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Ranked #9 of 19 Hot Springs B&B and Inns
Reviewed 9 September 2015

My husband and I went here for an early anniversay stay. We have never stayed at a B&B before. The house is nice and has some historic documents and photos to look at. David greeted us and checked us in. He's a very nice man. We enjoyed the peace and quiet of staying here and it's proximity to Bath House row. You could walk there, but its downhill there and uphill back. We chose to park at the free parking garage just right down the road.
As David says, we're here to visit the area, not to see him. He stated they are "hands off" inn owners, and that is true. You get a key to the house and come and go as you please. You don't see anyone except at breakfast.
Breakfast was dissapointing. We went one of the 2 mornings we were there. I was hoping for some good from scratch food. ( i will state that I have very average food expectations and do not eat gourmet food but rarely) We had an apple fritter, which was excatly like the apple fritter doughnuts you get at your local walmart. It was heated up and had some caramel drizzel and whip cream. Our main course was basically an omlette cooked in a muffin tin. Eggs with some chopped up ham cubes, again that you buy at walmart, and some shredded cheese on top. OJ, coffee to drink. 1 piece of toast and 2 pieces of pre-cooked bacon. I can make a better breakfast at home and I am by no means a fabulous cook.
SO- don't go for the breakfast. I hate saying it because David was a nice guy, but it's just not what was expected since its a B and B. The second B of that equation should be a big deal.

  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 May 2015

Of all the reviews I've written I am most conflicted about this one. On first blush I thought I would be giving the Gables a five. After a two night stay a three is the best I can offer. In fairness, the building is gorgeous, the rooms well appointed, and the location convenient to the National Park which is what we came to see.

We stayed in Lillian's Room which had a small frig, coffee maker, and balcony. The decor is busy but tasteful and loaded with period pieces. The bath was tight with a small older tub for your shower. So...facilities wise, you won't be disappointed.

BUT, and this is a big but, we go to B and B's for the friendly atmosphere and hospitality and I'd give that a one or two here. You must make an appointment to check in. You must make an appointment to get a tour. You can not contact the owners, David and July, after 7:00 pm. AND...breakfast is at 9:00 am and I mean only at 9:00 am.

When we came down early the first morning the doors to the dining room were closed and we had to stand and wait until Judy opened them. David had told us the living area was filled with antiques so we didn't dare sit anywhere.

When the door opened we were seated and offered a fine meal. No history, no personality. If that was all I came for it would be okay. However, we found the whole "we're family run and have been at this for 20 years so we come first" attitude demeaning. We chose not to go to breakfast the second day and left early just to be done with the attitude of these two retired Walmart supervisors. Maybe that's where they learned customer service.

Room Tip: Look on-line, they offer plenty of pictures- Lillian's Room was nice
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  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 May 2015

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It was a beautiful place, very clean, very comfortable! Our host was incrediably nice.
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I have not slept so good in a long time, very comfortable bed and pillows, hard to find in a hotel.
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  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 March 2015

David and Judy were wonderful hosts. They have thought of many small details to make the stay very comfortable. David cooked very good breakfasts! The house itself is very interesting and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
Thank CJ2377
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Reviewed 20 March 2015 via mobile

This was our first b&b experience, so not sure how to rate it. I'm just going to outline what we liked and didn't like.
What we enjoyed; the bed was spectacular, very cozy and we liked having the fire place. the bathtub was a fun feature, although, not sure how I felt about the mirror above the bath... We very much appreciated having the mini frig and coffee pot and took full advantage of those amenities.

We also really liked how close we were to bathhouse row, made walking an easy choice.

We only had the pleasure of meeting the wife, Judy. She was meek, pleasant, and prompt, but not particularly engaging. The house is cluttered but maybe that's part in the b&b gig. I'm not a fan of stuffed animals as decor. The breakfast was mediocre. Thin bacon, blan eggs. We chose to eat out breakfast the next day.

It was definitely comfortable but I don't think we will go back. We just felt a bit awkward.

Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
Thank Cris C
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Address: 318 Quapaw Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901-5203
Region: United States > Arkansas > Hot Springs
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Ranked #9 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Hot Springs
Price Range: RM502 - RM620 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Gables 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4

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