Vacationing in Hot Springs Arkansas - Best Hotels

Hot Springs, Arkansas is a destination that has been enjoyed by tourists and health seeker for many years. The Historic city enjoys a beautiful location and the natural, thermal hot springs, which are reputed to be healing.

Hot Springs National Park,. in Arkansas, is a historic park with thermal waters that have long been believed to have healing powers. Hot Springs is the oldest and the smallest park in the National Park System. The park dates back to 1832, 40 years before Yellowstone. Hot Springs National Park was the first federally protected area in the history of the United States. The hot springs are surrounded by a beautiful mountain range, Ouachita Mountains.

The thermal water that flows through the springs is naturally sterile. Rainwater is absorbed into the mountains and carried 4,000-8,000 feet underground. The earth's temperature raises the water temperature to 143 F. The purified water makes it way back up to the surface and comes out through cracks and pores in the rocks. This whole process takes about 4,000 years.

Native Indians used the springs for the beneficial qualities of the water. Legend goes that the area was considered a neutral ground for use on peaceful terms. Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto is believed to be the first European to visit the hot springs.

The hot springs have attracted masses of health seekers over the years. Health seekers used the waters along Bathhouse Row. Eight of the these bathhouses are still standing. There are a number of historic buildings in the downtown area.

Attractions in Hot Springs include Hot Springs National Park, the Hot Springs Mountain Tower, Oaklawn Thoroughbred Race Track, Magic Springs Theme Park & Crystal Falls Water Park, The Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat, Garvan Woodland Gardens and Bathhouse Row. Recreation activities include hiking, biking, fishing and boating.

Following are some of the best hotels in Hot Springs, Arkansas:

Embassy Suites Hot Springs. This hotel is located within Hot Springs National Park and is connected by walkway to the Summit Arena and Hot Springs Convention Center. Embassy Suites is located just minutes from Bathhouse Row, the Hot Springs Mountain Tower, Historic Arlington Resort and Spa Hotel, Majestic Resort and Spa Hotel, Oaklawn Park Race Track and Magic Springs Theme Park. All suite hotels offers accommodations with private bedroom and living room. Features include business center, fitness room and pool. Enjoy complimentary cooked to order breakfast and nightly manager's reception. 501-624-9200.

Baymont Inn & Suites Hot Springs. Located on the shores of Lake Hamilton, just minutes from Hot Springs Mall. Hotel features free hot breakfast, heated outdoor pool in season and fitness center. 501-520-5522.

Clarion Resort On the Lake. The Clarion enjoys a location on the shore of Lake Hamilton, surrounded by the Ouachita Mountains. This hotel is near the local attractions, including Oaklawn Thoroughbred Race Track, Magic Springs Theme Park & Crystal Falls Water Park, Hot Springs National Park, The Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat, Garvan Woodland Gardens and Bathhouse Row. Recreation at the hotel include the lakeside pool, tennis and basketball courts, volleyball court, picnic area playground. Dina at Classics Restaurant and Sports Bar. 800-432-1391.

Comfort Inn & Suites. Located near the Hot Springs Convention Center, this hotel offers amenities including free expanded continental breakfast and indoor pool. 501-623-1700.

Hampton Inn. Hotel is located six miles south of town. Features include hot breakfast and pool. 5r01-525-7000.

The Austin Hotel & Conference Center. Luxurious accommodations occupy this 14 story hotel that views the Hot Springs National Park, downtown Hot Springs. and the Ouachita Mountains. The hotel is connected to the Hot Springs Civic and Convention Center and the Summit Arena.The full service Spa features private baths in the soothing thermal waters of Hot Springs. Massages are available. Dine at Magnolia Grill Restaurant for southern specialties and traditional food. 501-623-6697.

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