Landmark needs refurbishing A review of Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa
I stayed at the Arlington, Hotel January 3rd with a friend. We got into Hot Springs late at night and my friend and I like Historic Hotels, so from the outside the Arlington looked grand.
We started to get a little nervous while unloading our luggage. There were some people around the garage/entry area who were not connected with the Hotel who looked seedy.
We had no trouble checking in. The lady at the counter was very friendly. We found everyone working at the Hotel to be friendly, but they all seemed to be lacking in enthusiasm.
The hotel was once grand is now dusty and run down. The Arlington was built in the 20's and it appears the the once fabulous lobby was redecorated in the '50s covering up art deco with garrish colors that do not match the building. It looks like nothing has been done to the hotel since. It doesn't appear that clean the place. My friend almost crushed a cockroach as she reached for a door handle on the second floor. I found a wad of bright green chewing gum on one of the beautiful brass bannisters on the stairs between the first and second floors.
The room we stayed in was not bad, but the blinds looked as they had never been dusted, and everything looked a little shabby.
It is a shame that such a landmark is so run down. This hotel has so much potential. It has much history and deserves to be renovated. It is too bad that people in Hot Springs have chosed to invest in building generic hotels on the edge of town instead of putting their money in a landmark that makes their town unique.
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