We spent a weekend in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in February 2024. We were there for a church marriage retreat, and we did spend some time exploring Hot Springs National Park. It was a fun weekend full of interesting things!
During our weekend, we stayed at the historic Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs, right at the edge of the National Park area. The Arlington was an interesting place to stay, and we enjoyed our time there. Here are a few photos from our visit.
The Arlington Hotel was built in 1924, and was actually the third version of the hotel. The first, built in 1875, was torn down to build the second, which then burned down in 1923. This last version of the hotel has become a historic landmark. As you can see from some of the photos, some renovation work is going on to keep the hotel going.
While the first photo shows the front of the hotel, this photo shows a rear view of two of the wings. Our room was in the wing to the right, in case you were wondering. But of course, we were not the Arlington’s most famous visitors. Al Capone was a frequent visitor in the 1930s, and would rent out the entire fourth floor for his staff. And the hotel has also hosted presidents, singers, actors, and sports stars, too. And us.
The Arlington Hotel lobby is also quite interesting, as it looks not to have changed too much from the original 1924 design. I am sure there have been several modifications to keep things current, of course, but it definitely did have a nice, old feel to it.
I found these large light fixtures in the lobby to be fascinating. I often say that they do not make things like they used to, and these fixtures are a good example of this. Without people in the photo, it is a little difficult to judge the size of these fixtures, but they were large and impressive, just like most everything else in the lobby.
“This, as you may recognize, is a maintenance service elevator.” That quote, as you may recognize, is from the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Walt Disney World. And this is actually the original bath house elevator, which can still operate. But the floor indicator looks a bit like what you would find in the Hollywood Tower Hotel, the fictional setting of the Tower of Terror, as did much of the Arlington Hotel, but maybe not quite as spooky.
The original draw of the Arlington Hotel was its location in Hot Springs, where hot water comes up naturally from the ground. Hot spring bath houses were located along the street adjacent to the hotel, and many of its visitors from the old days were there to visit the bath houses. So it is fitting that there is a fountain from the spring water in the lobby. Does it still actually work? We did not try it out, although we should have.
Watch for more from our visit to Hot Springs in the future!
Love and Marriage
As I mentioned above, we were in Hot Springs for a marriage retreat with other couples from our church. It was a great weekend learning how to grow our marriages even more, and we were glad for the opportunity to be there.
A good marriage takes love to make it work, after all. And that kind of love involves having a servant heart and putting your spouse before yourself. That was mentioned several times during the sessions, and I completely agree.
That is true for any kind of love, too. Love is a sacrifice, putting someone else’s needs before your own. If you truly love someone, you are willing to give up something for them.
If you are married, I hope that you are putting forth that effort to love your spouse and make some sacrifices, because it is definitely worth it in the long run.
Love one another, especially in your marriage!
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. - Genesis 2:24
About the Photos
After only having my phone with me on the trip to San Antonio, which was actually the same week as this trip, I was glad to have my camera with me this time around. And although I took all of my camera gear with me, I only used the 35mm prime lens this time around. That came in handy for these interior and night photos. For example, the first photo was taken at last light in the day, just before it was completely dark, but the prime lens let in plenty of light so that no tripod was necessary. The same goes for the photos taken inside the hotel, too.