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The Best Things to Do in Hot Springs, AR

By:  One Girl Wandering | June 2020

One Girl Wandering travels to Hot Springs, AR and highlights the best things to do in Hot Springs, AR including staying at The Waters Hotel and going to The Rooftop!  

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Vote for The Waters in the 2019 Village Voice Best Of!

We have made the top three in the Hotel/Resorts category of the 2019 Village Voice Best of competition! If you feel so inclined, please take a moment and vote for us in the Entertainment/Leisure section!  

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A Journey of History, Pleasure and Nature in Hot Springs, Arkansas

By:  Robin Raven | Grok Nation | March 6, 2019

…Vegan eating was a breeze in Hot Springs. The Avenue—a southern artisan-style eatery inside The Waters Hotel located downtown—served up a vegan dessert complete with coconut milk and edible flowers that I still think about….

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Why this Arkansas town is the perfect weekend getaway

By:  AY Magazine | THV11 | March 6, 2019

The Waters and The Avenue were highlighted on THV11 by Heather Baker from AY Magazine!  Check it out by clicking on the link below!  And don’t forget to call us today to make your reservations for St. Patrick’s Day!

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A Weekend in the Spa City

By:  Caleb Talley | issu.com | February 2019

If there was ever a “best time of the year” to visit Hot Springs, March just might be that time.  The Spa City is hopping all month long with activities that you won’t want to miss….The Waters, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member, is situated right along Central Avenue in Downtown Hot Springs, across the street from the historic bathhouse row.

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The Waters Hotel in Hot Springs Arkansas

By: Fleur-de-Gigi | countryboycitygirl.com | November 12, 2018

The Waters Hotel is in the middle of Hot Springs National Park on Central Avenue. A multimillion-dollar historic renovation of this revered building on Bathhouse Row has yielded a boutique hotel with vintage details and up-to-date comforts and amenities. Each of the 62 rooms are unique and true to the building’s history.

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Taste of the Holidays benefits Mid-America Science Museum

by Ansley Watson | Tuesday, November 13th 2018

Our own Chef Casey and Chris Arrison were live on Channel 7 talking about the Taste of the Holidays in Hot Springs!

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Trails, History and Hot Springs

By Trail Runner | October 2018

The allure of Hot Springs, Arkansas, is not just the hot springs. It’s that wherever you are, there’s a trail nearby. I was able to hop onto the Sunset Trail via a footpath right from my hotel, The Waters. Sunset Trail is a C-shaped trail above downtown and is a classic representation of the network you’ll find in this hidden trail-running gem. Hot Springs National Park—the U.S. National Park Service’s second-smallest tract—wraps the city of Hot Springs like a donut.

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Spa-Con 2018

The Waters Hotel has two very special guests during Spa-Con 2018!  Watch as Batman and Robin scale down The Waters Hotel!  Click here to watch the video!

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SPA-CON 2018

By Mark Gregory, The Sentinel-Record | September 20, 2018

The Sentinel-Record/Grace Brown CAPED CRUSADER: Batman and Robin rappel down the front of The Waters hotel in downtown Hot Springs Tuesday night on their way to this weekend’s Spa-Con. The event, staged by Visit Hot Springs, was designed to promote the third annual multigenre convention, which will feature Pam Grier, Sean Maher and Butch Patrick as celebrity guests.

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By Lauren Johnston,  THV11 | September 18, 2018

It was quite the sight on a moonlit night in Spa City…or should we say Gotham City.

With Spa Con coming up the caped crusader himself showed up on the Waters Hotel in downtown Hot Springs. Batman and Robin repelled down the front of the Boutique Hotel.

They landed and told the crowd they are there to fight crime and have some fun at the convention center this weekend.

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by Marcus Coker, Do South Magazine | July 31, 2018

Recently I traveled to Hot Springs as a guest of Visit Hot Springs, and although it wasn’t my first visit to this charming southern town, it was my favorite. I stayed at The Waters Hotel, and both the space and staff were impeccable.

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I am Hot Springs 4

by Visit Hot Springs | July 23, 2018

Things to do in Hot Springs, Arkansas on Real Food Traveler

by traveloffer | July 1, 2018

Between the white tablecloths and Brooklyn-style pies, the culinary scene in Hot Springs is every bit as enticing as the town’s unique history. After you read this article, be sure to take some time to enjoy our podcast interview with Tom Hill, museum curator of Hot Springs National Park. He weaves a wonderful tale about the history of the town.

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by Adam Sawyer | Published on Jun 10, 2018

Tour 14 top attractions in Hot Springs Arkansas, including Hot Springs National Park, Mountain Tower, Bathhouse Row, Lake Ouachita Vista Trail, Oaklawn Racing & Gaming, and Garvan Woodland Gardens.

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Hot Springs, Arkansas: All about water, and more

Ann Yungmeyer | Travel       Bristol Herald-Courier  Bristol, Virginia               May 27, 2018

Mention Hot Springs, and thoughts immediately go to our region’s favorites: Hot Springs, Virginia, with the historic Omni Homestead Resort in Bath County; and Hot Springs, North Carolina, a favorite stop on the Appalachian Trail. And then, there is Hot Springs, Arkansas, near Little Rock.

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REX NELSON: Where celebrities play

by ARKANSAS ONLINE – The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 8, 2018

The photos could be found all over social media last weekend. Kevin Costner–the actor, director and musician who has won Academy, Golden Globe and Emmy awards through the years–was in Hot Springs. A photo of Costner standing alongside the new owner of the Arlington Hotel popped up in my Facebook feed. Later, I saw a photo of Costner with the owner of the Gangster Museum of America.

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How to Spend a Weekend in Hot Springs, Arkansas


Hot Springs, Arkansas, has quite a storied past. What once was on the fast track to becoming the Las Vegas of the South in the early 1900s, complete with gambling, casinos and brothels in plain sight on the town’s main drag, became a popular destination spot for its thermal mineral water that bubbled up naturally out of the ground and was thought to have healing power.

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​On The Trail: Hot Springs National Park

CBS News | March 6, 2016

CBS Sunday Morning came to Hot Springs in 2016 as part of it’s popular “On The Trail” series featuring some of our nation’s national parks. Take a look!

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Two Great Places to Stay in Hot Springs

by America’s Best Racing | March 28, 2017

Horse racing fans heading to Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., have two new incredible lodging options that have opened since last season: The Waters and The Hotel Hot Springs. Both hotels are located in historic downtown and are within walking distance to many great Spa City attractions, restaurants, bars and shops, and both are a short drive away from the track. I have been a guest at both establishments and can give each a hearty recommendation.

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The 25 Best Small Towns in America

Take a soak in this spa town in the Ouachita Mountains. Population: 36,867 A trip to Hot Springs wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the eight historic bathhouses to soak in the town’s namesake mineral springs. Other area attractions include the Garvan Woodland Gardens, the Magic Springs Water and Theme Park, and the Hot Springs Mountain Tower. Be sure to check out the town’s collection of Art Deco buildings.

Read more at https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/best-small-towns-america


Modern look, classic dishes at The Avenue.  You’ll find elevated comfort food there.

By Arkansas Times | February 8, 2018

The Avenue is sleek, clean and well lit. A wall of windows lined with barstools looks out onto Central Avenue, a perfect perch for people-watching. The marble bar is underlit with blue LEDs. Modern light fixtures let you know you’re somewhere brand new and framed black-and-white photos positioned along the walls let you know you’re also sipping cocktails in a place with some history.

Read more at https://www.arktimes.com/arkansas/modern-look-classic-dishes-at-the-avenue/Content?oid=14363556

Top 5 Valentine’s Day Getaway Places in America Revealed

By Steve Winston – World Property Journal | February 9, 2018

#5 – THE WATERS HOTEL, HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS – Hot Springs, Arkansas is a little piece of Paradise. It’s a beautiful old town in the hills, blessed with deep-green forests and cool streams and paths in Nature and a classic Old-Time downtown with colorful shops and restaurants. And, of course, those famous hot springs, where you can “take the waters.” And there’s a new hotel in town, in a beautifully-restored structure built as a medical building in 1913. The Waters Hotel opened just recently, with restored original touches to the building such as Corinthian pilasters, marble floors, and glazed-terracotta exterior. The Avenue–a southern artisan-style restaurant led by award-winning chef and Le Cordon Bleu alumnus Casey Copeland–was added to provide a romantic atmosphere. This is a boutique hotel with only 62 rooms, and a devotion to personal service. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, the “Romantic Retreat Package” is just that, with features such as relaxing massages and spa treatments at the neighboring Quapaw Bathhouse. And it all happens in a town that looks like a Currier & Ives postcard.

Read more at http://www.worldpropertyjournal.com/featured-columnists/great-destinations/adventures-on-the-gorge-the-waters-hotel-hotel-les-mars-lands-creek-log-cabins-western-riviera-lakeside-lodging-best-valentines-day-vacation-destinations-in-2018-valentines-day-vacations-10747.php.


The Hot Springs Revival

by About You | January 31, 2018

Like the mythological phoenix obtaining new life by rising from its ashes, Hot Springs is reinventing itself in the aftermath of the 2014 fire that heavily damaged the historic Majestic Hotel.

“My view of the Majestic is that it’s a once-in-a-generation transformative project and opportunity,” says City Manager David Frasher, adding that city officials and the public will begin discussing what should be built at the now-vacant intersection of Park and Central Avenues in the next few months.

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104-Year-Old Building Finds New Life as Hot Springs Boutique Hotel

by Bear State of Mind | 2017

Historic downtown Hot Springs has a new jewel in her crown.

The Waters, a new 62-room boutique hotel across from Bathhouse Row, opened in the renovated Thompson Building. The Waters, which has quickly become a favorite retreat in Spa City, retains many features of the original historical building while providing a modern experience.

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24 hours in Hot Springs. The city that was built on water.

by Arkansas Times | October 26, 2017

Though Hot Springs once had its share of elegant hotels, the lodging scene has been on the decline — until now. The Waters Hotel, opposite from Bathhouse Row at 340 Central Ave., opened in February 2016 after a 16-month, $8 million renovation. The work transformed the circa 1913 Thompson Building into a sleek, 62-room boutique hotel worthy of any bustling metropolis and a top-tier nightly price. Featuring an outdoor garden, shopping and nightlife just steps away, and on-site fine dining at The Avenue restaurant, The Waters is definitely the place to stay if you want an upscale Hot Springs experience.

Read more at https://www.arktimes.com/arkansas/24-hours-in-hot-springs/Content?oid=10966305


Enjoy the Healing Waters of This Small National Park

by National Geographic

Most national parks cover hundreds of thousands of acres, are far from city streets, and keep natural resources away from commercial users … but not Hot Springs. This smallest of national parks borders a city that has made an industry out of tapping and dispensing the park’s major resource: mineral-rich waters of hot springs.

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Stranger things Rivalry, ‘buffalo’ heat up tub races

by Hot Springs Sentinel-Record | June 4, 2017

Hundreds of spectators soaked up the fun Saturday morning, cheering and hurling water balloons at teams ambitiously racing bath tubs down Central Avenue in front of Bathhouse Row.

The 12th Annual Stueart Pennington Running Of The Tubs featured a dozen teams pushing novelty-themed bathtubs through a barrage of audience-projected water balloons and water gun blasts down to the finish line in front of Buckstaff Bath House.

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