Arlington Resort Haunted Hotel

239 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901, USA

The Haunted Arlington Resort Hotel 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 to 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's Ghost at the Arlington Haunted Hotel

Al Capone would rent the entire 4th floor for his crew of bodyguards and gangsters. His favorite was the Arlington’s room 443 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. Afterward, 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 suit has been seen in the laundry room.
  • Room 443 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 spirit’s 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. You could perhaps ask, “What kind of liquor was it?”

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12 Reviews

  1. Kalaya

    I just stayed in the Arlington on January 11-13 2018. And it is true that a mans laughter can be heard. Also on the 5th floor (the floor I stayed in) in the conference room it will get very chilly then warm up at random. And in the 4th floor bathhouse and vending machine area, you can hear knocking on the service elevator. And Ghost Hunters have actually been there. The Tv will change channels, things will knock on your door. It’s really creepy. If you go up on the stairway past the 7th floor you’ll get yelled at and told you can’t go up there. Apparently they lead to the bell towers, where you are supposed to be able to see a young woman dressed in a wedding gown looking up at the stars at night.

    January 24, 2018 at 2:44 pm Reply
    1. Emma

      I was there on the 25th of January. Me and my friend was in the vending machine area on the 4th floor and the elevators would open and close by themselves

      March 23, 2018 at 1:04 am Reply
      1. Kaylee

        I just stayed at the Arlington hotel and I woke up at 3 am to the fealing that someone was watching me and I heard the fountain turn on and off

        May 19, 2019 at 10:50 am Reply
  2. Riley Long

    I have never stayed in the Arlington but I live in Arkansas and I go to Hot Springs often. My nana and paw paw take all of us older grandkids to Hot Springs every summer. Last summer we stopped inside the Arlington to look around because my nana really likes the Arlington hotel. While I was waiting in a chair in the lobby bathroom area I saw an African Amercian gentleman. He was wearing old-fashioned clothes, he had one of those glass circle things that go on your eye I’m not sure what they’re called, he would never blink, and he would never talk. He would always look straight ahead and walk from the bathrooms to the front door, up the stairs, and back down and repeat those motions. He looked almost transparent but he also looked too real to be dead. He was quite terrifying but I’m not sure what the deal was. About 5 minutes before I left he was gone and I never saw him again.

    January 27, 2018 at 8:24 am Reply
  3. arlington worker

    Just a clarification on Al capones room
    He did rent out the 4th floor but 422 was not his room it is suite 443.

    May 24, 2018 at 5:55 pm Reply
  4. Leah Weaver

    We were in the 4th floor and had trouble getting our door open in room 424 and it was opened when we first arrived while other doors were closed so we set our stuff out and the 3rd time we tried to get in the door wouldn’t budge so we went to get maitneince and soon as they came the door opened and we made it in. It was the 4th floor so.

    June 25, 2018 at 9:57 pm Reply
  5. A

    Lights flicker on and off. Elevator opens and closes at random. Weird noises. Nasty rooms, too. Haha

    June 28, 2018 at 4:24 pm Reply
  6. Bob Coleman

    I attended a large conference at the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs, over a 3 day 2 night event several years ago. No question, its a place with a lot of ‘paranormal’ activity. The temperature in our room would inexplicably go from too cold to a odd stuffy ‘hot’, especially during the night. … even with windows closed and the central air fixed at 72 degrees. The phone in our toom rang 3 or 4 times, in the middle of the night, with no one on the other end. When we called the hotel operator, she told us no one had called. I was speaking to one of the hotel employees about this, a kind older lady who had been working there for over 30 years. She told us the employees were warned by the management not to talk about these ‘unusual acvity’ incidents as the hotel was struggling financially, and the management did not want to discourage guest bookings with ‘ghost’ stories. She had some amazing stories of apparitions encountered by hotel employess & guests. She also spoke of the lobby bar piano, which is a standard baby grand piano (not a player piano), that would start playing by itself late at night when the bar was closed. The management eventually moved the piano into a store room.

    Some rooms are in dire need of major upgrades….but the hotel is full of character, and unusal activity. Staff were awesome. Location is great.

    July 25, 2018 at 5:28 pm Reply
  7. Donna

    Unaware of any “haunted” stories, my husband and I booked a room at The Arlington several years ago. We arrived after dark and were very tired from the long drive. We were very impressed with the staff and the beautiful, historic hotel. Our room was on the 4th floor almost directly across from the elevators. We unpacked, showered and decided to get into bed to watch tv for a bit. Our room had an adjoining room door next to the tv/dresser. After a bit, my husband fell asleep and I was reading something on my iPad….television still turned on. Suddenly, I heard the door knob on the adjoining room door (directly) across from the foot of our bed) start to turn. At first I thought maybe it was something on the tv so I quickly turned on the lamp and turned down the volume. I did not hear anyone next door in that room. Then…it happened again, this time with a bit more force. It was a light bumping sound and the door knob was slightly turning. I could hear what sounded like people whispering. I PANICKED. I was so scared I couldn’t move for a moment. My only thought was that whoever was in that room was about to come in and rob us or maybe just drunk and playing around. After a few seconds I can remember taking my arm and flinging it on my husband to wake up. I was sitting straight up staring at the door. When he finally realized something was going on and saw the knob turning…he yelled out….”Hey we are in this room….you can’t open this door.” He instructed me to immediately call the front desk, which I did. I explained that she needed to let the people next door know that we are in the adjoining room and to please stop messing with the door. I was informed that no one was in that room, nor was it ever used due to a maintenance issue. I firmly told her someone was in there. She said it was probably housekeeping or the maintenance people working on repairs. IT WAS 1:30 AM!
    Who does that at 1:30 AM?????
    Still not realizing that something “ghostly” had happened, I decided the next morning to get online and read reviews of issues at the hotel. To my surprise……I found all sorts of paranormal tales.
    Still not believing, I decided it had to have been employees in there for some reason. My husband, who does not easily get excited, was a bit upset over this as well. He didn’t talk much for the remainder of our stay and actually moved the dresser over the door. While in the car on our way back home, he explained to me that he felt something paranormal had happened. I was baffled by his response. He then explained that the door knob could not have turned and shook like it did from the other side of the door because there is no HANDLE on the inside of the adjoining room doors. He’s right! There is no explanation for what happened and I will never forget that moment. I wish I could rewind and watch and listen more carefully.
    Yes, we have been back many times but have not stayed on that floor.

    December 31, 2018 at 1:03 pm Reply
  8. Joann Mckown

    My sister and I went for a late night soak in the hot tub at the pool area. We got out around 2am. Headed back to our room. Then realized she had left her handbag so we went back to the pool to retrieve it. We got the back then headed back into the hotel. We entered onto the 7th floor which is the main pool entrance. From the entrance, it’s a straight shot hallway to the elevator at the end. We got to the elevators and when I hit the elevator button we realized the elevator said we were on the 6th floor. We said aloud in sincerity, ‘The 6th floor?!?’

    Baffled and dumbfounded. We stood and stared for a long while the elevator open and closed over and over…. as the reality set in that we entered on the 7th floor and now we are on the 6th floor from simply walking down the hall!!! We turned back and went to the door we had come in from and it was DIFFERENT outside!!!!

    The hallway was thick and heavy feeling. Drab and humid in the air although I had a chill. The hair stood on the back. As we walked down the hall music and noises and whispers came from behind every room door. We had been put onto another floor. We were PUT onto a different floor!!! I stand now just completely baffled and fully believe in paranormal activity at the Arlington. Before this experience, I had no idea the hotel was haunted. And now that I read other people’s experiences it makes a LOT of sense.

    April 13, 2019 at 8:17 pm Reply
  9. Fox

    I stayed there back in 2014 on a family trip to Illinois. About ten minutes before even getting to the hotel room I got super sick despite feeling perfectly fine during the drive from Texas. We got on our room I think we were staying on the fifth or third floor.

    Now, this next part might sound very movie-ish, but on my great-great-grandmother Helen’s life it’s the truth. The entire room was covered in bugs especially in this one corner (very important to the story). I immediately went to bed and slept like a rock until roughly around 7 pm to the sound of my mom and my stepdad brother and sister coming in the room. Apparently, on their walk around the hotel, my stepdad who’s a 7the-degree black belt tripped right after yelling at my little brother. He swears to this day that something pulled him which would make a hell of a lot more sense if you knew the guy personally.

    Fast forward as my mom and stepdad get in a little tiff my stepdad wants everyone to go to bed so that we can be well rested for tomorrow to head back to Texas since he fell and hurt himself. My mom who at the time didn’t have a drinking issue decided to go to the bar by herself and ordered cocktails even. The woman is a wine and beer drinker, but at the time I didn’t think anything of this. It was around 10:00 pm and my mom little sister and I decided we should actually go back to our room and get some sleep.

    Now, my mother throughout the entire walk from the bar to the lift to the room was swearing up and down about how pissed she was about my stepdad ruining her vacation. Which didn’t sit well with my sister or I because that’s not something my mom would say normally. So little sister and I chopped it up to the fact that mom was off her head and issued a fair warning to our stepdad before my mom got to the room.

    The next 3 hours were the scariest of my life. From the time we arrived to 10:30 pm more bugs had gathered around in the corner like a noticeable amount. My stepdad and mom proceeded to get into one of the biggest fights that to this day still haven’t surpassed. I remember my moms’ voice kept on changing she has this distinct Massachusetts accent but she sounded very southern. My stepdad throughout the argument was bewildered at the entire thing. He kept on saying things like “what’s wrong with you.” “Why are you acting this way.” “Can we please go to bed I’m really hurt from the fall.” “I’m sorry I upset you can we please go to bed.” Now my stepdad normally isn’t the one to admit he’s wrong or apologize right off the bat so that stuck out like a bleeding thumb.

    The arguing got worse and my younger brother and sister were absolutely terrified of what was going on. I don’t exactly remember what happened next, but someone in the room got fed up with the arguing and said they thought it was the room that everyone had been off since we got here. My stepdad who is a Physicist surprisingly agreed while my Pagan mom said that’s ridiculous. We all held hands like you would do at a family gathering when you’re about to say grace and stood in the center of the room. I remember my brother and I holding each other’s hands so tight it felt like our bones were about to break. My stepdad said something around the lines of “spirit we mean you no harm.”

    Now, I’d like to take the moment to point out a very crucial fact. We were the only ones staying on the floor and no one was above us because the entire floor above us was shut down for renovations. When my stepdad said “spirit” there was this low growl. My stepdad went on saying things like “we mean you no harm.” “Your time has come to leave.” I remember clear as day. The moment my stepdad had said your time has come to leave, there where three loud bangs where all the bugs where. I remember the terrified look on my sister’s face and my Mom was almost sobbing. My brother and I were both shaking and my step dad was the only one keeping his cool.

    Now if the banging had only happened once I’d say “eh probably bad pipes.” But the fact there where three knocks at two different times with no prior knocks seems more likely that Casper-the-pissed-off-ghost is paying us a little visit. Anyways, we were holding hands while my stepdad said, “spirit it is your time to go there is nothing left in this world for you.” Three loud knocks. “Spirit it is time for you to pass on.” Another grown. “Spirit be gone it is time for you to pass over.” The air started to get heavier I could feel my heart beating fast, my sister was crying, my brother was shaking. “Spirit it’s time for you to leave this world.” “NOOO!” It was clear as day someone another person or thing not any one of us had yelled. My stepdad kinda raised his voice, “spirit, I said, it is time for you to pass on.” There was a painful scream. “Spirit be gone there’s nothing left for you in this world.” One last loud as hell bang.

    My mom and stepdad didn’t resume fighting instead they hugged and kissed each other and then expected all of us to go to bed. Yeah right, I just lived through a Stephen King book like hell I’m actually going to go to bed. My brother and sister and I all got into the same bed despite there being an extra bed unoccupied throughout the entire night. My sister brother and I whispered really dirty jokes to each other. The next day when we got up my splitting headache was gone along with all the bugs. What was remaining of the corner was a dark grey mass. My mom being the chatty woman she is told one of the hotel workers about the entire ordeal and instead of getting laughed at the hotel worker showed us some pictures she had captured with her phone of two silhouettes in the back seat of her car holding their hands in prayer. She said that she had had children walk up to her and tell her that the ghosts that followed her were protecting her. We said our goodbyes to the hotel my mom and stepdad will probably never go back for the rest of their lives, but my sister and I still fantasize about renting a room together and setting up videotapes to see if we can catch anything spooky. What would I give to to back in time and record the entire experience.

    April 20, 2019 at 7:43 am Reply
  10. Wyatt

    Al Capone stayed in room 443 the reason being is that in the closet he would go down a tunnel under central avenue to go down to the Southern club.

    June 24, 2019 at 5:40 pm Reply

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