Awards, Reviews, Media

The Empress of Little Rock is a proud “Diamond Collection” Inn, and has been named “one of the top ten inns in the United States” by BedandBreakfast.com. The Empress of Little Rock has received numerous special honors both regionally and nationally. As proud as we are of these exciting accolades, we are also just as proud of our guests’ wonderful comments found throughout the site.  We hope you enjoy reading what’s been said about our Little Rock Bed and Breakfast.

The honors of our Little Rock Inn include:

  • 2014, Received AAA Four Diamond Award-10th year, non consecutive
  • 2013, Named “Best of the Best” by AY Magazine (Fourteenth Year)
  • 2012, Named “Best of the Best” by AY Magazine (Thirteenth Year)
  • 2011, Named “Best of the Best” by AY Magazine (Twelfth Year)
  • 2010-2011, Top Ten “Best of the South” Category, BedandBreakfast.com
  • September 2010, Ranked in Top Ten “Coziest B&B in America” by Smarter Travel.com
  • 2010, Named “Best of the Best” by AY Magazine (Eleventh Year)
  • Summer 2010, “Fourth Most Romantic B&B” in the US, Country Almanac Magazine
  • March/April 2010, “Grand Dame” of Little Rock w/two page spread, Southern Lady Magazine
  • 2009, National Arkansas Small Business of the Year, Small Business Association
  • 2009, Named “Best of the Best” by Arkansas Democrat Gazette (Eleventh Year)
  • 2009, Named “Best of the Best” by AY Magazine (Tenth Year)
  • 2008, Named “Best of the Best” by AY Magazine (Ninth Year)
  • April 2008, Jimmy Strawn Historic Preservation Award in 2007 for outstanding commitment to the preservation of Little Rock’s historic places.
  • 2007-2008, Top Five “Best for City Escapes” by BedandBreakfast.com
  • August 2005, The Empress was featured in a 4 page spread in the Homestyle section of Southern Women Magazine.
  • The 2005 Arrington Bed & Breakfast Journal has named The Empress Top 15 in the USA for Business Travel!
  • 2005 Named “Most Elegant Inn” by Book of Lists
  • 2004 Named one of the Top 5 Inns in the United States in the BedandBreakfast.com Best B&B Awards.
  • 2004 Named one of the top 7 Inns for Most Historical Charm by the Arrington Bed & Breakfast Journal
  • Honored by the New York Times, November 2004
  • 2003 Named one of the top 15 Inns for Business Travel again by the Arrington Bed & Breakfast Journal
  • 1998-2006 Best of the Best, Arkansas Democrat Gazette
  • 2002 City Beautiful Award for Landscape & Design
  • 2002 – 2004 Best of the Best Reader’s Award from Active Years Magazine
  • 1999 Arkansas Henry Award for Heritage
  • 1997 Great American Home Award winner
  • 1996 Top Ten Most Affordable Luxuries by Country Inns magazine
  • 1996 named one of the Top 25 Inns in the South by National Geographic Traveler

Print Publications:

  • March 2014, featured as the “place to stay” in Women’s Running Magazine
  • August 2005, The Empress was featured in a 4 page spread in the Homestyle section of Southern Women Magazine.
  • New York Times, November 7th, 2004
  • Business 99
  • Southern Living
  • Country Inns
  • National Geographic Traveler
  • Victorian Decorating & Lifestyle
  • Victorian Homes
  • Nation’s Business
  • Arkansas Business
  • Victorian Decorating & Lifestyle
  • This Old House
  • At Home in Arkansas
  • Delta Sky Magazine, Best Section, 2001

Television productions:

  • “What You Get for the Money”, HGTV, over $2,000,000 category (June 2006)
  • “Homes Across America” (Jan 2000)
  • “If Walls Could Talk” (Fall 2000)
  • “Country Inns: Inn Connection”
  • “Holiday Taste of the South” Featuring our own Sharon Welch-Blair as guest chef  2000-2001 Arkansas Educational Television
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