I came in from work one day (in Pine Bluff for a brief contract) exhausted and not feeling like doing anything about dinner. As I was sitting in the back, thinking about what to do, out came the owner, Wanda Bateman, offering me a full dinner which included a goblet of iced tea and banana pudding. She captured my heart at that moment. Pine Bluff natives tell me that the Margland, and Ms. Wanda, have been part of the Pine Bluff landscape for years, and they love her.
The reason I couldn't give the Margland 5 stars was because I was first placed in a sub-standard location. I've chosen not to wonder why. I've also chosen not to be bothered by the memorabilia celebrating the pre-Civil War South. Once I expressed my displeasure about the room, Ms. Wanda immediately did everything she could to make me comfortable. The new room was lovely, with a jacuzzi and antique furniture, and I couldn't hear anything in the house until I exited the room. A much more personal experience than staying in a chain hotel, and a real taste of Southern hospitality. I would especially recommend it for a romantic stay or someone visiting family/friends in the area.