We stayed at Mather Lodge two nights and found it an excellent place. We had eaten there before but never stayed. The rooms were comfortable (we ended up in a different room the second night), the staff was polite and thoughtful and the food was delicious. Plus an awful lot of it, huge servings. I could practically hear my Grandma long ago admonishing me to clean up my plate, but no way could I!
We also spent a lot of time admiring the ceiling beams and the beautiful tall windows with the breathtaking views.
I highly recommend this place and while I'm at it, the Car Museum not far away is a wonderful place to visit, too!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of Arkansas's historic treasures, Mather Lodge at Petit Jean State Park, reopened on May 8 following a beautiful, and fitting, $4.3 million renovation. The renovation work replaced the lodge's 1960s-era dining room with a more rustic-style design, expanded the kitchen, added a 50-person room for meetings and small banquets, relocated the guest registration desk, enhanced the 24 guest rooms, and constructed a new lodge swimming pool. Public restrooms were added underneath the pool due to its proximity to Cedar Falls Trail, one of the park's most popular hiking trails. The renovation did not affect any of the lodge's original Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration work from the 1930s. Now the renovated portion mirrors the Adirondack-style park architecture of the 1930s' portions of this Arkansas treasure. ... more less