The Experience

One of the country’s most historically significant hotels, the Capital opened in 1870, with President U.S. Grant staying as a guest not long thereafter. The hotel opened with indoor plumbing and heating and introduced the country’s first “magnetic annunciator” to call room service. Over the years, the Capital was regarded as the “sweet spot” for all political announcements and served as President Bill Clinton’s local headquarters during his tenure as President.  As the “Grand Dame” of downtown life for more than a century, the Capital is uniquely positioned for both the business travelers who appreciate the hotel’s proximity to important business locations and leisure guests interested in the Clinton Library, The Arts Center, The Museum of Discovery, the River market, myriad historic buildings and the Riverfront.  

Located fifteen minutes from Little Rock airport, we feature 130 years of character complemented by the comfort and efficiency of a modern luxury hotel, the Capital stands apart from virtually every hotel in the U.S.

Each guest of the Capital will enjoy in-room safes, hair dryers, Frette robes and slippers, irons and boards, complimentary wireless access as well as complimentary internet hook-up. All 94 rooms including 15 Capital Great Rooms (semi-suites) and four suites offer flat-screen televisions.  The suites can be configured as one- or two-bedroom while eight rooms are more conventionally “connected.” Bed linens are by Chaz Stevens, bath linens by Frette and bath amenities by Moulton Brown.

There are two restaurants on site including Ashley’s and Capital Bar and Grill.

Executive Chef extraordinaire, Joel Antunes has returned to the US to take the culinary helm of Ashley’s. Antunes has been awarded nominations for the best restaurant in Asia and the UK. He operated Michelin-star restaurant Les Saveurs in London, then earned 5 Stars at The Ritz Carlton Buckhead followed by his eponymous James Beard-awarded restaurant, also in Atlanta.

“Having spent decades in crowded urban environments, my wife Ellen and I wanted to locate a place we could call home. After visiting a number of high-profile destinations around the world, I was invited to Little Rock at the recommendation of a mutual friend. The region reminded me of the small farming community of my childhood in France and we werre both excited to be returning to the South where we feel at home with people and the soil.” With the complement of a vast, award-winning Wine Cellar, Ashley’s is worth a special trip.

In addition to the Rivermarket and the Clinton Library, the downtown offers an astonishing array of museums and historic buildings all within walking distance. Shopping options range from boutiques to fashion malls each nearby but in different parts of town. The concierge will be happy to describe each and arrange the hotel automobile. For the more energetic, sports activities include the “basics” such as golf and tennis or more exotic options such as hiking; bicycling, hunting or even kayaking. Depending upon seasonal availability, each can be easily coordinated for a half- or full-day excursion.  Also, guests of the Capital are provided complimentary admission to the Downtown Fitness Center directly across Louisiana Street from the hotel. Downtown Fitness is a fully staffed health club offering an extensive array of exercise equipment and group workout activities. Guests Receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests
  • Greeting amenity to include handmade spiced pecans
    • and bottles of Mountain Valley still and sparkling waters and Two tickets to the Clinton Library including transfers to and from. Choice of: Charcuterie plate and wine pairing in the, Capital Bar and Grill for up to two guests
  • OR
  • Wine pairings
    • with the purchase of either a three-course or Chef’s Tasting menus in Ashley’s
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability

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