Hotels & Resorts in Arkansas

by Cicely A. Richard

Arkansas is called “The Natural State” because it boasts the Ozark, Ouachita and Boston mountains, as well as numerous lakes and rivers. Hotel and resorts in Arkansas, even those in cities, provide guests with breathtaking views of natural landscapes. Several lodgings, such as Capital Hotel, stand as historic landmarks of the late 19th and early 20th century, and its guests are less than 15 miles from waterways and mountains.

Historic Hotels of America

Inn at Carnall Hall is on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville and was built in 1905 as a women’s dormitory. The colonial revival building features columns at its entrance and a refurbished front porch. Guests have access to the University of Arkansas Health, Physical Education and Recreation building, which offers racquetball courts, an indoor track, an Olympic-size pool, a climbing wall and a computer lab. Guest rooms have Internet access and flat-screen, high-definition televisions. Select rooms have whirlpool tubs. The Capital Hotel, nicknamed “the front port of Little Rock,” has been a landmark in downtown Little Rock since 1870. It was one of the first places in the country to have electricity and an elevator. The hotel contains a balcony overlooking the city, a stained-glass ceiling and antiques. A concierge helps guest arrange downtown tours and outdoor recreation. All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and blackout curtains.

Ozark Region

Edgewater Resort & Lodge is located in Mountain Home on the shores of Bull Shoals Lake, where guests find bass species, walleye, rainbow trout and catfish. The resort has a covered boat dock, a concrete launching ramp, an indoor swimming pool, a playground and a recreation room. It provides boat rentals for guests without vessels. The on-site country store has fishing licenses, bait and tackle, snacks and lake maps. All cottages have fully equipped kitchens, bed linens, picnic tables and grills. Twin Lakes Inn is a small hotel in Lakeview that offers rooms and cabin accommodations, with views of mountain bluffs. Hotel amenities include a pool, playground, picnic tables and boat parking. Rooms have refrigerators and wireless Internet. Its cabins offer full kitchens.

Eureka Springs

Pond Mountain Lodge & Resort sits on 150 acres of private land in Eureka Springs and features a fishing pond. The resort offers swimming, hiking and horseback riding. Steve’s Stables at Pond Mountain Lodge takes guests on a trail that crosses on top of Pond Mountain into wooded areas with local wildlife. Suites and cabins have fireplaces, hot tubs, kitchens and televisions with DVD players. Its A-frame cabins have lofts and outside decks. Best Western Inn of the Ozarks features the rolling landscape of the Ozark Mountains. On-site recreation includes an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, miniature golf, arcade games and nightly poolside movies. Myrtie Mae’s, the on-site family restaurant, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, including homemade desserts. Guests have standard amenities like cable television. Select suites have whirlpool tubs.

Reservations

The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism website provides an interactive lodging map to help guests find their hotel and resort. It also lists the state’s hotels and resorts, even letting visitors know if they are pet friendly. The website has tools for making hotel reservations.

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