Hotel at a Glance: Clarion Resort On The Lake
The sparkling waters of Lake Hamilton seem to stretch to the horizon from Clarion Resort On The Lake. The manmade lake is a popular spot to go water skiing, boating, and fishing for striped bass in the summer. The resort takes full advantage of its scenic surroundings with a lakeside pool and sun deck, volleyball court, and picnic areas. You can even rent a boat seasonally at the onsite boat dock.
- A room with a view: Partial lake-view and best-view rooms feature private balconies overlooking the water.
- In-room amenities: 32-inch LCD TVs, microwaves and refrigerators, and private balconies
- Pet friendly: Pets up to 40 pounds are welcome in select rooms for an additional fee.
- Distance from Hot Springs National Park: 6 miles
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.