5 on February 14, 2018
We have stayed at The Empress three times now. Twice for our anniversary celebration and once as a mother/daughter get away. We are never dissapointed. The staff is friendly and helpful and the house and rooms are immaculate. Highly recommend!
5 on February 11, 2018
We have stayed at the Empress three times now. Two times to celebrate our anniversary and once as a mom and daughter get away to celebrate a birthday It never dissapoints. The rooms are beautiful and food id delicious
5 on January 14, 2018
This is one of the most wonderful hotels ever created. You will love it it is worth every penny.
4.8 on December 22, 2017
The Empress was outstanding. The breakfast served as great, and even though we were the only couple there they went didn't cut back any. The rooms are exactly what you'd expect and well maintained. The service was outstanding. It's a little bit far from downtown, but I've never stayed in a place like it and am glad for the experience.
4.0 on December 07, 2017
Had a wonderful time and very pleased with our stay. Would recommend.
5 on October 29, 2017
Very nice and Historic. We loved the room and service. We would recommend them 100 percent!!!!
5 on October 19, 2017
We checked in and was astonished with the home from the minute we stepped in. We were greeted in a very professional manner and felt right at home. The room we choose was spectacular. The next morning the breakfast was beyond belief!!!!
5 on October 08, 2017
Our weekend at the Empress was beyond perfect. The staff was incredibly friendly and helped to make our stay exceptional. Our room was beautiful as was the rest of the house. We loved having "free reign" of the residence for the entire evening. Our breakfast of pumpkin puff pancakes, bacon, and pear sorbet was delicious and served to us by the owner, which to me was an indication that they love to treat their guests during their visits. He was wonderful. We can't wait to go back! -Rutledge
4.8 on September 23, 2017
My husband took me to The Empress to celebrate my 30th birthday, & we absolutely loved it. The brilliantly-styled Hemingway Suite, which is in the Carriage House, was comfy, cozy & exactly what we were hoping for! Particularly loved the luxurious linens, the balcony overlooking the beautiful, quaint garden area, & the steam/hydrotherapy spa shower. The main house is stunning. Our compliments to Deborah, who served the most excellent breakfast & treated us like family. Pricey, but worth the experience. We were informed 3 days prior to our original reservation date that our room had been double-booked & would not be available. We were tempted to simply cancel because of the inconvenience, but since we love close by (& we had already paid in full), were able to choose a different date. The staff was very apologetic & took full responsibility for the booking error. Overall, still a great experience!
4.8 on September 14, 2017
My husband and I stayed at the Empress for our 18th anniversary and loved it, we did get to see into some of the other rooms (probably weren't supposed to) however each room was equally immaculate to the next, very clean rooms and the linens smelled so fresh, it was like the bed was hugging you. The towels so warm and large. My diet is weird and they didn't hesitate to accommodate me as much as they could, I always had enough breakfast, and let me tell you the others did not leave that table with an empty stomach. Even the ones leaving were treated to an equally delicious meal. Well worth the stay.
5 on August 11, 2017
I can't believe I've lived 60 miles from here most of my life and never known about this, the first house to have electricity in LR. This is, simply put, the Coolest, most Comfortable and Ornate place we've ever stayed. The staff are great, knowledgeable and attentive! You are stepping back in time, but definitely not comfort. It is just sumptuous! The breakfast was lavish and very tasty. And the atmosphere and elegance...well, with a little bourbon, it'll make you and your spouse pretty frisky for sixty. (Probably a good thing we didn't discover when younger.) Can't go wrong! R&C Hot Springs
4.2 on July 20, 2017
Had a great time at the The Empress of Little Rock celebrating our 8 year Anniversary. Service was exceptional and location was ideal for spending time on the main strip downtown.
5 on July 18, 2017
Our experience was unexpected and exceptional! The staff, especially Webb and Debora, truly went above and beyond. We had a romantic breakfast delivered right to our room. We highly recommend the Empress of Little Rock to anyone looking for a unique getaway!
5 on July 09, 2017
The Empress is breathtaking. She is as beautiful on the inside as her outside. I can't image staying anywhere else in Little Rock. The staff made you feel so welcome from the moment you arrive till the moment you leave. The food at breakfast was delicious with amazing service. It is a one of a kind experience that I would highly recommend to anyone traveling.
5 on July 05, 2017
By far the most impressive Victorian home I've stayed in. Impeccable decor and great service are two of the reasons I'd recommend staying here. If we return to Little Rock, we would not hesitate staying here again.
4.8 on June 19, 2017
I wanted to treat my wife to something special when we visited Little Rock. The Empress of Little Rock was very nice. The room, the staff and the whole house and grounds were excellent. Just what I was hoping for. Looking forward to our next visit !!
5 on June 12, 2017
My husband and I stayed in the Washburn-Welch room for 2 nights. Not only was it beautifully decorated with antiques but also very comfy and welcoming. The bathroom even included a beautiful clawfoot tub. The grounds outside the B&B were pretty and very well kept. The service was phenomenal. The first person we met upon check-in was one of the innkeepers, Webb. He was warm, welcoming, and was able to give us a quick tour of this beautifully restored home. Unfortunately, due to our travel schedule, we were only able to attend breakfast one morning. It was mind-blowing! So tasty and fulfilling. Please do not make our mistake and skip this wonderful home cooked breakfast. If we are ever in the Little Rock area again, we will definitely be staying at the Empress of Little Rock again! -Heather W.
4.8 on June 09, 2017
My husband and I visited Little Rock for a cousin's wedding that just happened to be on our first anniversary. We had never stayed at a B & B before. To say the least, we will definitely be staying at more B & B's! We had a wonderful time! Mrs. Debbie went above and beyond to make sure our stay was incredible! Breakfast was also delicious along with great cleanliness of the entire home! Thanks to everyone at The Empress!
5 on March 26, 2017
We are from Dallas and were looking for a unique place to stay for a weekend getaway. The Empress definitely provided a unique experience. We were impressed with the history of the house and all the renovations it took to turn it into the wonderful place it is today. Bob, Sharon and staff truly went out of their way to make our stay one to remember for years to come!
5 on March 12, 2017
We needed a night away and the Empress of Little Rock was just That. Cozy atmosphere, great room, friendly staff, and good food. The Empress did not disappoint. We stayed in the Chataliane suite and it was beautiful and spacious. We will be back!
4.4 on February 26, 2017
We had a great weekend celebrating our anniversary at the Empress. Very clean, welcoming, and a unique experience.
4.6 on January 30, 2017
Our stay in the Ernest Hemmingway Suite was just Fantastic! Although the spa suites were not in the main home itself, the attention to detail was on point. The area was very quiet and peaceful which made for a very relaxing and fun weekend. We will be returning to the Empress again!!
5 on January 16, 2017
Our stay at the Empress was wonderful. My husband and I traveled to Little Rock for a his med school interview and wanted a night of relaxation. Upon entering The Empress, we were in awe! It is absolutely gorgeous, full of antiques and unique decor. The rooms all have a different theme and feel. We chose to stay in the Petit Jean, and it was perfect. The room was very clean and spacious, the bed was great (very soft sheets), and we felt very well taken care of. In the upstairs hall, the hosts provided different coffees and teas, which we enjoyed in the evening. In the morning, we were blown away by the breakfast. It was the best breakfast I have had at a B&B- very European-inspired, and two courses! The owner, Bob, was our server, and he kept the coffee filled constantly! (Even after I had taken many two sips :) ) The first course was a wonderful soup du jour with clotted cream, and the second course consisted of an asparagus and ham pastry drizzled in hollandaise sauce, a homemade sweet roll, fruit, and a slice of orange oatmeal pie. Absolutely delicious! Our stay was filled with relaxation and being pampered. Highly recommend!!
4.6 on December 26, 2016
The Empress of Little Rock is a fascinating place to stay if you want to take a trip back in time and experience exceptional service and a comfortable stay. The history alone is worth a visit, but when you add the comfortable rooms, wonderful hosts, and delicious and beautifully presented breakfast, you will be glad you found this jewel.
4.2 on December 24, 2016
staff was very helpful and friendly. breakfast was served and very good.
3.8 on November 15, 2016
My mother, grandmother, daughter and I stayed for a "meet in the middle" place to visit. It was a unique historic home with so much to see in the home you need to go back. The rooms were clean, well kept. There were many stairs. The restoration of the home is outstanding.
5 on November 08, 2016
My husband and I stayed here for my birthday and it was beautiful. The staff was amazing, breakfast was very good, and the rooms are gorgeous. This was our first bed and breakfast and will defiantly stay again!! We loved it!!
4.0 on November 08, 2016
This is an amazing example of beautifully restored Victorian architecture. It's a quintessential old world charm B&B that is beautifully decorated with incredible attention to detail. The breakfast was delicious and served graciously with lit candelabras adorning the table. If you're looking for a lovely day or weekend experience that takes you back in time, the Empress is for you.
4.6 on November 06, 2016
Very nice, but maybe a little too fru fru for my husband. Food was ok, some of it better than others. Not as much food as I've had at another B and B.
5 on October 30, 2016
This past weekend my husband and I wanted to just get away. We spent the night at the Empress and it was so nice to leave the hustle and bustle of life and just enjoy feeling like stepping back in time at the Empress. Our wonderful time began from the moment Ms Debra the innkeeper took my reservation. She was so nice and she cares about each and every guest. She greeted us at the front door and made us feel welcome from minute one. The house is beautiful and our room was quaint and charming. The next morning, a sumptuous breakfast was served in the elegant dining room by Bob the bowtie butler complete with white gloves!! I will be back again and again.
3.8 on October 23, 2016
This is a gorgeous b&b! Our room was in the 2nd floor touret. Even though it was on a corner, it was very quiet. Woodwork inside is beautiful. There is also a carriage house and a "secret garden" behind the carriage house. There is amaretto in each room, which was a nice treat. The b&b was very clean, and the hostess was very nice. Breakfast was served at 8:30, and the only thing I would suggest for this b&b is flexibility for an 8:00 am breakfast. Definitely would recommend staying here. They had their own off street parking lot
5 on October 17, 2016
We will be returning! From the beautiful home, to the wonderful staff and our most comfortable accommodations, this was an experience second to none!
5 on October 17, 2016
This was the most amazing space. the inside of the Empress was just as detailed and intricate as the outside. We loved our room and the bathroom was everything! The bathroom had a spa jacuzzi tub and a spa shower. However the best part of our stay was Mrs Deborah. She was sooooo helpful. She helped make this a amazing experience. She helped with the special accommodations I requested such as setting up the in room couples message and off site dinner reservations. she gave us directions to different locations and fun activities in Little Rock and offered great history and information about the actual house we stayed in. We stayed here for our anniversary and we cannot wait to come back!!!!
5 on October 15, 2016
We spent two nights at the Empress of Little Rock as part of our adventure biking Rails to Trails all over the USA. Deborah greeted us warmly, showed us around the Empress and gave us pertinent local information. The Victorian hotel was beautifully maintained, decorated with period pieces and our room was very comfortable. We had a delicious breakfast presented by Deborah and charming Bob. The Empress is nicely located close to restaurants and places that interested us. We highly recommend the Empress Bed and Breakfast and plan to revisit on our travels.
5 on October 13, 2016
What a beautiful place! My husband surprised me with a little Anniversary trip and this was our last stop. The house was magnificent with so much character and history. We stayed in the Hemingway Suite in The Carriage House; it was so relaxing and so serene. Breakfast was absolutely delicious! Overall a really superb visit! We will most certainly be back.
4.8 on October 13, 2016
This bed and breakfast is gorgeous! The staff was very helpful and friendly! If you are ever in Little Rock, I definitely recommend staying here. We had so much fun adventuring the property. If we are ever in Little Rock again, this is where we will be staying. It was exactly what we were looking for!
4.6 on October 11, 2016
My husband and I stayed at The Empress for our 15th wedding anniversary. The house and rooms were beautiful and service was top notch.
4.2 on October 06, 2016
Great value, clean and very comfortable. They were great with communication and being available to meet our needs. I would recommend them to anyone.
5 on October 02, 2016
Beautiful, quiet, convenient, good food, great staff... what more can we say?
5 on September 13, 2016
A delightfully elegant and historic gem within a very short drive of the River Market district. The innkeepers are personable and helpful in every way. The house is rich in the history of Little Rock and has been lovingly restored to its original beauty, which is unique in so many ways. We stayed in the Eliza Room and had one of the most comfortable night's sleep ever. Breakfast was delicious and presented beautifully. The gardens are meticulously groomed with a gazebo and hammock to invite you to stay a while. It is a fabulous memory which we hope to revisit one of these days!
4.6 on August 31, 2016
The innkeepers were extremely warm, cordial, and helpful in planning other events for our anniversary trip.
4.8 on August 15, 2016
This beautiful old house was stunning. From the moment we walked in Debra was so sweet and helpful. She was also very knowledgeable about the history of the house as well as other places to visit in Little Rock. Everyone that stayed the night we were there was also attending the Dolly concert. When we go back to Little Rock this is the only place we will stay.
5 on August 12, 2016
I have to say that we were very surprised with our overall experience at the Empress. Comfortable bed, clean rooms, wonderful staff, hot water, great water pressure, and a wonderful breakfast. We will definitely be back!! Thanks for a wonderful time and spoiling us.
5 on August 02, 2016
We had an amazing best friend night at The Empress! Our room was perfect and breakfast was so yummy. We can't wait to plan another visit soon.
5 on July 25, 2016
We thoroughly enjpyed our visit to this beautifully restored piece of history. Great staff, great food, great stay!
4.6 on July 13, 2016
My husband and I stayed at The Empress for the last night of our honeymoon and we loved it! The whole facility was gorgeous and had a wonderful Victorian feel, just the kind of thing my husband and I like. We stayed in the Majestic, which was wonderful and perfect for us at the time. The breakfast was unique and absolutely delicious, as well. Service was fantastic and we truly felt welcome. We can't wait to go back again someday!
4.2 on June 30, 2016
We absolutely loved staying at the Empress. It was a beautiful place, well maintained and the service was excellent. I would highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates the Victorian era.
5 on June 05, 2016
At the last minute we decided to spend the Memorial weekend at Hot Springs National Park. The Empress was available at a very reasonable price even with the last minute reservation. We enjoyed the Hot Springs, and had the pleasure of soaking in the natural springs bath, ate at Mr Whiskers, a diner joint famous for its down-to-earth (or I should say down-to-mud) fried cat fish (no mud taste at all), and drove up to the Empress for the stay. We had a lovely room. Clean, quiet, and decorated with the fine Victorian style furniture and setting. The inn keeper was nice, friendly, and gave us advices on the local dining options. The next day I went out for a lovely morning run -- it was three miles from the Inn to across the Arkansas River by the Main or the Junction Bridge, then followed the River Trail to return from another one of the 6 bridges. The 9 mile run gave me a good appetite for the breakfast, which was delicious. We then took a Segway tour of the city downtown, allowing me to re visit some of the routes I had run earlier in the morning, and scout out the new route I would run the next day. All in all, we enjoyed our weekend trip, of which the stay at the Empress was a big part.
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.
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
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!
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 !
We are glad this guest had a good stay. We're very disappointed it did not meet expectations. I'm not sure what else in modern technology we could supply and still make it feel like it is an 1888 experience; there is large TV, wifi, clock radio with phone charger, electric fireplace for ambiance even when the weather's warm, individual climate control. We truly try to live up to expectations but realize we're not a perfect fit for everyone. Our goal is to provide that Downton Abbey "1888" experience without being intrusive with technology. Thanks for your comments!! Hope you'll come again just for the bed, the food, and the hospitality!!
- Sharon Welch-Blair (Innkeeper, Owner)
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!!
5 on April 06, 2016
We felt very at home and the staff was so friendly and accommodating. We will definitely stay again!
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
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!!
5 on March 09, 2016
The room was amazing, the owners/staff was very friendly. Already making place for coming back next year.
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!!
4.4 on February 25, 2016
My husband & I really enjoyed our stay at the Empress. The staff and owners were very hospitable and welcoming. The attention to detail on everything was fabulous-from personalized toiletries, turn down service, complimentary Amaretto cordials and a 2 course gourmet breakfast with our very own white-gloved butler. Visiting the Empress was a wonderful experience that we highly recommend to anyone who wants a top notch Bed & Breakfast experience.
4.4 on February 14, 2016
The complimentary items are what sealed the deal for this place to be the standard to go by. The coffee bars were outstanding as well as the complimentary mugs, amorretto and robes. Cannot recommend this place enough!!
5 on February 13, 2016
This was our first time staying at The Empress, & it was PERFECT! For Christmas I had given my husband tickets to a show at The Rev Room. Since we normally stay at boutique hotels & LR is slim pickins' on those, I had given him a few options for mainstream hotels with acceptable reviews. I assumed he had picked from that list. In fact, he did NOT! I had no idea where we were staying until we pulled in front of THE EMPRESS! I was in love at first sight, from the beautifully restored exterior to the unbelievable parquet floors in the entry. The hostess treated us like royalty. It was like stepping into the charm of Victorian era. The room was so comfy with buttery soft sheets. Since we were attending a concert & wouldn't be in until late, we opted out of breakfast so that we could sleep in. When we stay here again, I will NOT allow myself to escape that experience. We had a PERFECT overnight trip & have found our new LR getaway bed & breakfast!
4.0 on February 01, 2016
I would have clicked the 5th DOT marking all Outstanding but the computer is not responding to allow 5th Dot to be marked.
5 on January 13, 2016
My husband and I stayed in the Hemingway spa suite last Friday night for our anniversary. The room is absolutely beautiful and it was a real treat. The spa amenities were very relaxing after an evening out in downtown Little Rock. We ordered the breakfast with butler service which was a fun addition. We will definitely be back!
5 on November 22, 2015
We did our research on Bed and Breakfast's all around Arkansas and even into Oklahoma. Ya'll... there is NOTHING that compares to the Empress. This place is beautiful, the staff is friendly and the entire vibe matches that of the Victorian era. The food has rarities like Fig Soup from fresh Fig trees in the back yard and homemade pastries. Breakfast in Bed is amazing and a super cool Butler comes in to serve you dressed just like a butler and all. Deborah is the nicest hosts and will get you as much coffee as you need and make sure you're stock through the night if need be. She know all the amazing history behind the house and that's worth asking her about. The rooms are legitimately as cool as the pictures and in some cases better and bigger. The amenities are more luxurious than you may think. The showers are equipped without baths, essential oils and high powered massage jets. It was very fun exploring the house and seeing all the rooms and trinkets and drinking coffee on the huge wrap-around porch. If for any reason you need a change of pace you can always head out into Littlerock and do pretty much anything. So you can get a perfect taste of Victorian age and modern day luxuries around the corner. There is no better B & B than the Empress anywhere near here, unless you want to be stuck in the early 90's with out awesome food, service and an incredible house. Don't waste your time with those. Go to the Empress and have an awesome time.
5 on November 14, 2015
We enjoyed ourselves as usual at The Empress. Great staff! We will definitely be back again.
5 on October 25, 2015
My husband got us a suite in this hotel the night we got married. It was honestly the best hotel I've ever been to. I wish we would have got there earlier. Everything in our room was high quality. Everything was very clean and placed in the proper place. The next morning they brought us breakfast to our room. It was very romantic. I wish I lived in Little Rock so I can go there every weekend!! It is definately worth the few hundreds bucks.
4.6 on September 04, 2015
Wonderful experience. The breakfast was unique, the rooms all have individual character and the house is beautifully furnished. Very enjoyable and close to downtown.
4.4 on August 29, 2015
The Empress has done a great job maintaining the feel of an old Victorian mansion while providing all the modern amenities and providing a very high level of service to make you feel very welcome. We had a great stay
4.6 on August 12, 2015
Fantastic stay! Lovingly restored/maintained mansion.
5 on May 29, 2015
I booked two days for our Anniversary weekend in the Washburn Welch room, but we were upgraded to the Majestic Suite. We thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing two days here. The room and amenities are fantastic, the house, food, and service are worthy of all the positive reviews. I would definitely stay here again!
5 on May 26, 2015
What a great experience. Celebrating our 38th wedding anniversary, I choose The Empress Of Little Rock based solely on the previous reviews and the beautiful pics on the website. We were not disappointed. Lisa, Deborah, and Bob were wonderful host and we look forward to returning. Jonesboro, Arkansas
4.6 on April 12, 2015
A little more flexibility on breakfast time, nearly made us late for our scheduled tour.
2.0 on April 11, 2015
We were really looking forward to staying at the Empress, near the end of our trip through the South. After staying in other amazing places along the way, this place was distinctly underwhelming. When we arrived the innkeeper was very friendly and hospitable. But the long explanations of what we were not allowed to do were a little insulting. I'm not sure if everyone is instructed that ironing should be done on the ironing board rather than the bed. I would probably save that for children. The notices placed around the place were similarly off-putting. Don't touch the thermostat. Don’t roll your suitcase down the steps. While it can help to provide instructions, word them to show people what they should do, rather than what they shouldn’t do. I felt like I was being told off. We stayed in the Victoria's Garden Suite, which was cute, but dated. That would be ok if it was clean, and priced accordingly. This place claims to be boutique and luxury, and I do not object to the price tag that comes with that, but with that price tag comes standards, that this place just didn't meet. It also felt a little corporate for a boutique B&B. I don't want signs in my bedroom about what I can buy in the gift shop. It's tasteless. Also tasteless was the self-congratulatory bio of the owners, in a laminated folder in our room. It's nice to learn about people's lives. But this was more like a history of the owners' climbing the AT&T corporate ladder. We also briefly used the whirlpool in our room (after reading the instructions (!)) only to discover an unsightly scum and dead ants across the bubbling water. Ew. It's hard to criticize this place because they really do smother you with their Southern hospitality. I've read their defensive responses to the (few) negative reviews, and I hope this is taken as a constructive criticism, rather than insinuating that I am "slamming" the place for a "difference in taste" or that I didn't read the website properly.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention, although I wish I'd known before you left. This is absolutely unacceptable. In our 20 years in business we've never had such a complaint. We use a special cleaner for the jacuzzi jets, and provide a special oil, free to guests to keep them clear. My staff house manager takes great pride in her work at the Empress and none of us can imagine what happened to cause this. We have refunded your gratuity. The ants, however, are a force of nature and since we've had so much rain this spring, have decided they like the warm coziness of that part of our inn. We've sprayed regularly, as evidenced by the fact they were dead, but they have declined our invitation to leave. We definitely missed a couple, and feel badly they found their way into your tub. I too, would find that disconcerting. Mea Culpa'. And I apologize that we have to remind people to not iron on the expensive sheets and not roll their suitcases up our irreplaceable heart pine historic stair steps. But the lack of paint on the back steps to the building must speak to you regarding this necessity. We didn't have this problem several years ago and I don't know what's changed. I'm open to your thoughts. However, we don't have signs saying don't touch the thermostats. I'm at a loss on that one. As for dated? Guilty-1930's. The pictures on the website accurately reflect the decor'. Sometimes you have to admit a mistake and try harder next time. Objective criticism is welcome. Critique of personal taste is, well, personal. Different strokes for different folks. We're an historic inn and we struggled and barely nearly didn't open. That's our story, and we're sticking to it. We hope you'll come back so we can do better for you next time.
- Sharon Welch-Blair, owner (innkeeper)
4.4 on March 30, 2015
Beautiful Inn and rooms! The breakfasts were excellent. Only concern: the last day I was there, my room was not cleaned. I was out all day. Thank you, Kathleen
4.8 on March 06, 2015
We had never stayed at a B&B before. The sheets and bed were top of the line. Best sleep I have ever had. The staff was very delightful and helpful. The breakfast was two course never had that before and fruit soup... delicious! I am beyond over the moon in love with this place. Maybe next time a spring visit instead of winter.
5 on December 30, 2014
As a surprise for me, my fiancé booked the Empress hotel for our wedding night. He also made sure to get the chocolate package. The hotel was decorated so beautifully (it was during Christmas) and the chocolates waiting for us were delicious. It was an experience neither of us will ever forget!
5 on November 29, 2014
While traveling across the country for business, I always opt for a more personal touch than traditional hotels. Well - The Empress of Little Rock was a true gem in every facet. Awe inspiring architecture and design, old world feel and a touch of modern amenities. Hands down the most professional presentation I have ever received by the Empress Staff. The ability to engage and admire the stunning 7,200 sqft mansion was a nice break at night. Full reign of the home, not just your 'room'. Truly a great staff, fantastic breakfast and unmatched customer service. I cannot wait to return to Little Rock and the Empress!
5 on November 25, 2014
My husband and I spent two nights at The Empress and loved it. Entering The Empress is like stepping back into time. What a beautiful historical place. The staff was super helpful and friendly. They took an interest in our activities and even printed out directions and information for our day trip. Debra worked with my dietary needs and we had a super breakfast. I wish we lived closer!!
5 on November 11, 2014
When I first found the website for the Empress it looked wonderful. Hoping that the pictures were up to date was a concern. Well, the pictures do not do this wonderful grand lady justice. It is truely a magical place. Perfect. Each room is exactly as pictured if not better in person. The staff is top notch. Deborah and Lisa were fantastic. The type of ladies you hear about but very often never meet. The food is out of this world. I have never had apple soup, pumpkin puff pancakes and the butternut squash pie is awesome. We enjoyed each and every minute of our visit. Beds were so comfortable. Rooms are really large. Its charming, clean and MAGICAL!! Thanks for keeping this grand old lady up and loving her. This would be worth the trip just for a weekend
4.8 on November 09, 2014
Striking B&B, terrific, friendly host, hostess and staff. Breakfast was phenomenal! Location convenient to downtown and the Clinton Library.
5 on October 22, 2014
The Empress was our first B&B experience and I'm so glad we stayed! When we arrived we were greeted with a huge welcome and felt right at home. All of the ladies exuded Southern Hospitality. The parlors and Victorian décor of the empress was incredible. When I saw our room, the Petit Jean Suite, it was full of light and looked so cozy. VERY CLEAN AND LUXURIOUS. After settling in, my husband and I toasted with a glass of complimentary Amaretto and relaxed in our seating area. When we were ready for dinner, the night attendant called us a cab and we made a short trip to Downtown Little Rock. Breakfast the next morning made us feel like true royalty- we feasted on Grand Marnier French Toast, fresh fruit and an incredible peach soup de jour. We purchased the souvenir coffee mug to celebrate our fabulous stay at the beautiful Empress!! We will making reservations for another stay soon!
4.8 on October 21, 2014
The house, the furnishings, the food, the friendly and attentive staff, the attic with its hidden poker room were all superb. My only tiny complaint is weak coffee.
3.4 on September 17, 2014
Wonderful history in this B&B and the best ever bisquits for breakfast.
5 on September 13, 2014
Hands down the BEST B&B anywhere.
5 on September 03, 2014
Our stay at The Empress was as passers-through. My husband and I stayed in the Washburn-Welch Room for one night. This place is gorgeous, and full of history and stories! It is quiet and peaceful, and warm and welcoming. We didn't get the privilege of meeting Bob and Sharon, but the hostess Deborah was absolutely a joy! The Empress goes above and beyond the necessary and ensures the stay to be much more than expected! The rooms in the Carriage House may be a little more updated, if that is your preference, but if you want genuine, rich character, you should definitely stay in the main house! Breakfast was a spectacular experience! Deborah served us with the fanciest breakfast either of us has ever had. The Grand Marnier French Toast was scrumptious, and we both learned we enjoy fresh sliced figs (from their own beautiful fig tree there on the property)! Since we were the only guests that night, a candlelight breakfast was served for just us! The gardens are not to be missed! Beautiful, well-cared for grounds, full of flowers and greenery, is the place to relax and feel like you're miles away from the hustle and bustle of life! The Empress was built as, and yet remains, a beloved home, full of warmth and love. You won't regret a visit!
4.8 on August 24, 2014
Everywhere you turn there's a bit of history creating a feeling that you have truly gone back in time to a relaxing time, to a time where the cares of today don't matter and are replaced with pure joy and satisfaction. The service was great and food was so good it should be called a Bed & Experience.
5 on August 06, 2014
My wife and I do a different B & B every year for our anniversary and this was one of the best! Beautiful and great location. Very friendly staff.
5 on July 30, 2014
If your drawn to the 19th and early 20th century you will not want to miss this gem. Relax in the parlor to the beautiful music that is always playing quietly in the back ground, or sit a spell on the veranda as you listen to the sweet sound of the fountain. The swing in the yard was reminisct of one I remember from childhood. Delight your senses and stay at the Empress and enjoy the butler at breakfast, your host.
4.6 on July 13, 2014
My wife I stayed a night at this B&B. I had business in Russellville and thought I would treat her to a nights stay at a nice place. It's a classy place and we really enjoyed the stay. I felt like I was living in the 1800's. The residence is beautiful. I wish we could have stayed several days. This was our first time in Little Rock. This a great city with lots of history.
5 on June 17, 2014
There was no thing that I did not love about Little Rock, AK. The Empress at Little Rock also lived up to its name, as the most charming bed and breakfast. The staff and owners were very attentive and hospitable. I enjoyed the garden area and my room.I loved the fact, that they cater to all travelers. I will definetely return.
5 on June 16, 2014
I brought my gf for her bday as a surprise and she was completely blown away. This was my first time coming to the empress and hers as well. The class, service, cleanilness, and relaxation was all in awe. Will come back many times.
5 on June 04, 2014
The Empress was simply superb! We would definitely stay again. Everything from the absolutely gorgeous home to the wonderful breakfasts was amazing! I felt so at home here and the service was top notch and gracious.So glad that we made The Empress our place to stay.
5 on May 27, 2014
We had a great stay at the Empress of Little Rock. Our only regret is that we could not stay longer. We stayed in the Petit Jean room, decorated with a nautical flair. It was a quiet and comfortable room. Cordials were provided, and coffee, tea, cocoa, and snacks were available in the upper foyer. Everything about the Inn breathes of welcoming comfort. The grounds are beautifully maintained, and the "Secret Garden" is treasure not to be missed. The breakfast was delicious and filling. The service was outstanding, and the staff friendly and courteous. We will definitely make the Empress our home away from home when we next find ourselves in Little Rock!
5 on May 24, 2014
We absolutely LOVED our stay!! The service was excellent as well as the breakfast. It was a wonderful getaway from our 5 young children for our anniversary!
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!
4.2 on March 09, 2014
We stayed for 3 nights in the Chatelaine Anniversary suite and found it to be very comfortable. The Empress is so beautiful and has been restored with every detail to take you back in time. There are so any beautiful antiques but still all the conveniences that make it comfortable. This room has a very large bathroom and separate dressing area. It also has a large walk in closet. I am not sure what the review before was referring to about no comfortable place to sit, as my husband found the rocking chair very comfortable for both reading and watching TV. We did suggest some softer and fluffier pillows for sleeping. Our breakfasts we beautifully prepared and presented. Lisa was very friendly and took us on a tour of all the rooms. This was helpful, as I know we will want to return and stay again. Kudos to the owners/inn keepers on giving us such a lovely place to stay. M&M of Lansing, Mich.
5 on March 03, 2014
This was mine and my wife's first time at a B&B. This is an experience of a life time that will always be in our minds because of the memories we created together. It was a special weekend since it was for her birthday but I enjoyed it just as much as she did. We would recommend this fine establishment to anyone who is looking for a get away but close to the historical area of the city.
2.8 on March 03, 2014
I planned this as a local get-a-way for the day after Valentine's day. Being asked about anniversary dates on arrival (I guess she ASSumed everyone was married) made for some VERY awkward and embarrassing moments. I had asked to have our breakfast in our room and asked for the chocolate dipped strawberries and wine. $99 bucks for some soggy strawberries coated so thick with chocolate and hazelnuts that you couldn't take a bite without half of the chocolate falling off the strawberry. NOT very good. Certainly not worth $100.00. There was no place to sit, relax and watch the fire (fake electric) or TV together because they put the table (and one chair) in the room for breakfast before we even got there. There was seriously only one wing chair and a bed with a saggy netting canopy and 2 real pillows with a bunch of decorative pillows. It was one of the most uncomfortable nights I have ever spent. The tub was a plastic replica and not a very good one. The shower was nice. The next morning, The breakfast was a diabetic coma in the making. Sugar and fat. My Cousin owned a bed and breakfast in Virginia. She always made sure breakfast was more than just pastries. She had a beautiful hearty breakfast every morning for her guests. Eggs were always a part of her breakfasts. Your's was sugar, more sugar and fat. The small ball of sausage was nice, but in no way balanced the meal. What do y'all do if your guest is a diabetic? I felt I wated a lot of money when I left.. NOT what I expected at all. I was very disappointed.
5 on February 27, 2014
My girlfriend and I ventured to Little Rock for a romantic getaway on Valentine's Day weekend. We googled a variety of hotels and B&Bs, and were fortunate enough to stumble upon the Empress of Little Rock. We knew instantly that we wanted to stay here. I will tell you that the pictures on their web site, as good as they are, don't do them justice. This place (built back in the late 1800s and filled with charm and history) is simply amazing. The attention to detail is incredible. We were simply blown away by every part of the experience from the friendliness of the staff, to the grandeur of the buildings, to the modern conveniences - no, luxuries... we stayed in the Majestic Suite and had not only a jacuzzi tub, but also a hydrotherapy shower and steam room... all put to good uses. We loved the Valentine's Day dinner - would give it 5 stars. The breakfasts each morning were equally impressive. If we ever return to Little Rock, I have zero doubt that we will return. Do yourself a favor, forget other B&Bs and book your next holiday at the Empress.
4.8 on February 25, 2014
This was me and my wife's first time staying at a bed and breakfast. We will definitely stay again. We stayed in the Petit Jean suite. It was amazing because it was nautical themed. The breakfast was amazing both mornings. We even purchased a cook book to try the recipes at home. I made the apple cream soup. It was not as good as the Empress but it was something I would have never tried or made if we had not stayed. I would highly recommend staying and exploring downtown Little Rock.
5 on February 16, 2014
Thi was our first stay in a bed and breakfast, we loved it. The facility is gorgeous, the staff were great. The atmosphere and decor were fascinating. I plan to make the Empress our five year anniversary stay. If you want a pleasant, relaxed stay I strongly recommend it. Bro. Ron and Debbie Miller
5 on January 26, 2014
My wife and I stayed here January 24th-26th and all I can say is wow. We have not had a get away in over 3 years and this was the best way too spend our time together. Wonderful service.....great house.....beautiful town. We will definitely be back. Thanks Tim and Madison Kaniatobe
4.8 on January 08, 2014
Wish we could have stayed longer! We were travelling through the area and decided we needed to feel restored. And we were. We stayed in the carriage house and soaked in the tub and used the steam room. What a treat for the road weary. One day is not enough. The bed was very comfortable, the breakfast elegant and we were so pleased to have the beautiful Christmas decorations still up. Everyone was gracious and made us feel like VIPs. A treat that was worth every penny.
4.8 on December 15, 2013
This is our second time as a guest and probably not our last. This is the best B&B we have ever stayed at. The main house is so beautiful especially when decorated for Christmas. The food is wonderful and our room both times has been fantastic. There is much more to do in Little Rock than you might think. If you decide to go there this is the place to stay.
5 on November 17, 2013
The Empress is by far the best lodging I have ever experienced. The food, the atmosphere, and the friendliness of the staff made our stay something we will never forget! Thank you Empress for giving us a stay we will remember forever!
5 on November 08, 2013
This was our first stay at the Empress. We were celebrating our 32nd wedding anniversary. We could not have asked for a more beautiful, quiet, and comfortable room. We've never had a better breakfast and it was served in the privacy of our room. The service was excellent. We only stayed one night but we want to return for a longer stay in the future.
5 on September 30, 2013
We stayed at The Empress of Little Rock for my birthday in September. I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful experience! My husband treated me to the one -hour horse drawn carriage ride through the historic district which we thoroughly enjoyed. We also opted for the breakfast in our room the next morning which was served by candlelight with white glove service. The food was superb and the service was impeccable. If we are ever in the Little Rock area again, we will definitely stay at the Empress!
5 on August 28, 2013
The Empress of Little Rock is hands down the most beautiful victorian mansion I have ever seen. It is impeccably decorated and exquisitely presented. The owner and staff are warm, friendly and very helpful. Every thing about the room was excellent. Food was the best I had been served in a B&B even though they had to work around my food allergies. I would highly recommend these accomodations to anyone.
4.8 on August 28, 2013
The rose-petal turndown was a nice touch!
5 on August 27, 2013
Cees Wittebrood and Mary Wiklander
5 on August 24, 2013
The house is ideal, the owners are so gracious & their employees are so friendly & informative. Their food is delicious & served in the elegant dining room. One certainly must sit awhile in the secret garden & enjoy the peace. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Can't wait to return. Molly & Bill
5 on August 19, 2013
Debra was a fantastic host. My wife and I will always remember this romantic weekend at the Empress.
5 on August 12, 2013
Denise and Lawrence Davenport
5 on August 01, 2013
I was thrilled when I arrived and saw the beauty of the home. I love the history of it. In my room I had champagne and strawberries waiting. My husband and I went out fr dinner and returned and our sheets were back woth rose petals. The next morning an excellent breakfast was prepared. It was a dream!!!!
4.8 on July 26, 2013
We had an amazing stay. It was romantic and far surpassed our expectations. From the moment you step inside you are treated like royalty. The decor is spectacular and very well thought out. Our meal was delightful and delicious. No detail was left out. We took an evening carriage ride that we highly recommend. We look forward to our next visit. Thank you Bob and Sharon for sharing your home with us.
4.8 on July 15, 2013
We really enjoyed our visit! Our room was beautiful! We never even heard any of the other guests. We felt completely comfortable in the home. The hostess was extremely kind and helpful. The breakfast was presented very well and was delicious!
5 on July 10, 2013
My husband and I recently enjoyed a two night stay in this gorgeous B&B. The beautiful collection of antiques takes you back in time and you literally forget where you are. Our room was spacious and superb with the Jacuzzi tub and steam shower. We had a very romantic breakfast in bed both mornings served by a most wonderful host Bob. The Empress helped make it a fantastic weekend for us. We are already talking about when we can return. Be sure to check out this B&B. You won't be disappointed with ANY room you choose to relax in.
5 on June 24, 2013
Everything about our stay was top notch and exceeded any expectations, both reasonable and unreasonable, that one could possibly have. Big spacious room, friendly, talkative, informative manager, phenomenal breakfast to start the day off right. For a few days I felt like a King in my extended families castle. Couldn't ask for a better two days R&R at this B&B.
3.8 on June 19, 2013
Beautiful home. Friendly breakfast staff. Her name was Jessica.
5 on June 18, 2013
The Empress of Little Rock is the best B&B at which my wife and I have ever had the pleasure of staying. The history of the house is fascinating and Bob and Sharon are the best host and hostess! The food was excellent, the house and grounds are magnificent, and like I said, the host and hostess are extraordinarily gracious. We will be back!
4.8 on May 06, 2013
What a wonderful stay at a unique, historical and eclectic location...treated like royalty from the accommodations to the deliciously prepare candlelit breakfast! Loved the aura and the haunted background with friendly spirits!
5 on April 29, 2013
Great Experience, amazing service!
5 on April 22, 2013
This was an amazing property with incredible service and the breakfast was the best I have ever had at a B&B.
5 on April 08, 2013
Outstanding experience. The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the Little Rock area and the food was delicious. It was my first bed and breakfast experience and, based on this experience, I will definitely be returning. The staff went out of their way to ensure that we had the best experience possible. They were even willing to help with a tow service when my vehicle wouldn't start on the morning of our checkout. I was extremely pleased with the experience and would happily recommend it to everyone I know.
4.6 on April 08, 2013
My boyfriend and I went to the Empress of Litttle Rock and it was his first Bed and Breakfast experience. He and I have decided that coming to Little Rock and staying at The Empress was one of the most fantastic weekends that we have had in a while. Not only were the rooms much bigger than the pictures would suggest, but the atmosphere was fantastic and the hospitality was the best that I have seen in my many Bed and Breakfast experiences so far. The most amazing thing was the way that they went above and beyond for us at The Empress, even past the normal expectations. My boyfriends car would not start on the date that we were to leave, and we had horseback riding reservations soon after check-out. At the Empress they called a tow-truck for us, and then told us that they would give the key to the tow-truck when they arrived. While we were out enjoying the rest of our weekend long after checking out- the hospitable individuals at the Empress were talking with the mechanic and taking care of our car problems. Not only was it going above and beyond, but it ensured that we had a really fantiastic weekend away, even though we had car problems. We could not have asked for a better host and hostess to make our weekend one of the best ones that we have had so far. We will be back as often as we can to visit every room at The Empress.
4.4 on April 03, 2013
My wife and I truly enjoyed every aspect of the Empress, it was romantic, nostalgic and fantastic. The mansion was filled with unique antiques and amazing Victorian style furniture. Our room was like taking a step back in time, known as the Hemingway Suite it is often requested by travelers. It was amazing and we can't wait to go back!
5 on March 19, 2013
This was my wife and I's second stay. Everything about this B & B is First Class! We love it and HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who enjoys staying at a truly outstanding small hotel. A-1!
5 on March 19, 2013
my husband surprised me with a 3 night stay at the empress for our anniversary. he had many additional surprises planned and pulled them off throughout the weekend with help from deborah, who was so gracious and charming! i cannot say enough good things about our stay...the empress is a magnificent home, the staff was so accommodating, the breakfast was fabulous, the hemingway suite was luxurious, and the attention to detail was impeccable! we generally make it a rule to stay at different b&b's just for different experiences, but i sincerely hope we break that rule and stay at the empress again in the future!
5 on March 11, 2013
The food was great, the service was outstanding, and the room was impeccable. Highly recommend it.
5 on March 09, 2013
This was a surprise anniversary get away for my wife. From the time we arrived until we left everyone was exceptional. Had many surprises planned and the staff made every one perfect.
4.8 on February 11, 2013
What a great experience!! We loved our over night stay at the Empress. Service was outstanding, and our room was perfect. The candlelight breakfast was elegantly presented and the food was delicious. We plan on returning soon.
5 on February 10, 2013
My wife and I just stayed there for a "babymoon" before our third child. We stayed in the Hornibrook Suite!!! You should stay in this room if you go. Tub, fireplace, amazing sheets and bed. There is a TV and DVD player but you probably won't need them. The room was amazingly romantic at night with the fire going. They provided amazing robes to wear around the room which made you feel like the Crawley's from Downton Abbey. Go if you can!!!
5 on January 31, 2013
My husband and I stayed at B&Bs while driving from Arizona to Virginia in January. This was by far the most extravagant house of all, owing to the nature of the original owners intent. Bob and Sharon have beautifully and lovingly restored it to its' formal glory. What a treat it was. A walk around the historic Governers Distric is highly recommended, as is the quick and easy drive to the waterfront area full of restaurants and shops. Can't wait to have an excuse to visit again in springtime to enjoy what I imagine would be a very fragrant and lovely yard and landscape. The closest dining experience to Downton Abbey this side of the Atlantic. Wish I could have stayed longer. the Upchurchs
4.6 on January 23, 2013
My husband and I stayed in the Majestic Spa suite for our 27th anniversary. This room is in the lower floor of the Carriage House and easily accessible. The Empress is beautiful!!! We loved the gardens, sat in the swing, and enjoyed a wonderful afternoon in January....who would've thought. The house, and it's history, is a true delight. The staff is warm and welcoming. Breakfast is not anything near traditional, excellent flavor, but also sparse, for our taste. Will visit again... Dave and Marla McClain Pomona KS
5 on January 23, 2013
This was our first experience at a B&B. And we don't ever want to go back to a hotel! Bob and Sharon, as well as all of their staff, spoiled us beyond belief. They took such attention to detail, and wanted to make sure we were completely satisfied. We had a fireplace in our room, and it was always freshly stocked with fire logs. And one morning, we were called to breakfast by Deborah saying "breakfast is ready, my loves!" Bob served us breakfast every morning, and was so easy to talk to. The amenities were out of this world, from the robes, to the claw foot tub and jacuzzi, and the in room liquor. Oh, and the microfiber sheets...HEAVENLY! Staying at a B&B was an experience in and of itself! Typically when we travel, we stay at a hotel, and don't spend much time in our room. On this trip, however, we found ourselves wanting to go back and spend time in our quaint little room with all of it's perks! We will definitely be recommending The Empress to everyone we know, and we will for sure be back! -Christina
5 on January 22, 2013
We stayed at the Empress after moving from Michigan. It was treat not to have to set up a place to sleep immediately as we arrived late into town. The staff was wonderful and very accommodating. We spent two nights and really enjoyed the hospitality and the food. We had the bonus of attending the New Years Eve Party and made some new friends.
4.8 on January 13, 2013
I absolutely adore this little gem in Little Rock! I originally was just looking for a hotel with a spa so that my husband and I could get massages. Right after Christmas, apparently everyone is redeeming gift cards and NO ONE could squeeze us in. I finally found the Empress B&B had a massage package and was like why not, i cant book a massage anywhere else... but this place is magical! walking in this late 1800s era house felt very grand but intimate at the same time. We toured the home and loved the little history of the home too. And our suite, WOW! it was so beautiful and relaxing that we never left the room. We had a picnic in the room by the fireplace and then in-suite massages. As soon as the massage therapists left, we hopped in the huge jacuzzi. Afterwards we snuggled in this massive, cozy bed and talked about our past and future together. It began to rain and the sweet sounds of rain pitter patter carried us to a wonderful nights rest. The next morning, our friendly butler Bob, woke us up to a delicious breakfast in bed. Talk about feeling like royalty! Took a shower in the steam shower, jets spraying water from every direction, it was like another massage! i wished we couldve stayed another night, i so did not want to leave! I want to go back again in the spring or summer, i bet the garden looks so pretty when the flowers are in bloom. Cute little setting for an intimate outdoor wedding. We go on vacation just about every 3-4 months as we dont have children yet, so i can tell you that this place is definitely one of my top 5 vacations spots, pretty impressive considering ive been all over the US and overseas several times. Its a place where its about love and intimacy, getting back to the basics, stepping away from the hustle and bussle of everyday life and living in the moment.
3.0 on December 16, 2012
it was great to be at home away from home
4.8 on November 27, 2012
What a wonderful B&B! The Petite Jean room was clean and beautifully decorated. The bed was very comfortable. What a delight to discover I had the entire place to myself. I wish I had more time to explore. The staff was very helpful. Sharon provided excellent directions over the phone. Displayed on-site are several articles written on the B&B in past issues of Victorian Homes magazine, which were very informative.
4.6 on November 26, 2012
We stayed here for two nights for our anniversary, and we had a very relaxing weekend. The staff was extremely courteous and helpful, the breakfast was perfect, and they offered excellent advice on things to do in the area. Highly recommend!
5 on October 17, 2012
The Empress was the crown jewel of our cross country trip and will bring us back to Little Rock.
5 on September 16, 2012
The Empress is exquisite. From the incredible house to the wonderfully friendly staff and delicious breakfast, it is like taking a step back in time. They clearly truly care about their guests and the guests' experience. It was incredibly clean and they provided snacks, juices and teas and coffee at all times. I have never felt more welcome than the staff of the Empress made me feel. I can not wait to return.
3.0 on September 16, 2012
Lovely stay and the hosts were very accommodating. We felt very welcomed and enjoyed the other guests company. We enjoyed being surrounded by the history of the house.
4.8 on September 10, 2012
Both my wife and I look forward to a return stay at the Empress.
4.2 on August 23, 2012
love the house, the rooms, the grounds, and the details. breakfast is almost perfect.
3.6 on August 23, 2012
Our experience was great. The home and grounds are beautiful. Breakfast was fresh and filling. If in Little Rock, make this your go-to place to relax while you are there. We were there during a slow week, so it was extra peaceful.
5 on August 09, 2012
Stayed for our anniversary in July-we were the only guests the entire stay so had the place to ourselves. Home is beautifully decorated in antiques. Breakfasts were delicious and served by candlelight. Very much enjoyed the house tour-was very interesting. Staff was very accomodating as far as providing information and directions. Definitely took us back to an earlier era and makes for a very unique stay.
4.8 on July 23, 2012
My wife and I greatly enjoyed our time at The Empress. If you're looking for a romantic experience, I highly recommend staying here. The service is excellent, the rooms are nicely furnished and clean, and drinks, snacks, and food is included in the price of your stay. Great deal - we'll be going back.
3.4 on July 19, 2012
Yesterday two of us went on the 11:30 tour - it was well done, fun information and a touch of history of Little Rock, as well as the builder of the home. The tour is a lovely little addition to sharing Little Rock with out of town guests. Then head for some of the River Front museums and lunch. Thank you!! I could not rate several of the items as it did not A/P..... Neala from Hot Springs Village
5 on June 23, 2012
The Empress is really a charmer. The house was exquisitely restored to the Victorian Era and the owners and staff are very knowledgeable. I also found them very flexible with my hectic schedule (hospital business) in Little Rock. The rooms are huge and all are romantic. My only regret was that I wasn't on vacation to enjoy all of the amenities.
4.8 on June 19, 2012
The breakfast was very delicious but not filling. We also did not request an additional piece of french toast.
4.8 on June 05, 2012
We enjoyed this lovely Victorian and its exquisite furnishings. The front porch and garden were delightful. The breakfast delicious and elegant with bedrooms that were both comfortable and beautiful. The hosts were friendly and knowledgeable and eager to enhance our stay. A jewel in Little Rock.
3.6 on June 04, 2012
I recently stayed at this house. The house was amazing. The innkeeper was pleasant and polite. The beds have feathertops, which haven't been turned in a while,so I didn't sleep and battled a backache the rest of the weekend. The breakfast was good, but was the equivalent of 1 pancake...not exactly what my 6'4" frame needs to start the day. Upon checkout, I was hit with some $10 mystery surcharge. After all fees, I paid $165ish for the smallest room and a pancake...not exactly "value", ya know?!
It has always been our mission to provide a wonderful guest experience. That's why this guest was upgraded upon check in to a more expensive room, and we are very disappointed that he describes his stay as having little value. We realize we can't be all things to all people, but often times good communication can lead to a better stay. While we can make sure we do our part, it's important guests understand they must do theirs; requesting seconds, letting us know of preferences when asked at checkin will always improve any guests experience. FYI: we turn our feathertops after each guest. We often have guests ask our secret for such a comfortable bed. There are NO mystery charges. Our fees are explained clearly on the website, when the reservation is taken, and reiterated in the confirmation. Listening is a lost art. We would all do well to do more of it. We thank this guest for reminding us that we need to go the EXTRA mile to make sure they are listening.
- Sharon Welch-Blair (innkeeper, owner)
5 on May 24, 2012
Debra, our hostess, was most hospitable, thoughtful, knowledgable, gracious AND a wonderful cook! We enjoyed the beautiful home, exquisite woodwork and attention to detail, the history of the home and the beautiful grounds and porch swing! Our frist stay but not our last!
5 on May 22, 2012
My daughter and I stayed at this magnificent Bed and Breakfast and were blown away by the attention to detail in every corner of this home. We spent hour perusing the rooms, antiques, pictures and stories of this beautiful home. It is in a great location near downtown, we were pointed to the most amazing restaurant, The Flying Fish where we had Catfihs and Hushpuppies that were to die for! It was an amazing eperience topped off by the friendly and helpful staff. Did I mention how comfortable the beds were!!
4.6 on April 25, 2012
Beautiful home, cordial/friendly service and a delicious breakfast.
5 on April 08, 2012
This was meant as just a small weekend mini-honeymoon. The personnell are superior with hospitatlity. The breakfasts and tea were absolutely heavenly. The Hemingway Suite was incredible. We couldn't have asked for anything better for an amazing weekend.
5 on April 05, 2012
We came in for a two night stay and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
5 on March 29, 2012
My friend and I took a girls weekend here at The Empress. Can I tell you how hard it was to leave? The breakfast our last day was so wonderful, I want to make it at home but don't want to ruin the memory! Specialty french toast for the win. :D I was amazed at the fact that the ceiling were so high and CLEAN - I can barely do that in my own home, with 8 foot ceilings. The entrance and lounge/parlor areas were very warm and inviting with the regal colors that they are decorated in. We stayed in the original master suite of the house and our bed was so neat, something I have never seen before, with a 1/2 Canopy of solid wood. Our room was very airy and bright. The large windows let in so much light we didn't need the electric lights till after sundown. My friend said had she not already been married she would have married the spa we had in our room, yea she liked it a lot. We spent a good bit of time on the porch swinging and chatting and just enjoying ourselves. The bit of time we did spend out was also pretty stress free. Super fast to get to the river market area of shops and restaurants. I get lost in a paper sack and the Hostess Deborah got me there and back safe and sound. I plan on going back in about 2 months with my husband.
5 on March 27, 2012
Short weekend visit and from our arrival on we were treated as real guests. This was our first B&B stay and I will gladly return. Very interesting story and history.
5 on March 27, 2012
We stayed at The Empress because we bought a Living Social deal online. We were not disappointed in the least bit and will come again some day. The staff treated us like royalty while we stayed there.
4.0 on March 14, 2012
I absolutely loved your B & B! We spent our honeymoon there and it couldn't have been more perfect. The furnishings were authentic & charming, the staff was helpful and efficient, and the food was beyond wonderful. In spite of having to travel all the way from Dallas, TX, we will be back! Thanks for a great 3 days.
5 on February 16, 2012
The Empress is an excellent B&B. Service was top notch and room was amazing. Will return. Second visit to the Empress.
3.8 on January 08, 2012
We had a great time staying at the Empress. The rooms are wonderful, and the value is very good. The only negative is that the Empress is located in the middle of a lower income neighborhood (which can be noisy at night) with nowhere to walk to...must drive (albeit a short drive) to everything.
5 on January 01, 2012
The rooms were excellent, it was aesthetically very pleasing to see the intricate details of the rooms, at the same time the beds were very comfortable and the food was excellent. When we stepped into the Empress it was as if we were brought back into the Victoria era. Very nice getaway!
5 on December 13, 2011
This is a incredable house with a very interesting history. That alone would be a reason to come here, but there is so much more. More than can be said here but here is a small list: the beds, the sheets, the furniture, the service, the location, the chocolates and magazines in the rooms. If you find yourself anywhere near Arkansas, find your way to the Empress of Little Rock.
4.6 on November 29, 2011
My fiancee...now husband and I dont have much money. But a wedding at the Empress was SO affordable; and it sacrifices nothing! We had a beautiful garden wedding that was simply enchanting; we stayed in the hemingway suite and had breakfast in bed no less! We could only stay one night but are already planning to stay at the empress in spring and then again for our anniversary next year. The staff is AMAZING and I was impressed with how simple things were to arrange the wedding while working full time with LOTS of overtime hours. I really didnt have to do anything but show up! Thanks to Jessica for setting up the wedding and Deborah was so much fun and was gracious when bringing us breakfast. We recommend this to anyone planning a wedding or just want a beautiful getaway!
5 on November 17, 2011
I thought the Empress of Little Rock was an excellent stay. My wife and I really enjoyed the accomodations, service, and decor of this place. Every thing was outstanding!
5 on November 11, 2011
My husband and I had our wedding on October 22, 2011 at the Empress and our entire experience was top notch. The staff was great at planning the event, the location was easy to find, everything was reasonably priced (if not a STEAL considering all that they do for you). We stayed in the Hemingway suite after our wedding and I never wanted to leave! They have luxury spa tubs and showers and beautiful ambiance. They had trays of food from our wedding waiting for us (which is a good thing, because we were starving!). We couldn't have asked for a better day. If you want a beautiful wedding that you don't want to have to do all the intricate details for-the Empress is the place to go!
4.8 on October 24, 2011
If you are looking for a romantic weekend getaway from the Memphis area, the Empress of Little Rock is just what the doctor ordered! Beautiful rooms, elegant food, and gracious host & hostess!
4.8 on October 12, 2011
We were visiting from Australia and hadn't been to Arkansas previously. We arrived early (and without prior notice) but were made to feel welcome and comfortable from the moment we stepped in the front door. Our room was ready and it was a seamless check-in. As the inn wasn't full, the hostess kindly gave us a short tour of the other rooms (all magnificently decorated and presented) and shared with us the history of the house and its occupants. Breakfast the next morning was exquisite, served in the formal dining room with silverware and the server in period apron - just delightful. The setting was amazing, you feel transported to another more genteel and special era. Although some luggage was mishandled by the airline, the staff personally brought our bag to our door as soon as it arrived. They also went out of their way to ensure my fiance's wedding ring was forwarded to me, liaising with the courier late into the evening, after it was delivered to Little Rock after our departure. I simply cannot recommend the experience enough. Beautiful setting and warm, caring and attentive hosts. Thank you, Leanne from Canberra Australia.
3.0 on October 10, 2011
The Empress is a very lovely home loaded with many interesting antiques. My wife and I greatly enjoyed looking at all of the beautiful things and the place makes for many wonderful kodak moments. Our room the Hemingway suite was very beautifully decorated and had a lot of extras including a great shower with aroma therapy and message capabilities. There were several things that were disappointing. The bed frame was bent in the middle and the bed looked somewhat banana shaped. The mattress was very hard and had huge depressions on both sides with a huge hump in the middle. It was very uncomfortable. The breakfast was disappointing as well. The atmosphere was very elegant and food presentation was good but the quality and portions left something to be desired. To be honest we didn't like any of it. Rhubarb soup for breakfast is just not my cup of tea. The secret garden was poorly maintained. There was an old hot tub in the garden that was in disrepair and covered with dirt and mold. The view from the balcony looks over the secret garden and also the back yards of the neighbors which are loaded with lots of old junk making you want to just shut the door and go back inside. All this being said we did manage to enjoy ourselves despite the backaches from the bed. One last thing. Everywhere you look in your room and around there house there are things on the dressers And tables for you to buy. These things belong in the gift shop and cheapened the experience for us. As I said it makes a great museum but a not so good bed and breakfast. The two things anyone wants most from a Bed and breakfast are a great bed a a great breakfast. The bed was just plain uncomfortable and worn out and the breakfast may just be a matter of taste but it wasn't ours. I suspect if everyone that I saw while there were to leave their comments you might see that it just doesn't hold up to your expectations.
We always like to know when a guest is displeased. We always consider this an opportunity for improvement. In this case, I will let the comments from all our other previous guests speak for the guest experience at this inn. But I must take exception to the comments made about the bed in the Hemingway Spa Suite and the gardens. This is a custom made bed with an iron bed frame. I personally checked the bed out when I read our guests comment because I just couldn't imagine what on earth he was talking about. And indeed, the iron bed frame is not bent, nor even remotely "banana shaped". It has a nearly new BeautyRest pillow top mattress with a "featherbed" added on top of that. However, when guests lay on the bed, the feathers do push out to the sides creating a comfortable niche for the back to rest on. This will create the appearance of a bulge in the center until it is smoothed out when the featherbed is turned after each guest stay. In fact, we've had an amazing number of guests tell us they've never slept as well at home as they have in our wonderful featherbeds and want to know our secret. Sadly, we cannot guarantee our gardens are as beautiful in the fall of the year, especially after surviving four months of 100+ temperatures. But our gardens are always mowed and well maintained by a gardener who comes 1-3 days a week. The hot tub is not for guest use since the cost of the liability insurance has made it prohibative, but it works fine when we use it and it is attractively surrounded by wood and lattice decking. Rain does collect on the top and with all the fall pollen and leaves, it is quite possible it needed a good rinse. We regret this guest did not enjoy their stay . But slamming a facility because it doesn't match ones own personal taste is disappointing. It seems clear why they indicated they do not usually stay in bed and breakfasts. Nonetheless, we enjoyed these guests and wish them the best.
- Sharon Welch-Blair (innkeeper/owner)
4.6 on October 03, 2011
My husband and I loved staying at the Empress and will stay there again. The decor and attention to detail is exquisite. I especially enjoyed all the history and facts available to guests about the home and the era.
5 on September 19, 2011
We will never forget our wonderful stay at The Empress. It was a magnificent Victorian Mansion with stellar service and a most delicious gourmet breakfast!
4.6 on August 25, 2011
I took my wife here for her birthday and it was all that you would think. Very relaxed atmosphere and the history of the house is fascinating. The rooms were wonderfully decorated, and full of interesting items. Breakfast was very good. The staff is well versed in the history of the area and very helpful.
4.6 on August 11, 2011
My boyfriend (after our trip now my Fiance) and I stayed for one night on 8/8/11. It was so romantic with a wraparound porch and swings. THe bathtub in our room was fantastic- so relaxing. I haven't had that great of a sleep in some time. The location is a bit out of town but an easy fast drive. If you stay, you must stay for breakfast and try the Acadia for price fixed dinner Mon/Tues- it is amazing. The innkeeper Jessica was very helpful and showed us where everything was when we checked in. We would definitely go back!
4.0 on July 18, 2011
It was beautiful! More amazing than the pictures in the website. Our first BB stay and it surely set high standards for us.
4.6 on July 18, 2011
The Empress of Little Rock was a wonderful B&B. We where only there for one night, but what a night. The staff was just lovely, everything was clean, and OMG the bed was so comfy!! Definitely a must is you are in the area!!
4.0 on June 24, 2011
We spent seval days in Little Rock and of all the days we spent in Little Rock the night spent at the Empress was Outstanding. Beautifully restored and the service was great along with the very nice Breakfast. Beautiful room. I would stay there again in a heart beat.
4.0 on April 17, 2011
Just as beautiful as the website depicts! And, very comfortable with modern amenities mixed in with the lovely antiques. Very warm, friendly staff. And, the breakfast is better than any local restaurant.
4.0 on April 02, 2011
I have stayed at The Empress several nights in March 2011, traveling on business. First ~ it is a LOVELY home, there are breathtaking details in every single room. The Empress is decorated in immaculate style. Second, you will find the staff and owners to be out of their way accommodating, helpful, and very pleasant. They always cook up a scrumptious breakfast that is appropriate for royalty! When I have to leave early, they fix me a breakfast to go and always put write something special on the package wishing me a happy day! What service!!!!!! The beds are comfy and the sheets are exceptionally nice. The towels and wash cloths have an extra nice feel, too! I love staying at The Empress and always look forward to my next visit.
4.8 on March 21, 2011
My husband and I have stayed at the Empress three times, and it is always exquisite. Lovely breakfast and friendly, helpful staff. The house itself is an attraction. An inspiration if you enjoy Victorian decor! I highly recommend the Empress, especially for couples.
5 on February 23, 2011
My wife and I stayed in the J.E. Murray room on February 18, 2011 and had an absolute wonderful stay. The Empress is beautiful and all the rooms share a great deal of Southern history inside them. The J.E. Murray room was very large and peaceful. The stay was very quiet, even on a busy Friday night in Little Rock. Breakfast was amazing with French toast that seem to have come out of a Williams Sanoma catalog. Absolutely amazing. We had dinner at local spot down the street called Juanitas and was great if you wanted to sit back, drink some margaritas and eat some good Mexican cuisine. Overall the stay was great andn we will be coming back.
5 on February 16, 2011
My husband and I spent our first visit to a B&B at the Empress and I must say it was more beautiful than I expected..Amenities were outstanding. The staff treated us like family. It is the most comfortable night I have spent away from home..I would recommend to anyone visiting the Little Rock area to check this place out. You will not be disappointed and we will visit again. My first visit to a B&B has spiked my interest and I will be visiting many more in the years to come.
5 on January 20, 2011
The Empress in Little Rock is the most beautiful victorian home I've experienced. The attention to detail is amazing! The accomodations were better than any 5 star hotel I've stayed in and the service was impecable. Breakfast was way beyond my expectation with homemade sweet rolls, ham and asperagus in puff pastry, and much more. This is not a breakfast buffet, it's a served meal! If you are going to stay in Little Rock, AR this is the place to be!
Bob and I continue to be honored and humbled by the kind words of our guests. Our mission is to provide more than they expect. We try hard to achieve it. We don't always make it, but we're so appreciative to our wonderful guests for taking the time out to let us know we did it right for them!
- Sharon (innkeeper)
4.8 on January 19, 2011
Took a little spring trip with my just graduated from college daughter--Arrived on a Sunday afternoon to find that we were the only ones booked for the evening. It was incredibly magical to have the entire beautiful place to ourselves.(There was one innkeeper on duty, but after telling us where they would be, they left us alone.) The next morning we had a terrific breakfast in the dining room. Wonderful experience, and really good food!
5 on January 12, 2011
I enjoyed my stay very much. I did not want to leave. I am looking forward to returning again in the near future. Thank you for making my business trip more pleasant than I could have imagined. I felt like I was on vacation instead of business. Gorgeous place to visit!!!!!
5 on January 12, 2011
I took my husband there for his birthday. He HATES surprises but let me tell you...he had the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!!! It was very relaxing and the hospitatily of Bob & Sharon...they made you feel right at home. It was incredible. I highly recommend anyone to stay here. Southern Hospitality at it's' finest! I can't wait to go back!!!
4.0 on January 12, 2011
This was the first B&B my wife and I had stayed at. It was a surprise anniversary gift for her so I wanted it to be special and grand. We stayed in the 'Hollywood Suite' and it was awesome. The two of us are both certified chefs, but the food and service was still impressive. We are looking forward to our next visit in the near future.
5 on January 12, 2011
Oh my goodness The Empress is magnificent! The beautiful decor, atmosphere, service, this is a top notch B&B. I travel alot for work and compare all the places to The Empress and those shoes are very hard to fill! My favorite part of the rooms are the sheets, who knew a person would long to stay somewhere for sheets! The Empress allows you to truly relax even when you are staying for business. -Fort Smith
5 on January 12, 2011
The stay at the Empress was not planed. I was coming into town to visit my mothers grave site and had not made a reservation. We found the B & B and I was very excited to stay we went in and it was sooo pretty and the owners were so nice and were helpful. If you stay any place this is a place to stay. We have stayed in alot of places from Texas to Alaska and this B & B is outstanding.
4.6 on January 11, 2011
Very beautiful room. The breakfast was great. Can't wait to come back.
3.4 on January 11, 2011
We loved our room and the staff was very friendly. However, we notified staff when making reservation that one of us didn't eat pork and were told we would have turkey sausage instead. We had to eat there 4 times for breakfast and I never received the turkey - even when I reminded them upon arrival. Also, we didn't care for the italian restaurant and picnic items. We had better luck with finding our own places to eat.
5 on January 11, 2011
The Empress in Little Rock was where my wife and I spent our first night after marriage. We have revisited this location on special occasions since we enjoyed it so much our first time around. Each time we have stayed, we feel as if we are royalty. The hospitality is outstanding! Looking forward to our next stay! Sincerely, Chris and Monica Eastham
4.8 on January 11, 2011
The room was beautiful, dinner and breakfast were fabulous. Very friendly staff and the house is wonderful. By far the most wonderful evening anyone could ask for.
5 on January 11, 2011
The Empress of Little Rock exceeded all our expectations. The personal service of Bob and Sharon, the decor, and opulence of the rooms makes a stay at the Empress of Little Rock something to remember.
5 on January 11, 2011
Great experience! the food was awasome, the hotel is absolutly romantic, you wouldn't want to leave it at all! We had the best weekend!
5 on December 24, 2010
My husband and I wanted to do something extra special for our 20th anniversary but didn't have money to go on an actual vacation. We got the Hemingway Suite here and it was like we had escaped to another time. We were in the middle of the city but it seemed that we were far away from everyone. We were treated like royalty. My husband is diabetic and Annette was so great to cater his breakfast to his dietary needs. The room was beautiful, romantic, the hydro-massage shower as well as the jacuzzi tub were such a luxury. The house is amazing to view and tour. We are planning on staying every few months or so for a quick getaway together rather than wait for an anniversary! Well worth it!! Best anniversary yet just wish we could have stayed longer.
5 on December 21, 2010
I had my wedding at the Empress and then stayed the night there. I could not have asked for the most perfect fairy tale wedding and reception. The staff was wonderful, the food was divine and they took care of the wedding party, my family and friends like they were all royalty. I slept like a baby and the breakfast was amazing. I know we will be back for more amazing memories there. Thank you for all you have done!! Donna
4.6 on November 28, 2010
Spent the evening after a day of Black Friday shopping recuperating in the Majestic Spa Suite. Definitely the way to recover after a day of walking and crowds. The charm and features are going to bring us back and probably going to send our parents for a gift as well. The breakfast is an experience that anyone can appreciate and one my wife loved. Treat yourselves and stay here for an unique experience. Our first B&B but certainly only the first of many to come. They were 90% complete for Christmas decorations though what more they could do is sure to be impressive since we thought that what was done was above and beyond. I had to take a couple pics of a the decorated rooms that were so well done.
5 on November 22, 2010
We live in Indiana and I work in NM. I met my wife for a romantic weekend in Little Rock. When I arrived at The Empress I was greeted by Deborah. She got us checked in and then gave us a tour of the facility. Deborah was very courteous and helpful. She said she was there to make our stay enjoyable and memorable. She did a wonderful job, as everything was perfect. After we got settled in, my wife and I went out for dinner. When we got back to our room, the bed was turned down and rose petals were sprinkled on the bed. The Empress made sure that our weekend was success. There was no detail to small and nothing was overlooked. The public rooms were decorated beautifully, our room was beyond belief. The breakfast the next morning was delicious. We were served a candle it breakfast by a bow-tied butler (the owner). Tom did a wonderful job with breakfast and everything was perfect. When it was time to check-out we were greeted by Deborah again. She once again made sure that everything was perfect for us. She invited us back and hugged us good bye. I would highly recommend The Empress. It is by far one of the best places we have ever stayed. The love and care by the owners and staff were evident at every turn. My hat is off to The Empress and thier staff. Dave and Mary B.
5 on November 21, 2010
My husband and I spent our wedding night in the Hemingway Suite at The Empress of Little Rock. It was beyond what we expected. It was the neatest room with so many amentities. It was not like staying at a hotel; it was so much more. The breakfast the next morning was delicious, snd so much better than what other hotels offer. I highly recommend The Empress of Little Rock to anyone who wants a unique place to stay.
4.8 on November 13, 2010
My daughter and I stayed at The Empress of Little Rock while enjoying a fun girls weekend. We had a wonderful, relaxing stay. The Empress is absolutely gorgeous. We loved our room, the hospitality, the food and the step back in history as we sat in the parlor and talked of times gone by. A great find that we hope to visit again.
4.8 on October 28, 2010
If you need a "get away" this is THE place! The rooms are so elegantly decorated that you feel like royalty when you step through your door. The staff pampers you and attends to your every need. They booked a hot stone massage, made reservations for dinner, and found directions to antique stores with such exuberance and ease, it was obvious I was in the hands of professionals. Returning the the Empress is already in my plans!
5 on October 13, 2010
We stayed at The Empress for 3 nights for our honeymoon. We stayed in the Hemingway Suite and from the moment we arrived, we were pampered and treated like royalty! From the incredible breakfasts to the rose petal turndown, we fell in love with this Old Bell of the South instantly. Bob, Sharon, Annette, and Deborah were all so friendly and warm that they felt like family. We love you all to pieces! The accomodations were 5 star, the rooms were beautiful and we can't wait to go back to stay again and see these wonderful people! Thank you Bob, Sharon, Annette, and Deborah for making our honeymoon so romantic and memorable. When you do stay there, we suggest you get the Gone With the Wind package like we did. We had a gourmet picnic at the Old Mill, a fantastic carriage ride through the beautiful homes in Little Rock and breakfast in bed served by Bob himself! There are other great looking packages and although we didn'jt have any of the others (yet), we are sure that they are just as perfect as the package we chose.
4.4 on August 16, 2010
Our stay on August 15th was the first time my wife and I had ever stayed at a B&B. Due to not knowing what to expect, the experience felt awkward at first ...but with the regal hospitality of the innkeeper& staff, that evening and the following morning turned out very well. The garden has a very secludedfeel and with the hammock , fountian, deep shade, and surrounding ivy covered walls... it was very tranquil. Since we had the room facing west against the sun and daytime outside temperatures of 104, the room stayed at about 80 deg until later that afternoon when the a/c and fan started to gain some ground , cooling the room down to "normal" tempuratures. Breakfast was excellent with a very good sunrise juice, fresh fruit with a beautiful display and then delicious and well presented Grand Marnier french toast, coffee, etc.. served downstairs alongsided a young college age couple from MD who was staying for their first honeymoon. Note that the neighborhood is not a strong selling point, but grounds are fairly secure with fence and gates..
5 on August 16, 2010
There are no words sufficient to convey the happy feelings that linger after our wonderful night with you. Walking around the outside at dusk, seing the lights and lamps glowing through the windows -- walking around downstairs at our leisure after hours -- -- so many aspects of our experience that will be a precious memory for us for all time to come. Thanks -- Don + Joy Wright
4.8 on August 12, 2010
Great History... Great Home... Great People. My wife and I were both very happy with our stay at the Empress. Rooms were very clean and the massage shower and massage tub were great! Bed was a little squeaky though. ; ) Wonderful time overall and would recommend it!
5 on June 26, 2010
The Empress is beautiful and clean. The food was delicious and the innkeepers and staff were wonderful. We had a relaxing getaway.
5 on June 25, 2010
For my birthday, my daughter researched our family tree and made a scrapbook for my gift. As I read through the census copies and pictures it became clear that part of the gift was to find some missing documents and certificates to trace our family lineage back far enough to allow us to become members of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). Arkansas was the home of the Patriot's missing link, so she left Boston and I left Broken Arrow, Ok and we went to Arkansas to complete the search. She found The Empress in Little Rock website and thought it would be the perfect setting to add to our search for our family's past in. After a day searching cemeteries, archives and court houses, the inn was a beautiful culmination of history still alive with atmosphere and elegance. The Secret Garden, the pianoforte I played, the swing and fountains were all so beautiful and the staff only enhanced and made each moment more special. Such a precious memory shall never be forgotten for The Empress is part of our family history scrapbook now.
5 on June 23, 2010
We really had a great time at the place..lovely place, nice garden, wonderful food, such a relaxing ambiance and the room was so great! We weill definitely recommend the empress to our friends and families..good job guys! we love your place and your service..God bless!
5 on June 18, 2010
My husband and I celebrated our 15th anniversary at the Empress of Little Rock. We chose one of the spa suites and were not disappointed. The rooms were great and with the "buy two nights get one free", we felt able to afford a couple nights of "luxury". Robert, the innkeeper, and the hostess for the weekend, Deborah, were very accommodating, making our stay in Little Rock wonderful.
4.4 on June 17, 2010
Our stay here was a gift from a friend for our anniversary. We had a great time and got to see some sights. There is a lot of history to the Empress and if you've the time would recomend letting them tell you about it.
5 on June 15, 2010
The innkeepers have done a superb job of restoring this magnificent home. Attention to detail not only shows in the house itself, but in the quality of the service we received. They've thought of everything! The staff was exceptional, as well as the breakfast. We were spoiled beyond our expectations. We will definitely recommend this B&B to our friends.
5 on June 10, 2010
Thie is a beautifully restored mansion with great rooms, service, and food.
5 on June 08, 2010
My wife and I had a great experience at the Empress and look forward to going back in the future.
5 on June 07, 2010
The Empress keeps us coming back! We honeymooned there and just visited again for our third anniversary. We know that we'll be back again for another anniversary trip. The rooms and beds are comfortable, the staff is courteous and down-to-earth, and the breakfast is delicious!
5 on April 12, 2010
My husband John surprised me for my 65th birthday with a wonderful evening, including spending the night and a wonderful breakfast at The Empress of Little Rock. We had friends join us for wine before we departed for an elegant dinner at the Capitol Hotel. Our room was elegant; the bed dreamy, the bathtub was a beautiful old Claw foot, deep tub with a beautiful surround of polished oak. There was even a decanter of Amaretto for an after dinner night cap. Everyone at the Empress was wonderful. Breakfast was a delightful with fresh fruit, a starter of pureed warm peach soup it was delicious. We had a wonderful stay and my birthday is a wonderful memory. I would highly recommend to anyone a night at The Empress of Little Rock . . Anniversary, Birthday, or just to get away. Dee and John Ostner
4.6 on April 10, 2010
Nice night away . . . close to restaurants in downtown Little Rock. Fantastic personal service. It is clear that Bob and Sharon care about their guests and have invested themselves in this B&B. Nice room with cozy amenities. We enjoyed drinking a decaf coffee and eating biscotti before settling in. Breakfast was delicious!
5 on February 14, 2010
We really enjoyed our stay. It was beautiful and so clean. Our breakfast was delicious. We look forward to going back.
4.8 on January 10, 2010
A wonderful evening for New Year's Eve! Exceptional hospitality, a beautiful bed and breakfast. We would recommend this inn to everyone.
4.4 on December 15, 2009
We had a wonderful stay at The Empress. It made us feel very special. They had special "feel good things" everywhere you looked in the room. Everyone was sincerely friendly and we certainly hope to come back!
5 on November 30, 2009
The inn alone was a vacation. Enjoyed the history and architecture. The service was more like visiting family, where comfort and hospitality were more than to be expected. The rooms were a delight and had everything you could ask for. The whole experience was one that I will never forget and look forward to reliving again soon. Thank you! Robby & Melissa W.
4.6 on November 08, 2009
4.2 on November 08, 2009
An absolutely perfect restoration. A day spent in observation of its details would hardly be misspent.
3.8 on November 04, 2009
Our stay was wonderful. Would recommend The Hemingway Suite.
4.6 on November 04, 2009
I had my wedding at the Empress. Our guest all said it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever gone to. It was truely a magical evening. Our room was amazing! I can't wait to stay there again.
4.4 on November 04, 2009
As seasoned B&B travelers & retired Innkeepers, the Empress is outstanding!
3.8 on November 04, 2009
We loved the room. It was expensive compared to the amenitites we usually require at luxury properties. There was no room service included in the rate, and no fitness center, and no variety in dining. However, we loved the room we were accommodated in. The shower was awesome and the fireplace was romantic, along with the stereo. The towel rack was a favorite for my husband. So, despite the lack of amenities we like to have, we still enjoyed the property very much!
5 on November 04, 2009
It is rare to find such a treasure so close to home. Every time we've stayed at the Empress it has exceeded our expectations. The service and food are five star.
4.8 on November 04, 2009
The Wedding Package at The Empress made our special day even more spectacular. The beauty of this exquisite historical home was surpassed by the kindness of the staff and their exceptional service.
5 on November 04, 2009
1) Beautiful atmosphere 2) Service outstanding 3) Spotless and comfortable beds 4) Innkeeper outstanding service 5) Can't wait to stay again soon I hope!
4.8 on November 04, 2009
Everything you see in the pictures is how it really is and then some! I most defiantly would love to visit again.
4.0 on November 04, 2009
I loved the room! The bed was extra comfortable, as well as the robes. I enjoyed having our breakfast served in our rooms and the theater tickets with my package. It was quiet and relaxing. I never knew anyone else was in B&B. I look forward to staying again.
5 on November 04, 2009
WOW! The lobbies are beautiful museums, each room is decorated in a unique style, and the food is an amazing treat. I was made to feel special. Christmas is the best time to visit! The decorations are exquisite.
4.0 on November 04, 2009
My husband and I were the first to stay in the Hemingway Suite. When we got there the room was unavailable because there was some last minute adjustments that needed to be done. I was a little disappointed but very excited about being the first to experience the luxury suite. The wait was well worth it. The room was beautiful, the bed was extremely comfortable, and the jacuzzi tub and shower was breathtaking. This was a perfect getaway that my husband and I needed. We had a great time and look forward to doing this again.
5 on November 04, 2009
My husband and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary here. We were in a lovely yellow room, decorated in garden style. The room had a beautiful view of the garden below, where we later went and enjoyed the hammoc. It was a great time with beautiful surroundings. Will definitely go back when we have the chance!
4.0 on November 04, 2009
Loved our time at the Empress. Very beautiful and relaxing.
4.6 on November 04, 2009
We had a wonderful stay at The Empress... the service was great and the staff very helpful. Yummy breakfast in bed! The room rate was a bit pricey... so if we were to return, it would have to be an extra special occasion. But it was a wonderful place to visit and hear the history of the building. Thanks for the memories! ;-)
4.4 on November 04, 2009
This was my fiance's first time at a B & B. Needless to say he started with the best. Now it will always be a challange to stay somewhere as elegant, with service as remarkable. Our stay was delightful!
4.4 on November 04, 2009
I have stayed here with my husband several times. It is a wonderful getaway for us.
5 on November 03, 2009
I give The Empress my highest rating. My husband and I spent the first night of our honeymoon in the Majestic suite and it could not have been more perfect. There was champagne, rose pedals and fruits waiting for us. The staff are friendly and courteous. 5 stars
4.8 on November 03, 2009
In any field, ranking individuals stops making sense at the highest levels. We have some basis for comparison, having stayed at B&Bs in other parts of the US and in the UK, and we see the Empress as within that upper tier, in which excellence is uniformly expected and received. Charley Sandage Mountain View, Arkansas
5 on November 03, 2009
My Father, who is the great grandson of the original owner, celebrated his 70th birthday here with all of his brothers and sisters and their families. We all felt as if we were transported back to the time this house was occupied by its owner. The Blairs have done an impeccable job in bringing the mansion back to a state that truely details it's Victorian beauty. I have yet to stay in any B&B who's owners give the guest an experience beyond all expectations. It is obvious that this is their passion and the memories of this place will remain for a very long time.
4.4 on November 03, 2009
My husband and I has our first night as a married couple at The Empress. It was absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful surroundings, comfortable bed, awesome shower!
4.8 on November 03, 2009
I've always wondered what it would be like to be royalty. After spending our honeymoon in the Hemingway Suite, with breakfast in bed, and a thousand other luxurious delights, I no longer Wonder - I KNOW what being King & Queen feels like! Make your Princess Dreams come true. Stay at the Empress in Little Rock. - T Phipps
4.8 on November 03, 2009
Gorgeous 19th century mansion, lovingly restored.
4.0 on November 03, 2009
The Empress was beautiful and realxing. I enjoyed my stay there.
3.0 on November 03, 2009
The stay was very nice and the food was absolutely wonderful.
4.6 on November 03, 2009
Did not take advantage of the dining. Overall, I would recommend the Empress to others.
4.2 on November 03, 2009
We enjoyed the atmosphere, the food, and most importantly, the fine conversations with Bob and Sharon. Will stay again, soon I hope....
3.4 on November 03, 2009
We enjoyed learning the history about the house as well as our 2 night stay. Little Rock and Hot Springs are both nice places to visit and the Empress provides excellent lodging while there. Jim & Cherry Bolles Franklin, TN
4.6 on November 03, 2009
I had intended for us to stay at the Peabody, but I was disappointed that they could not guarantee me a room with a river view. This was a special anniversary celebration for us, and a friend of mine suggested I check out The Empress. I was pleasantly surprised to see that their rates were reasonable, and that breakfast was included. Our stay there was the highlight of our special day. We took a tour of the house, an amazing mansion!, where the attention to detail was impressive. The rooms are absolutely magnificent, you feel like you've traveled back in time. The innkeepers are the friendliest most delightful you'll ever meet, and they seem to truly enjoy getting to know you. The rooms are beautifuly decorated, spotlessly clean, comfortable and inviting. The plush robes they provided were an unexpected extra. I thoroughly enjoyed our breakfast. Although I have not stay there again, I have purchased several goft certificates for friends, and I am planning to stay again in the near future.
5 on November 03, 2009
Our stay was absolutely perfect, and the Hemingway suite was stunning. We can't wait for our next opportunity to stay again.
4.6 on November 03, 2009
we've spent two anniversaries here at this beautiful b/b. the owners are very nice and friendly. I would def stay here again.
5 on November 03, 2009
I have been a guest on two occassions while visiting Little Rock. I came to conduct research at the Arkansas History Commission. After a long day researching files and records, it was the perfect place to go so that you can relax and prepare yourself for the next day of research. When I needed a large table to spread out my research and organize my files, the table was produced without any delay. When I needed to leave early in the morning, they prepared a small meal that I could take with me. When I needed advice about where to eat or places to visit. Simply stated The Empress is everything you need in a place to stay. I look forward to a return visit.
4.4 on November 03, 2009
I made a huge mistake when I booked a stay at The Empress of Little Rock. I flew into Little Rock on a late afternoon flight one day, and flew out of Little Rock early the next morning. This simply wasn't long enough to experience a property as beautiful and as historically significant as the Empress. I want to come back and stay long enough to soak up all the architectural details, sleep long as I want in the made-for-comfort bed and savor the breakfast I had to skip (in exchange for a breakfast-to-go in a bag).
4.8 on November 03, 2009
We stayed at the Empress of Little Rock for our anniversary. It was the first time we had spent away from our children (as a couple) in over 8 years! It was long overdue, and we were so pleased that we were able to renew ourselves as a married couple in such a lovely, romantic, peaceful setting. With three children, we don't remember to do that for ourselves very often, but our time at the Empress showed us how important it is. We plan to make the Empress part of our strategy to renew, re-energize, and strengthen our relationship each year. Thanks so much!
5 on November 03, 2009
My husband and I stayed at this bed and breakfast inn one year ago. It was a wonderful experience!! The room was absolutely exquisite! It absolutely exceeded our expectations. We stayed in the Hemingway room and it had everything to offer from a spa like experience in the bathroom to a lovely decorated sitting and bedroom area. I have recommended this place to everyone that I have met. The staff also were incredibly charming and very accommodating. We will definitely be back in the future. Joe and Candace Percifull
5 on November 03, 2009
The Empress is an outstanding bed and breakfast. From the moment you arrive to your departure you are treated like royalty. Every detail for a pleasureable stay has been well defined by the staff. The suites are beyond belief. It has to be the best bed and breakfast in the United State. For your next vacation getaway, this is a must!
4.6 on November 03, 2009
We are Little Rock residents but we felt like we were in a faraway place during our stay. Everything was heavenly and we have recommended this getaway to many of our friends. An outstanding bed and breakfast!
5 on November 03, 2009
The Empress is not only beautiful but also full of history and amazing service. Every room was breathtaking. We stayed here the weekend we got married! It was so cozy and private. The food was really unique and tasty! We loved siting around the table with other guests over breakfast chatting away about life's events!
4.4 on November 02, 2009
Our stay was worth it. My husband would love to come back again and suggests that we have more B&B experience at least quarterly. Our room surely was a home away from home. And breakfast was just wonderful and yummy! Specially the service we received.. awesome!!!
5 on October 26, 2009
My husband and I wanted a get away that wasn't 'too far away' so we decided on the Empress. A wonderful decision! The service was supberb and the innkeeper was friendly and full of advice on what to see and do in Little Rock that would make a relaxing weekend. Would recommend this B&B to others!
5 on October 07, 2009
The Empress of Little Rock is the BEST B&B in Arkansas. It is a wonderful place to stay, kick back, and relax. Very romantic for couples and provides a great backdrop for a wonderful trip. The owners Bob & Sharon know how to treat their guests and do an ammazing job!
5 on September 27, 2009
My husband and I stayed at The Empress for one night to begin our trip to see his sister for her 80th birthday. It was the "BEST" decision I made on the whole trip. It was like going home, only with service. We live in Northern California and B+B's are everywhere but, we never expected a B+B in LIttle Rock as extraordinary as this one. We loved everything about it. The food was great, the room was great, and I spent so much time taking pictures that I didn't get a chance to just sit and relax. The host and hostess were charming and Wendy, who we spent the most time with, was a great help. My husband has trouble walking and Wendy was there whenever we needed something. Even though it rained the whole time we were in Arkansas, the one night we spent at The Empress made everything sunny. +
4.6 on September 19, 2009
The Hemingway Suite was total luxury from the the deck opening onto the secret garden, the canopy bed, fireplace to the hydrotherapy massage and steam shower... it was the perfect weekend retreat! The personal attention the staff lavished on us and the willingness to help us fill out our schedule was most appreciated. It is a definite place in which we will return. Many thanks to Bob, Sharon, Mitzi, Debra and and Wendy for making our 11th Wedding Anniversary so special!
4.6 on August 16, 2009
Spent the night celebrating my wife's birthday. Very inviting staff with Bob and Sharon leading the way. Debra was very friendly, informative and helpful in any way she could be. Unusually comfortable bed. Breakfast was above first rate. Home was very well decorated and clean. Coffee and tea outside rooms was nice touch. Bathroom in our room was very clean and functional but small. Definitely will return for another special occasion and will recommend highly to friends.
4.8 on July 17, 2009
This is one of the most beautifully restored Victorian Mansions that we've even seen or stayed in. The people here just bent over backwards to make our stay memorable with wonderful amennities, recommendations for dining (with printed directions), friendliness, and of course the delicious and gorgeous breakfast. We hope we can return again. I would recommend this B&B to anyone.
4.8 on July 06, 2009
Our stay at the Empress was a gift to my husband and me from my choir and some others at church where I am the choir director. It was a total surprise! We had a completely wonderful and relaxing time from start to finish, the three nights we were there. We stayed in the civil war Murray Room, but were shown all around the others and told the history of the place since we were interested; the decor is lovely everywhere. The people are friendly and fun to be with. And the food is wonderful. The Empress is the epitome of Southern Hospitality.
5 on June 22, 2009
This was our first stay at a B&B. This place is gorgeous! The attention to detail is amazing. My husband and I stayed in the Hemmingway Suite for 1 night. Debra was our innkeeper and she was delightful. Sharon prepared our breakfast and it was served by Bob. Very fancy and scrumptous! We had a ham and aspargus crossaint that was to die for. These folks represent southern hospitality at it's best. We loved our room and felt so relaxed. It was a much needed get away that was well worth the price. This may have been our first b&b experience, but definitely not the last.
4.2 on June 17, 2009
My husband surprised me on our anniversary with an overnight at the Empress-Ernest Hemmingway room. We put our tux and wedding dress on as we do every year we go out on our anniversary, and arrived at the Empress. From the minute we checked to the minute we checked out, the experience was wonderful. They arranged a horse and carriage ride to dinner and then served us breakfast in bed the next morning. The room was immaculate and the careful touches in the room such as the fireplace, music, jacuzzi bath, steam shower, and netted bed made for a cozy, romantic evening. We have never been a B&B fan, but after our stay at the Empress, we will seek out other gems such as this one when we travel.
5 on June 16, 2009
Our June 6, 2009 stay at The Empress was a rare treat! It was our opportunity to return to a time when gracious living, impeccable service, and delicious food was the norm for the occupants of this lovely mansion. It's obvious that the Innkeepers, Bob and Sharon, have spared nothing when it comes to insuring that their guests will enjoy their stay. The Empress sets a very high standard for other B&B's!! S.L.L. of Joplin, MO
5 on June 14, 2009
This past week myself along with 3 other girlfriends spent a night at The Empress. It was a wonderful experience from start to finish. We will definitely include it in future travel plans.
5 on June 10, 2009
My rollergirl wife and I were in Little Rock for the weekend and decided to stay at this wonderful little B&B. The service was amazing as Bob & Sharon (and staff) really made you feel at home. The beds were very cozy, the rooms were beautifully decorated and breakfast was delicious each and every morning. Thanks for having a Tornado Alley Rollergirl from OKC and her husband!
5 on June 01, 2009
This was are our second time there. Everything was great. It completed a great year as it was our first wedding anniversary!! Love the Hemiway Suite.
5 on May 31, 2009
We celebrated our anniversary at the Empress, and were very impressed by the ambiance and friendly service. It is the nicest B and B we have stayed in during our travels. I highly recommend it for visitors to Little Rock.
4.4 on May 31, 2009
All was very well done. A great place if you are in Little Rock.
4.6 on May 26, 2009
My husband and I decided to treat ourselves to one special night during our cross country move from LA to DC. We could not have asked for a more perfect retreat. The spa suite was exquisite and we fell in love with The Empress!
4.0 on May 18, 2009
My wife and I recently took a trip to Little Rock, AR for our first wedding anniversary. We went diamond-mining, antique shopping, toured the Clinton library and even soaked in thermal water at Hot Springs. However, the most impactful and memorable part of our trip was the stay at The Empress. From the moment it comes into view, the visage of The Empress is imrpessive. Even under the dark, overcast skies The Empress was a bright and welcoming sight. We were greeted as we were parking the car and really made to feel special from the first moment. The interior of The Empress was meticulously appointed and was wonderfully reflective of Victorian times. Our room was in the tower and was romantic, luxurious and quanit all at the same time. The breakfasts were above and beyond our expectations and kept us excited to wake up in the morning. With all that has already been said, it was truly the small things that had the biggest impact on me. We arrived on a Sunday and were given a list on restaurants open late on Sundays. The innkeeper gave us a tour of the entire home and made suggestions as to where we could find landmarks -- all the way down to printing us out directions. There was a complimentary coffee/tea bar as well as amaretto liqueur in the room. And when they found out it was our anniversary they gave us a rose-petal turndown service. Little Rock may not seem like a hot vacation destination, but I would recommend that everyone take a short trip just to experience the luxury, decadence and top-flight service of The Empress. Believe me, it is an experience you will remember for some time.
5 on May 09, 2009
This is the second trip my wife and I have made to the Empress. Our first visit was the night of our wedding and this one is the first break we have taken since our son was born eight weeks ago. We always get much needed rest and relaxation at the Empress. It makes you feel like you are back in the 1800's. We will always treasure every visit. Christopher and Monica Eastham
4.6 on April 28, 2009
The hospitality and atmosphere was outstanding. Deborah made you feel at home but you also had your own privacy to browse around. The breakfast was really good something unique with the right special touches. We will recommend this B&B to many of our friends.
5 on April 12, 2009
We both had just a great time and had no idea what a wonder experience the Empress would be. We have told a number of other friends how great the weekend was.
4.8 on April 12, 2009
We celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary at The Empress of Little Rock. The staff welcomed us warmly and made us feel at home. We loved the hydrotherapy shower, aromatherapy sauna, and whirlpool bath in the Majestic Suite. Breakfast was delightful! We had a wonderful time and are planning to come back!!
5 on March 31, 2009
We stayed at the Empress on our wedding night and had the most amazing time. The pictures on the website do not do it justice...We stayed in the Scarlett room and my goodness... that is the best room there (in my opinion) !!!! Jason set up some very special "honeymoon romance" such as rose petals, champagne, chocolates and a fruit basket. The staff (Deborah--"go hogs!" :) were amazing and had everything perfectly ready for us. Thank you for contributing to the best wedding night a bride and groom could dream of. We will be back for sure!!!! Beautiful and very special memories.... -Jamie and Jason
4.8 on March 17, 2009
We just needed one night away from the hustle and bustle of life and The Empress was perfect. We stayed in the Majestic and it was great for a romantic getaway.
4.6 on March 04, 2009
We enjoyed ourselves!! The house is beautiful and delightfully decorated. We loved the gourmet breakfast and the atmosphere! The staff was very friendly, helpful and attentive. The location is definitely a plus!!! We will recommend this place to our friends.
5 on March 01, 2009
Wonderful period detail throughout the hotel. Our stay was short and we departed before breakast which we have heard is outstanding. Great location near downtown and the airport. Don't miss the chance to stay here.
4.0 on February 02, 2009
My wife & I stayed at the Empress when we got married nearly 10 years ago. We like to come back from time to time and always enjoy our stay.
5 on December 07, 2008
This is a unique, and uniquely charming, place. It fulfilled all our expectations. The room was charming, and was equipped with everything to make the evening restful, secluded, romantic, and memorable. The breakfasts were excellent and above and beyond anything to be found in any chain establishment. The personnel were uniformly helpful and gracious. If you come to Little Rock, this is the place to stay!
4.8 on November 11, 2008
Making reservations, being contacted by host, arriving, RELAXING!!!, devine food, gracious hosts, royal accomodations. The entire experience was without a hint of drama or complication. This establishment has left a lasting, wonderful memory for us to cherish forever! We thank Bob, Sharon, Mitzi & Deborah for their hard work and exceptional hospitality. Bill and Lori Tucson
5 on September 01, 2008
Outstanding is not enough to say about this fantastic inn. The staff was amazing and were so professional !! They catered to myevery need!! Can't wait to stay again!!
4.6 on August 11, 2008
It was the best place to spend an anniversary and to take a break from our very busy lives!
4.8 on July 14, 2008
This inn is for even the fussiest guest! The food was excellent, the inn was spotless, hospitality the best. This was my fiance's first experience with a bed and breakfast, needless to say he's starting with the best of the best. We are definitely returning soon.
4.6 on July 10, 2008
As we travel quite frequently, we often stay in many hotels and B&Bs. This small hotel offers the most luxurious rooms we have ever experienced at a very reasonable rate. With an interesting history behind the mansion, a stay at The Empress allows each guest to step back into the past to create new stories of romance and adventure. We look forward to many return visits. M. & S. De Jesus
4.8 on July 02, 2008
We stayed two nights at the Empress. We enjoyed elegant breakfasts, friendly service, and luxurious rooms. The location is convenient to downtown Little Rock with easy access to main highways.
4.8 on July 01, 2008
Our stay at the Empress was fabulous! We loved everything. The room, the staff, the food, and the waterfall/picnic package created a weekend for us that we will never forget!
5 on June 23, 2008
Our room at The Empress of Little Rock was spacious and beautifully decorated with period pieces. Also, the breakfast was wonderful. The presentation of our food was appealing and it was delicious. The house itself was gorgeous, and we were made to feel at home as we explored the house and the grounds.
4.8 on May 27, 2008
My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary at the Empress. It was more than I imagined. The Hemingway room was beautiful. It was truly a get-away for both of us.
4.6 on May 26, 2008
WOW! What an unbelievable find! So much love has been poured into this house! Attention to detail is obvious. The furnishings are grand but comfortable, and the service was impeccable. We loved our gourmet breakfast - although it wasn't the most filling - and really enjoyed chatting with Bob and Deborah. We stayed in the Miss Eliza room, and while it's the smallest room (and lowest priced) at the Empress, it offers PLENTY of space. Great value. Beautiful home. We will be back for sure! (By the way, we also stayed at another B&B in the same district on this trip - it doesn't compare.)
5 on April 10, 2008
The most wonderful birthday I have ever had was at The Empress, January 1997....I have never forgot that experience. True luxury and elegance. The suite is beautiful...with fireplace and beautiful furnishings. The food is wonderful. The Blair's are perfect hosts. I wrote in the journal at the bedside table....and slept in a comfortable bed and elegance all around me. I have visited several times since then and told many about The Empress. I can't wait until I can return again.
5 on April 07, 2008
Staying at the Empress is an unforgettable experience that should be repeated as often as possible. The building, rooms, furnishings, grounds, owners, FOOD, and hostesses are all fabulous. I highly recommend the Empress and urge everyone to visit this excellent facility.
4.8 on April 03, 2008
I have stayed at B&B's before, just a few, so i expected a historical experience, the Empress far exceeded my expectations. My two daughters, ages 11 & 17 came to Little Rock for a girls getaway and had a blast. The only thing missing was the southern bell dresses. THe girls walked around with thier mouths wide open in awe. The empress is spectacular.
5 on March 25, 2008
My visit tothe Empress was perfect from the music box and dusting powder to the secret garden and the amaretto sipper on the dresser. Recommend a smaller box of chocolates. Breakfast was delicously unique and the ghostly card-room something to remember. The piano and the puzzle were inviting enough to touch. Keep the stool by the bed in Petit Jean room ... I will return
4.8 on March 23, 2008
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Empress of Little Rock. It felt like a step back into the 19th century. the atmosphere was very warm, welcoming, and relaxing. I was also impressed by the scrumptious breakfasts!
5 on March 22, 2008
My Husband surprised me for our 5th Anniversary by renting the "Majestic" Room. It was AMAZING! The old Hollywood theme was a very inviting and romantic atmosphere. The shower and sauna tub are to die for. The inkeeper was very nice and the owner "Bob" was very hospitable and informative. Staying here was one of the best experiences of my life and I would strongly suggest anyone to stay here. We hope to again soon. -Mr & Mrs Robertson
4.0 on March 15, 2008
Simply The Best!
5 on March 07, 2008
I just recently had my second stay at the Empress of Little Rock and was once again impressed, pleased, and all my expectations far exceeded. I travel quite a bit for work and when I stay here I feel like home. They even made me a special breakfast on the day I checked out because I had a very eary flight. I feel like I'm part of the family when I stay there.
3.0 on February 26, 2008
We stayed in the Hemmingway suite for one night at the Empress. While we liked the property and overall enjoyed our stay, we had a few reservations. On the positive side, the property is extremely well kept. This is truly one of the nicest inns we have visited. The furnishings and fixtures are very nice and everything was clean. The staff was friendly and helpful. There is good reason this place gets good reviews. However we had 2 reservations about this property. First, the Hemmingway suite (as well as the Majestic and Garden suites) are not in the main house. They are in a separate and much newer building across the parking lot. While we had full run of the house, we were disappointed that our room was not in the main house. Had this been listed on the website we could have anticipated such, but it was not listed. Second, they had a price tag on just about everything. I understand the add-on sale, but this was way overboard. I stopped counting after seeing 6 signs of items for sale in our room (such as chocolates, a disposable camera, bathroom spa kit, etc.). While they laid rose petals on our bed for the night (which was nice), they had a sign on the bed quoting a price for the petals. I paid much more than I normally do for this room and was really appalled by so much for sale. Overall it is an extremely nice place and the people are friendly, but do question which building your room is in and expect to see prices on a lot of things in your room.
As always, we love to hear good comments about the job we do, but we also feel it is important to hear when a guest has a reservation concerning their stay. In the instance related to the room they booked being in the carriage house, they booked this room directly online. At the top of the rooms page it very clearly mentions the spa suites are in our newly renovated carriage house. As so often happens, we miss things as we are skimming. We are disappointed about this misunderstanding, and will relook to see if we should improve the visibility for the future. As far as the items available for sale, every one perceives things in a different light. We've included these items in the room for our guests convenience and have been thanked on more than one occasion for the thought. The card for the roses was to make guests aware this was an extra done for their special occasion and to try to say in a tactful way we didn't want to sell them. We'll reconsider how we approach this and appreciate their thoughts on the topic.
- Sharon Welch-Blair (innkeeper/owner)
4.6 on February 25, 2008
was for a 2 night get away with my wife. It was last minuste and the staff was very helpful in getting us set up.
5 on February 18, 2008
I was so impressed with the house itself not to mention the friendly staff & extrodinary service, every detail was perfect! This was such a wonderful experience, my husband had reservations but after we left Sunday morning, I could tell he had such a relaxing time, a perfect weekend get away. I can't express how wonderful everything was Saturday afternoon for our party!! Bobby was able to relax and really enjoy the house & our friends. Thanks so much!!
5 on February 16, 2008
We had a wonderful stay at the Empress. Everything was absolutly outstanding. We will definetly return. We would recomend staying here to anyone who wishes to have the time of their lives, in a wonderful Victorian surrounding.
5 on February 13, 2008
This place is really great! The staff is so friendly, the beds are so comfortable and the inn itself is a marvel!
5 on February 13, 2008
We had a delightful stay at The Empress. The staff was wonderful, the rooms immaculate, and breakfast delicious.
5 on February 10, 2008
This was a wonderful stay.The room was very nice and the hospitality was unbeatable.Thanks Bob and Deborah.A+
5 on February 10, 2008
This is truly an experience everyone should have in their lifetime. We enjoyed our stay so very much. The Hemingway Suite was magnificent! We also stayed in the Majestic suite and it was equally wonderful. The staff went above and beyond for us. Mitzi is delightful and a real treasure. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
4.4 on February 04, 2008
In Little Rock for business, so not nearly enough time to enjoy this wonderful home. I've all ready called my sister-in-law with a referral for a wedding anniversary trip!
4.0 on January 26, 2008
A wintery mix of freezing rain forced a change of plans and we considered a stay in Little Rock. To our delight, the state Welcome Center showed us information to find this charming accomodation. We were warmly greeted and captivated by the quality of this Victorian era home. The impeccable service and attention to detail were appreciated. We loved the antiques and the lit fireplaces. The owners are keenly aware of the history of the house and the city and we were happy to learn about it.
4.2 on January 25, 2008
We really enjoyed or stay thoough short and were impressed with the staff and facility
4.6 on January 22, 2008
Great, friendly and very helpful staff. The inn is very warm and welcoming. The food was execeptional. Deborah and Mittzy were the innkeepers the weekend we were there, there are not enought adjectives to describe how grate they are. The common areas were very warm and relaxing. Two little issues: one the bed in our room was very squeaky, and On Sat. moring one of the quest had a kind of business meeting in the common area that was a bit annoying since that'w what we want to get away from.
5 on January 03, 2008
This was my first experience at a Bed and Breakfast. I cannot imagine any other Bed and Breakfast that could surpass The Empress. My husband and I spent our Honeymoon there and we are definitely going to celebrate our first anniversary there as well. If there is anyone out there that could possibly have even one doubt, please visit The Empress and you will be astounded! THANK YOU, Bob, Sharon and Mitzi!!!
4.4 on December 29, 2007
Wonderful place, friendly staff, well managed. What more can you ask?
5 on December 26, 2007
The facility was most comfortable. The breakfast was wonderful and the presentation was perfect. The conversation around the breakfast table was most pleasant.
4.0 on December 24, 2007
Everything was wonderful, need to work on the baked alaskan grapefruit. Difficult to eat.
4.8 on December 17, 2007
The Hemingway Suite was beautiful - cozy, inviting, and gave the feeling of a real getaway. We would love to return - and stay for a longer visit!
4.4 on November 27, 2007
We greatly enjoyed our stay. The host Debra was great as was helpful and friendly. The Murray room was outstanding. The morning breakfast was enjoyable. The entire hotel itself was in great shape and beautifully decorated.
4.6 on November 09, 2007
We recently completed a month long retirement journey and ended with a stay at The Empress. The inn is beautifully restored, the rooms comfortable and elegant. The welcome we received was very warm and the breakfast delicious. Congratulations to the owners and staff on a wonderful inn.
5 on November 06, 2007
Everything was wonderful. I felt like I was home - a very fancy and comfortable home. I will definetely go back.
4.4 on October 09, 2007
From the moment we checked in to the time we left, we had a great time and were treated wonderfully! Appreciated the personal tour of the entire house, the gardens, the secure parking lot, and the breakfast! I would not hesitate staying there again.
4.8 on October 09, 2007
Our three day stay at The Empress was a wonderful getaway to a different time. The rooms are spectacular, the service impeccable. I can't inmagine a bed and breakfast rating any higher!
4.8 on September 21, 2007
Conveniently located just outside the city, The Empress had the most comfortable bed and the most delicious breakfast....and, after all...isn't that what matters most in a BED and BREAKFAST. Lovely service, quaint details, it is truly a special place!
4.0 on September 09, 2007
Innkeepers of the Empress are very attentive. We enjoyed relaxing and reading in the Secret Garden. The time sitting on the porch visiting with guests or just napping was great as well. Transports you back in time.
4.8 on July 20, 2007
The staff was very friendly, the room was very nice and clean. I would stay here again when in little rock.
5 on July 13, 2007
The Empress is a wonderful treasure. The friendly staff helped us even before we arrived. The hotel and grounds were BEAUTIFUL. The breakfast delicious. Highly recommended.
5 on July 10, 2007
I am a business traveler who spends 60+ nights a year in chain hotels. Having been disappointed by the downtown hotels in Little Rock, I decided to try something different. I am so glad I did. Everyone at the Empress is friendly and welcoming. The rooms are terrific and the breakfast is one of the best I've had in years. I will be back and I encourage you to go as well.
4.6 on July 04, 2007
We stayed in the Hemingway Suite. It was luxurious and replete with a variety of spa amenities. Our stay was delightfully indulgent.
5 on July 03, 2007
Enter another world, the most romantic world you can dream of.....that is the Empress of Little Rock!!! A hammock for two, secret garden; swing the day way in a swing for two; a romantic bath, breakfast in bed, massage, sail across the lake, you can fulfill your every romantic dream.......private dinner in front of your private fireplace; another place in time; all your dreams are fulfilled at the Empress.
5 on July 01, 2007
This was our 40th anniversary and was a delightful way to mark it. The house was beautiful and carefully restored. The hospitality was great.
5 on June 28, 2007
Kathleen, who greeted me on my arrival, was absolutely outstanding in her efforts to make me feel welcome and comfortable. Mitsi, who took my reservation, was equally as outstanding in her efforts.
5 on June 11, 2007
The house immediately embraces you as you enter. "You're home," it seems to say, "for as long as you are here." The food is incredible, the beds are a taste of heaven, the attention to detail is mind-boggling, and the surroundings are indescribably wonderful. We can't say enough about The Empress. She is truly royalty, without a King's ransom.
5 on June 10, 2007
We loved our two nights at the Empress. The house is beautiful and the atmosphere was amazing. We loved relaxing on the porch swing having a glass of wine. The two breakfast that we had were beyond amazing. I wish that Mitzzie could come cook for us every morning!! This is a must stay B&B
4.6 on June 09, 2007
Beautiful restored 1880's mansion; friendly staff, modern amenities, wonderful garden (we came in June), gourmet breakfast - but beware the coffee is Decaf!
5 on June 07, 2007
Quiet, comfortable elegance. The Empress is the place to stay for a fantastic weekend in a fun city.
5 on May 22, 2007
Bob and Sharen, Thx so much for the hospitality your team gave us. Me and Lisa really needed to just get away for a weekened and relax. the bed was so relaxing. The best sleep we had in a very long on the huge feather bed. Breakfest in bed was such a treat and very romantic. We will be be back. Michael
5 on May 19, 2007
The room and furnishings were superb! Breakfast was do die for! Our host was the epitomy of southern hospitality!
4.2 on May 18, 2007
Wonderful house, rooms, furnishings , and garden. Hosts were very friendly and helpful. We had a wonderful time.
5 on April 30, 2007
We absolutely loved The Empress. Bob and Sharon are wonderful hosts and are so gracious with their hospitality. This is by far the best B&B we have stayed in. Thanks for all the hard work you do to make The Empress so magical.
5 on April 23, 2007
You just have to see it to understand. The hosts are such nice people. I would suggest this wonderfull B&B to anyone needing a quiet getaway to another time. I have no complaints and see no room for improvement. Everyting was absolutely perfect.
5 on April 17, 2007
The Empress is not only charming, beautifully decorated, clean, comfortable, secure, in a great location to downtown but the staff is friendly and helpful. The food is delicious and they accomodated my alergies with wonderful alternates and with a gracious smile. They even printed our boarding passes for us! My husband and I would definitely recommend and list as a 5 star.
5 on April 16, 2007
In April 2007,We Jesse & Brenda had the opportunity to stay at the Empress of Little Rock. Our stay was beyond our expectations and we will return in the near future. The "VICTORIA'S GARDEN" suite is AWESOME!
5 on April 13, 2007
I frequent hotels/B&Bs about 3 times a week, and have for the past 8 years for business. I'm always looking for an alternative to the typical square room hotel. Unfortunately, most B&Bs have limited check-in hours. This was not that case with the Empress. The website does not do this B&B justice. What an amazing home and grounds. The rooms are huge and the location is perfect to great restaurants and walking at the Riverfront. It has all the amenities of a hotel (individial heat/ac, iron, and wireless internet). Staff was wonderful and breakfast perfect. I definitely know where I will be staying on my future trips to Little Rock.
5 on March 06, 2007
Very beautiful and full of details. The pictures do not do the place justice. Definitely check it out during Christmas when all the details are taken many steps further :)
5 on March 05, 2007
We really enjoyed our stay. It was great to get away.
5 on March 05, 2007
My husband and I stayed here for our 1 year anniversary...it was fabulous...the room was awesome the bed was sooooo comfortable and the food and service was excellent.
5 on March 04, 2007
Bob, Sharon and staff were absolutely wonderful to us. Our original plans were to stay for 3 nights but due to UAMS checkup, our stay ended up to be 5 nights and we really enjoyed it. The carriage ride is a must! Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us. P.S. Einstein was impressed!
4.8 on February 25, 2007
It should be called the Impress because you will be impressed. We stayed n the Majestic suite it was beautiful. Due to allergies we requested that the feather topper be removed and the bed was still very comfortable with high quality bedding. The breakfast was was almost too pretty to eat. The staff was very helpful and friendly. I would highly recommend it for a romantic getaway.
5 on February 22, 2007
Exquisite! The Empress was a quiet sanctuary from the hustle & bustle of family Thanksgiving holiday. We had a delightful stay! My husband & I stayed in the Miss Eliza bedchamber. The owners were wonderful hosts; Mitzi, one of the staff, was a delightful hostess, as well. And the breakfasts! Oh my! They were entertainment in themselves! Each afternoon when we rejoined our family, their first question was, "So, what did y'all have for breakfast this morning?" They were two course works of art - pleasing to the eyes and nose, as well as to the pallet! The bed chambers are beautiful and comfortable. They didn't neglect the extras, either. Telephone, television, wireless internet, robes, iron, and hair driers are in the room. Your choice of teas, coffees, and hot chocolate are available from a self-serve cabinet in the hallway & are available at all hours. Snacks and bottled water were also steps away from our room. We highly recommend The Empress of Little Rock - what a jewel!
5 on February 20, 2007
This place was so authentic & amazing. We have the most wonderful memories from staying there. I would reccommend it to anyone & everyone!
5 on February 19, 2007
Everything was great. The staff was so gracious and helpful. It is an amazing piece of history and so detailed thoughout the mansion.
5 on February 19, 2007
We really enjoyed our stay at your B&B. We plan to return next year!
5 on February 19, 2007
We stay in B&B's wherever we go and this was one of the best experiences ever. The property is beautiful and in keeping with the historic nature of the property. The attention to detail in our room was great and comfortable. The breakfast first rate. When you ask, how did you cook this or what is the recipe, you know the food is good. We had some friends drop by that evening to see the property and to hang out. We had a great time just sitting on the porch talking and enjoying the ambience of the massive veranda and gardens. We said in the main house, but were very impressed with the modern rooms adjacent to the conference center. They were comparable to the best five star room in a contemporary property. Our only regret is no ghost in our room, but we intend to come back and try ever room, there must be one there somewhere.
5 on February 18, 2007
My husband and I needed a break from everyday life, and opted to stay in the Empress. From the moment the hostess opened the door I knew it would be an unforgettable experience. From the obvious attention to detail in the decor to the personal hospitality, I would stay there again in a heartbeat.
5 on February 18, 2007
My husband and I loved our recent stay here! I had booked a suite for us and it was just a wonderful experience. Hope to do it again. I would recommend The Empress very highly!
3.4 on February 17, 2007
Great service and beautiful, but roach found in shower and dirty cleaning rag left on bed.
4.4 on February 13, 2007
Wonderful hosts, great rooms, wonderful history. This place has it all. Services were above average for most B&B's. I loved the house, the bed was awesome. It is hard not to recommend this place. It beats any hotel in the area. I would stay here again in a jiffy!
5 on February 13, 2007
We had a wonderul experience a The Empress in Little Rock. We definitely want to go back there!
5 on January 23, 2007
The building itself along with its decor are classically beautiful. The staff/owners make you feel at home (even though your home is probably very different from theirs.)