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Oelwein, Iowa
Reviewed yesterday NEW

this was our first time staying. we stayed in the bengal suite. The room itself was far more than i imagined it was going to be. The bathroom was enormous and nicely done. The bed provided an amazing night sleep, as did the pull out couch which was really surprising. But the highlight of the room, above and beyond is...

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The suites have been upgraded and are great to stay in. Our visit was with two adults and two teens and it was grand. The room was comfy and clean. Listening to the animals call each other is such a treat.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wow - from arrival to departure I had a phenomenal stay in the Congo Safari Lodge! Highly recommend visiting. The lodge room itself is a wonderful mix of privacy and sociability with a private porch and then shared porch with fire ring and hut tub. The room is super impressive - comfy furnishings and a real 'African safari' feel to...

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Lees Summit
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have stayed here several times an enjoy the staff and grounds. They truly care about these missed treated animals. They care for them and love them . If you love big cats and animals this is a place to see them.

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LodgingStaff, Manager at Turpentine Creek Overnight Lodging, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us so frequently! We appreciate your dedication to the animals and are happy to hear that you enjoy your time at the refuge. These animals deserved a second chance and that's what we are giving them here at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Thanks for your support, we look forward to your next visit!

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Reviewed January 16, 2017

Wonderful oasis, friendly folks, amazing animals well taken care of...We were so comfortable and made to feel so welcome. It was a rare opportunity to hear the lions caroling! Everyone went out of their way to answer our questions about the care of the cats and bears they harbor. You can tell that each and every employee feels part of...

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LodgingStaff, Manager at Turpentine Creek Overnight Lodging, responded to this review

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the refuge! It's a magical experience getting to hear the lions carol throughout the night. Our team is passionate about giving our guests an educational and unforgettable experience. We appreciate your support and dedication to the refuge.

Reviewed January 14, 2017

We love coming to Turpentine Creek. We love to see and hear the tigers, lions, and yes the bears!!! Everyone who helps out there is very friendly and helpful. They are knowledgeable about every tiger, lion, and bear and the background for every single one. I think sharing their stories for everyone who comes to see them helps people understand...

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scottesmith, Manager at Turpentine Creek Overnight Lodging, responded to this review

Dear David S, Thank you for the review and for spreading the word about our mission! We could not be giving all of these animals the care we do without supporters like You! We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and we cannot wait to see you at the refuge on your next visit! Hospitality Coordinator Miranda Smith

Gurdon, Arkansas
Reviewed January 10, 2017

The room exceeded our expectations. Very clean and comfortable, spacious bathroom. Our 4 year old granddaughter was very grateful for the breakfast, saying, "Look, they even left me juice!" Of course she got the chocolate muffin! We got to observe Poncho right out our window while eating our breakfast at the table. I asked Pooh how many times she'd had...

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scottesmith, Manager at Turpentine Creek Overnight Lodging, responded to this review

Judy, I'm sure Poncho had a lovely breakfast with you and your granddaughter! The Siberian suite is one of our unique units with a gorgeous view of Poncho and Montana's habitat. These boys enjoy greeting our lodging guests and playing with their enrichment toys. I'm happy to hear that you will get to share such a great memory with your...

Dallas, Texas
Reviewed January 6, 2017

We loved the experience of staying at the refuge in the Bengal Suite. The staff was amazing and the room extremely clean. With kids though you are limited in where you could stay. It was more like a hotel room attached to their offices than staying in a lodge. They have the lodge area, but that is for 18 and...

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scottesmith, Manager at Turpentine Creek Overnight Lodging, responded to this review

Martha, We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay in the Bengal suite! We are currently working on creating more family-friendly units for you to choose from. The suites are a great option for families who want to be close to the animals and hear the lions carol throughout the night. We look forward to your next visit!...

Houston, Texas
Reviewed December 23, 2016

We have supported the TCWR since discovering it by chance in 2000. What this organization does to mitigate the harm done to big cats (and other animals unsuited to be pets) by thoughtless humans is tremendous and deserves every support. This can be done by visiting the refuge and staying in one of the lodging forms provided (from "safari tents"...

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scottesmith, Manager at Turpentine Creek Overnight Lodging, responded to this review

Henry and Marilyn, Thank you for your continued support through the years. We are so incredibly grateful for such wonderful supporters that truly love the animals and our mission here at Turpentine Creek. Education is vital when protecting these innocent creatures and we try to inform the public in any way that we can. Lodging with us is a great...

Kansas City, Missouri
Reviewed December 17, 2016

Still raving about our winter getaway to Turpentine Creek's safari cabins. Beautiful view, fire pit and hot tub. Interior is so cool, nice amenities of coffee maker, fridge and microwave, very relaxing since we brought food and beverages. Could hear lions at night. You get to take as many tours as u want and since every animal has a story,...

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scottesmith, General Manager at Turpentine Creek Overnight Lodging, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking time to wright a review about your experience staying with us in our Zulu Safari Lodges. I feel like the Holiday season is the best time to come visit our furry friends and beautiful historic downtown Eureka Springs. Also the animals are usually more active when its a little cold out compared to when...

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Amenities

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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
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  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
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 

Additional Information about Turpentine Creek Overnight Lodging

Address: 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Location: United States > Arkansas > Eureka Springs
Price Range: $87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Bb Hotel Eureka Springs
Turpentine Creek Bb Arkansas
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“i have only stayed once and it was in the Bengal suite, i would choose that or the siberian suite.”
 of 5 bubbles cdkingof1982, yesterday | Read review
“If you want to be right next to the tigers, ask for this location. It is thrilling and perfectly safe!!”
 of 5 bubbles _mtwr100, Jan 16, 2017 | Read review
“They have TVs, microwave, coffee maker with coffee, tea, and hot cocoa. They stock with muffins, fruit cups, and oatmeal..”
 of 5 bubbles Y9888EUdavids, Jan 14, 2017 | Read review
“To have tigers outside your window, get the Siberian Suite.”
 of 5 bubbles judylQ2846WD, Jan 10, 2017 | Read review
“The Bengal Suite we stayed in was very comfortable, and (given the winter snow storm we had at the time) also well heated! The rooms are comfortable and well appointed, and include unlimited daytime access to the refuge itself.”
 of 5 bubbles 654henryl, Dec 23, 2016 | Read review
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