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BEST WESTERN Winners Circle 2.5

Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States

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  • Convenient location across from the Oaklawn Race Track 
  • Free hot breakfast buffet that includes eggs and breakfast meats
  • Tidy, spacious rooms with microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers
  • Seasonal outdoor pool that’s nine-feet deep
  • Fitness center with cardio and weight-training machines
  • Leafy picnic area with grills and large tables
  • Free parking with charging stations for electric boat motors
  • Pet-friendly, with a fenced-in dog park
  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms and throughout the property


  • No elevators to second-floor rooms
  • No restaurant or bar on-site
  • Rather small, ho-hum bathrooms
  • Some rooms allow smoking (a pro for some)

Bottom Line

The lower-middle-range Best Western Winners Circle is a well-maintained motel-style property located directly across from the Oaklawn Race Track & Casino. It’s only three minutes from downtown Hot Springs and has several restaurants within a short walk. A diverse mix of tourists frequents this popular, pet-friendly hotel, including motorcyclists and families. Highlights include a free hot breakfast buffet and a seasonal outdoor pool. Its 120 rooms are clean and spacious, with microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers. But bathrooms are smallish, and there’s no elevator service to second-floor rooms. Rates are attractive but for a similar price, the nearby Comfort Suites Hot Springs offers spacious suites and free breakfast in a newer property.

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A busy, motel-style property with a diverse mix of guests

Expect to see all kinds of tourists at this popular, motel-style property -- from touring motorcyclists, hobby groups, and couples with dogs to thoroughbred racing enthusiasts and families visiting the nearby national park. The modest lobby is pleasantly decorated, with terra-cotta tile floors, Oriental-style rugs, and blue leather sofa and armchairs. Race theme artwork recognizes the hotel’s location across from the Oaklawn Race Track & Casino -- one of its main attractions. The property is spread out among four two-story buildings, so guests don’t tend to congregate in areas other than the outdoor pool. Another popular gathering spot is the indoor breakfast room that has a bank of windows and big-screen TVs. This space also has plenty of seating, so it’s not cramped, even at peak hours. Note that there's no elevator service to the second floor, which could be a problem for those with mobility issues.


Across from Oaklawn Race Track & Casino, between downtown Hot Springs and Lake Hamilton

The Best Western Winners Circle is located on busy Central Avenue between downtown Hot Springs (a three-minute drive) and Lake Hamilton (a nine-minute drive). The Oaklawn Race Track and Casino is directly across the street, and for those who don’t want to make the two-minute walk, the hotel provides a golf cart shuttle during racing season. There also are a few restaurants within a couple minutes’ walk, including a popular pizza parlor. Oaklawn also has a bar and restaurant. The Hot Springs National Park Visitors Center is just five minutes by car, and Memorial Field Airport and Magic Springs Water and Theme Park are 10-minute drives. It takes approximately one hour to reach Little Rock and its airport, and about 90 minutes to drive to the Little Rock Air Force Base. 


Basic -- but clean and comfortable -- rooms with free Wi-Fi and mini-fridges

Rooms are clean and comfy, but sport bland, chain-like decor and lack natural light. Cream walls, navy carpets, and dark-crimson drapes and bed skirts give a traditional backdrop. Copper bed throws and bright-white bedding top the Serta mattresses, which get positive remarks from past guests. However, some of the dark-wood furnishings are showing signs of wear. Race-themed artwork is a welcome bright spot, and the rooms are spacious enough to include oval tables and upholstered chairs. Bathrooms are the most dated and motel-like of the rooms' features. The exterior dark-granite vanities are nice enough, but the smallish bathrooms themselves have sad beige tile floors and acrylic shower/tub inserts. 

Standard rooms come in King and Double-Double options, and the larger Suites include two king-size beds, larger tables, and more chairs. Some rooms have small balconies with resin chairs, but the views from all rooms are not notable. The rooms are generally quiet, but those closest to the four-lane road can hear ambient traffic noise, and there are no elevators to second floor rooms. Standard amenities include microwaves, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, free Wi-Fi, and safes. Note that some of the rooms allow smoking, a con for some guests.


Free hot breakfast buffet, outdoor pool and grilling area, dog park, and free parking 

This Best Western has a good, well-rounded package of features for a motel-style, budget property with some surprising perks. The free breakfast is a full hot buffet with eggs and breakfast meats, and a picnic area shaded by trees provides a spot to eat alfresco with grills for guests to use. Nearby is the property's nice (although seasonal) outdoor pool that’s nine feet deep at one end. Those that prefer indoor exercise can make use of the small fitness center that includes both cardio and weight-training machines.

The hotel caters to all types of vehicles, too. Free parking is provided, which includes oversize spaces for RVs and trailers as well as charging stations for boat trolling motors. Motorcyclists will appreciate the hotel’s “hog wash” station. During race season at Oaklawn Race Track, guests can get a free lift via golf carts. 

Another surprising perk that pet owners will appreciate is the hotel’s fenced-in space that allows dogs to run free. Other features include a computer station and printer in the lobby, free Wi-Fi throughout the property, and guest laundry facilities. 

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2520 Central Ave, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901-7512, United States

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