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The multi-award winning Arkansas accommodations and event facility of our Little Rock Bed and Breakfast were lovingly restored in 1995 to capture the essence of a romantic “Downton Abbey” time while updating the property to meet the needs of today’s travelers, business guests, and brides. Named the #4 Most Romantic in the United States, this small luxury boutique specializes in surpassing expectations. From the moment you enter the foyer of the Grand Sitting Parlor, to relaxing in the hammock in the Moonlight Secret Garden listening to the gurgle of the vintage quartz fountain, this is an experience you will remember! Home to Arkansas’ only SPA Suites sporting hydro-massage showers with steam, aromatherapy and double jacuzzis, and featherbeds, each luxurious guest room/suite at The Empress conveys romance and nostalgia with meticulous detail while offering the utmost in privacy and amenities such as Ipod-Ipad Docking Stations and Free WiFi. Breakfast aromas beckon you to leisurely dining, resplendent with silver service and unrushed conversation, where true Southern hospitality is served along with English crumpets. Downton’s “Carson” finds his counterpart at The Empress with our own dapper bow-tied butler, Robert`–here to meet the needs of our next royal guest-YOU!
The original master bed chamber suite. This 18' x 24' room is furnished with a rare queen size 10-1/2' tall half teaster feather bed in the Renaissance Revival style. The romantic sitting area includes a fireplace with hand painted tile and a verse from Milton's L'Allegro, done by Mary Leicester Wagner for her brother. Relax in the antique style Jacuzzi tub, also has pull chain toilet and marble sink. The room is bathed in the soft glow of camelia pink and green.
Nightly Rate: $259/$0
Escape to the solitude of this spacious octagonal room finished in shade of French Aubergine and green, complimented by a French Walnut king size feather bed (which can be made into twins) and lace at the windows. Curl up in front of the cozy fireplace on the Victorian settee or "sinfully" soak in the original 6 1/2 foot antique soaking tub with shower and rare mahogany railing with dolphin feet tub.
Nightly Rate: $189/$0
Named for the youngest brigadier general of the Confederate Army and an Arkansan. This tower room mini suite boasts an antique Austrian king size feather bed in walnut with matching marble topped end tables and washstand with roomside Victorian sink. Hues of soft silver gray and steel blues with warm yellow florals lend an air of serene southern charm as the bed is nestled behind portieres and tassels and overlooks the front fishpond fountain. A lovely Victorian settee and chair only add to the air of gracious hospitality.
Nightly Rate: $189/$0
The Legend of Petit Jean the French girl who couldn't bear to see her love sail way to the new world with her is the back drop for this lovely room. The romance of the sea going era is reflected in the maritime relics and appointments. The ornately carved high backed Empire queen size feather bed is made of dark walnut and is a striking contrast to the deep blues and and stark whites of the sitting area and roomside marble sink with a pullman shower. Most definitely a romantic hideaway for young lovers of all ages.
Nightly Rate: $159/$0
1930's Hollywood with elegant touches of 21st century Victorian. King high back bed with crown canopy on the wall. Separate sitting room with 1930's antique sofa and chairs, fireplace, mirrored jacuzzi, spa bath with massage jet shower, aromatherapy, steam shower and footbath. Black, taupe, white and elegant gold create the mystique of the 30's.
Nightly Rate: $309/$289
The feel of an Irish cottage with white picket fence queen size featherbed, fireplace, separate sitting area with matching wicker rockers. Garden views from the balcony. Elegant sunny bath with couples steam shower, and jacuzzi. Done in a pale lilac, white and yellows.
Nightly Rate: $259/$0
Named for the "Mistress of the Castle". The Chatelaine was a silver piece worn at the waist with multiple chains attached for sewing. The most elegant of our Main House Suites includes an 4 poster feather bed enveloped by magnificent draperies, marble dbl. candle stand dresser, fireplace, romantic separate sitting parlor w/fireplace. Victorian spa bath w/antique soaking Jacuzzi tub, modern shower, elegant water closet "bidet" like nothing you've ever experienced! Victorian's would have been aghast!!
Nightly Rate: $309/$289
This light and airy room reflects the hope and potential of the first Caucasian female settler and resident of Little Rock. The queen size four poster feather bedstead showcases this beautiful room with its Victorian fainting couch, white wicker and gracefully aged oak furnishings. The room is lovingly decorated to reflect the dreams of a breezy Victorian summer by the sea.
This is a large suite with vaulted ceiling, king feather bed, fireplace, separate sitting area with over stuffed couch and chair/lounger. Bath spa includes jacuzzi, steam shower, aromatherapy, footbath, & massage tower. Browns, reds and moss green capture touches of the 40's, with bamboo, a hint of jungle and a garden balcony. A romantic escape to contemplate the next chapter in your life.
3.8 on April 21, 2014
I thought the room was amazing and the main house was super creepy...which I loved. The only complaint I really had was that the air conditioner would turn itself off during the night so we would wake up roasting.
5 on April 14, 2014
Amazing property. Every room was really nice and breakfast was things we dont usually get. Dont get to sit out on the porches like that anymore and drink wine which was an extra plus we enjoyed. Also great location, close to the Hwy and downtown. Would definitely go back.
4.6 on April 13, 2014
For a young couple's first bed and breakfast experience, the Empress experience will be hard to top. We were greeted upon arrival and immediately felt relaxed and at ease in the Victorian era home. Our room (the Victoria's Irish Garden) was wonderful with the beautiful painting above the bed and the romantic garden themes throughout. We took advantage of the spa shower with the aromatic oils and the double bathtub with jacuzzi jets after a night on the town at the river market. Breakfast the next morning was very tasty and quite the dining experience with unique food items including a delicious cream of apple soup, fresh fruit, and a breakfast pie among other items. The innkeepers were very nice and helped to make our experience even better. Overall, we were very pleased with the entire stay and will certainly return in the future.
4.8 on March 29, 2014
The Empress of Little Rock was the most beautiful, awe-inspiring place I have ever stayed at. Over the course of my lifetime, I have stayed at several 5-star hotels, but they pale in comparison. It was the first place I have ever stayed at that felt alive to me—like it wanted to interact with us. On our bedside table were journal entries written by other guests who had stayed at The Empress, sharing their own wonderful experiences. I wish I had had more time to read every single one of those. It was the first place that I did not just consider a place to crash at after a long day exploring the city. It was a place that I wanted to take in. I did not want to go to sleep at night so I could have more time to enjoy its’ beauty. There was so much to see—this building was overflowing with heartwarming secrets. If there is one thing we could have done differently, it would have been to stay in and take in the beauty of The Empress while we still had time, because two nights was not enough for us. I was nearly in tears when it was time for check-out. We will definitely be back in the near future. It left a lasting, positive impression on both of our hearts. It has been over two weeks since we left, and the awe that it left us with has not dissipated. We still talk about it every day. Service was fantastic. Our breakfasts were so refreshing, filling and delicious. Our room was beautiful and had we were met with complimentary sparkling wine, chocolates, and amaretto for our sipping pleasure. I highly recommend The Empress to everyone, and the room we stayed in, the Washburn-Welch, is my new cover picture on Facebook! The picture on The Empress’ site, though beautiful, does not do it justice. It has to be experienced in person. It was my first time in Arkansas, and of the 24 states I have explored thus far, Arkansas has been my favorite all thanks to the experience I had during my too-short stay at The Empress. Thank you so much, Bob, Sharon, and Lisa.
5 on March 17, 2014
This is a beautiful bed and breakfast with great service and an excellent breakfast. Recommend it to all!
Airport, City, Downtown, Mountains
Little Rock, AR (LIT) 3 miles
Right from Airport to I440 West. Exit Downtown to I30E. Right to I630W. Exit Main Street. Left to 22nd Street. Right to 22nd & Louisiana St. 2120.
Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Ballet, Wildwood Park Performing Arts, Symphony, Clinton Library, Performing Theater, Zoo, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Health Spa/Massage, Fitness Center/Gym, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Video Arcade
Urban Inn, Bed and Breakfast, Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn, Other
Amenities Basket, Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Private entrance, Secretarial services, Wedding Facilities , Business Center, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Refrigerator, Dry Cleaning/Laundry Service
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, VCR, Wi-Fi
Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Health Spa/Massage, Fitness Center/Gym, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Video Arcade
Robert Blair and Sharon Welch-Blair
History, reading, movies, theatre, sailing, antiques, gardening, entertaining, cooking, painting, genealogy, writing, Victoria, sewing.
Restrictive , Vegetarian , Continental at 7 AM
Breakfast Fruit Soups
We serve a number of breakfast fruit soups; fresh peach soup; cream of apple soup; Russian raspberry