By 1985, the Grand Central Hotel had sunk to it lowest ebb. Commercial activity was limited to the ground floor only. The basement and the upper two floors had been completely neglected. The building had been designated for destruction. One person who understood the historical significance of the building and the activities that had taken place there, figuratively stood in front of the wrecking ball. A massive reconstruction project was begun. By 1987 the upper two floors had been completely redone to produce fourteen luxury suites furnished with period antiques that were brought over from England. The lobby had been rebuilt with new shop spaces. The lower level was finally finished. It now houses the spa, and the Grand Hall, a place suitable for weddings, wedding receptions, corporate retreats, family reunions, and holiday parties. The GRAND DAME OF THE OZARKS had been reborn.
Reborn, indeed, while many places in Eureka Springs, Arkansas boast of having the ghosts of unhappy souls lurking, The Grand Central Hotel presents a feeling of serenity and peacefulness the minute you step into the beautiful and expansive lobby. Executives in high pressure situations come here, step back in time to the pure luxury of a by-gone era while experiencing today’s most up to date conveniences. High speed wireless internet service (Free WIFI throughout the building), digital cable on flat screen televisions, and various devices allow you to monitor the happenings in the outside world without the responsibility for doing anything about it. Escape from the hustle and bustle and let history be your present in our tranquil environment.
Dining in the Grand Taverne Restaurant allows you to experience and enjoy the best in American cuisine with a modest French influence. Matched with a bottle of one of our many fine wines the food at the Grand Taverne delivers a wonderful and memorable dining experience.
The Grand Central Hotel anchors the North Main Street district of Eureka Springs that stretches down the the Eureka Springs Northwest Arkansas Railway Depot. The North Main district features several galleries, restaurants, an interactive music park and the Art Colony. If hiking is your activity of choice, the galleries and shops along Spring Street offer exercise for both the body and the mind. Various guided tours provide a narrative for the Victorian architecture and scenic spots located through out the city.
Shopping in historic Eureka Springs is like nowhere else. Most shops have one of-a-kind items. If you need a gift for someone that truly has it all, come to Eureka Springs Arkansas. You are sure to find the perfect gift.
Nature lovers have an array of great options. Take one of the many self-guided walking tours of the springs. A popular route is located just behind the Hotel. Little Lake Eureka is at the fartherest point and Carry Nation’s home is located midway along the return. If you want more, go to Lake Leatherwood Park, our 1600 acre city park where a marvel of nature awaits. Lined with miles and miles of hand built single-track trails, Lake Leatherwood is a premier hiking and mountain biking destination.
After your stroll through nature, history or art return to the Grand Central Hotel for a wonderful nights sleep and experience the extraordinary essence of Eureka Springs, Arkansas in the heart of it all. You will find, the magic is still here.