Jonesboro, Arkansas — The Embassy Suites by Hilton Jonesboro Red Wolf Convention Center has joined Arkansas State University’s campus. Located one hour away from Memphis, Tenn., and two-hours away from Little Rock, Ark., the seven-story, full-service hotel includes the 40,000-square-foot Red Wolf Convention Center and Houlihan’s restaurant.
Tapped by the property’s development company, O’Reilly Hospitality Management, Dallas-based MatchLine Design Group worked collaboratively with BRP Architects to craft the design of the hotel’s public spaces, guestrooms, convention center ballroom, and restaurant.
“We enjoyed teaming up with O’Reilly Hospitality Management and BRP Architects once again to create another exciting project,” said Lesley H Wyman, principal and founder of MatchLine Design Group. “Our team took cues from ownership to create a casual vibe with warm tones, while ensuring everything has a relationship back to nature and the local surroundings. The biophilic elements are woven throughout the property with subtle detailing for a fresh take on the materials without coming across as too rustic. The result is an approachable but upscale ambiance that’s a welcome addition to the city.”
The lobby of the Embassy Suites by Hilton Jonesboro Red Wolf Convention Center includes nature-inspired artwork, a green wall, a fountain, abstract carpeting inspired by local lakes, and wooden ceiling tiles and accent walls.
“This Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center is located along a major boulevard in Jonesboro and is situated directly adjacent to Arkansas State University, so the project was developed with the concept that all exterior views of the project are frontal elevations and demand the same attention to detail,” said Gerri Kielhofner of BRP Architects. “Multiple colors and textures, both in horizontal and vertical directions, as well as multiple window sizes and shapes on the exterior façade of the hotel tower, provided an interesting panoply for the linear façade that evolved due to the site configuration. These same materials were then carried throughout the convention center elevations to provide an obvious connection between the two distinct functions.”
The hotel’s opening reception area has a gray accent wall with gold crackle and a lighting fixture that resembles modern tree branches. An open dining and bar lounge area is located past the reception and is similarly designed with a connection to nature. Designed to be the focal point of the hotel lobby, the bar has a dark metal front, industrial back bar shelving with gold and bronze metal mesh cabinet doors, and custom drop pendant lighting.
As for guest accommodations, the design team dressed the guestrooms and suites in a palette of warm and cool hues with curated architectural details. Other amenities onsite include an indoor pool, fitness center, business center, and meeting and event space at Red Wolf Convention Center, which includes a 15,00-square-foot grand ballroom.