My final road trip landed me in Little Rock, Arkansas. Like Hot Springs, Little Rock long held a spot on my “Must Visit” list. I had the opportunity to stay at the Capital Hotel*, which was, without exaggeration, the nicest and most elegant hotel I’ve ever stayed at. Renovated in the 1970s, the Capital Hotel has since made its name as the place to stay in Little Rock.
I arrived at the Capital Hotel after midnight after a full day of driving. I was warmly welcomed by the staff as I stepped into the most elegant hotel lobby I had ever seen. The thing the Capital Hotel gets right is that it’s historic without being opulent or overdone. Though I arrived in my 12 year old car that is increasingly being held together by duct tape (a story for another day), I didn’t feel out of place.
When I opened the door to my room, my jaw literally dropped. I saw floor-to-ceiling windows, beautiful carpet, stunning furniture. Nothing about this place seemed cookie cutter. Quite the opposite, it seemed as if the room was put together with a careful touches. There was spiced pecans, mineral water and toffee. TOFFEE!
Let’s talk about the room rates at the Capital Hotel. I usually mention price in passing, but for me the most surprising part of my stay was the affordable cost of this historic luxury hotel. Rates start at $190, which is the cost of the room I stayed in. Just think about that. Most nice hotels these days clock in around $130. The most affordable rooms at the Capital Hotel costs $60 more. The hotel has 94 rooms total, so I recommend booking in advance as they do regularly sell out.
I truly hope a historical fiction writer uses the Capital Hotel as the backdrop for a novel one day. This hotel is filled with possibilities and endless history. It’s truly a transporting place that I hope I get to visit again one day soon.
More Photos from the Capital Hotel
*I received a one night free stay at the Capital Hotel. I am not being paid to write about the hotel.