The Lobby Downstairs

Moon flowers in the South yard in September 2014

Built in 1923, the River View Hotel is situated on the bluff overlooking the beautiful White River one block from historic downtown Calico Rock, Arkansas.  The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

            In the railroad era, each train stop boasted at least one hotel near the depot and convenient to passengers who were on foot.  In Calico Rock, that was the River View Hotel.  Most of these simple Ozark hotels have disappeared with age or been upgraded with fancy antiques and canopy  beds.  The River View Hotel is still a simple Ozarks hotel where the halls are lined with quilts.  Line-dried 100% cotton sheets and the old-fashioned rooms contribute to an Ozarks atmosphere that has led guests to compare a stay at the hotel to visiting grandmother's house.  The hotel is a non-smoking hotel, although guests may smoke outdoors on the porches, grounds, and on Room 10’s private balcony.  The indoor sun porches are non-smoking areas.

Common rooms in the hotel include the lobby, upstairs and downstairs sun porches, and a guest kitchen which is stocked with organic coffee and tea (After 16 years of being a bed-and-breakfast, we converted back into being a classic hotel in 2010).  The front porch with a swing and ceiling fans is a favorite spot to relax and watch the river.  There’s an outdoor swing overlooking the river, and we keep bocce ball and croquet sets available.   There are no phones in the rooms, so you can get away and relax.  Every room has a color TV with about 100 cable channels (No HBO or other premium channels, though), and we do have wi-fi, but you have to ask for the password.

We, Linda and Mark, enjoy day hikes and creek walks in the Sylamore National Forest, canoeing and kayaking down the White River and local creeks, and listening to Ozarks music.   We welcome tourists, friends, paddlers, kayakers, mountain bikers, fishermen and fisherwomen, musicians, and other travelers and kinfolk.  We like to point folks to things we think they’d enjoy.  Please ask us if you’d like some advice.


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