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The Capital Hotel 4.0

Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

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Pros

  • Historical hotel with coffered ceilings and stained-glass atrium
  • In the heart of downtown Little Rock, across from the Convention Center
  • Spacious and meticulously decorated rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Two restaurants, one with fine-dining and 24-hour room service
  • On-site bar is popular with politicians 
  • Free passes to Downtown Fitness Center, across the street
  • Available services include in-room massages
  • Business center and free Wi-Fi
  • 6,400 square feet of meeting space
  • Valet parking at reasonable rates
  • Free coffee, water, and newspapers in the lobby

Cons

  • No fitness facilities, pool, or on-site spa 
  • No coffeemakers or mini-fridges in the rooms

Bottom Line

The upscale Capital Hotel has been a landmark property since it opened its doors in the heart of downtown Little Rock in the 1870s. The spectacular lobby is a feast for the senses, with stained-glass skylights, white marble columns, and mosaic-tile floors. Fine-dining at One Eleven is one of the hotel's highlights. While the property lacks an on-site spa or fitness center, guests receive free passes to Downtown Fitness Center, across the street. The 94 rooms are spacious with 14-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. Nightly turndown and 24-hour room services are standard. Rates are reasonable for an upscale downtown landmark hotel, but travelers might want to also consider the upper-middle-range Burgundy Hotel, a lovely boutique property with a fine-dining restaurant.

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A historic landmark hotel with a spectacular lobby

The Capital has been an iconic landmark in Little Rock since opening in the 1870s, and has hosted many presidents from Ulysses S. Grant to hometown hero Bill Clinton. Directly across the street from the old state capitol that's now a museum, the hotel’s Capital Bar and Grill has been a long-time favorite watering hole for state legislators. The beautiful lobby, with white marble columns, mosaic-tile floors, and gold leaf around stately arches and coffered ceilings, doesn't disappoint. Plush velour chairs in crimson and gold sit in the center of the lobby, under a small atrium topped with spectacular stained glass. The Capital remains popular today, hosting a range of guests, including tourists who love old hotels.

Location

In the heart of downtown Little Rock, across the street from the convention center

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The Capital Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Little Rock. It's across the street from the Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock Marriott, and Old Statehouse Museum, and near several restaurants and bars. The Little Rock River Market, with its farmers' market, restaurants, and shops, is a seven-minute walk from the hotel. The Verizon Arena across the Arkansas River is a four-minute drive or a seven-minute trip on public transportation. The Clinton Library and Museum are a 15-minute walk, or about a five-minute drive away. The Little Rock Zoo and War Memorial Stadium are a 12-minute drive. Clinton National Airport is about a 10-minute drive from the hotel. 

Rooms

Spacious and elegant -- robes, slippers, and free Wi-Fi

The 94 rooms at the Capital Hotel have an understated elegance, thanks to a traditional decor and architecture that have been meticulously maintained. High-quality antique reproductions of furniture and headboards are made of amber-wood. Natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows casts a warm glow off the soft gold walls and 14-foot ceilings. The white drapes with pink floral prints are traditional, as are the marble-top tables and upholstered chairs. Fresh flowers add a touch of elegance. There are several room categories, but all of them have ample space and comfortable beds. Superior (standard) Rooms come with king, queen, or double bed options. Capital Great Rooms, about 15,700 square feet, have sofas and larger tables. The 1,100-square-foot Suites feature dual-sink vanities and separate showers and soaking tubs. Other bathrooms have roomy tan-marble vanities and subway-tile floors with beige and brown squares. The shower/tub combos include white tiling and clear glass doors. Standard amenities include flat-screen TVs, robes, slippers, safes, and magnifying mirrors. Free Wi-Fi and turndown service also are standard. The rooms are quiet, and some on the upper two floors offer Arkansas River views. Others overlook the hotel courtyard or downtown Little Rock.

Features

Two restaurants and bars, concierge, meeting space, and free Wi-Fi

Personal service reigns at this landmark hotel. An associate greets guests on arrival, checks them in, and escorts them to their rooms. Parking is valet only, but it’s reasonably priced for a downtown property. Dining and cocktails are a special treat here, starting with the Capital Bar and Grill. It serves Southern comfort food for lunch and dinner, and often hosts live jazz bands. One Eleven is the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, featuring an extensive wine list and a far ranging gourmet menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Coffee, tea, water, and newspapers are available for free in the lobby. The Capital has no fitness facilities on-site, but guests are given free passes to the Downtown Fitness Center across the street, which offers group exercise classes and personal trainers. The hotel’s concierge can arrange in-room massages for guests. An upscale men’s clothing shop is located off the lobby.

The 6,400 square feet of event space hosts weddings and corporate functions. The business center has multiple personal computers and printers, and Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. Valet parking is required, but usually included in the room rate or at a low cost. 

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111 W Markham St, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-1507, United States

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