Elvis Presley’s first guitar, which was bought at Tupelo Hardware Co.
“It looks like Tupelo has become the guitar city,” Pappas said.
The musical theme is extended with the fence around the pool, which is covered with musical notes. Pappas also said the theme carries into the hotel, with the Elvis Presley suite in the 65-room Clarion Inn.

Contact Carlie Kollath at (662) 678-1598 or carlie.kollath@djournal.com.