Unique Places to Stay in Arkansas

The Hive at 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville

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Unique Places to Stay in Arkansas

Logan and I attended college in Central Arkansas which allowed us to explore places like Little Rock, Hot Springs, Greers Ferry Lake, and other nearby places. After college, we moved to St. Louis for a few years thinking our time in Arkansas had come to an end. But, we were wrong about that! While Logan was doing his residency rotations he had an assignment in Northwest Arkansas and we fell in love with the area and decided to look for jobs there and moved to Northwest Arkansas in the fall of 2018.

Arkansas is often overlooked as a place to travel to but it has so much beauty to discover. In searching for new places to explore we found a number of unique places to stay in Arkansas that we were entranced by and wanted to share them with you! As a bonus, many are located in areas that have ample things to do but some are secluded retreats perfect for a weekend getaway.

Arsenic & Old Lace

Where: Eureka Springs

Living only an hour away from Eureka Springs we’ve been able to visit a few times since moving to Northwest Arkansas. Although the town is tiny it has a ton of historic buildings and quirky things to do.

One of the unique places to stay in Arkansas that we found in Eureka Springs is Arsenic & Old Lace. This adorable bed and breakfast is located in the historic district of Eureka Springs making it close to many shops and restaurants. Each of the five rooms is beautifully decorated with spa elements, fireplaces, and breakfast served every morning.  It’s a perfect spot for a romantic getaway. 

Address: 60 Hillside Ave, Eureka Springs, AR 72632 // MAP
Cost per night: Approximately $200

Crescent Hotel & Spa

Where: Eureka Springs

The haunted Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs - unique places to stay in Arkansas
Crescent Hotel

Another unique place to stay in Arkansas is the Crescent Hotel & Spa. This interesting spot is a lavish Victorian-style hotel that was established in 1886. It is set high on a mountaintop with 15 acres to explore just a mile from downtown Eureka Springs. Many of the fixtures and designs you’ll see throughout the hotel are original. The owners have worked hard to keep these historical details in pristine condition for guests to enjoy for years to come.  

But despite the long history and amenities offered, there is something even more unique to this hotel – it’s haunted! Yep, you read that right. The Crescent Hotel & Spa is actually known as “The Most Haunted Hotel in America.” While you’re staying at the Crescent Hotel make sure you sign-up to go on one of their ghost tours and be on the lookout for any other signs of paranormal activity!

Address: 75 Prospect Ave, Eureka Springs, AR 72632 // MAP
Cost per night: Approximately $250

Livingston Junction Cabooses

Where: Eureka Springs

When thinking about unique places to stay in Arkansas I doubt an old train car crossed your mind but here’s your chance to have a Boxcar Children moment! At Livingston Junction Cabooses you can stay inside a train car that has been refurbished into a cabin with a bedroom, living room, kitchenette, and even a private hot tub! Although the spaces are small, this is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience.  

Address: Co Rd 222, Eureka Springs, AR 72631 // MAP
Cost per night: Approximately $115

Oakcrest Treehouses

Where: Eureka Springs

The Oakcrest Treehouses are in an adults-only resort that is just a few miles away from Eureka Springs. But you won’t feel like you’re close to a city at all inside this beautiful rural setting. The treehouse cabins here are set high in the sky on stilts and making the view from the outside incredible! If treehouses aren’t your jam they also have a few cottages you can stay in too.

Address: 526 W Van Buren, Eureka Springs, AR 72632 // MAP
Cost per night: Approximately $160

READ MORE: Fun Things to Do in Eureka Springs


Where: Mountain View

Another treehouse getaway that is perfect for escaping in nature is 87Getaway. 87Getaway is located in Mountain View, Arkansas which has a population of just under 3,000 and is known as the “Folk Music Capital of the World.”

When staying in one of the treehouses at 87Getaway you’ll notice that the treehouses were built around the trees as they intertwine through the outdoor patio deck. At the bottom of the treehouse, there is an area that is perfect for relaxing including a hammock and firepit. If you want to get away from it all this is a terrific place to do so!

Address: 6218 AR-87, Mountain View, AR 72560 // MAP
Cost per night: Approximately $175

Longbow Resort

Where: Prim

The Longbow Resort is another perfect place to escape in the woods. A place you can go without cell phone service and listen to the calming sounds of nature. It is located between Mountain View and Heber Springs nestled inside the Ozark Mountains. Although staying on-site is what most guests tend to do, Greers Ferry Lake is also nearby as well as a number of beautiful trails and water features. This spot is so beautiful it has even been dubbed as the “Garden of Eden in Arkansas” by Southern Living Magazine!

Address: 4349 Prim Rd, Edgemont, AR 72044 // MAP
Cost per night:

Fay Jones Stoneflower House

Where: Heber Springs

The Fay Jones Stoneflower House is an exceptional historic cottage designed by renowned architect E. Fay Jones in 1965. If this architectural style looks familiar you might be thinking of E. Fay Jones’ other works. He also designed Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and the Mildred B. Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista, Arkansas.

One of my favorite features of this cottage is the natural stone shower that mimics a waterfall in addition to the many other natural stone features too. The Stoneflower house is located on Greers Ferry Lake making it easy to enjoy lake amenities while also still having a secluded area to yourself.

Cost per night: Approximately $200

Beckham Cave Creek Lodge

Where: Parthenon

Beckham Cave Creek Lodge is by far the most unique place to stay in Arkansas. This lodge is located inside a natural cave that overlooks a valley making for not only a stunning interior but exterior as well. It has 4 bedrooms and bathrooms with 5,800 sq ft of living space on 256 private acres to explore. 

Although it’s expensive to stay at if you decide to split it with a few other couples or friends the cost is much less! This is without a doubt, an incredible accommodation experience!

Address: 1110 NC 8641, Parthenon, AR 72666 // MAP
Cost per night: $1200

Inn at the Mill

Where: Springdale

The Inn at the Mill is an Ascend Collection hotel that has a historic feel for a number of reasons. But first of all, its history goes back to 1835 and is known as the longest-running business in the state of Arkansas. But what was once an operating mill has since been renovated into this historic hotel with a beautiful interior and notoriously fabulous staff service.

Address: 3906 Johnson Mill Blvd, Springdale, AR 72762 // MAP
Cost per night: Approximately $90

Graduate Fayetteville

Where: Fayetteville

Located on the Fayetteville Square is the posh Graduate Fayetteville. It is artistically decorated with rustic elements of the Ozarks. Being on the square and just blocks away from Dickson Street, Graduate Fayetteville is in a fantastic location! If you happen to be visiting Northwest Arkansas for a Razorback football game this is the place we’d recommend staying.

Address:  70 N East Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701 // MAP
Cost per night: Approximately $100

21c Museum Hotel

Location: Bentonville

21c Museum Hotel Bentonville - where to stay in Northwest Arkansas
21c Museum Hotel Bentonville

The 21c Museum Hotel is one of our favorite unique places to stay in Arkansas. It is located in downtown Bentonville right off the square making it close to many locally-owned shops and restaurants. 21c will captivate you with the homey pet-friendly rooms and encourage you to open your eyes to a new world of contemporary art with their free to visit, on-site art museum. Although there are many places to eat nearby, 21c Bentonville also has its own chef-driven restaurant, The Hive, which offers a wide range of Southern-style cooking favorites and new concepts.

Address: 200 NE A St, Bentonville, AR 72712 // MAP
Cost per night: Approximately $100

READ MORE: Northwest Arkansas Travel Guide

Lookout Point Lakeside Inn

Location: Hot Springs

The Lookout Point Lakeside Inn has been consistently regarded as one of the Top 25 Small Hotels by TripAdvisor. The peaceful setting on Lake Hamilton gives guests a comfortable, yet romantic luxury feel. Each of the rooms offers a view of the lake and the onsite gardens that are perfectly manicured. The Ouachita Mountains are also viewable in the background so if you’re a sucker for exceptional views like I am, well this has you covered. This luxury boutique hotel is not to be missed if you love the water or want to explore nearby Hot Springs National Park.

Address: 104 Lookout Cir, Hot Springs, AR 71913 // MAP
Cost per night: Approximately $350

Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa

Location: Hot Springs

The historic Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa is conveniently located on Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs, Arkansas. It has been a historic treasure since 1925 when visitors came to rejuvenate in the natural hot springs. This hotel has hosted many iconic figures including Babe Ruth, Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio, Johnny Cash, and Al Capone – rumor has it Capone stayed in room 442. It has also seen a few Presidents! If you want to be walking distance from many Hot Springs attractions and stay in an iconic hotel, the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa is perfect for that.

Address: 239 Central Ave, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901 // MAP
Cost per night: Approximately $100

The Empress

Where: Little Rock

The Empress of Little Rock is set in an old Victorian mansion near the MacArthur Park Historic District in Little Rock. It has 9 rooms each with its own decorative twist that feature a variety of antique furniture. Each morning a gourmet breakfast is served in the dining room where you can chat with other guests or the innkeepers of The Empress. There is also a complimentary cocktail hour every evening. While staying at The Empress make sure you enjoy the garden and outdoor area which are perfect for relaxing in the evenings.

Address: 2120 S Louisiana St, Little Rock, AR 72206 // MAP
Cost per night: Approximately $185

Rosemont Cottages

Where: Little Rock

Located in the SoMa district of downtown Little Rock, the charming Rosemont Cottages are just a short distance away from many popular Little Rock attractions. A few of my favorite nearby spots are Loblolly Creamery which has yummy artisianal ice cream flavors and The Root Cafe which is perfect for brunch.

Each of the five cottages are completely private making it a perfect socially distanced getaway! In the mornings a delicious breakfast is delivered to your room or you can prepare your own if you prefer. There is also a lovely private porch on each cottage that is perfect for sitting and sipping some wine on a cool summer evening! 

Address: 515 W 15th St, Little Rock, AR 72202 // MAP
Cost per night:
Approximately $150

The Burgundy Hotel

Where: West Little Rock

The Burgundy Hotel is a Tapestry Collection hotel by Hilton located on the west side of Little Rock near the Promenade at Chenal outdoor shopping area and Pinnacle Mountain State Park. This boutique hotel has only 49 suites and is adults-only making it another perfect place for a romantic getaway. If you want to stay onsite you can dine at Table 28 which is an award-winning restaurant that serves modern American cuisine. 

Address: 1501 Merrill Dr, Little Rock, AR 72211 // MAP
Cost per night: Approximately $165

READ MORE: Historial & Unique Things to Do in Little Rock

The Lodge at Mount Magazine

Where: Paris

Located within Mount Magazine State Park you’ll find The Lodge at Mount Magazine. This scenic hotel is located on a cliffside bluff on Arkansas’ highest point at 2,753 feet. Each of the 60 rustic rooms features fantastic views over Blue Mountain Lake.

There are many activities offered at The Lodge at Mount Magazine and within the state park as well including horseback riding, ATV riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, and hiking. There is also an indoor heated pool! This is the perfect place to come if you want to relax or explore nature with a wide-range of room options.

Address: 577 Lodge Dr, Paris, AR 72855 // MAP
Cost per night:
$170-$420 (depending on the type of room or cabin)

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