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239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs, AR 72632   |  
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“Very cool -- will definately be back!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2009

What an experience. We stayed one night in the blue room with Loretta outside our window and can't wait to go back. Hearing the cats roar at night is something you just can't find elsewhere! The care the staff gives the animals is wonderful and they are all so friendly. The accommodations aren't 4 star by any means but the are very adequate and to me the room isn't why you stay on site. You stay for the experience which you will definately remember. Highly recommend!

Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2009

We spent 1 night in the Blue Room with Loretta the white tiger outside our windows, and 1 night in the green room with Pebble, Wings, & Donna the tigers outside our windows. It's truly an amazing experience to wake up to the caroling of the big cats (and Cheyenne the resident Coyote) in the morning. The rooms themselves were a little outdated, but I'd rather they spend their money on expanding the cat's habitats than ours! If you want luxury, they do also have the Safari Lodge, which is adults only & has fireplaces, a fire pit, hot tub, & snuggly spa robes, but is situated away from the big cats. However, you will get a fantastic view of the Ozarks & see plenty of deer! We chose the blue & green rooms knowing they were older, but also right in the midst of the big cats!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2009

Value??? How could it not be a great value when what you pay for the room goes to taking care of the rescued big cats! The Safari lodging was just a fantastic place to stay and a great idea to compliment the animals. We enjoyed being able to hear the cats caroling to each other in the evenings and the mornings. It was one of the best experiences that we have had staying anywhere. Our "tent" was nicely appointed and spacious. Great idea to have a microwave so that you could enjoy one of their packages of oatmeal for breakfast. It was fun sitting out on our back deck watching the armadillo lope by and the deer family grazing in the nearby grasses. One day we will be taking our grandchildren to enjoy the animals.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kansas City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2009

As the title suggests, my unconditional love for cats was well very conditional...
However, after the 4 o'clock tour coupled with the 5 o'clock feeding, my life long disdain was evaporated and an appreciation started to develop...
What a wonderful weekend. We stayed in the Zulu Safari Lodge, enjoyed the hot tub while listening to the big cats carroling...
The animals' habitats are immaculate, the young staffs enthusiasum is infectious.
I went reluctantly, thinking that we would have Eureka Springs as a backup for things to see and do...We NEVER left the place, had our evening meal delivered.
Stay in the lodge, open your deck doors, lay in bed and listen to those cats roar ...
So if you have a disdain for cats, please come here to change your way of thinking...

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2008

My husband and I were to be married in October of 2007, and with only a couple weeks before the big day, we were still without a honeymoon location. My grandma actually found the refuge while surfing around online, and knowing how much I love tigers, thought it would be the perfect place for us to go. She was absolutely right. My husband and I stayed in the Kalahari suite from Sunday to Tuesday and had a wonderful time. The room was gorgeous and we instantly felt at home there. Something I thought was interesting was that they had a guest journal for everyone to write about their time spent at the refuge. Upon signing it, we realized we were only the 11th couple to stay in that certain room. More importantly, seeing all the cats and other animals up close was an incredible experience, but the best part was being able to sit out on the deck at night and hear all the big cats caroling. Nothing will ever come close to describing how awe-inspiring it is to hear. We couldn't bear to leave, but to ease the pain, we adopted a tiger, Bombay, and go back to see him whenever we can. Each trip to the refuge brings new joy and I highly recommend experiencing it for yourself. You won't regret it.

P.S. The black cat stayed on our deck for awhile on our first visit and has gone on the tours with us since then. He definitely makes his presence known. :)

  • Liked — friendly staff, beautiful rooms, GORGEOUS ANIMALS
  • Disliked — having to leave
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2008

THIS WAS THE GREATEST VACATION SPOT EVER. I GOT TO GO TAKE MY MOM HUSBAND AND SON. IT AS WONDERFUL PLACE. THE BED AND BREAKFEST IS RIGHT next to the 3 orange tigers. It was Awesome. The night time was AMAZING!!! There was a swing outside our room and there was a metor shower and the big cats were singing and a light breeze. I was pure magical and enchating. I Highly recommend to everyone. I'm fixing to book another trip right now!!

  • Liked — There was 3 tigers right outside!!
  • Disliked — Feeding time is 6 hrs after check out. The only way to see it is to check in EARLY!
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2007

Turpentine Creek is the highlight of Eureka Springs in my book.
The town itself seems filled with tacky retail shops.
But Turpentine Creek made up for that...we stayed in the Blue Room (part of the B&B building) and could look right out the window and see Loretta the white tiger splayed out on her perch only 7 ft away! The roaring/caroling of the lions all night was magical. If you have kids, this would be a "must stay" kind of place, they would be in 7th heaven!!
The staff was extremely friendly, helpful. The accomodations were clean and comfortable and reasonably priced. The continental breakfast may not be enough for those of you that like a "hearty breakfast", but Eureka Springs is only 7 miles away. (go to the Oasis for the BEST food in town!)
Turpentine Creek is a special place and the proceeds from the guest rooms go toward helping the animals.
Note that not all of the animals are in "habitat" enclosures yet (spacious, natural, savannah style enclosures) but over l/2 the animals are! Plus considering the pitiful, shocking histories of these exotic animals (plus several bears, one coyota, one monkey, etc) these "temporary" metal cages are the taj mahal for them compared to their former sad lives.
I do not visit zoos because they are too depressing for me, but Turpentine Creek rates high on my list for the good job they do.

  • Liked — The surroundings of the big cats.
  • Disliked — no complaints about the accomodation
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Location: United States > Arkansas > Eureka Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 62 Specialty Lodging in Eureka Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a walk through facility is open at 9:00 AM every day of the year (except Christmas Day). We now have twenty-seven natural habitat areas, where our 6 black bears and many of our cats can run and play on the grass and under the trees; this is our ultimate goal for all of our Big Cats. All of our cats are beautiful, special and loved very much. Each one has his/her own story to tell and you are sure to find a favorite or two among them. Our prices: Adults - $15.00. Children 4-12, seniors 65 and over, and veterans - $10.00. Children 3 and under admitted free of charge. Our group rates are: Bus Drivers and Guides are always free. Groups of 6-10 / $1.00 off each admission; groups of 11-20 / $2.00 off each admission; groups 21-30 / $3.00 off each admission; groups over 30 / $4.00 off each admission. Your admission is good for all day, and includes a walking tour of our newly opened natural habitat areas as well as a self-guided tour of the cats in our main compound. The time you spend in the main compound can vary from 10 minutes to over an hour, depending upon how much time you spend in front of one cage or another. The walking tour of the habitat areas is about a 30 minute guided tour and they are scheduled every hour on the hour from 11:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. The self-guided portion is all walking, but there are benches throughout to rest. We do have a wheel chair to borrow if needed. The guided tour is also walking, unless special assistance is needed and we can accommodate people with a riding tour on our cart (which carries five maximum). For large groups we will be happy to put one of our staff on your bus to give you a guided tour of the large habitat areas upon special request. Most of our staff are Biologists or Zoologists that come from all over the world to learn how to work with the Big Cats. Our tree house bungalow rents for $150/night for two, $15.00 extra for each additional person 5 or older. It sleeps two on a "clicker sofa" downstairs, and it has two twin beds tucked under the eaves in the loft. Generally, it is comfortable for 2 adults and 2 children. Although small, it also has full kitchen facilities, a wrap-around deck and is quiet and secluded. The cats are located only a few yards away in some of the larger enclosures. Children under 5 years old are not allowed in Tree House due to TCWR's safety policy. Our two Bed & Big Cat suites can accommodate up to four people, with a queen size bed and fold-down clicker couch. Price is$150.00/night for two, $15.00 extra for each additional person 3 or older. Babies are welcome at no additional charge. Both rooms have cats right outside the window, and are open year-round. The Safari Guest Lodge (adults only) is now taking reservations to complete your adventure at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Each Room is designed for 2 adults and rents for $150.00 per night. Overlooking the sprawling Eureka Springs Valley, with beautiful sunrises and magnificent sunsets and the caroling of the Big Cats. There are five unique cabins. Rent one or all five units if available. They are perfect to accommodate small groups if you choose to spend time with friends, family, small business retreats, workshops and wedding parties. Each room has an exceptional personality, along with snugly spa robes, luxurious bedding and linens, coffees and coffee pots, continental breakfast, color TV / DVD player, refrigerators and microwaves and clock radios. For rainy days or after hours, the rooms also have their own collection of favorite games and books. Cast iron fireplaces and air conditioning keeps you comfortable during the changing seasons too. Each room is also furnished with African Drums for those who care to start a drumming! Along with the spacious hot tub, the units share a 40' Octagonal Deck, complete with a charming covered Gazebo and Fire Pit. Tables and chairs surround the area for comfortable relaxing or light dining. These units are intended for adults only due to TCWR's safety policy. The price of your overnight visit includes unlimited access to our main compound during daylight hours for the length of your stay. We also have a small RV Park that can accommodate up to 7 recreational vehicles. Rates are $25.00/night plus regular admission to the Refuge on a daily basis. Or, a Family Membership may be purchased for $50.00, allowing unlimited visits to the Refuge throughout the year. ... more   less 
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