Hotel at a Glance: Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa
Yoko Ono, Al Capone, and Franklin Roosevelt have all relaxed within the stately Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, which began inviting guests to dip in its soothing waters in 1875. The resort has been revamped and remodeled many times since then, but it still offers the same luxurious amenities: warm natural spring waters, spa services, and gourmet cuisine. As a guest at Arlington Resort, you can play golf and tennis at the nearby Hot Springs Country Club.
- Bubbling hot spring water is pumped right into the hotel’s spa and thermal bathhouse, where you can soothe your muscles with a soak or refresh your skin with a seaweed body wrap.
- Venetian Dining Room: This onsite restaurant has been around since the 1920s. A weekly seafood night features live piano music.
- Take a dip in outdoor pools and hot tubs that stay open year-round.
Hot Springs, Arkansas: Home to Historic Hot Springs National Park
The resort community of Hot Springs, located less than 60 miles southwest of Little Rock, offers thoroughbred racing at Oaklawn Jockey Club, has a thriving small-town arts scene, and was the boyhood hometown of President Bill Clinton. But the primary attraction remains the natural thermal waters that gave the town its name. They flow out of the ground at about 147 degrees at Hot Springs National Park, nicknamed “The American Spa.” The mineral pools put the town on the map in the late 19th century, and scores of celebrities sampled them in the 20th, including Babe Ruth, Harry Truman, Rose Kennedy, and Barbara Streisand. The Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, and Brooklyn Dodgers have vacationed here during spring training, and Al Capone used to rent out an entire floor of the Arlington Hotel on Central Avenue.
While you’re here, be sure to take a stroll along Bathhouse Row, where visitors have been soaking in the hot springs for more than a century. You can take a traditional bath in an individual tub at the Buckstaff Baths, or tour the luxurious and historic Fordyce Bathhouse—a precursor to the modern spa dating back to 1915.