What We Love
- Drinks at Capital Bar & Grill, where the Arkansas elite gab over smart cocktails
- Highly attentive concierge willing to indulge the most extraordinary demands
- The hotel’s free car service will take you around town in style
- Gut-busting dinner at One Eleven At The Capital, the hotel’s upscale restaurant serving stellar Southern fare
- Elegant but warm atmosphere, from the cozy second-floor lounge to the airy atrium
What To Know
- Top-to-bottom hotel renovation in 2007
- No on-site fitness center, but guests have access to a gym across the street
- No spa, but in-room services can be arranged
- Plan to eat at the hotel — it’s the city’s premier food destination
- Little Rock is, for the most part, a driving town; rent a car or have the bellhop hail a taxi
Staying at the Capital Hotel might as well be a night at the museum. Little Rock’s history is etched into every detail, from the stained-glass atrium ceiling depicting the State Capitol to an elevator built large enough to lift President Grant’s horse, Cincinnati. A colonnade of faux-marble pillars and burgundy awnings frames an elegant cast-iron facade. The luxurious lobby is tricked out in marble columns, gilt details, stained glass windows (notably of the State Capitol on the ceiling) and plush sofas.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms feature law-foot tables, carved wood, gilt mirrors, plush beige carpeting and partial views of the Arkansas River. The four-poster bed is dressed in Frette linens and the cavernous bathrooms are stocked with Molton Brown accessories. The rooms project refined elegance with the comforts of Southern luxury. These classy touches include a personalized letter from the concierge and a stack of Arkansas-theme novels in every guestroom.
If you’re not charmed by the hotel’s exceptional service and plush rooms, then head down to one of two on-site restaurants: upscale One Eleven At The Capital and rustic/regional Capital Bar & Grill. At CBG cocktails dominate. Order up a Rhubarb & Rye and a plate of smoked foie gras for starters. While away a few hours before heading over to One Eleven At The Capital for a more lengthy (and button-busting) meal of rice-fried catfish, shrimp grits and pecan pie. A behind-the-scenes tour of the kitchen revealed a mammoth Molteni stove, home-made chicken stock, a curing locker, an in-house butcher and an enormous wine cellar.
In the Area
Unwind in the thermal waters at one of Hot Spring National Park’s historic bathhouses. We recommend Fordyce Bathhouse. For a quick, easy, yet rewarding amble, head to Pinnacle Mountain, only a short drive from downtown. The views of the Arkansas River and Little Rock are stunning. Arkansas is Bill Clinton, whose name is writ large on the airport, main streets and multiple public schools of Little Rock. Learn more about the man and his administration at the Clinton Library & Museum. Take a civil rights tour, starting with the Central High School National Historic Site, where desegregation began, followed by an awe-inspiring visit to St. Mark’s Baptist Church to listen to its spirit-elevating gospel choir. Rent a bike and grab a free trail map at Bobby’s Bike & Hike at Little Rock’s River Market. We recommend a jaunt to Two Rivers Park and through the architecturally interesting Hillcrest and Heights neighborhoods.
How to Get There
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Little Rock, not leat because of our stay at this splendid hotel, and despite some mixed weather (ranging from monsoon to not very good). Our room was first class, and the staff were extraordinarily friendly and helpful, not least in suggesting an eating place on Sunday night. Our meal in the bar on Saturday was good, and is the only place outside the UK where I have found knowledge of a Rusty Nail!
We hosted a December rehearsal dinner at the Capital Hotel for 68 people. We live out of state so most of the planning for the event happened via email and phone. Ellen (event organizer) was great and helped us have everything we wanted. The party was so much fun. The cocktail hour in the common area outside the banquet room was so nice and set a festive mood for dinner. The banquet room was beautifully decorated, the food was terrific, the staff was extremely competent and smiling and our guests had a good time.
We stayed at the Capital Hotel along with 2 children, 3 grandchildren and three other family members for three nights. We had 6 rooms. Also our son and his bride spent their wedding night there. Everyone had a good experience with their rooms which were in different places in the hotel. All of the rooms, although different, were perfectly maintained. We felt coddled. The staff goes out of their way to be helpful. The hotel was beautifully decorated for Christmas. Many people were having pictures made in front of the two story Christmas tree in the lobby. The hotel is a little pricey but worth it for the experience.
We came on business from New York and were pleasantly surprised at how
lovely and sophisticated this hotel was. The bedroom with two queen sized bed was spacious and comfortable. The service was over the top including a phone call to us before we got there to see what we might need. And the food at One Eleven was
wonderful and the restaurant itself quite elegant. Definite recommend this place.
I hope I have to go back to Little Rock just to stay at the hotel.
This hotel has a wonderful charm - I stayed for 3 nights and can’t fault it. The staff were great ...so polite and welcoming. The room was big with high ceiling and a great bath. Plus the bed was so comfortable !
The breakfast was also great and there was tea station in the morning which was a nice touch.
Recommended - 5 stars for sure.
We spent New Year's at the Capitol Hotel. We absolutely loved it. This is your classic old style hotel with full service. It was beautifully decorated for the holidays. Our room was large and well apportioned with lovely decor; we were moved to the Presidential Suite (at no additional cost) when we learned our room was right above the ballroom where and parties are held. Service was excellent. Meals at both the Grill and One Eleven were great; we had a lovely celebratory New Year's Eve meal at One Eleven. There is no in-house gym, but the hotel has an arrangement with the gym across the street (which had limited hours because of the holiday.) We can't say enough about this hotel. We'll be going back to Little Rock because the Clinton Presidential Center was closed due to the government shutdown and this is where we will stay.