“Attractions & Culture in Hot Springs, AR”
The first floor introduces you to the beauty of the bathhouse. From the lobby's marble and stained glass transoms, to the marble partitions of the bath halls, to the stained glass ceiling in the Men's Bath Hall, you can see why the Fordyce Bathhouse was considered to be the best. This ceramic fountain is at one end of the Fordyce lobby. Spring water flowed from the spout at one time. The Fordyce Bathhouse operated from 1915-1962, when it closed due to declining business. It remained vacant until reopening as the park visitor center in 1989. Now you can watch an orientation movie and tour.
I did the traditional treatment. It was wonderful and inexpensive. What a treat!
Fascinating experience! It's first-come, first-serve, so check the hours when planning your visit.
This place is incredible. It has to be on a list of top 10 secret marvelous places for travelers. My 13-year-old son and I both had the traditional treatment and it was AMAZING! I would drive back up trough here and do this any time.
$30 was a steal for a completely excellent experience. Expect about 2 hours (off peak) for the process. The staff was great, the facilities are incredible. It's like you get to be naked in a museum. Can't be beat.
I had a hard time finding a description of the experience before I went. I did the traditional experience and it was wonderful and inexpensive. They have men and women's floors. You start in a dressing cubby by placing your clothes and belongings in a locker. The attendant wraps you in a sheet and you wait for a bath. The baths are in individual rooms and when the attendant has you all set, she leaves you to soak. When your done, you return to your sheet and relax on a table with warm towels. Then the steam room and sprits bath. Massage is optional. It is an amazing, relaxing, historical experience and I will be back.
I travel from Utah once or twice a year to enjoy the wonderful treatment of the thermal mineral waters at the Buckstaff. I can say that I will do this as long as I am able. I try to always bring someone that has never experienced Bathhouse Row.
The building itself is neat, the elevators are the same style as the past and the location of the rooms have been kept the same. DON'T get a mani/pedi if you are expecting a unique experience, its just like going to a normal one, nothing special to it.
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Fordyce Bath House
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