Luxury Hotel in Oxford Sparing No Expense
Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Jared Senseman
The Chancellor’s House hotel in Oxford is aiming to be the most luxurious in the state, and sparing no expense.
With a laundry list of features and specialized accommodations, the Chancellor’s House will be a boutique luxury hotel on the corner of University Avenue and Lamar Boulevard. Three stories tall and boasting 13 suites and 18 guestrooms, the hotel will be one of the largest in Oxford.
Oxford is the ideal location, Gov. Phil Bryant said Friday at a presentation Friday on the hotel.
“I think it’s gonna have a higher level of luxury,” Bryant said. “People who want to come to this area will also be seeking an opportunity to stay at one of the finest hotels in the Southeast. That’s something we’ve not had in Mississippi for quite a while. If you look at the Mississippi Gulf Coast, you’ve got the Beau Rivage and the Hard Rock, both of which are luxury hotels, but here in the north Mississippi area, this will be the location and destination for people who want to have that type of luxury experience, and we’re very proud to offer it to them.”
The hotel has been a dream for quite some time of brothers Fred and William Alias, who are managing partners for the hotel. They say they believe this hotel, if successful, will be the first of many.
“We’re both from Clarksdale and graduated from the Ole Miss,” Fred Alias said. “We wanted to build something really special, something the state of Mississippi has never seen, and I think the guests will judge that. This is the first of a brand of hotels, and we mainly want it to be in a university setting. Finding a property large enough was the issue. When you get over 50 rooms, you can’t deliver the service that we’re going to deliver.”
William Alias said the ultimate goal was to have Chancellor’s House hotels in most college towns, establishing a brand presence that will be known for providing luxury service. He also detailed the stress that comes with trying something different.
“The Chancellor’s House, we believe, is quite possibly a prototype for 30-40 boutique hotels in college towns,” William Alias said. “In every project like the Chancellor’s House, there comes a time when you pass the point of no return, and a decision has to be made, do you throw in the towel, or do you move forward?”
With the wide range of luxury amenities offered, it’s clear the choice has been made. Mike Donahue, who specializes in ensuring customer satisfaction for the hotel, said their objective is simple.
“Our mission statement is simple,” Donahue said, “create a residence of luxury and comfort, where expectations are exceeded in the areas of service, quality, amenities and fine dining.”
That list of services offered is quite extensive for the hotel, including a grand ballroom, spa, premium beverage and food services, rooftop terrace dining area, a tea room, a babysitting service, and most importantly, luxury pet accommodations.
“Not only do we allow pets, we actually have mahogany kennels being built, so we welcome pets,” Fred Alias said. “They can even stay in the room. We have the pets name on the kennel in brass, and when you leave you get the brass with a collar around it, with ‘Chancellor’s House’ written on the other side.
The hotel is slated to be finished summer of next year.