Nu Velda Rose Resort Hotel
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Motorcycle: 273 miles, After getting fuel in Branson, the sleeve came out of the ignition lock switch. Oops, we lost it temporarily. The bike won't start if we can't find the sleeve and get it back in place. A good scouring of the parking lot was successful. On the road again. Woke to thunder and lightning; early morning, rain continued until we were ready to ...
Traveled to Hot Springs today. Erin did most of the driving. We hiked in Gulpha Gorge campground for just a bit and the rest of the time was spent creeking. Even Charlie got in on the action. The Miss Arkansas pageant is being held in downtown Hot Springs. We may head into downtown tomorrow to check out the sights. The campground is nice but quiet. You'll have that during the work week. We'll probably hit the pool tonight after dinner. ...
... the original optimus prime transformers truck and we got a tour!
So long story short , tow guy brought us to hot springs, caa got the bill, parts will meet us in Memphis as I think i figured out a way to bodge it together with glue and a old washer i found in the parking lot and i bribed the parking guys to have a spot under the security camera in front of the hotel... lol, haven't forgot mexico yet!
... the campfire were spent playing "The Decades of My Life" game and we learned a lot about each other’s lives.
It was emotional to see the Macdonald’s drive away but they have a fun weekend planned camping with two grandsons at Grapevine Lake near their home and we have the road calling us ahead to new adventures and more special family ...
... houses. Only a couple of the bathhouses were open. Seemed as if everything was being renovated. You'd think the National Park Service would have done a better job of timing the renovations, so that they weren't all being done at the same time. There was no checkpoint to drive into the park as with Yellowstone or the Arches, etc... nothing to see.
One interesting tidbit was the hot springs don't come from a volcanic ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Nu Velda Rose Resort Hotel Hot Springs
I have a mixed review of the Velda Rose, but... ultimately we were happy there and had a great time. On the positive, the hotel is a cool throw-back to the era when Hot Springs was a booming spa town, and the public areas like the lobby, restaurant, elevators, and bar are very nice (leather sofas and chairs, fountains, brass, etc.). In addition, the staff was very friendly and helpful. The VR also has a cool third floor terrace adjacent to the pool that is very well-kept. There are several tables & chairs w/umbrellas scattered amongst lots of plants & flowers. The pool itself is neat and unique. It is built on the third floor and although it is outside, it is covered by the fourth floor, etcetera. It, too, had a cool throw-back feel. We also liked having a covered parking garage. The negatives? Well, there were several but we laughed them off because we liked the hotel's feel. The balconies needed painting badly; the rooms & hallways had a slight musty smell (I forgot the Febreze!), and the bathrooms b-a-d-l-y need an update. We also got a kick out of the very old but well-functioning television! Looked like one from The Brady Bunch era! Overall, though, we liked it. It is also w/in easy walking distance of Bathhouse Row and all the cool downtown shops.
I am currently planning a vacation and am relying on this site a lot so I decided to go back and review some places my husband and I have stayed since I realize how important these reviews can be. We spent a couple of nights at the Velda Rose last summer and enjoyed it very much. Ok, it was pretty typical for the price range, nothing that stands out as really fabulous. But it was perfectly nice. It had a nice pool area. We felt safe and had no problems at all with our room, the staff or other guests. The location is great also, right up the street from the wonderful downtown shops and spas. There is also a great little place for breakfast right down the street. We know better than to eat in hotel restaurants when we want a good meal so I can't comment on the restaurant but otherwise would recommend it fully. Some people are just determined to be miserable.
I stayed here in february of 2004. The parking garage is spooky...entering the hotel from the parking garage on the second level is even spookier. It made me wonder if someone would be waiting around the corner to grab me before i got to the elevator. There were plenty of cars there, but the floor we were on seemed deserted, and that was not a good thing. I was really spooked out by this place, and not in some sort of ghostly way, but it seemed like the perfect breeding ground for criminal activity. Our room was not that clean or comfortable. The door to the balcony was broken so a very ambitious theif could have gotten into our room had he/she wanted to climb up a few stories! This place just seemed run down. And the staff at the front desk...i'd give them a (C-) They sure took their time in everything they did and acted as if no one minded waiting triple the time it should normally take for a specific task to get done.
Watch stolen from our room!
We left our room at 9am (before checkout) to get a massage and thermal bath. My husband left his watch on the nightstand. When we returned an hour and a half later, his watch was gone. Two maids claimed they had been in the room but didn't see the watch. The general manager was uncaring and rude. We had to corner him to get him to talk to us (after waiting 30 minutes). We'll never stay there again. I'm just glad I didn't leave my purse and any other valuables there.
Absolutely the worst hotel I've ever stayed at. The lobby was fairly nice but it was no indication of what I would see when we got to our room.It was a huge room with fake wood furniture, something you might see in a flea market. The floor - a cheap looking carpet - had huge dark stains all over it. There were two mismatched sofas and two mismatched coffee tables.One of the doors in the room was an EXIT door to the outside of the hotel, padlocked from the inside. There was what appeared to be some sort of utility closet in the room with old furniture stacked every whereThe entire toilet "vibrated" when the toilet was flushed. We did not use the tub.As for the bed, the sheets appeared to be clean (thank goodness) and had nice feather pillows. But that's all I can say nice about the place.I realize it is a historic hotel, which is why we chose it (it was our third choice; the Arlington and the Majestic were booked) but it was filthy and noisy. The people in the room next to ours stayed up all night playing poker. Yes, we could hear them clearly enough to know they were playing poker.We had dinner at the hotel restaurant and the food and service were horrible.
I carried my bags up and down the hall to the elevator to the registration desk five times because my key card did not wrok. The first room I was assigned was in a little hallway with no light called the Govenors Suite - I could barley see the room number - the key card did not work. I carried my luggage back downstairs where someone came up to the room to make sure the new card worked. The room was hot - there was sheet rock on the dressor from the ceiling - the floor was not vaccummed. They graciously moved me to the other end of the hall.
Stayed there July 24-26. Other than some people that were loud one night which was not the hotel's fault, it was good. Staff was friendly.
Pool was great!
Stayed there for 12 July to 14 July. When we checked in there were 3 family reunions, a ten year high school reunion, a 50 year anniversary, a symposium dealing w/ chickens and was hosting an entire floor of school age dancers for a competition of some sort.
It was OK
The room was clean; the service was OK. It was very hard to turn on the hot water and it took two calls to the desk to get that straightened out. The staff seem kind of... depressed. The food is not great, but there are plenty of decent places to eat nearby and further downtown. I'm going back to Hot Springs for a conference this summer and I'll probably stay at the Velda Rose again because I don't think any of the other nearby places are any better -- and the conference is at the Velda Rose, so it's very convenient.
The Velda Ros
My husband and I stayed at the Velda Rose Resort Hotel and Spa and we
were treated very well, we had never been to Hot springs before and we
heard that the Velda Rose was older than the Majestic and the Arlington
but the one on one service was alot better at the Velda Rose. We were
very pleased, and we will return again.