The Empress Of Little Rock

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

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


This beautifully restored “Downton Abbey” Victorian Inn in Little Rock has won numerous awards and is AAA Four Diamond. It offers romantic getaways, boutique hotel business guest amenities and facilities for business meetings. Home to Arkansas’ only SPA Suites sporting hydro-massage showers with steam, aromatherapy and double jacuzzis, featherbeds; each luxurious guest room/suite at The Empress conveys romance and nostalgia with meticulous detail while offering the utmost in privacy and amenities such as Ipod-Ipad Docking Stations and Free WiFi. Breakfast aromas beckon you to leisurely dining, resplendent with silver service and unrushed conversation, where true Southern hospitality is served along with English crumpets. Downton’s “Carson” finds his counterpart at The Empress with our own dapper bow-tied butler, Robert`–here to meet the needs of our next royal guest, You! Named the #4 Most Romantic in the United States, this small luxury boutique specializes in surpassing expectations. From the moment you enter the foyer of the Grand Sitting Parlor, to relaxing in the hammock in the Moonlight Secret Garden, this is an experience you will remember!




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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Romantic Getaway in Historic Victorian

5 on August 01, 2018

The Little Empress was everything promised and more. We stayed in the Hemingway Suite in the Carriage House. Romantic as pictured with upscale amenities-steam and massage tower shower and oversized jacuzzi tub. Private and tasteful. The main inn was incredible to tour, decorated in tasteful Victorian style. The staff was friendly and warm. We felt like family. Deborah was a totally gracious and darling lady.

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!

5 on July 30, 2018

Such a beautiful mansion. So much to see in every room and loved learning the history behind it. My daughter and I stayed there and had such a wonderful time. Very clean and welcoming. I would go back in minute !!

What a gem!

4.2 on July 28, 2018

The Empress of Little Rock is a wonderful gem! It's like walking back into a bygone era. The property itself is stunning. If you're interested in architecture, it's really worth visiting. We stayed in the Hornibrook suite which is beautiful. Would definitely stay there again

It's Grand almost over whelming until you step inside....

5 on July 27, 2018

Two middle aged travelers from Australia gradually made their way from Texas, to Little Rock Arkansas before venturing to Illinois and then flying back home to Sydney. They had their itinerary organised well before they departed and had The Empress Of Little Rock on their "absolutely must stay there" list. Even though they knew nothing about The Empress except their internet research. From the moment we walked past the manicured gardens and up the stairs through the front door we felt like we had stepped back in time. Our first impression was "WOW". Our visit was short but it definitely exceeded our expectations. The beautiful antiques and cozy home wares throughout the home made our stay feel warm and inviting. Breakfast was around a large dining table where we had the pleasure of meeting the other guests swapping stories while enjoying a fresh hand cooked meal before our big day ahead exploring the neigborhood. The staff were so friendly (including the grounds keepers) telling us about the history of the house and they went our their way to suggest places of interest for us to explore. If you want a unique experience with the warmth and luxuries of home then make sure you stay at "The Empress Of Little Rock" Tim and Trish (Australia)

Had a great time

5 on July 23, 2018

10/10 recommend.

Very Quiet and comfortable stay.

5 on June 28, 2018

My girlfriend Ashli and I stayed here while traveling through Little Rock last week. I was charmed from the moment they answered the phone to book the room. The innkeeper, Deborah, was a very sweet lady who gave us a wonderful tour of the entire enchanting mansion. We have nothing but good memories from our stay at The Empress.

Fabulous experience!

5 on June 17, 2018

We had a lovely stay at this beautiful Victorian home and were treated like royalty throughout our stay there. You will not regret a visit to the Empress!

Anniversary trip

4.8 on June 10, 2018

Found the Empress of Little Rock through Bed and Vreakfast .com and we could not have asked for a more beautiful place to stay or a more helpful staff than the one we encountered in Little Rock! Everything we look for when stopping at a bed and breakfast that seperates them from the standard hotel and motel experience. Thank you for topping off our anniversary with such a wonderful stay!

Wonderfully peculiar mansion bed and breakfast

5 on June 10, 2018

Lovely, idiosyncratic, fun and strange. Hearty lovingly-made southern breakfast. Also comfortable bed, good spaces, fine bathroom, good air conditioning. Six toed cat and attic ghosts. Great location near SOMA.

Absolutely beautiful!

5 on April 23, 2018

I live in Little Rock, and I've dreamed of staying in the breathtaking Hornibrook house for some time now. This past weekend, we decided to take a staycation and finally experience The Empress. It was absolutely perfect from start to finish! We were greeted by the wonderful Deborah, who took us around the house and gave us the tour. She was very accomodating an worked to make sure we had a delicious, fully vegan breakfast even though we would have been happy with just some tea! The fig soup was incredible! The house is like a victorian dream. We loved how intimate the whole experience felt. Even though there were other guests, it felt a bit like the house was really ours for the night. We stayed in the Miss Eliza room, which was lovely. It was so comfortable! Part of our interest in the house was the paranormal aspect (although it was just an added bonus!), and that did not disappoint either. We experienced some really cool activity in both the tower card room and the linen closet. So it's a great choice for paranormal adventureres! If you are interested in that part of it, go visit Mr. Hornibrook's grave at Mt. Holly cemetery. We did that before checking in and we were glad we did! We also loved checking out the secret garden and admiring all the antiques and original fixtures of the house. There is a lot of attention to detail. We can't wait to go back — now I want to go back and stay in every room! Thank you so much for an incredible experience!

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Rooms & Rates

The Victoria's Garden Spa Suite

Queen; Jaccuzzi; Spa Shower & Steam; Fireplace

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

The Chatelaine Anniversary Spa Suite

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

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

The Petit Jean

Queen; Shower

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

The Washburn/Welch

King; Soaking Tub & Shower; Fireplace

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

The Majestic Spa Suite

King; Jaccuzzi; Spa Shower & Steam; Fireplace

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

The Hemingway Spa Suite

King; Jacuzzi; Spa Shower & Steam; Fireplace

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

The Hornibrook Jacuzzi Suite

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

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

The Miss Eliza

Queen; Shower

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

Tea & Tour

Tea & Tour

  • Maximum Capacity: 52

The J.E. Murray

King; Shower; Fireplace

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


Tour w/o tea

  • Maximum Capacity: 52



  • Maximum Capacity: 100


Non-wedding photography

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Wedding Rehearsal

Wedding Rehearsal

  • Maximum Capacity: 10


Brunch w/Tour (2 hours)

  • Maximum Capacity: 24

Special Event

Special Function, dinner, dance

  • Maximum Capacity: 25

Wedding Portrait/Photographer

Portrait Session (2 hours: $50.00)

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Conference Center

Conference Center

  • Maximum Capacity: 30

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Location Type

Airport, Downtown, Mountains, Urban


Little Rock, AR (LIT) 3 miles

Directions to property:

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

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Ballet, Wildwood Park Performing Arts, Symphony, Clinton Library, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Sports venue, Tours, University, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel, Mansion

On-site amenities

Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Fridge, Library, Parking, Piano, Private entrance, Secretarial services, Walk to mass transit, Wedding Facilities , Business Center, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Refrigerator, Dry Cleaning/Laundry Service

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, Sauna, Spa, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet, iPhone docking station

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Golfing, Hiking trails, Fitness Center/Gym, Health Spa/Massage, Sight-seeing

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

Terms and Conditions

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

Languages spoken


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About the innkeepers

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

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Full Gourmet

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

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian Continental at 7 AM

Signature Dish

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


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