Hot Springs, AR

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This Arkansas city has it all: a colorful past of gambling and gangsters, vintage stores, restored Victorian architecture, national parks and famous natural springs.

Hot Springs has been a popular destination for centuries. The city draws visitors from all over the world with its intriguing past, natural thermal springs and a revived arts scene.

Immerse yourself in the history of the city. Hot Springs in the 1800s was a hotbed for organized crime. Infamous gangsters like Al Capone, Bugs Moran, Frank Costello and Lucky Luciano came here to hide amid the corruption that was endemic to the city. Visit the Gangster Museum of America to learn about this side of Hot Springs’ history. At the museum, you’ll see vintage slot machines and old roulette tables while you learn about the city’s notorious gambling past.

The historic Victorian downtown has beautifully restored buildings housing independent boutiques, galleries and art studios. Ride on a riverboat to Historic Bathhouse Row, the eight bathhouses built between 1912 and 1923. Two of the structures, the Buckstaff and the Quapaw, are still in operation as bathhouses. The the Fordyce Bathhouse is now a visitor center where you can see rooms restored to what they would have looked like when the building was operating as a bathhouse in the early 1900s.

In the Fine Arts District, do a Gallery Walk or Antique/Boutique Walk and peek into the historical buildings that have been transformed into art studios. Sports fans can explore the Hot Springs Baseball Trail and walk in the footsteps of White Stockings players the team is now the Chicago Cubs.

With plenty of parks and the Ouachita Mountains surrounding the city, Hot Springs has a wealth of outdoor activities. Bring a tent and camp at Catherine Lake, Hamilton Lake or Ouachita Lake. Walk through Garvan Woodland Gardens, hike through the Hot Springs National Park or boat around St. John's Island. After a long day of sightseeing, unwind in a relaxing spa with a massage.

The nearest airport to Hot Springs is in Little Rock, which is 55 miles (89 kilometers) northeast. With most attractions in walking distance and an effective public transportation system, Hot Springs is an easy city to get around or simply relax in.

Where to stay in Hot Springs

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Hot Springs
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Hot Springs
2.5 out of 5
4253 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR, 71913
The price is $84 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Hot Springs. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.7/5 Good! (968 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Hot Springs
Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa
Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa
2.5 out of 5
239 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR, 71901
The price is $118 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 9
Stay at this spa hotel in Hot Springs. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
3.5/5 Good! (1,134 reviews)
"A beautiful bar in the entrance but no restaurant or dining area in the hotel. Many restaurants were close by though such as the Ohio Club and awesome pancake place called The Pancake Shop. Nice to see renovations. Heard the new paint color for outside will be gray. I really hope the original yellow ..."

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2022

Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa
The Hotel Hot Springs
The Hotel Hot Springs
3 out of 5
305 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs, AR, 71901
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $93 per night from Jul 13 to Jul 14
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Hot Springs. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,472 reviews)
"Visit was great, location, and staff was nice."

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2022

The Hotel Hot Springs
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The Hamilton Lakefront - Studio Suites, Hot Springs
The Hamilton Lakefront - Studio Suites, Hot Springs
3.5 out of 5
1332 Airport Road, Hot Springs, AR, 71913
The price is $111 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Hot Springs. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a marina. Popular attractions Bathhouse Row and Hot Springs National Park ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (26 reviews)
"I enjoyed the cute little studio room. My wife and 2 daughters also enjoyed the scenery and the quiet stay."

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022

The Hamilton Lakefront - Studio Suites, Hot Springs
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Hot Springs
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Hot Springs
3.5 out of 5
120 Desai-Patel Court, Hot Springs, AR, 71913
The price is $134 per night from Aug 7 to Aug 8
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Hot Springs. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (331 reviews)
"Everything was great."

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Hot Springs
Mountain Treehouse
Mountain Treehouse
Hot Springs, AR
Stay at this cabin in Hot Springs. Enjoy WiFi, 1 bedroom, and air conditioning. Popular attractions Bathhouse Row and Hot Springs National Park are located nearby. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Helpful
"I did not read description throughly and did not bring an adequate vehicle to get in and out of property. Owner was very understanding and worked with us accordingly. She responded to all my questions and concerns quickly. Very clean and quaint."

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Mountain Treehouse
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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