The Aristocrat Motor Inn

The Aristocrat Motor Inn, Hot Springs, Arkansas


Across from The Arlington Hotel, the Aristocrat, caught my attention. Not knowing anything about it, I decided to take photos and research later.  According to Wikipedia, the hotel was built in 1963 and is included on the National Register of Historic Places.


 

Using NewsBank, I was able to find some old advertisements featured in the Dallas Morning News.  For purposes of clarity, I removed the irrelevant content, so that you can focus on the content related to the Aristocrat.  Citation information is included in each jpg.  To view the advertisements in full size, click on the image.  If viewing on a laptop, you may also see an option “see full size image”.

The first advertisement is dated April 14, 1963.  The Aristocrat is hiring a chef.

“Chef Wanted”

“Must have fine hotel experience, and be willing to assume complete control – purchasing as well as banquet catering.  For luxurious Motor Inn Clientele.  Submit qualifications, references and salary anticipated.”

Newsbank - Dallas Morning News

The second advertisement featured below is from June 2, 1963.

Selling points from the advertisement:

“Room-controlled, year-round air-conditioning.”

“Refrigerators and bathroom telephone extensions in every room.”

“… And much you never even dreamed of before.”

I know what you’re thinking, “sign me up!”  😉

Below is an advertisement from December 8, 1963 from the Dallas Morning News.  I’ve typed the highlights below with some modern-day updates to give perspective.

Enjoy a single occupancy, 4-day holiday for $68.75.  In 2019 dollars, that is equivalent to $575.48 for this 4-day holiday.  If you’re on the fence, check out what the package includes.

Package includes:

  • “The Aristocrat’s finest room accommodations.
  • Whirlpool bath and massage in your room.
  • 2-hour sightseeing tour to all points of interest.
  • Complimentary champagne.
  • Complete breakfast each morning.
  • Dinner in the fabulous Rib Room one evening.”

What a deal!

One more advertisement, to entice you.  This one is dated January 6, 1974.  A King size bed is $18.00 per night.  In 2019 dollars, that is $93.52.  Before you commit, you may want to see photos.  Read on…

NewsBank - Dallas Morning News

When I returned home, I made the inevitable purchase of the postcard from eBay.  The postcard shows the building during its prime.

There are two people standing at the window in the top left.  The sign is prominently displayed and lit in front of the building.  Check out that car and that swimming pool.

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Now let’s take a look at more recent photos.

The Aristocrat

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View of the remaining sign on the left side of the building, facing the t-shirt shop.  This was also the hotel where I found the luna moth featured in an earlier blog.

The Aristocrat

While taking photographs of the hotel, I concluded the building is likely no longer a hotel.  I did some sleuthing and was able to confirm it is low-income housing, subsidized by HUD.

I found a recent article, dated April 20, 2019, from the Hot Springs Sentinel Record.  The newspaper article covers a recent HUD inspection, bed bugs and mold.   Click here.


The building has seen better days.  Only time will tell if it will receive care and attention to restore it to it’s former ‘glory’.  The brief research I did on this hotel makes me appreciate the hotels that are old but have been renovated with great care and attention.  I’ll be showcasing a newly renovated hotel that fits this description.

One last note.  NewsBank is a wonderful resource you may have access to through your local public library.  If your library subscribes to NewsBank, you can access sources like the Dallas Morning News archives from the comfort of your home.  It’s a treasure trove of information that will keep you up late at night or eat up your early morning.  It’s also a deeper research tool than a simple Google search.

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