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“Eclectic "Inn" is a wonderful, thrifty surprise. Clean as a whistle!”
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The B Inn
Ranked #14 of 19 Hot Springs B&B and Inns
Dallas, Texas
1 review
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“Eclectic "Inn" is a wonderful, thrifty surprise. Clean as a whistle!”
Reviewed May 26, 2011

Hot Springs National Park is America's FIRST such federally protected place and is not only breathtakingly beautiful, it has a century and a half of history that is quite astounding. Gangsters, movie stars, millionaires, robber barons, shady real estate deals, politicians, greedy businessmen, abused Native Americans: it's all here! (Or certainly was here.) What remains are the thrilling mountains and valleys and quartz mines and hot, hot, hot natural mineral waters.

THE B INN sits at the nexus of that history and at the very doorstep of the historic section of Hot Springs "touristy" strip on one side and the newly-emerging "Fountain District" on the other.

It's but a brief stroll past a throw-back of a doughnut shop with hilariously tilted (for no discernible reason) window signs and the awaiting-reopening Majestic Hotel and Baths to find yourself in the thick of turn-of-the-20th Century bathhouses where the famous and infamous of the 1920s, '30s, '40s and '50s gathered in mineral watery pleasure.

All around those lavishly appointed bathhouses are the restaurants, gift shops, adult libations stations (bars), and all the rest that helps entertain and sustain visitors. It's as delightful and interesting as it can be!

The B Inn is a bit of an odd duck, which is saying something when it comes to Hot Springs. The house-on-the-hill that "anchors" the property looks straight out of The Addams Family; a charmingly spooky three-story antique in desperate need of a full restoration. The house shall get that restoration ultimately at the hands of Joseph and Armando, who are planning to use the proceeds from renting out their nine "motel rooms" to finally open the house as a healing space and art gallery. It currently stands empty and forlorn, but still visually beautiful. It's a landmark of a place!

"Motel rooms"? Well, yes. Extending from the house on both sides is what appear to be flat-roofed wings of a 1950s motel. There is a complicated history of why the architecture should be this way and to the purpose it had for returning G.I.s who were seeking the healing benefits of the Hot Springs. Just accept the fact that your room will be one of the nine available in the "motel" section and be grateful for a couple of things: The rooms / suites are so clean you could operate in them and, two: the rates are ridiculously reasonable.

Oh, and did I mention that each of the rooms is furnished in a hodge-podge of real antique furniture and art, great literature (books!), and idiosyncrasies too numerous to mention? This ain't your "Motel 6" kind of joint, my friend. The B Inn represents an adventure that will ADD to your enjoyment of the entire Hot Springs experience.

We rented their largest room, the Literary Suite, which is actually a one-bedroom (two double beds, TV, etc.) APARTMENT. There is a full kitchen, comfy living room (another TV) with fold-out sofa, a rather large "computer office'/dining room," shelves full of books, and a small but efficient bathroom jammed with fresh towels. All that space for a mere $75 a night! (AND they allowed us to bring Athena, our well-behaved 100-lb. Otterhound at NO EXTRA CHARGE!)

Upon our departure, Joseph and Armando showed us another room that contained one of the most magnificent four-poster beds we've ever seen anywhere, giant ball-and-claw feet and all. While it wasn't a "suite," it was a large room and came with refrigerator, microwave, and other features for the grab-it-when-you-can low price of $60 a night.

At precisely 9:15 a.m., a basket overflowing with breakfast goodies is delivered to the rooms. I would have preferred an earlier delivery since I'm an early riser, but that seems a quibble. The basket contains a variety of juices, granola bars, little tubs of flavored yogurt, string cheeses, apples, tangerines, bananas, mini-muffins, doughnuts (from the aforementioned nearby shop), and all manner of tasty things. So much, in fact, that we snacked on it all day and at the end of our four-day stay, took the left-overs home. Free mini-muffins and orange juice on the five-hour drive back to Dallas was a nice "bonus."

The owners also offer a variety of brief free "tours" of the nearby area, including the old house at the center of their property. They are eager to promote the "Fountain District" and to help further preserve the unique area. In the best sense of the word, these guys are history missionaries.

José and I plan to go back to The B Inn as often as we can. That four-poster bed beckons! If you're laid-back enough to accept a room that doesn't look like every other motel room in the country, this is your kind of place, Mr. & Ms. Adventurous Heart. From the unique perspective of The B Inn, you can strike out to hike, bike or drive up mountains, eat some of the best bar-b-que in the world (at McClard's and Whole Hog), bathe and drink their justly famous mineral water, play the ponies at their DOWNTOWN horse-racing track, attend regional theatre starring major celebrities (Jerry Van Dyke and Tommy Smothers in "The Sunshine Boys" currently) and return "home" to a place that will amuse and delight you for your entire stay. Come, play along!

And get a massage at the nearby SPRINGS. Ask for Elvis and then Mark or "Iron Hands."... Follow that with a dinner at the beautiful Central Park restaurant, which is one of the most serious foodie places in the whole area. It also has a great wine list. Both are within a brief stroll from The B Inn.

(Before I forget, while in Hot Springs you can soak up some of the best BLUES music I've ever heard. It's hosted by The Ohio Club on the strip. A former owner changed the name of the place to "Capone's" for the tourist appeal, but since it was originally named the Ohio Club BY Al Capone, the new owners changed it back (It was a favorite hang-out of the one and only Mae West!) Check out the LIVE blues every Wednesday night. The hamburgers are great, too!)

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Calico Rock, Arkansas
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Reviewed May 15, 2011

My wife and I stayed in "The Big Bed Room" which was very comfortable and inexpensive. The Inn is inside a walled area of an old resort which has a great old house currently being refurbished. What looks like a 50's motel lies along two walls, and the hosts are renovating one room at a time--so the inside is quite different than the outside appearance. One of the best restaurants in Arkansas is an easy walk, and we paid more for supper than for our room. Breakfast was delivered to the room with fruit, yogurt, and a pastry made at the family-run donut shop nearby. Learning that we were vegetarians, Joseph pointed us to a great vegan restaurant where we enjoyed lunch the next day. The B Inn is handy to bathhouse row and the trails to the top of Hot Springs mountain. Even though it was racing season, we were able to get a one-night stay on short notice.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 15, 2011

Stayed two nights here,and it was great.Great friendly staff.Super clean room all over and it was quiet too. Breakfast was great.Bed was nice.Walked right down the street to downtown shopping so no need to pay to park anywhere.Accepted pets which was a great bonus for us.We sat on the porch and watched it rain while Toby the yellow lab watched us.LOL. Am looking forward to our return to Hot springs in the fall and will definitely be staying here again..

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
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Springfield, Missouri
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Reviewed May 8, 2011

Found this place and really enjoyed it. The owners are really cool and the rooms are really neat. Also, very good rates and a very good location. I will stay there every time I'm in town.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 8, 2011

We had a terrible experience! Would not recommend my enemies to stay here! It wasn't clean, the second night the owners were having a party and we got no sleep, and the bath cloths had holes in them! I have pictures to back up what I am saying! Can't upload them though!

  • Stayed March 2011
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armandoHotSprings, Owner at The B Inn, responded to this review, May 11, 2011
While we find it very important to respond to a guest and reflect and improve our inn based on guest input, we feel this review was written by a competitor or someone with ill intentions. Nothing in the review seems consistent with someone that actually stayed at the property. All published photos are from our rooms and property.
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed May 1, 2011

The room was charming and the bed, very comfortable. I stayed in the History Room, perfect for one or two people, especially at the price. The continental breakfast kept me going all day! The B Inn really reflects the atmosphere of Hot Springs. Great location, within walking distance of downtown but not right in the middle of everything. Joseph is a great host and Toby is a real sweetie!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 21, 2011

When we came last year, only one room was ready to rent . This year, all the rooms are mostly renovated and useable now. Armando and Joseph have done wonders with the place! Still a few decor quirks to overcome, but the rooms are very clean, fresh linens on each new bed, and the continental breakfast baskets are still loaded down with freshly baked donuts, chilled yogurt and fruit, cereals, juices, and other little goodies! And Toby the oversized yellow lab is still on call to welcome you as you drive in. ( The main castle spa is not ready for use yet though) Free WiFi. We'll sure be back again next year!

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Property: The B Inn
Address: 316 Park Avenue, Hot Springs, AR
Location: United States > Arkansas > Hot Springs
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #14 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Hot Springs
Hotel Class:2 star — The B Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 9
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