The Chancellor Hotel Opens Today in Fayetteville

The Chancellor Hotel officially opens its doors today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m.

The building is a prominent structure in downtown Fayetteville, and holds a significant history as a hotel for many people who have stayed in the city over the years for Razorback games, to visit their kids at the University, or for business trips to the area. All the out of town guests for my wedding stayed there.

It’s had its glory and its age show over the years. I’m so excited to see it back open as a beautiful hotel offering a new level of contemporary elegance to complement the hip and historic downtown square.

According to a press release, “The project became a reality when Sam Alley, chairman and CEO of Arkansas-based VCC Construction and Ike Thrash of Dawn Properties in Mississippi decided to completely transform this iconic downtown property.”

Alley says they’ve created a place “as special as the city itself.”

“The venture started as a vision to bring a place of refined relaxation to northwest Arkansas. The developers knew that the team had to be as legendary as the location. Partnering with architectural firm Flick Mars in Dallas, interior designer Tobi Fairley of Little Rock, restaurateur Scott Bowman of Fayetteville and landscape designer Chris Olsen of Botanica Gardens, the team breathed new life into the hotel property.

“More than just a hotel, the property is steeped in the rich tradition of the community it inhabits. The name is a respectful and contemporary nod to the University of Arkansas and its flagship campus located on a nearby hill in Fayetteville. The red square in the logo pays homage to The Chancellor’s location on the historic Fayetteville Square.

“Being the center of town, everything in Fayetteville can be tied back to the square,” Alley says. “With this in mind, we knew the hotel couldn’t be anything it had been before. It had to be reimagined to truly fit the spirit of its environment.”

“Of its 207 guest rooms, 15 are luxury suites. Tobi Fairley, one of Traditional Home magazine’s Top 20 Young Designers in America, personally designed The Chancellor Suite, an 1,800-square-foot retreat on the 16th floor with a view of the University of Arkansas campus, and The Old Main Suite, a 1,400-square-foot suite with views of the Old Main building located on the UofA campus.

“Scott Bowman, proprietor of Theo’s and East Side Grill, brings Union Kitchen + Drinks to The Chancellor, preparing creative interpretations of classic dishes and regional specialties. Nationally renowned gardening guru and author Chris Olsen of Little Rock’s Botanica Gardens landscaped the exterior.

“And, with a commitment to the area’s economy, 14,000 square feet of The Chancellor is dedicated to smart meeting space – making it a premier venue for everything from business conferences and weddings to private parties and board meetings. The business center is complete with PC and Mac desktops, Wi-Fi and printers.

“Fayetteville has been recognized by Kiplinger as one of the country’s Top 10 “Best Places to Live, Work and Play and as a “Best City in Arkansas” by Business Week. The Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission touts the community as a “fun and unique mix of cool college town, thriving business community, outdoor-lovers mecca and cultural/arts center … and everyone knows we’re the only place where the Razorbacks run wild. From trails and greenways to fabulous shopping or food, drinks and live music on Dickson Street, Fayetteville has it all.”

“The Chancellor Hotel is walking distance from Fayetteville’s entertainment district along Dickson Street, known as “a colorful, entertaining strip of boutiques, restaurants, galleries and clubs.” The Walton Arts Center, a quick ½-mile jaunt from The Chancellor, features local performances, touring productions and art exhibits.

“Reservations at The Chancellor Hotel for overnight stays, groups meetings and conferences can be easily and conveniently made online at or by calling 855-285-6162 toll-free. To celebrate the grand opening, special rates are available when guests book online.”


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