Pet-Friendly Hotels in the Hot Springs Area

by Cicely A. Richard

Hot Springs, Arkansas, is called “America’s First Resort” because visitors have come to the city since the 1800s for its natural hot springs. The city offers pet-friendly lodging for visitors traveling with four-legged family members, including accommodations near Hot Springs National Park and Bathhouse Row. Each hotel has different requirements for pets allowed, and guests must inform properties in advance. Dog owners can walk their pets in the national park and Garvan Woodlands Gardens.

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Extended Stay Hotels

Candlewood Suites Hot Springs is two miles from historic downtown in the Diamond Lakes Region. This extended-stay property allows pets up to 80 lbs. for a non-refundable fee. It has an on-site convenience store, grocery shopping service, car rental service, 24-hour fitness center and weekly housekeeping. All suites have kitchen with cooking and dining utensils, living rooms and Internet access. Staybridge Suites Hot Springs is three miles from downtown and Hot Springs National Park. It accepts pets weighing less than 80 lbs. for a non-refundable fee. Pet owners must bring up-to-date vaccination records. The hotel offers grocery shopping services. Suites have full kitchens and televisions with DVD players.

Lake Area

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites is a mile from Lakes Hamilton and Ouachita and six miles from Hot Springs National Park. It accepts two 20-lb. pets per room for a nightly fee. The lakes offer marinas that have boat rentals and charters. The hotel has standard amenities like a seasonal outdoor pool, copy/fax machines and bus/truck parking. Guest rooms have satellite television, refrigerators and refrigerators. Clarion Resort on the Lake features views of the Ouachita Mountains and Lake Hamilton. The hotel provides a lakeside pool, volleyball courts, a playground, and boat ramp and dock. It accepts pets up to 40 lbs. for a nightly fee. Pets are only allowed in non-lakeview rooms. Select rooms have refrigerators and microwaves.

Budget Hotels

Knights Inn Hot Springs is walking distance from Magic Springs & Crystal Falls amusement park. Guests are three miles from the childhood home of President Bill Clinton. It accepts two small pets for a nightly fee. Knights Inn provides tickets to Magic Springs and a 24-hour front desk. Select rooms have heart-shaped hot tubs. Best Western Winners Circle Inn is across from Oaklawn Park Horse Racing and Gaming and only two miles from Hot Springs National Park. It accepts up to two 25-lb. dogs per room for a non-refundable fee. Hotel amenities include 24-hour front desk, an outdoor pool and mail delivery. Select rooms have sofa beds, adjoining rooms and refrigerators.

Hot Springs National Park

Embassy Suites Hot Springs Hotel & Spa is in Hot Springs National Park and connects to the Summit Arena and Hot Springs Convention Center by a covered walkway. It accepts 75-lb. dogs for a non-refundable fee. The hotel has an on-site convenience store, gift shop and dog beds. All suites offer two televisions with video games, two telephones and mini refrigerators. Park Hotel Hot Springs is a Historic Registered National Landmark at the entrance of the national park. Park Hotel accepts two pets per room for a one-time fee. The 1929 structure boasts Spanish Revival architecture and features Civil War memorabilia and books in the lobby. Angels in the Park serves Italian cuisine on the hotel veranda overlooking the Grand Promenade. It also offers bike rentals. Select rooms have whirlpool tubs and sitting areas.

About the Author

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .