Little Rock, Arkansas, serves up a number of motels that provide convenient access to downtown and are close to the Little Rock National Airport. These motels are geared more toward budget-conscious travelers who also want the dependability of national brand-name chains. Amenities are usually simple, but proximity to local highways and points of interest make these properties a solid, practical choice for out-of-towners looking to save a few bucks.
Holiday Inn Express
The 190-room Holiday Inn Express is close to area attractions like the Old Statehouse, IMAX Aerospace Education Center and Clinton Presidential Library. A complimentary shuttle runs between the hotel and the airport, and guest services include daily housekeeping and same-day dry cleaning. For recreation, guests can enjoy both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, video game arcade and fitness center with treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes. Corporate travelers can make use of a staffed business center with computer, printer and wireless connection. Nearby restaurants including the Waffle House and Boston’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, both within walking distance. Spacious guest rooms feature plush triple-sheeted beds, 32-inch cable televisions, personal voice mail and double-glazed windows for extra quiet. Connecting rooms and baby cribs are available upon request.
The Super 8 sits adjacent to a local movie theater and offers easy access to the ALLTEL Arena, McCain Mall and Burns Park, as well as North Little Rock's Historic Old Mill. Amenities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool with sun deck, 24-hour front desk and high-speed wireless Internet throughout the property. Guests can enjoy a free continental breakfast each morning, featuring both hot and cold items, and there's also a Cracker Barrel nearby. Guest rooms offer scenic views of the surrounding mountains and feature satellite TV with HBO, clock radio, microwave and mini-fridge. Both smoking and non-smoking rooms are available. In addition, guests can earn Wyndham Rewards Points by staying here, redeemable for free night stays, gift cards and airline miles.
The pet-friendly Travelodge, also a Wyndham property, is convenient to local attractions like the State House, Little Rock Zoo and Expo and Convention Center. The motel is a mile from the airport, with easy access right off the I-440, although no shuttle service is offered. Guests can make use of free outdoor car, truck and bus parking, safety deposit boxes at reception, a complimentary light breakfast each morning and free "USA Today" newspapers in the lobby. A family-style restaurant is next door. Cozy guest rooms have 27-inch cable TVs with premium movie channels, free local calling and free Wi-Fi access, while handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request. Discounts are given to government or military travelers, AAA members, seniors and AARP cardholders.
Days Inn & Suites
The Days Inn & Suites is easy to spot from the road because of its giant sign emblazoned with a bright yellow sun. Guests are within 6 miles of various points of interest, including the State Capitol, State Fairgrounds, River Market and AR REP Playhouse. The property features a spacious lobby with hardwood floors, breakfast bar and unstaffed business center. Guests can make use of a laundry facility, airport shuttle, pear-shaped outdoor pool surrounded by deck chairs, and a spacious meeting room. In addition, a 24-hour Waffle House is next door and the Cajun Wharf eatery is a short drive away. Most rooms are cozy but basic, offering standard amenities like high-speed Internet and private baths with hair dryers, but ironing boards and rooms with kitchenettes can be requested. Animal lovers are in luck, too: Pets are welcome for a small fee.
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