Local Lodging Voted National Inn Of The Year
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Jan. 14, 2010
Submitted by: Eureka Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission
(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) – Heartstone Inn and Cottages here has been honored with recognition on a national scale. In poll results just released, online and print readers of “Pamela Lanier’s Bed and Breakfast Inns” chose the BnB as the country’s “2010 Inn of the Year.”
The full-service, luxury BnB is located in the Eureka Springs historic district and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 1903 Victorian home is the city’s largest B&B and can accommodate 24 guests in its 3 rooms, 6 suites, and 2 cottages.
Innkeepers Rick and Cheri Rojek live on the property, which has onsite massages available through Healing Benefits Massage Therapy Studio. The Rojeks assist their guest by suggesting and making reservations for daily activities.
They cite their attention to detail as one reason for the inn’s success. “We both strive for perfection whether in cleanliness standards or food presentation, Rick stated. Many of their guests’ reviews laud the couple for being “attentive without being intrusive.”
The lodging’s food is also often highly praised by those who spend the night at the Heartstone. “Everything is homemade from scratch,” Rick noted. “I do the cooking and Cheri does the baking.” Cheri’s muffins are a breakfast staple, and she bakes brownies and other treats for their guests’ afternoon snack.
The inn has received superlative reviews by visitors, resulting in the highest possible ratings on many other popular travel websites, including TripAdvisor.com and BedandBreakfast.com. “About 40% of our guests are repeat customers,” Rick noted.
The couple has operated the inn for over a decade. Rick brought experience as an executive with Westin and Ritz Carlton Hotel properties to the enterprise and Cheri brought her extensive experience in retail management.
“We wanted a change of scenery from our corporate careers and, after searching the country for the perfect property, we discovered the Heartstone Inn estate,” Cheri said. “We just fell in love with the property and the city. Ten years later we still enjoy every day.” The Rojeks love their new occupation so much they even train aspiring innkeepers.
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