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
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.6

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.

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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.

Best stay ever

5 on October 29, 2017

Very nice and Historic. We loved the room and service. We would recommend them 100 percent!!!!

Best stay ever

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!!!!

The Perfect Weekend Getaway

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

Fabulous Experience in Hemingway Suite

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!

18th anniversary trip

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.

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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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