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
The Capital Hotel is a testament to how Little Rock is much more than a provincial city... on the contrary it is quite sophisticated in fact.
Visitors should find this oasis of class a welcome matt to this city and all it has to offer.
I have been staying at the Capital hotel almost every summer for the past 20 years during a world championship martial arts tournament. The Capital is like a quiet oasis of luxury to escape the busy, noisy convention center across the street. I love the vaulted ceilings in the rooms and large bathtubs in the jr. suites. The beds are super comfortable and a stay at the Capital is like stepping back in time without giving up the most up to date amenities. But the best part is the staff. Everyone is super friendly, polite, and ready to please. Especially Mr. Billy Glascock, one of the assistant managers, who has been taking care of us like family for the past 2 decades. If you are staying in downtown Little Rock, do yourself a favor and book at the Capital it will be worth it.
My husband had a medical emergency soon after 4th of July check-in; the staff went into an amazing support mode over four days of a hospital stay. From the concierge staff ( thank you Lindsey) to the front desk ( who extended our stay and kept us in same room) to the Driving staff ( thank you Billy) with transportation to and from the hospital. Their concern and support made a horrible time better knowing we had local support 1,200 miles away from our home. In addition to the personal support of their clients, the hotel is in excellent condition with spacious rooms and suites. The food and wine in hotel is very good too. Would highly recommend the Capital Hotel in Little Rock.
This hotel has always been a favorite of mine however I had not been there in many many years. We were flying out of Little Rock and stayed the night before. We had so much fun we stayed again when we flew back in from Baha Mar. It is so historic and quiet. The service is wonderful. The restaurants they recommended were wonderful! Car service was nice, especially for hot Summer nights. The bar is beautiful with super nice staff. This is the best hotel in Arkansas. We will be returning again soon!!
Impeccable service, updated spacious rooms, great common area and meeting spaces, and a couple of good restaurants make the Capital Hotel rate right up there with the best we've stayed at worldwide. Better, for example, than the Pierre in NYC, or the Fairmont in San Fran.