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Review of Baker House Bed and Breakfast

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Baker House Bed and Breakfast
Portland, Oregon
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247 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Running on Empty!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

It is a shame when a B & B owner loses their passion for the business as is the case with the Baker house. Perfectly located for access to downtown Little Rock, this Victorian gem, built in 1899 has all the potential to be a top rated B & B. One first notices the pallor on approaching the home and the flower planters that are unkempt and the threadbare welcome mat. The interior of the home was totally renovated in the late 70’s and is ready for some TLC. Period furniture in the parlor cannot be sat on due to its condition. When built, the house’s interior was accented with curly pine and it is BEAUTIFUL, a sight to behold. Bedroom suites are larger than one would normally expect from a Victorian of this age, but again some of the furniture is suffering from use and age and should be replaced. Check in was a breeze and the new innkeeper Lenee was very accommodating. The posting in the rooms stated that “guest rooms would be refreshed” each day. I am not sure what that meant. As we found our first morning, Lenee was not planning on changing out towels, making beds, emptying trash, replacing coffee and creams. We stayed 3 nights. We made our own bed each morning, and received a change of towels and fresh coffee packets when requested. But one should not have to ask. Noise is easily transmitted through the walls. Luckily we had neighbors who were pretty quiet. On the plus side, towels were very fluffy and of good quality, and the bed in the Laman Suite is comfy. Breakfast is served at 8am. The food is good, plenty of it, but nothing special. Some folks might find it a bit carb heavy. We have stayed in hundreds of B & Bs over the years. Most pride themselves in serving one or two specialty items---not the owners of the Baker House. Further exploration around the grounds found a large yard fountain in need of repair and most of the gardens in need of attention. Oh did I mention the B & B is for sale? Hopefully the new owners will take advantage of this beautiful property and make it the showplace of North Little Rock that it should be.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tony S
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Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014 via mobile

Wowowwow!!!! The photos look amazing right?!?! The Baker House Bed & Breakfast is better in person. It's very well maintained and the rooms are spacious and comfortable. Our bathroom was HUGE!!! It used to be a bedroom that was converted and has a very large and modern claw foot tub.

The icing was definitely the owner. Not only did she bend over backwards to answer my million questions before we booked our stay, she was very understanding and accommodating when we not only checked in hours later than we thought we would, she didn't blink an eye when we ended up leaving really, really late past check out.

There are a few things to keep in mind of you should know about before you book.

1. This is not a place for families/kids but perfect for a couple. Because you are staying at a historic home from the turn of the century, don't expect the rooms to be like a sound proof hotel room. The walls are thin between rooms but it adds to the character of the place.

2. The neighborhood is a mixed residential area. There are a few bars, small furniture shops and restaurants. However it's not a hot spot for things to do in the evening. The vibe is more Main St in a sleepy little town. However, if you want nightlife, Sonja gives patrons passes for the trolley a few blocks away that will take you closer towards downtown Little Rock. Great, cause you don't have to worry about having a few drinks and trying to drive back. Check the trolley times though because it doesn't run too late at night.

Thanks Baker House B&B. We would definitely stay again!

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank NlnNdrw
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Columbia, Maryland
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

Although this bed and breakfast is actually across the river in North Little Rock, the trolley loop that runs right outside conveniently carries you to the attractions and restaurants of downtown Little Rock, without driving and parking. The hotel was built in 1898 and furnished accordingly. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the breakfasts were delicious. There is a farmers market across the street on Saturday mornings. We stayed for two nights but would have been comfortable here for longer stays. This is a real find. I will definitely stay here again if we return to Little Rock.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SmokeyW
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Jacksonville, Arkansas
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25 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014

Stayed here for two nights for the first part of our honeymoon. Wow, just the best place to stay. The rooms are amazing and the bed was so comfortable and roomy. The breakfast is to die for and the people who run the place are just the best.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Zack D
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

My husband & I stopped in for a 1 night stay back in Nov. This place is more than I had hoped for. Susan was so helpful & friendly. Breakfast with the other guests was a hoot & the food was great. Susan shared her recipe & we have used it several times since. We stayed in the Matthews suite, it was really romantic. The bed was so comfortable. There is no shower in this room & the tub is only big enough for 1... that is the only negative thing I can say about the accomodations. If you love old houses, you will love it here. It is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. Kudos to the owners for doing such a great job restoring this house. The trolley stop is right on the corner & Susan gave us free tickets to ride. We will definitely visit again when we are out that way.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Very_Picky_12
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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43 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013

We just had a great couple of nights at the Baker House B&B in North LittleRock. We were on the third floor and it is a climb if you dont like stairs ask for a lower room. Rooms are at least one flight up. A beautiful house with period appropriate furnishings ( the mattres was new, and very comfortable). The sitdown tub with hand held shower is a bit hard to master if you are used to a standup shower. I think they have a room with a standup shower. Susan was very helpful and her breakfast was amazing. The area around the B&B is called Argenta a fun area to shop. Take advantage of the free trolly passes if just to get a tour of Little Rock, and scout out places to go.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RWTexan
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Edmonton, Canada
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28 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2013

I stayed here Sept. 6-13, 2013. It was my first trip to North Little Rock and Little Rock. My Baker House suite, 305, had windows opening to the west and south and half of the third floor. I loved the curly pine wood paneling throughout the entire house. The first floor has three common rooms, a dining room, front parlor, and living room (where the newspapers are put out). There is also a covered front porch, and the grounds have benches and chairs. The owner is having the fountain restored. Across the street and 50 feet south, there is a trolley line stop. You can buy a daily trolley pass for $2. This area of Arkansas was quite prosperous when the silver mines to the north were operational and the town was called Argenta. The Baker House breakfast (served family style) consisted of a fresh fruit cup, juice, coffee, tea, and a different prepared breakfast each morning (waffles, eggs & sausage or bacon, french toast, pancakes). I was attending a scientific conference at the State Convention Center and the innkeeper made it a point that I had a good breakfast each morning with my changing schedule. A room off the dining room has a refrigerator where cold pop, juice, and bottle water are kept for the guests to take. Coffee and tea are available, too. Your suite also has its own coffee maker and coffee. Homemade cupcakes were put out for the guests every other night in the dining room. If I am ever back in the Little Rock area, I would stay here again. Sonja Miller (owner) and Susan Miller (housekeeper) were exceptional hostesses.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bruner2012
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Additional Information about Baker House Bed and Breakfast

Property: Baker House Bed and Breakfast
Address: 109 West Fifth St., North Little Rock, AR 72114
Region: United States > Arkansas > North Little Rock
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in North Little Rock
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Baker House Bed and Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A lovely Queen Anne Victorian historic house located downtown and the only Little Rock B&B on the trolley line with direct access to the Clinton Library, Convention Center and other downtown attractions. Free trolley day pass at check-in. Walk to Verizon Arena and several local restaurants and galleries. B&B luxury at downtown hotel rates ... more   less 
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