Arlington Hotel’s Historic Crystal Ballroom gets new facelift | Arts & Culture
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (April 9, 2012) – The past of the Crystal Ballroom in the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa met the future recently when Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe hosted a Fifty for the Future meeting in the historic space.
The Crystal Ballroom, which has been closed for the past several months, has been restored and refurbished to a new grandeur. And it’s only fitting that the first prestigious function launched in the “new” ballroom was a gathering of the city’s top business, civic and government leaders to discuss the future.
Gov. Beebe told the crowd of about 300 that the Arlington’s Crystal Ballroom is “packed with personal memories.”
“I never cease to be amazed that every time I come into this room, this hotel, it seems to bring back more and more memories of the countless conventions, tourism activities and meetings that I participated in here,” Beebe said.
The most historic and beautiful ballroom in the state since the “new” hotel was opened in 1924, the Crystal Ballroom has been the location for everything from weddings, balls and Rotary meetings to plays, musicals and reunions for nearly a century. The ballroom has hosted events attended by U.S. presidents, notorious gangsters and some of the country’s greatest sports legends.
The recent restoration of the 5,600-square-foot ballroom includes new maple hardwood floors, carpet, beautiful drapes, large mirrors and paint. The gorgeous crystal chandeliers – the namesake of the room – were cleaned, polished and refinished so they once again sparkle like new with restored brass and updated lights. The art emblems and sconces have new gold paint as well.
The ballroom can seat 400 people for dinner, a dance or reception. The capacity for theatre seating is 550.
Bob Martorana, general manager of The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, said the Crystal Ball has been the centerpiece of functions at the hotel for decades.
“The Crystal Ballroom is one of the most beloved and historic spaces in Arkansas history, and although we are continuously upgrading and modernizing our facilities we certainly want to preserve the hotel’s architectural legacy” he said. “And we thank the Scott family for its ongoing commitment to the historic preservation and restoration of this grand southern hotel.
“This recent remodeling has brought the ballroom back to its original beauty of its glory days when it was re-built in 1924 after the hotel was destroyed by fire on April 5, 1923.
If rooms could talk, the walls of the Crystal Ballroom could tell some fascinating stories about the famous people who have attended functions inside those walls.
“We have had many, many rich and famous guests, along with politicians and other dignitaries from around the world over the years. The ballroom has had an extraordinary history, and now with its facelift, we are looking forward to hosting many more unforgettable events right here.”