The Haunted Arlington Resort in Hot Springs, Arkansas
The Arlington Resort Hotel in Hot Springs, Arkansas, originally built in 1875, is a beautiful and historic hotel. Patrons of the hotel tell stories of seeing people eerily dressed in old-fashioned clothes walking down the halls or strolling through the lobby before simply disappearing into thin air. Some speak of seeing a young girl in a pink dress in the lobby. Others report seeing the ghost of a woman in one of the two towers, wearing a wedding dress staring toward the stars. Others have reported that they’ve seen the hotel’s old bellman, Henry Tweedle, on the fourth level of the building. He walks through closed doors before disappearing. Faucets are said to be turned on and off by themselves, people being brushed by something when no one is there, ghostly laughter and lights going on and off when no one is around. But…
…Is the Arlington Resort Hotel Haunted?
The hotel very well seems haunted, yet management may be keeping a tight lid on any ghostly scuttlebutt. Reports have it that several rooms within the hotel have been permanently locked, and some have even been walled up to prevent both guests and hotel staff from entering. If that doesn’t give you enough pause to wonder whether the rumors of haunting are true, not much will. Employees have been willing to talk, but quickly tighten their lips as if they were told to keep quiet. The bartender confessed to a particular bottle of wine continually jumping off the shelf with several guest-witnesses but it’s not often you’ll get someone to fess up.
Al Capone’s Ghost and the Arlington Hotel’s 4th Floor
Al Capone would rent the entire 4th floor for his crew of bodyguards and gangsters. His favorite was the Arlington’s room 422 where Capone could see what was happening at the Southern Club across the street. Southern Club was a gambling and entertainment joint that opened in 1893. Guests and employees have said that the elevator mysteriously will open, travel to the 4th floor and stop as if to drop someone off. You can even rent the Capone Suite if you want to experience the perks of Scarface and his crew.
Ghosts of the Arlington Resort Hotel
Many rumors circulate about the Arlington Resort Hotel being haunted. By whom or what and why, it’s tough to get the stories straight. The building does have quite a history though. The hotel was originally four stories and built in 1875. In 1892, the original building was razed and replaced by a larger brick building. However, the new building was destroyed by a fire in 1923. Afterwards, it was replaced with the Arlington Resort Hotel that remains standing to this day. The history of the hotel causes one to wonder whether it is the spirits of some who possibly died in the fire that haunt the hotel.
Haunted floors of the Arlington Hotel
- The 7th floor is said to have some strange goings on in a particular unnamed room. People have the feeling of being tapped on the shoulder or brushed up against yet nobody is near. Employees have said that their hair had been pulled slightly with no one around.
- The ghost of the bellman is said to walk the 4th floor.
- On the 11th floor, a man’s laughter is heard near the elevators yet no one is around.
- A man wearing a black suite has been seen in the laundry room.
- Room 422 is where Al Capone would stay.
- Some say room 824 houses an evil spirit, but the stories are not corroborated. A guest did report an experience there, but the nature did not appear malevolent.
- It’s said that room 666 was changed to 667 because of the negative connotation and many reports of hearing strange things in that room.
- The boarded up rooms are said to have doors that slam shut and ongoing whispers and conversations from time to time. Those are supposed to be built into the mountainside with no running water or electricity.
Tips for your haunted say at the Arlington Resort
Some hotels will embrace their ghosts, but the Arlington is not one of those hotels. If you’re going to ask someone if they’ve seen any ghosts or heard stories, do it when nobody else is around. You could ask specific questions such as “are there any boarded up rooms in the Arlington,” or in the bar ask about the bottle that was said to jump off the shelf. What kind of liquor was it?