by Karon Warren
Built in the 1950s, the BEST WESTERN Winners Circle remains a favorite with families traveling to Hot Springs, Arkansas for vacation. And with amenities like free parking, free breakfast and free Wi-Fi, what family wouldn’t like this hotel? Throw in the outdoor swimming pool, and the kids will love it, too. Plus, the hotel is conveniently located to downtown Hot Springs, so it only takes minutes to reach some of the area’s most popular sites and attractions.
The BEST WESTERN Winners Circle has been renovated and updated through the years to keep it fresh for guests. Today, guestrooms feature the latest innovations such as 32-inch, LCD, flat-screen TVs, and pillow-top mattresses. No wonder this property is a AAA two-diamond hotel.
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- Free breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Theme Park
- Water Parks
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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There are 120 rooms located in eight two-story buildings with exterior entrances, but no elevators. Guestrooms include free Wi-Fi, connecting room options, shower/tub combinations, a mini-refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, hairdryer, safe, an iron and ironing board, and a flat-screen TV. Some guestrooms also include patios or balconies, which have two chairs.
Cribs are available for free, but should be requested at booking so it can be set up upon arrival. Rollaway beds are not available. Also, bathroom vanities are located outside the bathroom from the shower/tub and toilet. Additional electrical outlets are located on the desk lamps and nightstand lamps.
Note: This is an older hotel, and it is not well insulated. Therefore, you can hear conversations from adjoining rooms and outside the building. In addition, many motorcyclists stay at this property, so motorcycle engines are often heard during the day and night.
Available with either one king bed or two double beds, these rooms also feature a table and chairs, a dresser, a desk and chair, and nightstands.
Similar to a standard guestroom, however, this guestroom features two king beds, as well as a sitting area.
Double Family Suite
These guestrooms include two king beds, a pullout sofa, two flat-screen TVs, a desk and chair, a dresser, a table with chairs, and nightstands. Pocket doors separate the beds from the sitting area.
This wqa the end of our week long vacation. Usually the end of a vacation is long and drawn out as everyone is tired. Our stay at the Best Western in Hot Springs was actually refreshing and made the end of our vacation enjoyable. We were only going to stay opne night but stayed two nights because of the friendly and relaxing atmosphere
by Kittye W
Higher priced than what I like to pay for a room and location is not really central to all activities in Hot Springs but overall not a bad stay. Employees were wonderfully helpful, courteous, and were glad to assist my sister and I to ensure we had a ground level room as we both have difficulties with stairs.
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., the outdoor swimming pool and pool area is quite small. The maximum depth of the pool is 9 feet. There are some chairs and tables with umbrellas in the area along with some loungers, but not many. Towels are provided. Children younger than 14 must be accompanied by an adult. No glass or smoking is permitted in the pool area. No lifeguard is on duty.
Served daily from 6 to 10 a.m., breakfast is available in the onsite dining room located behind the hotel lobby. Breakfast items include cereal, oatmeal, grits, fresh waffles, bagels, toast, breakfast pastries, yogurt, fruit cups, hard-boiled eggs, breakfast meats, breakfast potatoes, eggs, and biscuits and gravy. Milk, juice, hot chocolate, coffee and hot tea also are available.
Unlike many other hotels with a similar breakfast set-up, this hotel has staff members working in the breakfast area who man the waffle maker and assist guests. As a result, there are tip jars placed throughout; this is not required, but is available for those who prefer to leave a gratuity. In addition, the dining room is not very large and can get quite busy, especially when occupancy is high.
Located next to the pool area, guests will find a double-sided charcoal grill that is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Two picnic tables are in this same area for guest use.
Snacks and drinks are available 24 hours a day at the vending building located next to the pool area. Ice machines and some vending machines are located in the stairwell of each building.
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Check-in is at 3 p.m., with check-out at 11 a.m.
Dogs weighing 25 pounds and less are permitted for a one-time fee of $25 plus tax. Service dogs are permitted at no charge.
Open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (8 a.m. if suites are occupied), the fitness center is very small, containing just a few pieces of exercise equipment. These include a weight machine, one exercise bike, one treadmill and one elliptical. Towels and water are provided. Note: You must stop by the front desk to get the key to the fitness center.
The Art of Smart Timing
The BEST WESTERN Winners Circle stays busy year-round, especially from January through April 15 for horse racing season and from April through September for visitors to Hot Springs National Park. The hotel's low season runs from October through December, with the least occupancy and best rates available at this time.
Hot Springs is served by two airports: Hot Springs Memorial Airport, which is just 10 minutes from downtown Hot Springs, and Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, located 55 miles away in Little Rock. Hot Springs Memorial Airport is limited to one commercial airline --Â SeaPort Airlines --Â that serves just three destinations in addition to Hot Springs: Houston, Memphis and El Dorado, Arizona. Therefore, most travelers arriving by air come via Clinton National Airport. However, the hotel does not provide shuttle service between Clinton National Airport and Hot Springs, so either a rental car or third-party shuttle service is required.
When traveling by car, Hot Springs is accessible via Interstate 30 and several local and U.S. highways. For the best route by car, use a GPS device or Google maps for specific directions, distance and drive times.
The hotel is located approximately five minutes from downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas, where many of the sites and attractions, including the Hot Springs National Park visitors center and Bathhouse Row, are located. The hotel does not provide any shuttle service, so you will need a car to travel around town.
Once you reach downtown, the area is quite walkable. There are sidewalks everywhere, but they can get crowded. You can park and walk throughout the downtown area to many sites, attractions, restaurants and shops. While there is street parking, you are better served parking in one of the paid lots or, even better, the free public parking deck located on Exchange Street, just one block from Central Avenue, the city's main street. Short-term free parking also is available at the Hot Springs Visitor Center, so stop here to get a free map of the area and directions to the public parking deck. A car will be necessary to reach other Hot Springs attractions such as Garvan Woodland Gardens and the Mid America Science Museum.
For Mom and Dad
If the parents are able to sneak away from the kids for a bit, head next door to Rocky's Corner for an intimate, quiet dinner for two. This Italian restaurant serves up Chicago-style and gourmet pizzas, handmade Italian sandwiches, and, of course, a selection of traditional pastas.