The Empress Of Little Rock

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

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!

Loved it

5 on April 14, 2018

My wife and I had a perfectly beautiful stay at this marvelous B&B.

Very Victorian

5 on April 05, 2018

Very Victorian B&B inside and out. Decorations, and Furnishings are all very Victorian but the Empress has all the comfort and amenities of a modern home. The breakfasts were excellent, and the location is great: near the airport, the Clinton library, the downtown Market, the Governors Mansion, etc. We stayed in the smallest room, which was very nice. We peeked in the large suite which was amazing.


5 on March 26, 2018

This place is just amazing! The people operating this place are very friendly and extremely helpful. I could give the chef a kiss, breakfast was THAT good! If you're thinking about trying this one out, DO IT!!

Wonderful as always

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!

Wonderful as always

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.

Visit to Littlerock

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.

Exceeded Expectations

4.0 on December 07, 2017

Had a wonderful time and very pleased with our stay. Would recommend.

Would recommend

4.6 on November 06, 2017

Awesome. Everything was super neat and wife really loved it. Lots of detail, cool furniture, cool architecture, really nice innkeepers, fancy butler service breakfast. Private too, there was only one other couple staying there and we never saw them. On-site parking, neighborhood isn't the best, but felt well insulated. Stayed in majestic suite

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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


Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

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

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Full Gourmet

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

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian Continental at 7 AM

Signature Dish

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


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