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“The Lodge at Mount Magazine is one of the finest Arkansas lodges.” 5 of 5 stars
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Lodge Drive, 16878 Highway 309 South, Paris, AR 72855   |  
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“The Lodge at Mount Magazine is one of the finest Arkansas lodges.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

Experience The Lodge at Mount Magazine. This resort mountain lodge offers 60 guest rooms with breathtaking views of the valley below. Gracing the south bluff of Arkansas's high point, the Lodge at Mount Magazine is one of the finest Arkansas lodges. Lodging in this mountaintop resort combines a majestic natural setting with first-class amenities. The modern, rustic-style lodge offers 60 guest rooms, a hearth room lobby, delicious classic Southern cuisine, a conference center, business center, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, and gift shop, making this one of the most well-appointed Arkansas lodges. The three-wing lodge stretches along the bluff so that the hearth room, restaurant, swimming pool, and all 60 guest rooms offer the view from the bluff. This is a getaway for couples and families.
Here is the lodge link:
http://www.mountmagazinestatepark.com/lodge-cabins-restaurant/lodge-at-mount-magazine.aspx

Room Tip: We had a room with a view of the valley below. But room views are not that important. You will be...
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

We were driving from Hot Springs to Fort Smith, and wanted a place in between for a night of rest and relaxation, as this was a working vacation for my spouse. In Hot Springs, we came upon an advertisement for the Lodge at Mount Magazine. It proved to be a perfect place.

This hotel is fairly new and is located on a bluff, overlooking mountains and a lake. It is beautifully done and it was very clean. The fireplaces in both the lobby and restaurant are very large and they had a fire going in both. Our room had a great view through the window, and we wish we could have had a balcony, and I would suggest requesting a room with one. We had a double queen room and everything worked well and the bed was very comfortable. Decor is in the arts and crafts style.

We loved the pool. It is very large and there was only one family using it while we were there. We could actually get in some serious laps! The hot tub was a bit small, and we were only in it for a few minutes, as the pool was too inviting not to use.

We spent two hours hiking the next morning before returning for breakfast at the hotel. I can definitely recommend the restaurant too, especially for their breakfast. Service was efficient and very friendly.

Be sure and use the state park trails, they are very nice, with simply wonderful views.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

While doing some travel research of scenic drives in Arkansas, concentrating on Scenic Highway 7, I came across a photo of this lodge, located in Mount Magazine State Park. Along with other pictures of Scenic Highway 309, which takes you to this lodge, and the vistas provided by both, an easy decision was made to visit this wonderful state park and lodge.

Pictures of the lodge on their website, along with others, do it justice. We were extremely pleased by this beautiful place. It is definitely upscale for a state park, and we were so glad to have found it and had a chance to stay there.

The drive up to the lodge from Paris, AR is beautiful, on a very windy, curvy, two lane road, with forest on both sides. Great vistas and lookouts. Watch for deer closer to town.

The Lodge sits on a bluff, overlooking the Petit Jean River Valley and Blue Mountain Lake. You can see forest, meadow, mountains and lakes. Some farms below, as well as lights from residential areas below the mountain provide beautiful views. Every room has a view from either their balcony or windows.

We had a king bed, balcony, spa tub room. Off season rate: $125 a night. The room was very large, and we were very happy with it. Immaculate. There is a large entry way with a full length mirror. Solid wood doors keep noise out, though not completely. There is a nice storage area with a granite counter top with drawers and cabinets, and this is where the coffee pot is and a good size mini frig. Coffee/tea provided. Ice bucket and plastic, paper and glass cups provided. Across from this area is a granite counter top and the bathroom sink. It is a large counter and I was surprised to see only one sink. Lots of drawers, and storage cabinets, and a large, beautiful mirror. The bathroom itself is quite small and this is one of my minor complaints about the place. No curved shower rod; decent towels (not the best though) and decent shower products.

Our bed was very comfortable and I give it a 5 rating, including the 4 pillows that came on the bed. There is not triple sheeting however, and most people now consider that standard practice, especially in upscale environments such as this, in my honest opinion. The blanket and bedspread were nice, however. Nightstands on each side of the bed, each with a phone. An alarm clock provided, as well as the standard wake up call can be had. Lamps on each nightstand, also. Each have one deep drawer as well as an open space beneath.

There is a nice, large desk in the room with an average chair. However, no lamp on the desk and to really see properly, one needs to be there. And one with plugs would be a big help. There are plugs under the desk, but have fun crawling under there to access them! There is one pretty comfortable chair in the room, seated next to the window/balcony. It would be great if they put two in the room, and even greater if they provided an ottoman to go with the chair (s). After a busy day of hiking, I bet people would love having such chairs to relax in at the end of the day. And I do believe there would be room for a 2nd chair. There is an armoire that stands in for a closet with several hangars. Iron and board in here as well, and one large luggage rack. Another armoire serves a dresser, with a few drawers on the bottom and the TV cabinet on top. No flat screen TV, but the TV worked very well, as did the remote.

The lighting in the room, except for the lack of a desk lamp, was awesome. The ceiling fan has a nice light fixture attached and 4 bright, clear glass shades. There is also a floor lamp next to the chair.

The spa tub is very nice and has a seat in it. A tight fit for two, but it was nice to have. The water did not get hot, however, just very warm. There is excellent pressure from the jets and you can choose two settings of water pressure. There is tile surrounding the tub, as well as tile on the floor, so the carpet does not get wet. It is a deep tub, and if you short, getting into it might prove a tad challenging, so get a good grip on the safety bar!

The furnishings are all wood, and lovely. Very nice quality, except for the desk chair. I was not impressed with it.

The standout feature of the room is the balcony window and door. Huge windows, lovely window coverings, the door is great and they provide a screen door! I find this to be lacking in almost every hotel we have stayed in-that screen door. I was so happy to see it, thus allowing you to leave the door open to hear the birds, smell the fresh air, sleep with the breeze coming in. The balcony has two very nice chairs and a small table on it. And did I mention that awesome view? Yes, I believe I did!

The hotel in general is absolutely immaculate. The public areas are beautiful, especially the hearth room, right near the registration desk. It provides very comfortable seating, and wait until you see the huge fireplace. A fire is kept going, and if it dies down and you want it going again, all you have to do is ask! The Christmas decorations were still up on our visit and they are very nice, and spread around the entire lodge. A very nice touch. And there are several seating areas through out the hotel with chairs, couches, benches etc. A great place for family gatherings.

Though we did not use the indoor pool, we did check it out. Another beautiful room with massive log beams on the ceiling and large windows to look out at the view, again. The pool is large, and there is a small hot tub available, too. There were several seating options around the pool. We did not check out the fitness room. The business center was nice, a bit on the small side I'd say. The outside walkways, and patios and decks are awesome and though there was not much in the way of seating, I am assuming there is in the other 3 seasons.

There is also a small gift shop and though it is OK, I thought it would carry more items. If you forget something, you are a good ways from a town (Havana or Paris), and so I think there should be a better stocked gift shop. Newspapers available.

There are many historical and nature photographs on the walls, through out the building. We found these very interesting and a very nice touch.

Front desk staff is friendly, efficient and helpful. Rates are good for off season, maybe a tad high for in season??

We had one meal in the Sky Crest Restaurant and found it excellent (breakfast.) I will review that separately, also. Good value on breakfast and lunch. Excellent service. Beautiful room.

I very highly recommend a visit and stay here at the Lodge at Mount Magazine and hopefully, one day we can return for a longer visit.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

We've been twice now, the latest this fall just before the leaves were prime, but still very nice. Not cheap, but an awful lot of bang for the buck. Great views from every room, beautifully appointed, great beds, spotlessly clean, polite, helpful staff. What else could you want?

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

...and we love state parks. However, Mount Magazine could really move up a notch with some improvements. This is not an inexpensive place to stay, relative to other state parks, so we expected a little more. A previous reviewer commented on the noise level of the toilets when flushing; this is a real problem when there is someone else trying to sleep in the room. The hotel advertises internet in the rooms, but we had to go out into a lobby to hit wireless. The food in the restaurant (which is the only place to eat, unless you leave the mountain) was a real disappointment. We had heard that it was superior to the normal state park food, but we found that it was on par with others. While you can request a "membership" to drink alcohol, they have a very restrictive wine list (mostly Arkansas wines) and beer only. (If you want an alternative place to eat, we found the Grapevine restaurant in Paris, about 18 miles from Mount Magazine. Ask for Mary; she's a great server.) The servers at the lodge restaurant are very nice but could be more informed about the menu.

The trails are well-marked and would be beautiful in the spring and fall.

Room Tip: All of the lodge rooms face the Petit Jean River valley, so views are good.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

We stayed two nights at the lodge the week of Thanksgiving. A very impressive place from the log beams everywhere to the great views.
The staff was very helpful advising on trails, etc. The food was good at the restaurant but after a few meals there you are wishing for a change, which there is no alternative.
The rooms were very clean and large. We stayed in the one of the least expensive rooms. The only problem was the toilet was very loud and disruptive in the middle of the night.
Would like to revisit, especially in better weather-had fog on second day.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

We took our grandchildren to the Lodge for 1 night. We loved our 2 bedroom 2 bath cabin with the fireplace and hot tub. The views were magnificent! This is not a rustic place by any means - everything is top notch. The bathrooms and towels were even first class and the beds were very comfortable. We had a full kitchen with all of the amenities if we wanted to cook, which we did not. We found the food at the lodge to be very good and prices were reasonable compared to prices in Dallas. We felt like we were very secluded, but it was reassuring to see the phone with a "front desk" button on it - made us feel secure. There is also a large indoor pool with a slide that our grandchildren enjoyed. We have already made reservations to return in a couple of months to stay 3 nights, but without the kids!

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lodge Drive, 16878 Highway 309 South, Paris, AR 72855
Location: United States > Arkansas > Paris
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Paris
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience The Lodge at Mount Magazine. Overlooking the Petit Jean River Valley and Blue Mountain Lake, this resort mountain lodge offers 60 guest rooms with breathtaking views of the valley below. Gracing the south bluff of Arkansas's high point, the Lodge at Mount Magazine is one of the finest Arkansas lodges and offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in The Natural State. With its sweeping views of the Petit Jean River Valley and distant Blue Mountain Lake, lodging in this mountaintop resort combines a majestic natural setting with first-class amenities. The modern, rustic-style lodge offers 60 guest rooms, a hearth room lobby, delicious classic Southern cuisine in the Skycrest Restaurant, a conference center, business center, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, and gift shop, making this one of the most well-appointed Arkansas lodges. The three-wing lodge stretches along the bluff so that the hearth room, restaurant, swimming pool, and all 60 guest rooms offer the view from the bluff. This is a getaway for couples. It's for families and friends to share together, too. ... more   less 
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