Eureka Springs hotels 1886 Crescent, 1905 Basin Park set reopening date

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1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs.

Following several weeks of closures due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic), two historic hotels in Eureka Springs plan to reopen with full service on June 15.

The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa and the 1905 Basin Park Hotel will continue to adhere to health and safety procedures as set by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), according to a Wednesday (June 3) announcement.

The reopening comes on the heels of several “weekend-only” openings at both properties, according to a news release.

“Our guests are ready to come back to the places that have provided such wonderful lifetime memories and fun throughout the years.  Eureka Springs and our two hotels are such places.” Jack Moyer, general manager and executive vice-president for both properties, said in the news release. “This includes all of our services at both the Crescent and the Basin Park to our guests, patrons and friends.”

Full-service amenities at the Crescent Hotel also include dining at SkyBar Gourmet Pizza, the New Moon Spa & Salon and other resort activities, including the popular Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours.

Planning for weddings at the hotel’s numerous venues has also been opened for gatherings up to 50 attendees.

The reopening of the Basin Park Hotel follows the recent redevelopment of the seven-story property in the heart of the town’s entertainment district.

“Key to our redevelopment were such projects as upgrading our nightly lodging with the addition of two-bedroom suites,” Moyer noted. “These suites offer not only a bedroom on either side but an expanded common area, and the inclusion of a soaking tub and walk-in shower. The Basin Park Hotel now has 26 suites with tubs.”

Moyer also touted an expanded suite of services and a redesign for Basin Park hotel’s Spa1905.

A new addition to Eureka Springs’ downtown scene, Moyer said, is Jack Rabbett’s Whisky Bar. It includes a casual dining room, fireplace, pool tables and walls of big-screen televisions.  It is situated just down the hallway from the Balcony Restaurant & Bar.

“We have also placed a resort host, seated in the lobby, to guide guests to everything fun and exciting to see and do in Eureka Springs plus introducing hotel guests to the well-developed list of daily programming,” Moyer said. “That includes such activities as whisky tastings in Jack Rabbett’s, theater-style showing of movies, and a morning stretch on the roof.  Not many hotels around the country allow guests to welcome the day from their rooftop.”

Moyer said safety and compliance protocols will continue as suggested by the AHD as businesses begin to reopen.

“We join our local hospitality partners as Eureka Springs returns for the full enjoyment of guests and visitors on June 15,” he said. “It will be the experience they remember or have heard so much about.”