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.
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I just had such a jarring experience as I'm staying here that I had to write a review. The hospitality is poor, especially compared to how they present themselves. The staff doesn't really want to effort and I was met with resistance even when attempting to order room service during their normal hours because they had decided to "break down" early. They spend a lot of money decorating and putting forth a gilded appearance but they treat paying guests with a level of apathy that is unacceptable. Being a solo traveler I found this to be a very depressing experience, I was hoping for the opposite for what I paid.
The Capital Hotel is beautiful and the service is impeccable. The reception staff is eager to help out with advice, recommendations and directions in Little Rock. They have a driver who will take you wherever you need to go, pending availability. And there is so much to see and do right in the hotel -- the bars and restaurants have excellent food; the lobby is stunning to look at; and you can't miss a ride in the elevator that was big enough for President Grant's horse! We were there over Thanksgiving and had an amazing buffet lunch with all the trimmings. I wouldn't mind returning just for that.
Understaffed and over worked. Ruined our group Christmas dinner. Took an hour for or appetizers. Wait staff tried but just couldn’t keep up. Steaks were over cooked. Poor management. And what was going on with the kitchen? Who knows.
I recently spent last week at Capital Hotel. Such a beautiful hotel and a wonderful experience. Beautifully decorated and customer service is top notch. Would definitely spend more time there. Highly recommend!!
Great hotel. Great location. Two excellent restaurants inside --- if you want a meal or a glass of wine --- both are good choices. Rooms are very spacious, modern and beautiful. Great concierge services. Well-known hotel with great rooms and greater service. Ideal place to stay in Little Rock. I have stayed here multiple times. For me, it is the only choice in Little Rock.