Graduate Fayetteville opened its doors in the city’s Downtown Square. The 234-room hotel is within walking distance to the University of Arkansas campus and surrounded by shops and restaurants.

Graduate Fayetteville’s design contrasts the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountain Region with the creative energy that courses throughout Fayetteville.

Upon entering the lobby, guests are welcomed by the reception desk, which takes on the identity of a vintage diorama, showcasing vintage taxidermy in a mountain scene backdrop. The museum-inspired entry is complemented by a large neon Graduate sign.

“Our team was incredibly inspired by the natural beauty and dynamic artistic energy experienced throughout Fayetteville,” said Andrew Alford, chief creative officer of Graduate Hotels. “The hotel’s design is constantly contrasting these two distinct identities, marrying them in a way that is both celebratory and thought-provoking.”

An expansive communal table with an eclectic mix of mismatched chairs sits beneath a statement crystal chandelier. Retro signs and natural wood floors with hand-painted patchwork designs establish the all- encompassing artistic soul felt throughout the lobby. Outside, a plaid mural on the building’s facade gives the hotel an unmistakable collegiate identity for passersby.

Guest room decor builds upon the lobby’s geographic inspiration, incorporating elements that pay tribute to University of Arkansas history, innovations and notable alumni.

Custom headboards resemble the architecture of Old Main, the first building on the University of Arkansas campus, complete with bedside lamps that mirror Old Main’s north and south towers. Beloved, familiar faces adorn the walls, with art referencing Arkansas-natives such as rocker Beth Ditto, actor Gil Gerard and aviation pioneer Louise Thaden.

Positioned within the lobby’s open plan is Poindexter, Graduate Hotels’ signature all-day cafe concept. The bar is constructed from large timber beams, complete with hand-carved boars on each end and accessorized with string lights and house plants.

In addition to the lobby’s welcoming communal space, Graduate Fayetteville offers more than 14,000 square feet of event space. Nine different meeting rooms provide a variety of settings to host groups of up to 400 people.

“Our team is eager to welcome locals and visitors alike to relax in our communal lobby, take inspiration from our spirited guest rooms and host events in our elegant, yet approachable, meeting spaces,” said Rhonda Cooksey, general manager, Graduate Fayetteville.

Information is based off a press release from Graduate Fayetteville.