Historic Hotel Seville Opens Restored Lobby, Meeting Space in Arkansas

The historic Hotel Seville in Harrison, Ark., has partially reopened after undergoing an extensive first-floor restoration. Hotel owners PFI Hospitality acquired the property earlier this year and closed it this summer in order to make extensive renovations that included a new restaurant, a restored lobby and upgraded banquet space, all of which debuted to the public last month.

Originally opened in 1929 at a cost of almost $150,000, Hotel Seville was once a business and social center in northern Arkansas. In the course of renovations, its landmark "Seville Club" was completely demolished and rebuilt using reclaimed woodwork, original entrances, and repaired windows and walls. The lobby, also restored, features preserved artwork from the original hotel while what was once a formal dining room has been repaired for use as meeting and event space.

"This is just another exciting step towards the redevelopment of downtown Harrison," Harrison Mayor Pat Moles said in a statement. "Besides the fact that it will reclaim an important historic landmark, the reopening of the hotel will also provide much needed lodging and food service as we prepare for October's opening of Boone County's largest convention facility."

That convention facility, The Durand Center, will feature 22,000 square feet of meeting space when it opens next month across the street from Hotel Seville. By then, the entire hotel will be open, according to PFI, which says it's in the final stages of further renovations. Among them are upgrades to the hotel's 42 guestrooms and its presidential suite, as well as construction of a salon and day spa that's scheduled to open on Sept. 15.