Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Basin Park Hotel Review

After a hard drive from the coast yesterday,  it's good to be back home. It's amazing the amount of pollen that has been released from the oak trees. My car is a solid pollen color. We are expecting rain soon, so that will be a huge relief for my sinuses.


The Basin Park Hotel located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas was built in 1905. This was my first trip to the city, but will definitely make another trip there. The above picture was taken from the hotel bar that is located on the second floor. The Spa is also located on this floor. We had a couple of drinks, She had a margarita on the rocks, and I had two Jack and Cokes before our massages. The drinks were $5 each, they were made like I make'm at home: half Jack and half Coke. Needless to say, two got me good and relaxed for the massage. The spa was reasonable - unlike the cruise massage costs, but not as cheap as the beach massage in Costa Maya, Mexico. The hotel was very cool and supposedly haunted too. We didn't see or hear any ghosts though.

You can see the hotel on the left, right after a town park. If you look hard, you can also see the sign from the first picture too. About the town, the town was built around the turn of the century and along a steep hillside. The houses in this area are distinct. They are not the cookie cutter houses of today. The town also offers some very eclectic shops. I was surprised by how friendly the town is towards pets too. The only thing I didn't like about the trip was the hippies and their patchouli oil. They stink.
 This gives you the idea of the terrain that the town was built around. The room was small compared to modern hotels, but the room was very clean, distinct, and had a nice bathroom. The bathrooms were an added convenience to make the hotel palatable to the modern day traveler. I wish I had taken a picture of the Cave Room where we had breakfast pastries and coffee one morning. The pastries were made in a local bakery and very good. The trip was an excellent anniversary get away - and much needed. The town gets 5 stars and the hotel gets 5 stars too.

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