This is a fairly neat, clean and modern hotel. It had the typical "Superstart" breakfast and a few extras in the room. Service was unremarkable. The downside was their Wifi never worked. I stayed here en route to Pea Ridge National Military Park.
There is a nice Denny's Diner next door.
We arrived here around 7PM to see the sun setting. It was beautiful. All of the old cars added to the ambiance of the Wig Wams. I could imagine being here in another time when visitors were plentiful and this was a top notch establishment.
There was no internet access but that did not bother me. There were no fancy amenities but then again that is not why we stayed here. If you come to this motel expecting a step back in time and not something modern then you will be pleased. Very clean on the inside and much roomier than we were expecting. Loved the benches outside. Would definitely stay here again and in fact we are planning a weekend trip soon to the Wig Wam motel in Kentucky :)
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Today we drove from Cave City Kentucky along I-65 south. At Nashville we got onto the I-40 west, went through Memphis, Tennessee and then on to Little Rock Arkansas, where we stayed for the night. Checking my Room Saver Coupon Book, we decided on AMERICA'S BEST VALUE INN with a coupon price of $33.95. The Motel was just OK and did not offer any continental breakfast. The room could have been a little cleaner, but hey, it was just a place to sleep.
Room Saver Motel Coupon Books are available at State Welcome Centers and rest areas and rooms are based on availability.
A nice place to stay and get away from the summer heat is the Queen Wilhelmina State Park Campground. The views are great and it is much cooler than down in the vallies. There is a great lodge and restaurant nearby too. I did not camp here just enjoyed the park.
Mini-Golf, Train Rides, Hiking Trails
This was a very new and nice Motel 6. They had more ammenities than most Motel 6s, like a small refrigerator and microwave, and a nice pool. Everything was new and clean and worked fine. There appeared to be a public housing area next door and a few of the people from it used the pool but they didn't bother anybody.
The first two places I stopped in Pine Bluff had no vacancies and rude desk clerks. Then I spotted the Horizon Inn & Suites. I went in and asked about a room. They had vacancies and the desk clerk was polite (although I suspect she was an illegal immigrant from Mexico). The room was fairly basic but clean enough and everything worked. It was also less expensive than the other rooms would have been. It is worth a try.
This campground, tucked away off County Rd 61 about 15 miles outside Mena, is definitely designed for the ATV'er in mind. It offers sites for tents and RV's and has one-room A-frame cabins with electricity but no bathrooms (you use the common ones). There are also a few more upscale cabins with bathrooms and an additional loft for another bed. The campsites are, for the most part, stony and bumpy, but each has a water pump and an electric outlet which makes the camping trip that much more practical. Given the summer heat and humidity, it was nice to be able to have a fan in the tent!
There is a small store there that supplies some of the basics you might need while camping, including ice which is available on a honor system---you get what you need and pay when the store is open. We were also able to get goggles and gloves there for the trails. The group campsite rate for us was $15/night/tent. Single campsites went for $2 more.
There are no great views from here but, after noise curfew at 10pm, the place is very peaceful and all there is to keep you awake is the persistent song of the mockingbirds. Trail access starts from the campground so you don't have to haul your ATV"s by trailer from there---a great convenience. Because of the State Forest surroundings, you get many beautiful views and scenery on the trails. A small river runs on the periphery of the camp and the kids loved splashing and floating in it. I have to say, too, that the bathrooms, although not fancy, were clean and well-kept. There was one bathroom we called the "deluxe" because it was the only public bathroom which had toilet, sink and shower in one private setting with plenty of elbow room.
Absolutely wonderful. Sure, the place has been around since the 1920's, and is very well known. This place is probably THE best place to stay in Hot Springs. It has 11 floors (Floor 11 is restricted for "special" guests...we figured out the code to access it from the elevator, but found the 11th floor really wasn't that great). Thre is a spa, where you get pampered with a hot whirlpool bath, sauna, nice shower, and a massage. The staff is VERY friendly, and truly want your stay to be great. The hotel is FULL of history, and they have pictures and artifacts outlining the Arlington's past. The lobby is a real happening place. I am not kidding. If you love being social, this is where you want to be. Dancing and drinking at the bar until whenever. Live bands perform, and many folks from all walks of life stay here.
Now that I've mentioned the pros, here are the cons:
The building really needs some work. Seriously. Moulding on the hallway walls pulling away revealing wiring, the walls are paper-thin, so you can hear "extra-curricular activities" going on next door (We never heard any thank goodness), and our view out the window was the black-top roof complete with soda bottles, old D-cell batteries, and pieces of stucco plaster scattered all about. If it weren't for the nice flowery walkway nestled against the mountainside, I would have complained more.
All in all, if you wish to take a visit to Hot Springs, the Arlington is DEFINATELY where you will want to stay. TRUST ME. The entire town is right smack in the middle of a makeover, and the other only really nice motel in town, the Majestic, is closed down COMPLETELY for renovations.
This place has been around since 1985. It was super popular initially - but somehow lost it's way.
But, it's making a come back now - the new owners are starting to spruce things up! The rooms have been updated, there are now fridges and micros in every room. They are surveying customer wants to evolve where they go from here.
You can't beat this little find. It's not the Ritz - but it's one of those rare finds that you just can't believe you stumbled on to!
There have grilles available so you can bring your own food and not leave that gorgeous view.
WOW - cross beaver dam and come around the bend and behold the awesome view of Beaver Lake!
If you like scuba - there's a fully equiped shop across the road also.
Across the street is the fire department where the ladies auxiliary ladies hold an aerobics class on MWF. And I can tell you - they whipped my butt!
When I say road - it's all out in the natural settings - plenty of campgrounds.
Couple Northwest Arkansas nature with the adventure of hiking to find their swimming holes and you have an awsome trip!
This was a motel that healed a very large wound for me. In 2000, I stayed at a Super-8 Motel in Palmdale, California. It was so bad, I vowed to never stay at a Super-8 again. (Read about my unfortunate stay at the Palmdale Super-8 on my California page for more).
However, on this trip to Searcy, Arkansas, I swallowed my pride and decided to take a chance. It paid off. The motel was relatively new, the rooms were sparkling clean, and the service was wonderful. If you ever pass through here, I would personally recommend a stay. This stay renewed my faith in the Super-8.
We stayed in a Victorian brownstone in Hot Springs called 1890 Williams House. It is quite rare to see such a building in Hot Springs. The doctor who built it had the stone hauled in. The present-day owners, Mary and Gary Riley, have refurbished it in an excellent manner.
Most impressive on the exterior of the main house, I thought, was the turret and tower with notched battlements. Inside, I loved the black marble fireplace and the antique piano. Of course, I loved all the antique furnishings and the great bathrooms in the rooms.
All rooms have private bathrooms/5 with Whirlpool Tubs for two!. The showers are the step-in stall type.
There are six guest rooms filled with lovely antiques, and they range from $98.00 up to $189 per night
The "Front Chamber" for $99.00 is large with sitting are in the turret. It has an antique high back bed, dressing table and chest. The bathroom has a marble shower and sink. The room has all the amenities plus a large closet.
The room we stayed in was called "Carriage Chamber" for $129.00 per day. It was a very large room with a queen Italian antique bed and dresser, a gas-log fireplace, large closet, and, best of all, an extra large bathroom with stained glass windows and enclosed column and mirror whirlpool tub for two plus a large tiled shower!". It, too, has all the amenities. I thought it was fabulous.
The rooms are freshened each morning for longer stays; the towels are really plush; there are large closets; each room has a refrigerator, coffee pot, CD Stereo Player, Hair Dryer, Iron/Ironing Board, Air-conditioning and ceiling fans; and last, but not least, great robes are provided!
The rates include a full breakfast served at your choice of 8 AM, 8:30 AM, or 9:00 AM. And speaking of breakfast; these are really special. I loved the pecan waffles! They offer specials each day along with the usual bacon, eggs, etc.
They also have a Carriage House with two guest rooms, both quite spacious with large bathrooms with whirlpool tubs for two.
The location is only 5 blocks from the Historic Downtown shopping area and world famous Bathhouse Row.
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Elmwood House was established in 1886 by T. Elmwood Clark who built this three-story lodging structure so solid that it has survived numerous city fires. It's located a few minutes from the heart of historic downtown Eureka Springs. They tell the truth when they say the shopping district is just outside the front door as is the trolly stop.
The red brick exterior was recently refurbished to enhance its original beauty...this brick was formed by local clay. Still intact are the ornate railings, the brass hinge plates, the locks and the doorbell.
Continental breakfasts are provided as are complimentary refreshments.
This Bed and breakfast has three spacious guest suites with queen size beds, private baths, double Jacuzzis with shower, antique furnishings, air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable TV, individual refrigerators, and security safes.
The owners have added their own special touches such as wallpaper borders and Gossamer drapes to allow a gentle breeze to enter the rooms.
Elmwood House was the winner of the 1997 Eureka Springs Preservation Society Restoration Award.
We enjoyed our stay here, but I would not rave about it.
In their brochure, the Simantels use a "heart" theme, starting with "Lose your heart in the Ozarks." Their logo on their web and in their brochure uses a heart as its logo. In the front garden, they have placed a heart-shaped stone that they found on the property. Oh, yes, and on the doors are heart-shaped welcome signs. The Innkeepers, Iris and Bill Simantels, moved from Chicago to run this Edwardian pink house with its white picket fence. Being a gardener, I was impressed by all the lovely roses and geraniums as well as the gazebo.
Because Iris is originally from England, she has several items from there that are unique and beautiful. Most of the rooms and their themes were inspired by England and English gardens.
There are only eleven rooms and one Jacuzzi suite. However, they also rent two cottages. Rates, I feel, are modest, ranging from $89.00-$140.00; yet, they also have package deals that make these prices cheaper. These prices include an elaborate breakfast.
We stayed in Rose Arbor Room on the second floor. It was decorated with roses and lace. It opened onto the rear veranda; the view was the tree tops, but it was quite private. It had a Queen-size, antique four poster bed with a private bathroom with a tub-shower combination.
Most rooms are furnished with elegant antiques; however, two rooms are done in country style.
The most outstanding positive about Heartstone Inn and Cottages is the the Innkeepers, Bill and Iris. They are down-to-earth, funny, and determined to please.
Stayed in a few of the usual roadside places, but actually ended up spending almost half my time (on most recent visit) staying in people's homes.
The old-fasioned friendliness of the locals is hard to believe for someone who has become desensitised by too much city living, but it really is there.
Not much of an accomodation tip, I know. But it was so unexpected and rewarding that I just had to mention it!!
The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs has been around since 1886. I didn't actually stay there, but I did go inside for a look. It's a pretty fancy place...inside there's the New Moon Spa and the Crystal Dining Room...outside there's a nice garden, scenic overlooks, and a trolleys and horse-drawn carriages stop. It's a good-lookin' place, but what interested me in the Crescent were ghosts...the place is reportedly haunted...they even conduct ghost tours in the hotel...but $15 for a ghost tour seems a bit much...especially when the ghosts never show up. Anyways, forget the ghost nonsense and visit the hotel for its architecture, interior decor, and views of Eureka Springs.
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