The Empress Of Little Rock

2120 Louisiana , Little Rock, AR 72206 USA (Show map) Diamond Collection

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


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!




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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.7

The Carriage House was perfect!

3.8 on May 16, 2016

Staying in the carriage house was the best of both worlds - we could enjoy the rooms out there but come into the main house for a lovely breakfast.

We will be back!

5 on May 16, 2016

Hands down the best place to stay in Little Rock! Cheaper then a Hotel and twice as nice! The rooms were clean and cozy. We have found our new favorite place to stay in town! We will be back! -Joe and Stephanie

What a GEM!

5 on May 10, 2016

It was just amazing to me and my girlfriends what a gorgeous house and property this was. We were treated like Queens. The breakfasts were fabulous and so elegant! We had a great time an I recommend it to anyone!

First Time

3.0 on April 27, 2016

Our stay was nice, but I guess we were expecting alittle more. The pictures look good but in person our room seemed liked it needed to be freshed up. It was very clean and the bed slept great. I feel they could have incorporated some modern technologies to the rooms . Awesome collection of antiques !

Wonderful Relaxing Stay

5 on April 17, 2016

Very welcoming. As a business woman, I feel safer in a B&B. This was my first stay at the Empress and I will be back! I just hope they are serving the Peach Breakfast Soup and Orange Oatmeal Pie when I return!!

The Empress is awesome!

5 on April 06, 2016

We felt very at home and the staff was so friendly and accommodating. We will definitely stay again!

Best Anniversary

5 on March 21, 2016

This place was prefect, we will definitely be coming back, the rooms and the service is the best in its class

The Empress is magical!

5 on March 15, 2016

My husband and I stayed at the Empress to celebrate our wedding anniversary, as well as one last night out before our first child arrives (a babymoon). We walked in to the most wonderful smell of fresh homemade sweet rolls in the oven and was given a tour of the house by a very welcoming in-keeper. The Petit Jean room we stayed in was beautiful! The room had journals that each guest can write about their experience there, they had years of visitors that were fun to read. There was complimentary Amaretto and also a keurig coffee maker and a jar of snacks to go with. The grounds were beautiful, we enjoyed just sitting out on the porch swing they have. The breakfast the next day was a delight! White gloved butler and all. Highly recommended!!

Best Anniversary

5 on March 09, 2016

The room was amazing, the owners/staff was very friendly. Already making place for coming back next year.

Incredible Southern Hospitality

5 on March 04, 2016

I had the privilege of spending some time here with a group of friends. We were treated like royalty!! The food was delicious and personal touches were added to everything. I would highly recommend The Empress of Little Rock!!

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Rooms & Rates

The Victoria's Garden Spa Suite

Queen; Jaccuzzi; Spa Shower & Steam; Fireplace

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Chatelaine Anniversary Spa Suite

Poster King Size Feather Bed, air jet soaking tub, bidet, fireplace.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

The Petit Jean

Queen; Shower

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Washburn/Welch

King; Soaking Tub & Shower; Fireplace

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

The Majestic Spa Suite

King; Jaccuzzi; Spa Shower & Steam; Fireplace

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

The Hemingway Spa Suite

King; Jacuzzi; Spa Shower & Steam; Fireplace

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

The Hornibrook Jacuzzi Suite

Half Tester Victorian Queen feather bed; Air jet Soaking Tub & Shower; Fireplace

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Miss Eliza

Queen; Shower

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Tea & Tour

Tea & Tour

  • Maximum Capacity: 52

The J.E. Murray

King; Shower; Fireplace

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King


Tour w/o tea

  • Maximum Capacity: 52



  • Maximum Capacity: 100


Non-wedding photography

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Wedding Rehearsal

Wedding Rehearsal

  • Maximum Capacity: 10


Brunch w/Tour (2 hours)

  • Maximum Capacity: 24

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Location Type

Airport, City, Downtown, Mountains


Little Rock, AR (LIT) 3 miles

Directions to property:

From I-30S take I-630 W, exit on Main St. Left on Main St to 22nd St. One block to 22nd St & Louisiana. On corner of 22nd & Louisiana - Quapaw Otr. Historic District.

Area Attractions

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

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Urban Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

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

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Fitness Center/Gym, Health Spa/Massage, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Video Arcade

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  • Check In:: 3:00 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No Smoking on the Veranda
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children under 6 find us tedious.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required $50 pet deposit
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: First night stay plus packages
  • Cancellations: Reservations cancelled outside of the 7 day cancellation period will be refunded minus $25 cancelltion fee. Reservations cancelled within 7 days of date will only be refunded if room is rerented. Guests responsible for the full amount of their stay.



Robert Blair and Sharon Welch-Blair

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

WE BOTH LOVE: History, reading, movies, theatre, sailing Sharon loves antiques, gardening, entertaining, cooking, painting, genealogy, writing, Victoria, sewing. Bob loves shooting sporting clays and photography.

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Full Gourmet

  • Time Served: 8:30 to 9:00am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian , Continental at 7 AM

Signature Dish

Breakfast Fruit Soups
We serve a number of breakfast fruit soups; fresh peach soup; cream of apple soup; Russian raspberry