May is Preservation Month: Celebrating Two Historic Hotels

In May, Preservation Month shines a spotlight on the invaluable legacy woven into the fabric of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Nestled in the heart of this charming town stand two iconic landmarks: the Basin Park Hotel and the Crescent Hotel. Both steeped in history, both testaments to the enduring spirit of preservation, and both under the visionary stewardship of Elise Roenigk.

The story begins in 1996, when Elise and her late husband Marty, captivated by the town’s historic allure, embarked on a journey to preserve its treasures. Their first acquisition, the Basin Park Hotel, marked the genesis of a lifelong commitment to safeguarding Eureka Springs’ rich heritage. With Marty’s vision and Elise’s resolve, the duo quickly expanded their preservation efforts to include the majestic Crescent Hotel, solidifying their role as custodians of the town’s legacy.

Under Elise’s leadership, both hotels have undergone meticulous renovations, marrying period authenticity with modern comfort. The creed “Protecting the Irreplaceable” serves as a beacon, guiding every member of our team to craft experiences that transcend time, creating lifetime memories for our guests.

At the Basin Park Hotel, guests are transported to a bygone era, where history whispers through every creak of the floorboards and every stroke of the paintbrush. From the historic lobby to the charming guest rooms, each corner tells a tale of yesteryear, lovingly preserved for generations to come.

Meanwhile, the Crescent Hotel stands as a majestic sentinel atop Crescent Mountain, its grandeur a testament to the town’s illustrious past. With its storied halls and breathtaking views, the Crescent Hotel invites guests to immerse themselves in the timeless allure of Eureka Springs.

Behind the scenes, it takes a dedicated team to uphold Marty and Elise’s vision. Jack Moyer, our Executive Vice President and General Manager, orchestrates the preservation efforts with precision and passion. His dedication ensures that Marty and Elise’s vision continues to flourish, keeping the essence of both hotels alive and vibrant.

Our construction crew, with their skilled hands and unwavering commitment, breathe new life into every restoration project. Their meticulous attention to detail ensures that the historic integrity of each building is preserved for future generations to enjoy.

But it’s not just our management and construction teams that make this possible. Every member of our staff, from housekeeping to hospitality, lives by the creed of creating lifetime memories for our guests. Their dedication ensures that every interaction, every meal, every tour, is infused with the spirit of preservation and hospitality.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the unwavering support of our guests. Each visit, whether to the Basin Park Hotel or the Crescent Hotel, is a testament to your commitment to preserving history. Your patronage fuels our mission, allowing us to safeguard these irreplaceable landmarks for future generations to enjoy.

As we celebrate Preservation Month, we invite you to join us in honoring the people behind the preservation—the visionaries, the stewards, and the guests who breathe life into these historic spaces. Together, let us continue to protect and cherish the heritage of Eureka Springs, ensuring that its story endures for centuries to come.

In appreciation of your efforts, our hotels are honored to offer a Preservation Partner Rate to say thank you to the countless volunteers and historic preservationists who work in historic properties, live in historic homes, serve on historic district commissions, or who share their support through membership in the National Trust. To you – we are happy to offer a 20% off discount through our Mid-Week Preservation Month partner rates.

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