1905 Basin Park Hotel
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... four hour tour that of course took six. Started off with a clear blue sky and 3/4 the way through the trip rain started to fall and guess who didn't have their raing gear Yep! ME. The rain stopped long enough that I could blow dry before I got to my cabin.
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... ride around town. The houses are great! Ranging from small palaces to the witches house on the left. I hope you enjoy them
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Tomorrow a six hour tour of the Ozarks.
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Historical Traveler Reviews 1905 Basin Park Hotel Eureka Springs
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Not very good food. Service was horrible. Check was twice what should've been paid. Do not recommend eating here.
A blast from the past with modern convenience
What a wonderful historic hotel. I and my wife stayed in room 102 and it was the most wonderful experience. We travel the country going from historic hotel to hotel. We were surprised to see a hotel of such standards in such a small town. Wow what an incredible building with unbelievable history. I have made plans to stop in Eureka Springs next time I get close and I know where I will be staying with out a doubt.... Thanks to the exemplary staff of the Basin Park Hotel...
My wife and I stayed here during the off-season between Christmas and New Year's Eve. Though the town of Eureka Springs was quiet, the hotel was busy with couples like us, here for the spa. The hotel is just over a century old, so rooms are quaint, but comfortable and large. Ours had a separate TV room (with a sofa, microwave, fridge, and table), a smallish main bedroom, and a large bathroom (with wonderful Jacuzzi!) The main bar/restaurant closed at 8:30 - perhaps just for the winter season? - which allowed us to experience the billiards room at the top floor, where a couple of poker and chess games were in full-swing. Certainly a livelier alternative to standard hotel bars! As with other hotels on our journey, the main downside was staff attitude - customer service seems to mean nothing! The driver that collected us from the distant car park and the front desk guy wore frowns and couldn't raise a smile between them. Is it too much to smile at customers and make them feel welcome? Or do we have to tip first? I thought one tips to reward good service, not to receive it in the first place.
The 'spa' is just converted bedrooms on the second floor in which you get your massages and wraps. You'll need to go elsewhere if your needs are beyond those simple treatments - no sauna or anything fancy!
Our recommendation would be to use the Basin Park as a base from which to explore the Eureka Springs area (which is beautiful), if you are on a budget. If not, go to one of the classier hotels in town.
Historic architecture, had no problems
We stayed at the Basin Park Hotel in June 2003. I only found out about the Trip Advisor site in 2005 but wanted to add my comments about the hotel.
We found that the room was quite nice...it had an old-fashioned charm but was perfectly functional and clean. The bathroom was clean and I could find no flaws with it...bed was comfortable. There was an antique dresser with mirror in the room, large closet, TV with cable. The air conditioner was kind of an old window unit but worked fine. The only thing not clean in the room was the outsides of the windows. (The windows were quite large, going almost from floor to ceiling.)
There is a restaurant and bar on about the 2nd floor of the hotel, food and service were good. We had a fish dish with an almond sauce that kind of had a sweet taste to it...we did not like the sweetness of the sauce but the dishes were well prepared. You can dine out on a balcony overlooking the town. Dinner was $40-50 for two.
On the top floor is a ballroom and a cocktail lounge or bar...the bar had loud rock music playing, we don't really go for that so we did not go in.
The parking for the hotel is a ways away down a steep hillside, although there is a shuttle van to take you there or help you pick up your luggage.
The hotel room was about $110 total a night. We though it was quite nice, had no problems and would recommend it based on our stay in 2003.
We stayed at the Basin ParK Hotel once before when it was just beautiful. Our room was perfect and everything was spotless. Two years ago we returned and found that a change of ownership had taken over and it was disastrous. THe bed was filthy and so was the tub. The furniture was not antique just old and nothing worked including the kitchenette an old microwave and a nonworking fridge. Never again. I have since heard that it has gone further downhill even after the new owner has renovated it. Save your money and stay at one of the newer motels or at one of the B&Bs
I don't know...
In staying in Eureka Springs one night to investigate wedding plans for this fall, we stayed at the Basin Park Hotel a few weeks ago during the Eureka Springs off-season. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. They were more than accommodating with their shuttle service.
However, service seems to move in slow motion throughout the hotel, including the restaurant/bar upstairs. Perhaps we're simply used to a faster-paced lifestyle.
The biggest drawback about Basin Park I found was being able to hear every word, laugh, cough, and sigh from the guests staying in the room below ours. The walls are so thin we could not escape waking up as early as everyone else in the building. Maybe the age of the hotel is its biggest detriment in that regard. Charm it has, privacy it does not.
A Grand View
I have stayed in two superior suites. Very roomy. Good effort at furnishing with period furniture. Rooms were clean and these suites have a great view of Spring Street, but would be better if they would clean the outside of the windows. I don't think they have been cleaned in years. The parking lot is about five blocks away, but the staff is helpful at arival and departture. You shouldn't need to go to your car very often if ever. I rate this hotel not for quality of rooms or service as much as Location, Location, Location. It's in the heart of downtown, on a trolley line, and there are at least a dozen restaurants within a few minutes walk. I WILL stay there again!
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Quaint? Yes. Old? Yes. Overpriced? YES!!! My superior suite on the 5th floor was just below the billiards hall that closes at 2:00 a.m. I heard them through the ceiling all nite. Our suite has a very quaint slope to the floor causing the head of the bed to be several inches lower than the foot. This hotel was built in 1905 and it has be renovated but still has a long way to go. Great location in town. NO parking, painfully slow elevator. If you are not very finicky and just love old stuff for the atmosphere, this is your place. Otherwise, get a room at the Super 8. At least you'll get your moneys worth there.
No hustle or bustle
My husband and I stayed here and we were suprinsingly impressed the rooms are cozy and quaint, the staff is friendly, the parking is poor and the places to eat inside the hotel were okay, not alot of choices, but overall its a very nice place to visit.
I was shocked at the horrible bed. It fell apart with us in it. No room, sorry bath rooms, just bad. Air conditioning did not work properly. Just horrible, never stay there again.