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
Love this hotel. The rooms are super spacious and the bathrooms are large, lots of room to spread out. The staff is super friendly and very accommodating. Their complimentary car service is so nice and convenient.
It had been several years since last stay and the hotel is well maintained. Welcome was wonderful but service spotty at times. Called to ask for ice and was told where ice machine was on the floor. Probably
Miscommunication. The capital bar is incredible. One eleven was great but server hardly spoke English and the language barrier prevented him from being very helpful. I highly recommend when visiting Little Rock
We came to a Little Rock for the Keith Urban concert. We had never been to Arkansas. They made sure we were so taken care of. The drivers were so awesome. They drove us and picked us up. We stayed in the best suite ever. The best in the hotel. I would recommend this one. The booking agent even was great. Such a great stay. Room service was good too. Pick this hotel above all else!!!
Besides being beautiful and timeless— The Capital Hotel has remarkable staff at the front desk, restaurants and bars.
My husband, friends and I stayed at the hotel last weekend. We all loved to talk about our favorite things at the hotel. Pimento and cheese appetizer in the grill was a treat! Large rooms and baths; perfect mattresses and linens; the wonderful concierge who sent me great restaurant recommendations when I emailed her, etc.
I expected a nice luxury hotel but Capital Hotel was perfection. Still want to know the real story of the huge elevator!
Booked this hotel for a short getaway with my wife.
Here's something I have never encountered before. (thanks to teh valet alerting staff inside) when we entered the lobby a hotel employee greeted my wife and I and personally escorted us to our room. (no waiting in line at a front desk....no endless typing on a keyboard to retrieve your reservation) In the room the hotel employee confirmed CC # and I signed in. Done.
In contrast I stayed in a Ritz back in June and their check in service was slow and cumbersome
The other thing that I think the hotel does right, wifi was easy to connect to and didn't force a guest to re-login every day.
I would happily stay here again if my travels ever take me back to Little Rock.