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In 1673 the first european explorers to travel through the arkansas river wilderness encountered the friendly quapaw indians. Nine years later the famed la salle expedition landed at la petite roche the little rock that rested along the wild banks of the arkansas. Both french and spanish expeditions followed but even as late as 1819 when the arkansas territory was created the little rock area was still little more than a wilderness. The graceful bluffs of la petite roche did not go unnoticed for long. Little rock became the seat of the new territorial government in 1821 and in 1831 was incorporated as a city. In 1836 little rock became the capital of the state of arkansas. Explore the past and the present in the lovely neighborhoods of little rock. Www.littlerock.com. -text was taken from the little rock city website.- Located in the middle of downtown the capital hotel is within walking distance or trolley ride to city, state and government office buildings and the historic sites and attractions of little rock are just blocks away.
The capital hotel was borne of an idea of what the greatest sort of luxury hotel could be in the late 1800s. Sporting-of all things-an elevator large enough to bear a guest and his horse upstairs- a state-of-the-art communications system -the magnetic annunciator- and proudly displaying the first electric light fixture to be found in a hotel in the south- a local matron declared the hotel a capital enterprise located in a capital building. The name stuck. The capital was a beacon to southern culture in its day and over the decades was continuously reinvented to characterize the very best of the south for each time. Today is no different. A family of third-generation arkansans has lovingly renovated and refreshed this grand lady- and our management and staff are devoted to bringing a new capital idea to guests. Having recruited renowned chefs and expert hoteliers- the capital today revisits southern hospitality and serves as the launching pad for a new interpretation of southern foodways- created and called by executive chef lee richardson- new americana cuisine. One can say its the latest of the capital ideasthat have animated the hotel since it arrived on the scene in antebellum little rock. Today the capital hotel is the front porch of little rock the portal to a rich and rewarding experience of the best of the region and the authentic welcome that warms the south. We are committed to bringing new ideas to old favorites- to providing relevant and meaningful tastes- sounds and textures to our guests-so that each leaves our door touched by something real that can only be found right here. ACCESSIBLE ROOM SPECIFICS -SHOWER FITTED AND HANDHELD SHOWER HEAD -ROLL-IN SHOWER/ ONE ROOM ONLY PLS REQUEST -TOILET FITTED WITH BARS -ROLL UP SINK -LOWER CLOTHING BAR IN CLOSET -LOWER PEEP HOLE IN ENTRY DOOR -STROBE LIGHT ALARM -AUDIBLE ALARM -TELEPHONE BUZZER -TDD