Lodging in Eureka Springs

by Nicole Harms
Scenic mountain streams await those who book accommodations in Eureka Springs.

Scenic mountain streams await those who book accommodations in Eureka Springs.

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas, sits nestled in the Ozark Mountains, providing a tranquil setting for a vacation spent fishing in a mountain lake, hiking through woodland trails or exploring the historic mountain town. Many travel to the mountain community to experience the Great Passion Play, an outdoor theater event depicting the last days of Christ. While visiting Eureka Springs, consider one of its historic hotels, a mountain cabin style hotel or something a little more traditional.

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Historic Lodging

The Palace Hotel and Bath House sits within a building listed on the National Historic Register. The hotel originally opened its doors as a hotel in 1901, and still retains its basic structure and layout, even through extensive restorations to add touches like private bathrooms. The hotel’s suites feature old-world style furnishings, including some antiques, mixed with modern touches like flat-screen TVs and whirlpool tubs. The adjacent Palace Bath House Spa indulges guests in steam treatments, massages and facials during their stay. The Crescent Hotel and Spa is a member of the Historic Hotels of America and originally opened in 1886. The Crescent’s rooms and suites also boast period décor and furnishings with Victorian accents. Suite options include rooms with parlors, whirlpool tubs, a penthouse suite and a governor’s suite. The Crescent Hotel houses the New Moon Day Spa and Salon to pamper guests with traditional spa services.

Chain Hotels

Guests visiting Eureka Springs and looking for a traditional hotel experience may wish to stay in one of its chain hotels, such as the Travelodge, Days Inn or Best Western Inn of the Ozarks. Travelodge provides a traditional hotel setting with an outdoor pool deck and complimentary continental breakfast. Rooms have outdoor entries, but the wooded setting helps cut down on noise from outside of the hotel. The pet-friendly Days Inn Eureka Springs has a heated outdoor pool and picnic area with grill. Days Inn serves a continental breakfast each morning. The Best Western Inn of the Ozarks offers pet friendly accommodations near the downtown region. Guests sleep on pillow-topped mattresses and participate in on-site activities like a miniature golf course, video arcade and nightly poolside movies at the outdoor pool.

Cabin Style Resorts

Eureka Spring’s location in the Ozark Mountains lends itself to a cabin resort experience. At the Cinnamon Valley Resort, you can stay in a private cabin on the shores of a spring fed lake surrounded by untouched woodland. Each of the seven cabins has furnished kitchens, cable televisions and barbecue pits. The Lookout Lodge captures the feeling of a mountain cabin in a lodge-style hotel with 16 guestrooms decorated with pine log siding, quilts and throw rugs. Options at the Lookout Lodge include whirlpool suites or traditional rooms with a king or two double beds, with a few rooms designated as pet friendly. All beds are handmade by local craftsmen.

Pet-Friendly Hotels

Pets are welcome at Eureka Springs' Basin Park Magnuson Grand hotel and the Rodeway Inn Swiss Holiday Resort. The Basin Park Magnuson Grand Hotel offers modern accommodations in a historic building located along Lake Harrison. The hotel’s 42 guestrooms include spa and specialty suites, two-room whirlpool suites and traditional king or double rooms. A per-stay pet fee applies. The Rodeway Inn Swiss Holiday Resort is a family-owned hotel that welcomes two small pets up to 15 pounds in each guestroom for an additional fee. An outdoor swimming pool with outdoor hot tub provide guests with a place to relax after a day seeing the sights. Children age 12 and younger stay free with their parents at Rodeway Inn.

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