Riverfront Stay in Downtown Little Rock, Arkansas


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Little Rock
A Love Your Parks Tour Story by Lisa D. Smith and Nancy J. Reid


This episode of Big Blend Radio features Jeff McClure of DoubleTree by Hilton Little Rock who discusses Downtown Little Rock as a meeting and convention destination during the week, and a fun weekend getaway featuring vibrant culinary scene, music and performing arts, numerous galleries and historic sites, as well as the Arkansas Riverwalk. 

We followed a good run of the Arkansas River from its rushing, gushing, and rollicking headwaters in Colorado to its wide, laid back flow in Little Rock, Arkansas.  We’re talking whitewater rafting country to the long, stretched out historic truss bridges with powerboats zooming underneath. We drove in from East Texas and finally reached the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Little Rock, right in the heart of the capital city’s downtown. We were tired from the road, worn out, and wanted to skip the formalities and be magically checked into our room, along with all of our luggage. Oh, and yes please, a cocktail would be nice…

Amazing how a friendly smile and a warm greeting, especially one with cookies, can reset a harried traveler’s mood. Not to mention being set free of luggage duty when a helpful porter steps in with a strong hand, and makes the elevator trip up to your rooms fun and informative on our new local surroundings. He couldn’t wait to show us the views from each of our rooms, and they sure did not disappoint. Offering spectacular sunset views one room overlooked the Arkansas River, while the other showcased the downtown district which was a dazzling sight at night.   

Our rooms were especially quiet for such a large hotel, which is an especially popular lodging choice for convention-goers during the week, as well as leisure seekers on the weekends. We found our rooms to be stylish, clean, spacious, comfortable and furnished with all the necessary modern amenities. Plus, the hotel’s signature restaurant Bridges made for a great spot to relax, enjoy a cocktail and taste some local fare. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to the airport and local area, and if you drove in as we did, there’s underground parking.

The hotel’s location is great for exploring the downtown restaurants, shops, sites, and attractions like the Statehouse Convention Center, Riverfront Park, and the Old Statehouse Museum. A premier event and entertainment venue, the Robinson Center is right next door was notably where Elvis Presley’s very first “Hound Dog” recording was made. Along with the city’s historic sites, parks, and amazing local cuisine, one of our favorite Little Rock adventures was the 2nd Friday Art Night where the downtown lights up with mini concerts, art exhibits, and demonstrations in various venues.  What a wonderful introduction to the city’s vibrant cultural side.

We spent four fabulous nights at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Little Rock and can’t wait to return!

More at https://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arkansas/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-little-rock-LITMBDT/index.html


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