Even from outside, the Capital Hotel looks jolly, with evergreen boughs and gigantic pine cones in wreaths on just about any window. More branches form a swag arbor over the entrance, where snappy young men are ready to steer away your car via valet (and if you go there to eat, it is free, just be sweet and tip, please).
Those white and brass doors open into a lobby full of holiday cheer, celebrating the season with extraordinary measures.
Those extraordinary measures include performances, such as this one Grav Weldon captured of the Fort Smith High School Choir performing on the stairs at the back of the lobby.
Musical groups perform throughout each December in the lobby here. The acoustics in this atrium are powerful and you can hear music clearly through every section of the two-story hall.
The decorations don't end with the lobby. Boughs adorn hallways, smaller Christmas trees can be seen in corners in guest halls and every meeting room is adorned. Small details are noted, such as the flight of nutcrackers on the first flight of stairs.
|These nutcrackers stand at attention on the landing between the first and|
second floors of the grand staircase.
|Upstairs on the second floor, visitors can lounge and converse surrounded by|
holiday trim and evergreen branches.
|The second story balcony overlooking Markham is festooned with lighted trees.|
|Great glass globes in silver and gold are hung with care there at the lobby|
bar just inside One Eleven.
|A fine chocolate-tiled roof complete with a chimney.|
|Amazing sugar-glass windows.|
And of course, there's the tree... marvelous in its splendor, a 27' monarch that took six men to bring into the atrium and lift into position. Click here to see what that looked like.
Grav Weldon used his special skills to capture the entire tree, no easy feat as photographers will tell you.
|That should be on a Christmas card.|
The tree is generously decorated with white lights, gold and gilded ribbon and hundreds of glass ornaments, from top to bottom. It's impressive in not only its height but in its lushness. This is indeed a regal Christmas tree.
But look closely. In addition to the baubles and balls and fancy glass shapes that cover the tree from its base to its zenith, you'll notice some special ornaments.
|Yes, that's a glass ornament of the Capital Hotel.|
So while you have free time over the holidays, or if you're visiting Little Rock this Yuletide season, consider a drop-in at the Capital Hotel. Oh, and grab a bite to eat, too.
You'll find the Capital Hotel at 111 Markham in downtown Little Rock. Call (501) 374-7474 or visit capitalhotel.com for more information.