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
Nothing bad to say here. Breakfast in bed was amazing. Service was top notch the entire stay. Dined at One Eleven. Mattresses sooooo comfortable I slept like a baby. I love the robes and added details they do for turn down service.
The Capital Hotel was awesome. From Valet to check-in to concierge, drivers, waiter- Everyone I came into contact with was extremely welcoming and efficient.
Beautiful facility with great attention to detail. For an older property it was extremely well maintained. Excellent location to much of Lilttle Rock too.
We loved our stay at the Capital Hotel.
Some of the most eclectic food and drink in the city. Great meeting place for those in the government sector. The drinks and appetizers in the bar makes one want to linger for hours. Rooms are well stocked with information about Little Rock. Local guides at the hotel really the best.
Major compliments to the staff and management team at the Capital Hotel. This place is terrific. From the moment we were greeted at our car and taken through the doors into the beautiful lobby and helped by the outstanding desk staff, through to the exemplary housekeeping crew, we had a wonderful time. Wish there was a gym and pool but other than that the place is extremely accommodating and a wonderful way to experience a visit to Little Rock. Loved our room, the pecans, the slippers and the service! Folks there were great. We will be back!
The hotel is great but the Staff is even better. We were met at the curb immediately, they took care of the luggage and the car. Check In was super efficient and they even showed us to our room explaining the of the history of the hotel on the way there. They gave us a great review of the hotel restaurants as well as ones in the area. The room was spotless and I could write another review about how great the housekeeping staff was. The bed was great. We have had the privilege to stay in some great hotels - and I would say the Capital ranks up there with the best we stayed in.
The hotel is a story unto itself, beautiful restoration, original mosaic tile form the 1800's was preserved as well as the revolving door to the Capital Bar and Grill that was made in the 1880;s in England. We eat several meals in the Bar and Grill and they were excellent