LITTLE ROCK, AR - The historic Capital Hotel has reopened after investment banker Warren Stephens gave it a two-year makeover. The 130-year-old hotel in downtown Little Rock reopened yesterday.
Known for its charm, the hotel's bar was a popular spot for the national press during the Clinton years as president. A local legend also says the hotel's huge elevator carried former President Ulysses S. Grant, and the horse he rode in on, to the floor where he stayed during an 1880 visit.
Work on the hotel included replacing 236 windows, outfitting five kitchens with the latest technology, and installing custom fabrics. Restoration experts worked on the columns, and carpets and furniture are new. There's a ballroom and business center, and access to the Stephens Building gym. Stephens says only a handful of hotels in the country have the kind of charm that the Capital Hotel has.