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“Great price but needs updating.” 5 of 5 stars
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Willow Beach Motel
260 Lake Hamilton Dr, Hot Springs, AR 71913   |  
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Ranked #23 of 41 Hotels in Hot Springs
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15 reviews
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“Great price but needs updating.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I stayed 3 nights for a good price with a kitchenette (room 7)!! Room really needs some updating, but the views of Lake Hamilton make up for it. Staff was very nice and helpful with the area, since we had never been. Can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Frisco
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61 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

I would have given this review an easy 4 stars if not for the thousands of cigarette butts littering the groungs. They do a good job of cleaning the rooms but I was really put off by the butts. The view is wonderful and cabin was fine for the three of us. We also met some nice people while we were there. They do have a boat ramp and free covered boat dock for their guests.

With just a little pride in ownership this place would be really nice, but they let things get run down. A little elbow grease and paint would go a long way. They do a good business as the place was almose full and we were there during the week so they could afford to put in more effort. We stayed in unit 6 from 7/8/ 7/11 and the people who checked out before we checked in sould be ashamed of themselves and try to smoke less. There were butts covering the entire grounds but were the worst behind our cabin. Picking up after them first thing was not plesant. They do have charcoal grill behing each cabin which is nice but be prepared to clean that out as well.

All in all we did enjoy our visit and will stay here again.

Room Tip: Room 6 is on the point with the best view of the lake.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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25 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

Driving up to a door covered with rust was the immediate turn-off. Bad directions also.
Be advised no housekeeping. No refill on the coffee or condiments for the coffeemaker. No shampoo or conditioner. Older motel and the outdoor chairs show it--rust like elsewhere. The AC was the noisiest I have ever encountered. There was some mildew on the bathtub. The door has an opaque window that lets in a lot of light at night...it needs a room-darkening cover over it.

Now for the good. The price is about $92 a day including tax. Not bad when you have a fully equipped kitchenette and a boat dock right outside your door. It is near very many restaurants and a shopping mall. It is right on the lake and the water was about 15 feet from our big glass sliding doors. In other words, the view was great. It is about a 15 minute drive into the Bathhouse row historic area. Now I asked for quiet and the guy at the desk suggested 16 after I asked for 1 on the point. The Point rooms by far have the best view but 16 does look out across the lake and has a fine view. We made friends with the local duck by giving him a slice of bread. It was nice sitting there in the evening drinking a beer at the end of the day and watching the boats go by. Oh by the way, the Duck tour boat launches right outside our back door and we watched it tour the lake.

The beds are clean and comfortable. The overall room is large and comfortable, older TV in a cabinet, sleeper sofa, microwave, small fridge, full range, table with 4 chairs. If I stayed somewhere else on my next visit, I think I would pick the Baymont. It really looks nice and has a great view of Lake Hamilton also.

Room Tip: Rooms on the Point have the best view and are closest to the boat dock and swimming pool.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

Took a chance & stayed here even though there were a few negative reviews. We knew that we would be gone most of the day & didn't want to spend a lot of money on a hotel. Our gamble paid off because this little hotel was exactly what we needed with a nice-sized room & fantastic location. There were a few places in the room that could've been better (bathroom shower curtain for example) but overall we really had no complaints...so much so we are going back this year & bringing my mom & dad with us.

  • Stayed May 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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38 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

We stayed at Willow Beach 5 years ago and again last week. Both experiences were excellent and perfect for our style of overnight accommodations. The motel is situated right on Lake Hamilton with a pleasant and unobstructed view of the lake through the patio doors. Our room and our son's room had a large TV / armoire, couch, two beds, dining table and chairs--all comfortable, clean and in good condition.

We also had a refrigerator, sink, microwave, coffee pot, and the necessary kitchen supplies. Those were all the food preparation amenities we need, as we enjoy dining out while we are in Hot Springs for the horse races.

The price of $60+/night is quite reasonable.

If you want a fancy B & B, a chocolate mint on your pillow, and a valet to park your car (for 4-5 times the price of Willow Beach), Hot Springs has those, too. But if you want a clean, comfortable home-away-from-home where you can relax with your family and friends, enjoy a lovely lake view--and still have money in your pocket to bet on the ponies--Willow Beach Motel cannot be beat.

  • Stayed March 2012, 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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NATCHEZ
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

Willow Beach is one of the few remaining Mom & Pop lake motels on Lake Hamilton. My wife and I have been going to Hot Springs for over 30 years and love it more every time we visit. We ALWAYS stay here. We personally love the laid back, clean and friendly atmosphere. You are literally 20 feet from the lake out your sliding glass door. Now don't go thinking you're in a 5 star hotel; this is for family people who just enjoy nice clean rooms at a very minumum price. $55.00 night with king bed. This is a 60's era motel. Right on the water so you can see everything going on in the lake, beautiful pool. It's one of those places where you meet your neighbor and end up being great friends and seeing year after year. Bbq pits, large deck to fish from, boat docks, everything I need for a REAL VACATION. The ducks and geese come for breakfast every morning:)

  • Stayed November 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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Dallas
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34 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

When we first drove up, my husband and I thought, "Uh, oh..." It looked like an old vacant motel from a movie. Then we got the key to #6 and realized we were right on the lake with only a tree and a picnic bench between us and the water. While the furnishings may have been dated (green carpeting etc.), it had all the amenities - comfortable bed, free wi-fi, cable TV, a fully equipped kitchen incl. microwave, and a clean bathroom. The price was a bargain. A Canadian goose woke me up the next morning. Slept with the window and door open since there were screens and the fresh air was wonderful.

Room Tip: #6 was on the corner so had windows on two sides and only one neighbor.
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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
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 260 Lake Hamilton Dr, Hot Springs, AR 71913
Location: United States > Arkansas > Hot Springs
Amenities:
Kitchenette
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Ranked #23 of 41 Hotels in Hot Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 18
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