Please take the time to experience the Arlington for what it is...a beautifully kept Grande Dame of a hotel from the roaring 20's. Take your family and allow them to experience the elegant atmosphere...the history, the sights, the sounds, even the smells....this is an EXPERIENCE, not just a stay at a cookie cutter hotel. Dine in the fabulous Venetian Room with all its original chandeliers and gilded mirrors, soaring ceilings, live piano and exquisite cuisine. Dress up a little and let the atmosphere sink in. Look out onto the massive veranda and watch the people experiencing the steaming hot springs in the lovely park across the street. There are so many details to list from the ornate elevators, glass doorknobs and heavenly bath tubs to the fascinating facts about how this little town came to be nestled in the first National Park in our US History. The guest rooms are just updated enough and yet still let you feel as if you are "playing in time". We stayed on the Al Capone floor and our teens loved learning about the history of that time era. A thorough exploration of all the floors for "ghosts" took place each night. We loved the live swing band in the evenings, the perfect touch for what probably would have been very close to the offerings when the Arlington was THE place to be. We could imagine ladies and gentlemen dressed in their finest, gliding across the lobby dance floor and parading up and down the expansive outdoor veranda. So much of the original hotel has been preserved. This is a MUST for history lovers or for lovers of beautiful hotels/architecture.
The third floor still serves guests with its full service private baths, towel wraps and massages. You know you have hit upon a hidden gem when your teens are looking for the historical information to read as soon as you check in and before you go out to see what it around the hotel. We liked watching peoples' reactions as they came into the lobby for the first time. The outdoor pool is practically carved right into the side of the mountain and the hot tub area was large and accommodating. As was customary in the large hotels of the day, the basement hides little surprises, as well. Find the beauty parlor, fitness center and sundries and upscale clothing shops all lined up on their on little indoor avenue. Catch a carriage ride ($45 for four) and hear some history and lighthearted humor on a ride down Central Avenue or into a quiet little park. Shopping and dining is literally within walking distance as is the entire historic Bath House Row. a short drive up the road will find modern shopping conveniences (Kroger, Walgreens, etc) and every chain fast food store. See additional reviews for the Springs, the Mountain Tower, Bath House Row and museums, The Alligator Farm and The Belle Boat Tours. Room rates were under $120....unheard of for hotels of this nature. Don't listen to even one negative review. The walls are NOT paper thin...they are thickly plastered. The halls were quiet and when we smelled someone smoking in our hallway, management was up to our floor in minutes. The beds were better than some Hiltons we have stayed at. The ceilings are high and there is crown molding everywhere. Water pressure was awesome and the water was HOT. The air conditioning was perfect. Everything was clean. Yes there is dust...but old buildings have dust. It can't be helped. The doors to the rooms are original..they use REAL keys. The negatives are from those who would never appreciate This is truly a hidden gem. Loved every nook and cranny.....and yes...they have a Starbucks! This would be the perfect place for a destination wedding or family reunion.
- Also Known As:
- Arlington Resort Hotel And Spa
- Arlington Hot Springs Arkansas
- Arlington Resort Hot Springs