St. James Hotel

The St. James Hotel has undergone $5 million in renovations to become a boutique Hilton hotel and should open by the end of 2020.

St. James Hotel’s $5 million renovation is still “slugging along” toward completion, with its opening still planned for the end of 2020, said owner Jim Lewis.

Renovating a historic hotel during COVID-19 has not been ideal, but Lewis said the pandemic has changed travel habits for the better for small markets like Selma.

“We’ve observed a trend where people are now driving to smaller markets that are far less impacted (by COVID) instead of flying to big cities,” said Lewis, who is CEO of Rhaglan Hospitality.

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