My husband and I come to the Arlington 5 or 6 times a year for 2 to 3 days at a time. This is our get-away spot. We love the Arlington. Yes it is a majestic old hotel with some flaking paint, some creaking pipes and small bathrooms but if one will just think of all the history that has been made here. The women in their fine long dresses and men in their top hats of the 20's and 30's strolled the same halls, guest rooms, porch and sidewalks that we do now. Then the 40's came and yep the gangsters came to Hot Springs and loved this place. I could go on and on but you get the picture.
As regulars at the Arlington, I can tell you we have had rooms that we liked better than others, but overall we have had great eperiences. We always meet new interesting people that end up being friends before we leave. The restaurants were not impressive to us. Overpriced for what you get. There are so many other places to eat within walking distance that you never have to worry about something to eat. We have had the massage a couple of times. We get the couples room, extra $10.00, but worth the privacy. The room had scented candles lit and very soothing music playing. The 2 masseuses were very professional.
The only bad thing that I have to say about the Arlington is their cooling system in the summers. Bob, the manager, says that is being looked at. All the rooms have ceiling fans but I have noticed some run faster than others. Speaking of ceiling fans, got a question for you Bob, we stayed in room 445 this weekend which is 2 doors down from Al Capones's famous suite. I noticed that you have put the new energy efficient bulbs in the light fixture. That is a good thing. My husband woke about midnight and told me the next morning that the lights were flickering very dimly on and off. First on then another. He told me that Al (Capone) had come to visit us. Well I thought he was teasing me but the next night, I awoke in the middle of the night and saw the same flickering lights. Now tell me Bob, do you think it is the wiring, the bulbs or could it REALLY be old Al playing tricks on your guest?? : )
I would advise anyone who enjoys the good old days to stay at the Arlington, at least once, just to say you've been there. If you don't like it you don't have to go back. You know, different strokes for different folks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This majestic icon is perfectly located in Hot Springs National Park on beautiful Bathhouse Row. Since 1925 visitors have traveled to Hot Springs to stay, play and rejuvenate in the healing mineral waters of the natural thermal springs. Step back in time walking in the footsteps of such famous legends as Babe Ruth, Al Capone, Rudolph Valentino, Jack Dempsey, Lucky Luciano, Joe DiMaggio, Will Rogers, Johnny Cash, Marilyn Monroe and Presidents: John F. Kennedy, Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. Feel the romance and charm of this culturally historic place. Experience a traditional bath at The Arlington Bathhouse or simply step outside to enjoy shopping, dining, and entertainment at the Ohio Club, the Pancake Shop, Gangster Museum, Superior Bathhouse Brewery or take a cupcake break at Fat Bottom Girls. If nature calls, hike or bike miles of scenic trails in our first National Park or try your luck digging for diamonds or playing the ponies or slots at Oaklawn Casino. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arlington Resort Hotel And Spa
- Arlington Hot Springs Arkansas
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