1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa Eureka Springs
75 Prospect Ave., Eureka Springs, Arkansas, 72632, United States
A Fixture Since 1886
One of the most interesting aspects of our historical tram tour regarded the visit inside and out of the Crescent Hotel and Spa. Our tour guide told such interesting stories about its history.
I just loved the Gothic architecture and grandeur of the Crescent Hotel, which is often called the "Grand Old Lady of the Ozarks". It was built on the crest of West Mountain between 1884 & 1886 [the highest point in Eureka Springs and was designed by Isaac L. Taylor [a well-known Missouri architect. It has 15 on-site acres of gardens and nature trails...quite beautiful, indeed. It's so refreshing to see that it has kept its 19th-century character
It lies one mile off of State Highway 23 and US 62. You take US 62 to the Historic Loop [62B] and follow it until you pass the hotel.
The Crescent Hotel is recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Irish stonemasons constructed it with the intention of making it the "grandest hotel west of the Mississippi". The railroad had just been completed, and it brought thousands of tourists to Eureka Springs to sample the "recuperative waters of the local springs." Our guide said that the Carriage Set was attracted to the palatial surroundings and stables with over 100 horses! In 1886, it was built at a cost of $294,000, a major fortune at that time.
When the hotel floundered and shut down, it became an all-girls' school. Then it became a cancer hospital run by a scoundral called Dr. Baker. He literally robbed his patients and lied to their relatives, even after the patients were dead. He pretended that the patients were still alive and kept asking for money. Ironically, he died of cancer! After World War II, it reopened as a hotel, but a fire destroyed most of the fourth floor, including the center penthouse.
In 1997 it was purchased by an historic preservationist who has invested more than $5 million in renovations.
Unique Quality: Today, the hotel has a total of 72 guest room [many with private balconies], and there are 12 luxury suites. The epic penthouses and the Annex Jacuzzi suites are the high-end accommodations
In Season Rates:
Premium Room $129.00-$159.00
King Parlor Suite $169.00-$189.00
Specialty Suites $109.00-239.00
Jacuzzi Suites $199.00-$279.00
Add 15.75% bedding & state tax.
Check in time is 3:00 p.m.
Check out time is 11:00 a.m.
Pets allowed in Smoking rooms only at a fee of $10.00 per night.
The Crescent's Crystal Dining Room brings back the grandeur of yesteryear. You can eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch here. We saw the brunch, and it was quite fantastic looking and smelling!
Four-course dinners are composed of rarefied American favorites such as Marinated Grilled Texan Quail and Pecan Encrusted Salmon, Italian and traditional dishes, and a wide array of delicious desserts.
The New Moon Spa features a full menu of treatments, a salon, and a wellness program. (Massage, hydrotone, body wraps, facials, hand and feet maintenance, hair, nail, and skin treatments, body assesment, chiropractic services, and body work).
There is a wonderful gift shop with unique [and expensive] gift items. I visited it and was impressed.
ON Top of the Mountain-Cresent
We did not stay here, but took a long tour of the place and got a feel for what it may be like. They have all the amenities you want, and obviously spa is the theme here too. Prices off season are ranging $150-300 for high end, and in season $180-$420.
Unique Quality: Built in 1886 is unique by US standards, and it is still standing and like it was when built. Roenigks bought this hotel in 1990's and also own Basin Hotel and War EAgle Mill. That makes it a promo for the flour and retro products of the 1880's to sell on site. This was a very high end hotel for the first 30-40 years, and then just became costly and stylist to come here. It is very nice condition yet, and the views are the best of all being on top of the mountain
Directions: Up the top of the hill-climb, or walk or trolley to get there.
Hotel with a diverse history
To make it easier to decide where you want to stay in Eureka Springs, I am listing some of the hotels I have visited and taken pictures.
More information can be obtained from the respective websites.
Unique Quality: Beautiful venue for weddings
Rooftop to catch sunset
Eureka Springs Historic Hotel
I did not stay at the hotel, but did visit the hotel during my trip to Eureka. This beautiful old hotel has been around for over 100 years. It is maintained very well and has beautiful gardens outside. The hotel has a very nice restaurant, the Crystal dining room.
Unique Quality: The Eureka Springs ghost tour is given at this hotel. I took the tour. It's not scary or creepy. It does give alot of history on the hotel and you do hear some ghost stories and are shown around the hotel.
You can check out some of the hotel's ghost stories on their website. Click on hotel on right side of home page. Also see my tip on the ghost tour in my things to do section on Eureka.
A blast from the past
This is a beautiful hotel, that will make you feel like you have gone back in time. I recomend though that you pick rooms that are at the end of the hall, or building. Some of the rooms are large and wonderful, and others are small. I think this is because it is as it was in the 1800's, but has been romodeled. Request a big and more spacious room, and they will give you one if available. Reserve your room in advance to guarantee a big room.
Unique Quality: Well, the beds are extrememly comfortable, as well as the comforters. Unless they have changed. They have carage rides lead by horses that will take you for a ride down into town.
The Crescent is located at the top of the town, overlooking the hills surrounding Eureka Springs.
Directions: At the top of old town Eureka Springs
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Eureka Springs for Couples & Honeymooners: DOs and DON'Ts
Overview: ES is a great place for couples! It is quaint w/plenty of things to do.
DO: Get a massage (or more than one) at the Crescent. Enjoy nature. If you know how to canoe, do that. If you don't - DON'T. We did not know how & were sent down the river w/o a guide & tipped 3 times. Do spend at least 4 days here to enjoy everything. Go shopping. Go to a music show, horseback riding, or fishing. If you somehow get bored, go to Branson - only an hour or so away.
DON'T: Stay at a B&B that is too far out of town unless you know you are in advance. What I mean is, if the B&B says they are 10 miles out of town, that means about 25 minutes. The roads are very windy & deer are abundant. Don't expect anything fancy. This town is more eclectic. Like my husband said - he felt like he was in a different country & loved it. Don't stay at a B&B unless you are planning to relax there. Stay at a hotel w/breakfast - cheaper & better service (normally).
ADVICE: Stay in town. My advice is to stay at the Crescent. Read up on it first, but it seemed to be a great central location. The Land-O-Nod seemed nice too. Find places to eat in advance & FIND them (literally drive there) before you go. It is easy to get lost.
A perfect time would be:
Day 1:Get there around 3:00 & check in. Plan for dinner at the hotel that night & have massages at 9:00 before bed.
Day 2:Shopping in downtown ES (take the trolley). Plan to eat lunch downtown & stop to listen to the outdoor music. Plan a nice dinner that night in advance.
Day 3: Visit the Passion Play's Tours -or- Go Horseback riding/canoeing. (Perfect night for another massage treatment if you go horseback)
Day 4: Visit the zoo, the chapel, take a tour, etc. Tour the other parts of town & shopping there. Plan a trip that night to either a music show or the Passion Play.
Day 5: Before you head home, stop by War Eagle mills or head to another tour that you did not see before.
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This place needs some mending
We stayed in the penthouse suite and it was atrocious. The room smelled bad and the windows were not only dingy, the frame of one window was severely rotted. Thus, I couldn't do more than take a passing glance out of the window unless my spouse had a firm grasp of my ankles. The carpet was filthy in that bachelor party-got-out-of-hand type of filthy.
The dining room had a nice ambience but the food was only so-so. At dinner, I was served a side dish which was supposedly made of potatoes but my imagination could not make the quantum leap necessary to envision a spud in the parentage of whatever this was composed of. Ground, corrugated cardboard came to mind, but not potatoes. Also, the wait staff could use a tutorial regarding port wine.
If deep hues of red are your thing, then you'll love the common areas of this hotel. Either the owners of this hotel hired the Simpsons to create some of the decor (especially the hallways on the upper floors) or they were having LSD flashbacks. The Coen brothers could've filmed the hotel scenes for "Barton Fink" here. Clearly, attempts to create a Victorian aesthetic missed the mark.
What's aggravating is the fact that if management did their job this would be an okay place to stay. They don't need to gut the place, just take care of the basics. You know, window cleaner, carpet shampoo...the basics.
In fairness, the staff here is very nice. It's not their fault that the owners seem to be milking this joint for all it's worth. And it won't be worth much if they don't address some TLC issues.
This place could be one of the great, small hotels in America. There is the potential for it to be on a par, say, with the St. James Hotel in Red Wing, Minnesota. Sadly, however, the current ownership's vision for this hotel has developed cataracts.
Alot of fun
We stayed at the Crecent Hotel and had a Great time. Or room was really nice with a big comfortable bed. When we first arrived we had some trouble with the first hotel in the town that we were planning on staying at so we went to The Crescent , Becky at the front desk was very kind and very helpfull. She put us in a very nice suite on the 4th floor and we were very pleased. Thanks to Becky we had a wonderful time. The rest of the staff were also very nice and the hotel was alot of fun.
My all time favorite!
I love the Crescent. I got married there and have stayed many times since. Splurge for a parlor room with a balcony, it is soooo worth it. Yes, there are some problems with this hotel, but you must remember, it is more than 120 years old. The rooms I have stayed in have always been clean and comfortable.
The atmosphere is amazing, the view is awesome, and you truly feel like you are in another time and place.
This is my all time favorite hotel, and I will never stay anywhere else in ES.
Also, the haunted aspect of the hotel is fun, and I have had a few mysterious things happen there.
Give it shot, have an open mind, and you will have a unique experience.
Stay at your own risk
If you are interested in history and/or doing a little ghost hunting, this is the place to stay. If you are looking for a clean, comfortable stay, stay somewhere else. We recommend all visitors to Eureka visit this hotel, ESPECIALLY the new moon spa, but visit as a non-paying guest only. As far as the ghost tour, we did have a few creepy experiences, enough to leave you wondering, but nothing definitive. It was too expensive and the guide didn't talk loud enough or show us enough of the hotel. We really saw very little of the hotel itself. The drinks at Dr. Baker's Lounge are TERRIBLE, but out on the 4th floor veranda the view is breathtaking! This hotel could really be something special if the right people were to take over. So much history, and such a beautiful building overall, just dirty and not well maintained. And the staff wears hospital scrubs for uniforms, and that just seemed a little out of place and strange. Maybe they are playing off of the fact that the hotel used to be a hospital, who knows. But they looked very out of place in their bright purple scrubs! There are so many beautiful, clean, luxurious places to stay in Eureka...we suggest you stay at one of those places and not spend your time and money at this hotel.
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1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa Eureka Springs
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Address: 75 Prospect Ave., Eureka Springs, Arkansas, 72632, United States