The Waters

Winner, Best Hotel


The Waters Hotel was founded in an effort to restore Hot Springs. Renovating the 109-year-old Thompson Building, with its unique architecture, Corinthian pilasters and glazed terra cotta frontings, allowed the Waters to elevate both the structure and its spot on Bathhouse Row to their former glory. 


The Waters opened in early 2017, and in 2020, the hotel joined the Hilton family as part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton. The Waters gained this distinction thanks to its one-of-a-kind style and vibrant personality that encourages guests to make an authentic connection to Hot Springs during their stay. 


Also setting the Waters apart is a pair of restaurants with beautifully curated menus from Executive Chef Jalyssa Searcy. The Avenue offers a fine dining atmosphere with made-to-order, handcrafted meals. The Rooftop, Hot Springs’ only rooftop bar and restaurant, is home to a lively bar and grill with the best cocktails in town and a stunning view of Central Avenue and Bathhouse Row. 


Cameron Valadez with 5 Senses Hospitality, the Waters’ management group, sees only growth in the hotel’s future. 


“We have guests from all over the country and from all walks of life,” Valadez says. “Downtown Hot Springs has a lively personality, and we want to help that flourish.”


Valadez and the Waters were ecstatic to be one of AY’s Best of 2022, and hopes that this platform will showcase what the hotel and Hot Springs have to offer. 


“We’d like to thank everyone that has come to stay with us,” Valadez says. “Our guests are the heart of our hotel.”  


340 Central Avenue • Hot Springs • (501) 321-0001