Arlington Hotel (Hot Springs National Park)
|The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa|
|Location||Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas|
|Address||238 Central Avenue|
|Opening||1875 (original building), 1893 (second building), 1924 (current building)|
|Number of rooms||484|
|Part of||Hot Springs Central Avenue Historic District (#85001370)|
|Designated CP||June 25, 1985|
The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa is a resort in the Ouachita Mountains of Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, home of Oaklawn Race Track and the Arkansas Derby. The Arlington's design inspired the Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells, Texas. The hotel is located at the north end of "Bathhouse Row".
Samuel W. Fordyce and two other entrepreneurs financed the construction of the first luxury hotel in the area, the first Arlington Hotel, which opened in 1875. After almost 20 years of use, it was razed to build a new hotel.
When it was rebuilt in 1892-93, the hotel was known as the New Arlington, and boasted of its Spanish Renaissance architecture. With 300 rooms in four stories of red brick, it had corner towers. This second Arlington burned to the ground on April 5, 1923, killing one fireman and causing an estimated $1.6 million in damage (1923 dollars, about $23.5M in 2018 dollars).
Those buildings were at the north end of Bathhouse Row, where the Arlington Park then was created. The third Arlington Hotel, designed by Mann and Stern in 1924, is the current hotel at the "Y" intersection at the corner of Central Avenue and Fountain Street. The building's huge size, Spanish-Colonial Revival style, and placement at the terminus of the town's most important vista made the building a key Hot Springs landmark. The original site became a park at the north end of Bathhouse Row.
Many famous people including the U.S. presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, George H.W. Bush, and native son Bill Clinton have stayed. Even baseball legend Babe Ruth and Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and Yoko Ono have all luxuriated at the hotel.
For 30 years the Hotel was air conditioned via windows and door louvers until 1955 when the central heating & air was installed. The three guests elevators, in operation since 1969 replaced the original elevators that were installed in 1924. The original bath house elevator – lined with beveled glass and shining brass still exists and still manually operates.
The Arlington Hotel has a history of luxury and class, a prime example of all the vast celebrities that have come to it. it was even referred to as “the most elegant and complete hotel in America” in Charles Cutter's 1892 Guide Book.
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