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

Weekend Getaway

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!

Great weekend getaway

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!

Victorian Gem

4.4 on February 26, 2017

We had a great weekend celebrating our anniversary at the Empress. Very clean, welcoming, and a unique experience.

Fantastic weekend getaway!!

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!!

Absolutely Charming!

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!!

Unique B&B

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.

stay was as expected or better

4.2 on December 24, 2016

staff was very helpful and friendly. breakfast was served and very good.

Unique experience

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.

Wonderful Place!!!

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!!

Incredible Victorian Architecture

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.

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Rooms & Rates

The Victoria's Garden Spa Suite

Queen; Jaccuzzi; Spa Shower & Steam; Fireplace

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

The Chatelaine Anniversary Spa Suite

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

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

The Petit Jean

Queen; Shower

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

The Washburn/Welch

King; Soaking Tub & Shower; Fireplace

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

The Majestic Spa Suite

King; Jaccuzzi; Spa Shower & Steam; Fireplace

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

The Hemingway Spa Suite

King; Jacuzzi; Spa Shower & Steam; Fireplace

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

The Hornibrook Jacuzzi Suite

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

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

The Miss Eliza

Queen; Shower

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

Tea & Tour

Tea & Tour

  • Maximum Capacity: 52

The J.E. Murray

King; Shower; Fireplace

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


Tour w/o tea

  • Maximum Capacity: 52



  • Maximum Capacity: 100


Non-wedding photography

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Wedding Rehearsal

Wedding Rehearsal

  • Maximum Capacity: 10


Brunch w/Tour (2 hours)

  • Maximum Capacity: 24

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Location Type

Airport, 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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