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
This was a beautiful hotel, located in the heart of downtown. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. We were surprised to not have a coffee maker in the room, nor was there an option for a refrigerator or microwave. All 3 of these would have made a week stay more convenient. Upon checkout, we were surprised to learn there was a daily parking/valet fee. This was NEVER mentioned when booking, nor anywhere on our reservation information. We tipped the valet staff generously and perhaps would have opted for a lesser amount had we known there was a daily fee being charged too.
Often old hotels have a musty scent and the amenities feel dated/worn, not to mention a little creepy (particularly in places that have a dark history like Little Rock.) I tried this hotel because it's by far the nicest in the area, and can't stop thinking about how much I enjoyed my stay.
I felt at home from the moment I walked in. Every person working there delivered true 5 star service.
The lobby, balcony, and parlor are gorgeous. My room was small but beautifully appointed with high ceilings, so the effect was cozy rather than claustrophobic. The bed and pillows were very comfortable (I'm picky about both) and the courtyard side room was quiet.
Both restaurants on-site are fantastic (service, food quality, presentation, drinks, and above all...ambiance.)
There's not much to do in Little Rock but that worked out fine for me because I really didn't want to leave the hotel. It was just such a pleasant place to be in every way. My travels for work will bring me back this way again, and I'm already looking forward to this hotel.
We attended the Jimmy Buffet concert, the hotel had a shuttle service to Verizon Arena, we didn't have to drive, park, anything! The staff were all awesome and the room was super comfortable. I highly recommend this hotel. Perfectly located downtown, the River Market is right there, as are trolley stops.
There is simply not a better hotel in the heart of America. From the friendly staff to the amazing architecture, the Capital Hotel is in a league of it’s own. The location is a bonus, with the river walk and local attractions being literally across or down the street. For the money, there is none better.
This hotel is wonderful. Definitely a 5+star hotel. Their service was awesome. It was wonderful. The beds were very comfy. We had a room with a sitting area with a couch and chair, the room was huge and quiet.