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Buckstaff Bathhouse

509 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901
501-623-2308
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Ranked #12 of 40 Attractions in Hot Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Spas, Historic Sites
Description: The only working bathhouse left on "Bathhouse Row," a popular hot springs bathing area in the 1920s.
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Sayulita, Mexico
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I love spas, I have gone to quite a few and drag my daughter along with me when ever I can. This was a great experience to see what it was like to go to a spa 100 years ago. So very different, it was "scientific" and " progressive" as only the turn of the century could be. I loved... More

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Pensacola, FL
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The Navy stationed me in Memphis in the early 1970s and my wife and I liked to escape to Arkansas. We couldn't really afford the luxury of a Hot Springs experience. Well, forty years later we returned and ordered up the works. The experience was the traditional hot springs bath of 1912. My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed the... More

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North Richland Hills, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Although old, it was interesting and relaxing. The history was evident and the treatment was like it was many years ago. You can't beat the price - the deluxe package for $79 included a bath soak, loofah scrub, sitz bath, hot towel treatment, steam cabinet, needle shower, massage, and hot paraffin hand treatment. Give them at least 2 hours -... More

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Arlington, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We made it a point to go twice. The place is set up with original equipment from the 1920s/30s, and still has no air conditioning (because you don't need it). They bathe you three times, then let you rest for several minutes, then rinse you, send you to a cooling room, then massage you. It's a great way to spend... More

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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My daughter and I "took the waters" at Buckstaff, the only bathhouse offering services in the traditional setting. We had a very good experience. My daughter's attendant was exceptional, my own attendant rushed me a little bit. We both had a massage afterwards and a pedicure, and it was all worth it. The atmosphere in the old building with the... More

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Grapevine, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Went there for a cool one and was not disappointed. Very good beer selection. They had a good menu selection with reasonable prices. the staff said the distillery is still going forward but they do not have an opening date We will be returning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I had a wonderful time at Buckstaff Bathhouse. My attendant was Julie and she was fantastic. The bath felt wonderful and the place was very old which added to the atmosphere... My only issue was at the end. As I was leaving, I was told that I could leave a tip for Julie downstairs. However, after getting out of the... More

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Longview, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

My daughter and I spent three mornings at the Buckstaff Bathhouse. It was a wonderful place and experience. The staff really make the experience. Julie, bath attendant, was friendly and an expert at her job. She knew just what to do to make you feel at home, which is no easy task when you are wrapped in a sheet or... More

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United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

If you want a typical spa experience, this is not it. The process is the same as it was 100 years ago, when it was medicine. But if you love history and old buildings, you must go. The attendants were very sweet and kept you covered but you will be naked at times. Men and women are on separate floors.... More

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Brookfield, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We got the traditional bath. We had an attendant. My attendant Julie was so kind and professional. I chose to take the bath nude and my dignity was regarded and respected. I was so relaxed after the bath. Remember to tip your attendant well after your bath!

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